SIMI VALLEY : ‘Alphabet Caller’ Suspect Arrested


A suspect was arrested Tuesday in connection with the “Alphabet Caller” case in which a man allegedly telephoned hundreds of Ventura County women and threatened the lives of their husbands, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

The arrest of Steven Imler, 37, culminated a yearlong investigation by officers with the Sheriff’s Department and the Simi Valley and Ventura police departments, police said.

The caller selected married women by checking phone books for husbands and wives whose first names were listed, officials said.


He would begin the conversation by saying, “I have your husband with a gun to his head.”

He would then hang up, make threats or attempt to initiate a conversation of a sexual nature, Ventura Police Detective Jeanne Boger said.

Imler was booked into the East Valley sheriff’s station on threat-crime charges and was released on $5,000 bail, a sheriff’s spokesman said.