The Cold Case Late Show

Amidst getting HorrorScope assessed for legal reasons, commencing the artwork for the tome, and preparing other adventures, I am still refining the research into NORCAL Rapist– again not a great handle, but rapists don’t seem to merit them, one reason I think why EAR-ONS really never caught on with history. Murderers get the most exquisite handles, and sometimes they give themselves their own crimson sobriquet: BTK, Zodiac, etc.  But rapists don’t rate the same news or public interest.

Law enforcement and media outlets are a buzz with the whole idea of genealogical tracing based on DNA in order to out the nasties of cold case. If there is enough DNA, then this would be a great avenue. I fear, however, that if this is how cold case (and hot case) goes (where there is enough DNA) then HorrorScope will be the last attempt of the old school, where gray matter and deductive and inductive reasoning leads to the final conclusion.

For me, it is a race the outcome of which I will find particularly interesting. Will DNA be lifted anew from a ZODIAC letter stamp and will it be sufficiently accurate that genealogical tracing is done and leads to my guy? My method, of course, has had to be more cumbersome: first uncovering his trail, his past, his ability, motive, then his hand printing, fingerprints-— the old school.

No one is sure if the DNA is good in the case of The ‘Zodiac’ Killer, just as there was always debate whether those bloody fingerprints were really his in the cab. He obviously disguised his printing. It’s only after cases are solved that we see how clever or not-so-clever the perp really was. From what I discovered, ZODIAC was a mixture of careful gameplaying and bungling perpetration.

But touching on the future of cold case, what about those cases where the perps were very careful? I mean, where they anticipated forensics? The case of Melbourne’s Mr. Cruel comes instantly to mind. It seems to be the home invasion creeps who really take care. They know they are risking the most to begin with and they plan meticulously.

DNA will become part of a methodical process, but when there is none: what to do?  The Shadow Slayer of Colonial Parkway (The Colonial Parkway Murders) also comes to mind. There are no footprints, no sketches, and the only chance of lifting touch DNA would seem to come from the first victims’ car or ligatures, but there is doubt there too. Without DNA, this case is the hardest out there to crack. At least by gray cells.

However, we can’t rely completely on DNA for the future. Right now there are perps in the shadows, killers lurking waiting to come forth into the night to start their evil sprees. They are considering how to avoid the science of DNA. Old fashioned gumshoeing will still be needed for these.  But are we turning the true detective into The Late Show— a dinosaur sentimentally reserved only for the past? We will need them in the future, but will we be able to recognize them?

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

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Summing up the EAR-ONS Experience

As I am writing the rather lengthy article “Justice Means Just Us. Not You!” in summation of the EAR-ONS journey, I’m glad to be concentrating on my other cases and, most of all, relieved that my investigation into those cases is not so public. To some extent my Zodiac Killer investigation was hindered and delayed by my concentration on the Night Predator. Others like the Doodler were shelved, and I only slowly moved forward on NORCAL Rapist.

Before I publicly entered the fray with displaying my investigation on The Quester Files there was only a bare bones site with a few photos and a timeline of attacks, and then J.J. McGregor’s blog under Google sites.  Only McGregor’s showed some on scene examination. I set about to find every crime scene, but most importantly to uncover how the ultimate stalker had prowled the neighborhoods. My photography concentrated on this aspect. There was no real photography before this on the subject, nor anything to place in context the crime scenes and the neighborhoods.

I think I am satisfied the most that I inspired a local Sacramentan Bill Harticon to venture out and start photographing the EAR-ONS sites as well (and others!), including the surrounding terrain. My photo essays had also inspired Wesley Dellinger, who had carefully looked into the crime scenes of the Colonial Parkway Murders, to brilliantly photograph the hitherto unseen crime scenes for use in my preliminary analysis of those cases on Q Files.

Hopefully, this will become the standard of presentation by any real life investigator when displaying the results of their investigation on the web. The web can be used to assist in such crimes, as Q Files has done. A book is very limited. It is for the summation of a subject, for presenting the final form. But for a work in progress, especially one as monumental as the case of the Night Predator, a case that had essentially become forgotten to history, a website was necessary.  I made that clear from the beginning of my presentation: no book is capable of putting in context the broad scope of this villain’s evil work.

Q Files made the case internationally famous. It did so by underscoring the context of the crimes. Context is everything.  I am very proud of this contribution. It is the payoff of years of work.

