Lois Rinna was kidnapped and knifed by serial killer – but lived to tell tale

Tributes have been pouring in for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna’s mum who last week died of a stroke aged 93.

Lisa led the tributes to her mum Lois Rinna describing her as an angel.

But before Lois even gave birth to her famous daughter, she survived a terrifying encounter with a man who became known as the Trailside Killer.

Evil David Carpenter was given the infamous name after he stalked and murdered dozens of people near San Francisco, California, in the 70s and 80s.

And his first attempted kill was Lois Rinna – who remarkably survived after she was kidnapped and stabbed by the dangerous monster.

Lois had to have metal plates inserted in her head after being whacked in the head with a hammer during the brutal attack.

She had known Carpenter because the pair worked together and the creep pounced when Lois accepted a ride in his car in 1960.

Her daughter Lisa once said in an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: “He [Carpenter] picked her up at the bus stop and then all of a sudden he started to drive her down this really deserted road.

“He tried to rape her. He tried to kill her.

“Luckily, a military policeman had seen them drive down this deserted road and he knew no one was supposed to be down there and he followed them down.

“My mum was saved that day by that military policeman.”

Lois also bravely opened up about the scary incident and described being “straddled” by Carpenter who had a knife in one hand and a hammer in the other.

The sick serial killer stabbed Lois in the hand and repeatedly hit her with the hammer before he was caged for the attack.

Lois eventually felt brave enough to tell her daughter about the harrowing experience.

Lisa said: "When I finally learned the truth, I had such great sadness and empathy for my mum, knowing that not only did this happen to her but that she basically just stuffed those feelings for how many years.

“She never dealt with it, she never talked about it.”

She added: “It takes so much courage to come forward. I think the least we can do is show these victims some compassion.”

Carpenter first got into trouble with the law as a teenager when he was jailed for molesting two relatives.

Later he was jailed for seven-and-a-half for the attack on Lois before he was put behind bars again in 1970 for kidnap and rape.

He then embarked on a ruthless killing spree including a six-week period in the 80s where he killed five people.

That included shooting Richard Stowers, 19, and his fiancee Cynthia Moreland, 18, to death.

He is believed to have stalked and murdered at least 10 people on hiking trails in state parks near San Francisco during his horrific reign.

His method of choice was always a handgun and he remains a suspect in the murders of two women near Mount Tamalpais in Marin County.

Carpenter is now in his 90s and has been on San Quentin’s death row since 1988 and sentenced to die in the gas chamber.

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