Lisa Rinna and her mother, Lois Rinna, have opened up about Lois being a victim of the Trailside Killer, who struck California from the 1960s to the early ’80s.
“I was very lucky — I should not even be here,” Lois said on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Tuesday.
As Lisa recalled, Lois’ attacker was serial killer David Carpenter, who later became known as the Trailside Killer and knew Lois through work. The reality star said in a confessional interview that Carpenter picked up Lois at a bus stop and took her down a deserted road, where he assaulted her.
“I thought that was it — that I was going ‘Bye bye,’” Lois, 90, reflected. “He’s straddling me, and he had a hammer in one hand, a knife in the other.”
Lisa said her mother was almost raped and killed, but a military police officer saved her life.
In 1960, Carpenter was arrested for attempted murder, but after being released seven years later, according to The San Francisco Gate, he killed multiple people and was dubbed the Trailside Killer. Lois was one of two victims who survived.
Carpenter is reportedly still on death row at San Quentin state prison in California.
“I had such great sadness and empathy for my mom, knowing that not only did this happen to her, but that she basically just stuffed those feelings for how many years?” Lisa said. “She never dealt with it. She never even talked about it.”
After the “RHOBH” episode aired, Lisa shared an Instagram post dedicated to Lois, saying, “I am so proud of my Mom and I know Dad is watching from heaven and is so proud of you Mama! I love you!”
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