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Beast of Bondi serial rapist is finally unmasked in DNA breakthrough… nine months after he died 

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Using advanced DNA technology, Keith Simms has been linked to 12 sexual assaults between 1987 and 2000. 

He is suspected of being responsible for another 19 sexual assaults. 

Police believe there may be many more victims who did not come forward over the past 37 years or more.

Almost all of the offences happened in Sydney’s east. 

Crimes linked to Simms by DNA:

1 – Randwick, September 27, 1987: Simms entered a unit where a 23-year-old woman was sleeping at around 5.05am. He put his hand over her mouth, threatened her with a knife and sexually assaulted her.

2 – Pagewood, April 10, 1989: Wearing a balaclava and armed with a knife, Simms entered a 14-year-old girl’s bedroom at about 4.04am. He put his hand over her mouth and sexually assaulted her.

3 – Coogee, April 24, 1989: Simms entered a unit where a 32-year-old woman was asleep. He put his hand over her mouth, threatened her with a knife and sexually assaulted her.

4 – Coogee, January 28, 1992: Simms broke into a unit where a 21-year-old woman was asleep at about 4.20am. He threatened her with a knife and sexually assaulted her.

5 – Centennial Park, December 12, 1993: Simms grabbed a 44-year-old woman who was running at about 8am. He threatened to kill her with a knife and sexually assaulted her.

6 – Coogee, April 9, 1994: At about 2.45am Simms threatened a 24-year-old woman who was sitting on the beach with a knife and then sexually assaulted her.

7 – MacKenzies Point, June 17, 1995: Simms grabbed a 38-year-old woman who was walking at about 5.35am, threatened her with a knife and sexually assaulted the her.

8 – Coogee, March 30, 1996: Simms broke into a unit where a 27-year-old woman was asleep at about 4.30am. He put his hand over her mouth, threatened to cut her throat and sexually assaulted her.

9 – Coogee, March 21, 1997: A 28-year-old woman was asleep on the beach about 5am and she woke to see Simms wearing a balaclava, armed with a knife and straddling her with his penis exposed. He held the knife to her throat and sexually assaulted her.

10 – Tamarama, October 11, 2000: A 55-year-old woman was asleep inside a friend’s unit when Simms broke in in the early hours of the morning. He put his hand over her mouth, threatened to stab her to death and sexually assaulted her.

11 – Coogee, October 21, 2000: Simms grabbed a 23-year-old woman at Dunningham Reserve at around 6.10am. Wearing a balaclava, he put his hand over her mouth and threatened to cut her throat. He tried to get her to perform oral sex but she would not do so. 

12 – Coogee, October 23, 2000: Simms grabbed a 17-year-old girl walking home through a cemetery at abound 3.30am. He put his hand across her mouth, threatened her and sexually assaulted her.

The New South Wales police (officers pictured in stock shot) never gave up on finding the Beast of Bondi

Crimes Simms is suspected of:

1 – Clovelly, March 2, 1985: Woman, 38, attacked at knife point while running at Thompsons Bay about 11am by a balaclava-wearing man who put his hand across her face and had a knife to her throat. 

2 – Bondi, November 1986: A girl, 16, was sexually assaulted at knife-point at a beach

3 – Pagewood, March 1, 1987: A girl, 13, in her bed was sexually assaulted when a man in a balaclava broke into her home with a knife.

4 – Haberfield, May 9, 1987: A woman, 36, was sexually assaulted at knife-point in her unit by a man in a balaclava.

5 – Sydney, August 8, 1987: A woman, 23, was sexually assaulted at a public toilet at 7am by man with a knife.

6 – Randwick, August 15, 1987: A woman, 20, was sexually assaulted by a balaclava-wearing man with a knife at Randwick Boys High School toilets.

7 – Sydney, June 10, 1988: A woman, 25, was sexually assaulted at knife-point while jogging in Centennial Park at around 5.45am.

8 – Kingsford, October 31, 1988: A woman, 21, was raped at knife-point by a balaclava-wearing man with a knife at her home.

9 – Sydney, December 8, 1988: A woman, 22, jogging in Centennial Park at 9am was raped at knife-point by a balaclava-wearing man.

10 – Randwick, March 3, 1989: A woman, 33, was threatened with a knife by a balaclava-wearing man in a bungled sexual assault.

11 – Sydney, September 11, 1990: A woman, 33, was raped at knife-point by a balaclava-wearing man at Centennial Park at about 5.45am.

12 – Randwick, May 10, 1992: A woman, 23, was sexually assaulted at knife-point by a balaclava-wearing man at her home.

13 – Bondi, August 29, 1994: A woman, 23, was sexually assaulted at knife-point by a balaclava-wearing man at her home.

14 – Bronte, March 25, 1995: A woman, 26, was sexually assaulted at knife-point by a balaclava-wearing man at her unit.

15 – Bondi, April 25, 1995: A woman at the beach was sexually assaulted at knife-point by a balaclava-wearing man.

16 – Sydney, January 7, 1996: A woman, 29, was approached by a balaclava-wearing man with a knife, but she was able to escape.

17 – Waverley, April 18, 1998: A woman, 39, was was sexually assaulted at Waverley Cemetery at around 5.15am.

18 – Coogee, November 12, 2000: A woman, 20, a woman narrowly escaped being sexually assaulted when she kneed the man in the groin on Brook St.

19 – Waverley, October 30, 2001: A woman, 32, was sexually assaulted at Waverley by a balaclava-wearing man with a knife.

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