To begin with, between 1985 and 2001, Keith Simms targeted 31 women who broke into their homes or attacked them while they were out jogging, police said.

Meanwhile, detectives initially believed several different men were behind the attacks. But thanks to new DNA technology, investigators have now linked them to Simms, who died in February aged 66. Simms, known at various times as “the Bondi animal” or “the tracksuit thug”, first struck in the seaside suburb of Clovelly in 1985. His last attack took place in a nearby cemetery in 2001.

In 2019, 324 people were suspected in the case

Moreover, each incident was investigated individually at the time, but police began linking them in 2000. DNA from 12 victims was the same, and another 19 incidents matched the attacker’s modus operandi. All the women, who were between the ages of 14 and 55, described their attacker similarly.

Subsequently, he was 160 to 180 cm tall, had dark skin, brown eyes and a broad nose. His face was covered and he wore casual clothes such as sweatpants, hoodies or football shorts. He either intimidated his victims with a knife or compelled them to believe he had one on him.

Meanwhile, in 2019, investigators made a breakthrough when they found a family DNA match in a police database, narrowing the suspect group down to 324 people. In September, a sample from Simms was found to be a perfect match to samples taken from the victim. Local media reported that family and friends described Simms as a much-loved father, grandfather and community member. The detective who broke the news to Simms’ family said they had no idea.

The families of the victims have been contacted by investigators

Moreover, “We met his wife and she was absolutely shocked,” Detective Sergeant Shelley Johns told The Daily Telegraph. “She couldn’t believe that a man she knew could do these things.

In conclusion, investigators have also contacted the victims to let them know their attacker has been identified, but no further legal action can be taken due to his death

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