East Coast Rapist Admits Guilt, Has Awful Life Story

Aaron Thomas: 'They were objects' to me

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 11, 2012 6:08 PM CST

(Newser) – The East Coast Rapist has confessed to his crimes and admitted that he made up an alter-ego in an early attempt to plead insanity, the Washington Post reports. Awaiting trial in Virginia, Aaron Thomas says he committed a dozen rapes across several states and, when finally arrested, blamed the assaults on a split personality. But he always knew right from wrong: "They were objects,” he says. “Whoever came down the street, an object. . . . It’s awful. It’s scary. ... It’s something not right because people are getting hurt." His life story provides a tragic backdrop to his crimes—from being abused by his father to acting out as a child to spending three years in a psychiatric alternative school.

As an adult, he suffered a terrible shock being shot in the buttocks before testifying in a robbery case, and bawled his eyes out when his first son died. He did manage to keep a truck-driving job, have two relationships with women, and raise a son. People also considered him charming and intelligent. But he experienced bouts of disappointment and rage for which he found a terrible antidote: going out and raping women. His victims were unreal to him, he says, until he had to hear their stories in court: "I was melting in my seat. I was disgusted." Now he needs to be punished, he admits, and has only one request: "Tell me what the hell is wrong with me."

Aaron Thomas, dubbed the East Coast Rapist by law enforcement, leaves New Haven Superior Court after his arraignment in New Haven, Conn., Monday, March 7, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
This composite of artists' sketches provided by the Fairfax, Va., County Police Department shows the likeness of the East Coast Rapist.   (AP Photo/Fairfax County Police, File)
This undated handout photo provided by the Prince William County, Va., Police Department shows Aaron Thomas.   (AP Photo/Prince William County, Va. Police Department)
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