Who is John Floyd Thomas Jr.? Born in L.A. John Floyd Thomas Jr. was raised by his grandmother and godmother after his mother died when he was 12. He joined the U.S. Airforce in 1956. He was said to be late and sloppy and was dishonorably discharged. Shortly after that John Floyd Thomas Jr. was arrested for burglary and attempted rape in L.A. Thomas was convicted and spent 6 years in prison only to violate parole and ended up behind bars until 1966.
After doing his time, John Floyd Thomas Jr. held various jobs. He was a social worker during this time and a hospital employee, as well as a personal electronics salesman. During this time, the Westside Rapist was attacking white senior women.
The Westside Rapist would rape the seniors and then squeeze their necks. They would be found with blankets and/or pillows on their heads. 20 victims managed to survive. But, as police would find out, 20 survivors can have just as many eye witness accounts of their attacker. There was also no DNA tests back then like there is now. 17 victims would be attributed to the Westside Rapist in the mid-70’s.
10 years later, Claremont would fall prey to an attacker. The same crime of rape/strangulation/blankets and pillows on the head would be committed. But due to poor communication, this crime spree would not be connected with the Westside Rapist. A new name, the Grim Sleeper would be attached to these crimes. 5 victims, older white women, were raped and strangled with their faces covered up in the Claremont area. The attacker would go undiscovered.
It is said that in the interim of the 10 years between the Westside Rapist and the Grim Sleeper, John Floyd Thomas Jr. was serving time for 2 counts of sexual assault. Still, none of this was put together. John Floyd Thomas Jr. was never even a suspect in either the Westside Rapist crimes or the Grim Sleeper crimes.
1978 John Floyd Thomas Jr. was sent to prison for rape. John Floyd Thomas Jr. was released from prison in 1983. He moved to Chino..the stalking began. While the Claremont murders were being committed John Floyd Thomas Jr. was employed as a peer counselor at a hospital.
In 1989 2 things happened. John Floyd Thomas Jr. took a job as state workers’ compensation agency in Glendale. And, the murders stopped.
In Nov. of 2001 the murders of the Westside Rapists became an opened Cold Case. In 2004, DNA matched 2 crime scenes..but no suspect was matched. Oct. 2008 John Floyd Thomas Jr.’s DNA was collected due to a program that collects DNA from sexual attackers to have on file. March 27, 2009 DNA matched 4 other murders.
John Floyd Thomas Jr. was arrested and is being held in the L.A. County Jail. Some speculate that indeed John Floyd Thomas Jr. is also known as the Westside Rapist and the Grim Sleeper. With at least 30 cases being investigated, John Floyd Thomas Jr. could be the biggest serial killer ever.