'Pillowcase Rapist' Locked Back Up Over 'Distorted Thinking'
Christopher Hubbart had been released in 2014
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 14, 2017 9:50 AM CST
This undated law enforcement booking file photo, released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 2014, shows Christopher Hubbart. Hubbart.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – A notorious California serial rapist who muffled victims' screams with a pillowcase had his freedom revoked after his therapists said they were concerned about his fantasies and didn't think he had come to terms with his "distorted thinking," the AP reports. Christopher Hubbart, who was dubbed the "Pillowcase Rapist" for sexually assaulting dozens of women between 1971 and 1982, was recommitted to Coalinga State Hospital for at least a year, Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Richard Loftus Jr. sided in his opinion Thursday with treatment supervisors who said it was not safe for Hubbart to be free and that he needed more inpatient therapy after violating terms of his release by failing five lie detector tests about his "thoughts and fantasies."

Treatment supervisor Alan Stillman felt Hubbart was being deceptive with therapists and the polygraph examiner, including one effort to thwart an accurate exam with heavy breathing and other measures, the judge said. "Ultimately, (Stillman) concluded (Hubbart) was 'not coming to grips with his distorted thinking,'" Loftus wrote after a two-day hearing this week. Hubbart, 65, who has acknowledged raping at least 40 women, has been in and out of prisons and state psychiatric hospitals since his first rape conviction in 1972. Hubbart's lockup follows years of uproar and legal wrangling over a judge's order in 2013 to release him from the state psychiatric hospital where he had been committed in 2000 as a sexually dangerous person after serving his prison sentence. Since July 2014 he had been living in Lake Los Angeles, an unincorporated area in the high desert of the Antelope Valley, about 40 miles north of downtown LA.

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