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Jun 8, 2022

Suspected ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ is Charged in a Series of Sexual Assaults in Florida in the 1980s

Aided by advances in DNA technology, authorities in Florida say they have identified and charged the so-called Pillowcase Rapist accused of sexually assaulting multiple women in the 1980s.

Robert Koehler, 62, is charged in six sexual assault cases that investigators say were carried out with “diabolical precision,” according to a Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BSO) news release.

“From the DNA that we were able to pull from our evidence, with 100 percent certainty Robert Koehler’s DNA matches the DNA from every one of our victims,” Cold Case Unit Sergeant Kami Floyd said.

“BSO Cold Case Unit detectives worked with Broward State Attorney’s Office prosecutors to bring charges against Koehler in a total of six sexual assault cases,” BSO said, though it did not detail the specific charges he faces.

Shortly after his 2020 arrest, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced DNA analysis used to charge him in the 1983 assault also matched DNA samples collected in several other assaults believed to have been committed by the Pillowcase Rapist.

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