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WOMEN TALK ABOUT ATTACK : ASSAULT ON `PILLOW CASE RAPIST' LEAVES SOME ANGRY, OVERJOYED.

Byline: Janet Gilmore Daily News Staff Writer

One woman said she has been dancing in celebration. Another said she wished it was she who beat him up.

And a third woman, raped two decades ago by ``Pillowcase Rapist'' Reginald Muldrew, couldn't help but smile at the news that Friday he lay in a coma after being beaten by angry vigilantes.

``I'd like to say I'm really sorry that he's hurt but I can't right now,'' the woman told reporters in downtown Los Angeles. ``I hope he lives. I want him to suffer as long as I suffered.''

Muldrew - released in December from a California prison after serving 16 years of a 25-year term for rape, burglary and robbery - was severely beaten by three vigilantes who accused him of breaking into a woman's home in Gary, Ind.

The attack occurred Aug. 5 and Muldrew was so badly beaten, police relied on a prison photo and fingerprints to identify him. Doctors induced a coma because he was thrashing about and could not be treated.

It was not clear Friday if the three teen-agers who chased him down on mopeds and bludgeoned him with bricks knew of Muldrew's criminal history. The youths have not been charged.

News of Muldrew's arrest and medical condition drew members of the Pasadena-based Women's Coalition to the steps of the Criminal Courts Building. Several of his victims, women who had tried to keep him in prison for life, gathered to air their relief and frustration.

``I don't have a violent bone in my body,'' said one woman, ``and every time I closed my eyes last night to sleep - which I didn't do - I visualized myself standing over his face and beating him.

``I'm that angry right now with everything,'' she said. ``He never should have been released in the first place. It's absurd and I hope this time justice will be served and this man will be behind bars.''

Another woman, who was raped by Muldrew in her home and left tied up with a phone cord, said she knew Muldrew would return to crime.

``When he got out (of prison) he was arrogant,'' she said. ``I could tell that he had not learned anything and if they hadn't caught him he would have kept on.''

The third woman said she is heartened by Muldrew's arrest - and his condition.

``I've been in a coma probably for 20 years, you know,'' she said, ``a walking coma.''

At the time of Muldrew's release, a California Corrections Department spokeswoman said that a psychiatrist found he had a mental disorder and was still dangerous. But she said he had completed his sentence - shortened for good behavior.

On the day he was released, Muldrew, nicknamed for the way he threw pillowcases over his victims' heads to prevent them from identifying him, boarded a plane for Las Vegas.

He was met by police who ordered him to register as a sex offender. He never did.

Police had no idea how long Muldrew was in Gary, where his brother lives.

Susan Carpenter McMillan, president of the Women's Coalition, said the group will continue pushing officials to lock up Muldrew for life.

``Sometimes,'' said McMillan, ``justice comes in odd ways.''

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Photo: Susan Carpenter McMillan, right, supports Beverly Watson, who says she was a victim of Reginald Muldrew, as she speaks.

Tina Gerson/Daily News
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