The former Federal Bureau of Prisons employee once studied and lectured part time at Sacramento State University.
Prosecutor Amy Holliday said Manteuffel was masked when he sneaked into his victims’ homes, entering one through an air duct and attic to avoid a security system.
Once inside, he would beat the women with a heavy object, slash away their clothes, bind them hand and foot, cover their heads with pillowcases and rape them repeatedly at knifepoint, Holliday said.
He threatened to kill them if they called police, prosecutors said.
Sacramento County prosecutors never identified a suspect at the time, but investigators tucked away rape kit samples from the Sacramento and Davis attacks in hopes that the budding science of DNA analysis would one day lead to a match.
In 2000, an arrest warrant was filed against “John Doe DNA" — an anonymous snippet of DNA code — only two days before the statute of limitations was to run out. Criminal charges were filed — the first time in California that unnamed DNA was charged with a crime, although it had been done elsewhere.
Using searches of genealogical databases to find his family tree DNA, investigators finally tracked down Manteuffel, obtained a sample of his DNA and arrested him last year at his home.
“This is a case that shows the power of DNA — a ‘John Doe’ warrant that set the standard for holding people accountable,” Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said after the hearing. “Let’s face it, he wouldn’t have been caught. He was hiding in plain sight.”