For three decades Michael 'Mick' Mush walked free in the belief he'd got away with brutally raping a Geelong woman in her home.
But on Friday, justice caught up and he was jailed for 19 years over the vile and "particularly perverted" crime.
His victim, now 77, sat stoically in the County Court while Judge Gerard Mullaly detailed what happened to her on November 22, 1985.
Mush, then 23 and known as Michael Dimitrovski, broke into her home and told her he didn't want to hurt her, he just wanted money.
But Judge Mullaly said he expected Mush had a "vile intent" from the beginning.
Mush, now 56, wrapped stockings around the victim's face and mouth, removed her nightie and over several hours raped her vaginally, orally and anally with his fingers and penis.
He also hit and slapped the victim, then 44 , when she resisted.
At one point she begged him to stop because she'd just had surgery for cancer. He told her if what he'd done hadn't killed her, nothing would.
He said she "wasn't bad for an old lady" and at one point forced her to wait while he had a cigarette, before resuming the attack.
He took $170 from her purse before leaving.
The victim called a friend and told her she'd been "bashed and raped for hours", a comment Judge Mullaly said precisely identified it as a brutal ordeal.
In a statement, the victim said the attack had "stopped me from being me" and left her with an overwhelming feeling of fear that still exists today.
It changed her relationship with men, including her own son.
Judge Mullaly said crimes like this had a chilling effect on communities and a corrosive and degrading impact on society.
"Every woman, and of course the victim here, is entitled to feel safe in their own homes and their own beds," he said.
Those who shatter that feeling must be removed from society for a long time, he said.
Mush pleaded guilty to charges of burglary, assault and rape and indecent assault with aggravating circumstances after DNA re-tested in 2014 linked him to the crime.
He has a history of violence both before and after this attack.
Mush was convicted of manslaughter when, nine months after this attack, he bashed a man to death and was identified when boot prints on the victim's body matched his shoes.
He was also later convicted of another rape.
Judge Mullaly said there was a dark side of Mush's conduct and parts of it were "particularly perverted".
Mush must serve a minimum of 15 years and will be placed on the sex offenders register for life.