A man believed to be the “ski mask rapist” has confessed to being involved in six additional crimes, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Tuesday.
Jerry Lee Brooks, 63, who was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty last week to three counts of first-degree rape, agreed to be interviewed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Sexual Cold Case Unit as part of a plea agreement.
During the interviews, he made the confessions, police said.
In March, August and September of 1979, three Charlotte women were raped at knife-point by a man wearing a ski mask, officials said, noting the assailant became widely known as the “ski mask rapist.”
In two cases, the rapist entered the home through an unlocked door while the occupants were away and waited until the women returned to rape them according to the DA’s office. In the third case, the rapist entered a home, found the resident inside and raped her, authorities said.
DNA was collected at each of the scenes of the 1979 rapes, officials said, but the case went cold until 2012.
Last year, CMPD’s Sexual Assault Cold Case unit connected Brooks to the rapes using DNA he provided to a national DNA database when he was released from federal prison in 2005. Brooks had served time for bank robbery.