Accused ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ takes stand, spins bizarre yarn that police set him up

Years of abductions, torture and trauma — that’s what the accused “Pillowcase Rapist” detailed during his ongoing trial on Monday.

But Robert Koehler wasn’t describing attacks on the dozens of women police believe he terrorized and sexually assaulted in South Florida in the 1980s. Koehler, taking the stand in his own defense, denied any and all charges and allegations.


Robert Koehler, who authorities call the "Pillowcase Rapist," listens during his trial, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Miami. (Jose A. Iglesias/Miami Herald via AP)

Instead, he painted himself as a victim of a bizarre conspiracy involving rogue cops to explain how his DNA was found on a 25-year-old woman he is accused of raping in December 1983 in Miami-Dade, just one of dozens of cases police have linked to Koehler and the first he is being tried on. Broward County prosecutors also have charged Koehler in six other sexual assault cases and more charges may be pending.

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