I had come off a background of real life adventure, chasing some of the most famous and sometimes strangest world mysteries, recorded by and inspiring network documentaries. With the backing of NBC and SY FY, my book on Flight 19 (They Flew into Oblivion) inspired a Resolution in Congress urged by Podesta-Mattoon lobbyists and sponsored by congressman E. Clay Shaw. My work met with an ovation in the Gold Room at the announcement that the resolution had passed 420-2 in the House.  Larry Landsman, the Special Project’s Director, and Jon Schneider, NBC News Production producer, stood by and I was on the big screen.

Another one of my books was presently under option to Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner at Paramount Studios, and more documentary productions were banging on my door. It was a productive world of real life, professional people.

True Crime, however, especially for a forgotten case, is not a world where things are open and above board. I was met with derision from people who claimed expertise on message boards, where they hid behind alias names. With the EAR-ONS case I learned that even the detectives on the cases dreaded the internet world of spontaneous experts and message board groupies. Snide emails were the rule. No member of law enforcement wanted to be quoted concerning their theories because of the email responses they got.

EAR-ONS wasn’t really an historic case like Jack the Ripper or The Zodiac, where sound and solid information was in the public forum for all to access. Very little was out there and one still had to discover the crime scenes. Trying to get a reliable source was like navigating a mine field. Groupies surrounded it, coveting their claims of secret law enforcement contacts and knowledge superior to others. It gave them preeminence on chat boards.

The pursuit of a criminal is not the same as the pursuit of a natural mystery. Arthur C. Clark said that scientists are the easiest people to fool because they deal with nature and nature doesn’t lie. People do. Criminology is therefore the most difficult pursuit. The mystery is a human predator, one that is lying at all times to cover his trail. Sadly, with the pursuit of EAR-ONS some of those claiming inside knowledge on chat boards were also “honesty challenged,” making it all the more difficult to believe any claims.

Investigation is usually fun. I remember while investigating Flight 19’s disappearance that my network of local historical societies were especially impressive in uncovering families and their whereabouts. In one case, one of the docents kicked on the door of the undertaker who had buried the brother of one of the missing men. It uncovered the lead to the family. It was a positive world of progressing in investigation, and sharing the results was rewarding. My experiences with Wesley Dellinger and Bill Harticon were a refreshing example of this old positive norm of sharing information.

The real world of investigating an obscure cold case is a frustrating, aggravating pursuit to uncover every scrap of knowledge, every clue to work forward. This pursuit I never presented on the web. Detectives invest information where they think it will do good, and after they have cast their bread upon the water, like God, they do not intend that it comes back void. Eventually the offer was even made to fact check anything on circumstances for my site that I wanted. It was an enormous advantage to avoid the world of internet claims. Circumstances could be clarified. Logistics could be studied.

Of civilians, only Michelle Cruz and I triaged so many POIs that we even had direct lines to detectives to facilitate the process.

Learning all this is of great advantage for me on other cases now. I know how I must proceed. I know how law enforcement works.

Most of my investigation was never presented online, only the results of crime scene analysis and then major points of analysis regarding prowling and the profile that best fit the circumstances. (And, yes, auto wrecking and used car dealing and hauling are still options. Many angles were being worked by EAR-ONS, and this is perhaps one reason why the alleged perpetrator is not talking. A DA simply can’t move forward with DNA alone. They must put in place how he moved about and could be in the areas at the times in question. The accused was a cop at the time, far removed from the crime scenes. Yet most of the prowling evidence points to someone local to the areas where EAR struck, some lair close-at-hand. The other clues indicate the use of many cars and plates from wrecked cars that could only be traced to dead ends at wrecking yards. Not surprisingly, the accused has also proven to be an adept mechanic. A lot must still be put in place.)

One example that is now public, but which I never alluded to before, can be given here. There has always been some question of how EAR got to the area of Attack No. 23 in Stockton. Stockton PD actually uncovered that one of the type of shoes EAR wore in Stockton while prowling could have been purchased at World of Shoes in Dublin. Had he come from the Contra Costa C direction? This would indicate some solid contact with the area long before he turned predator there.

My contributions are entirely behind the scenes now. Any information I come upon that may assist in how the prowling and crimes were pulled off I can forward to the appropriate investigators. I was always the most interested in the lairs and in how EAR stalked about.

A lot of drive by experts are going to inundate the topic now, but I am glad to be publicly leaving it. I am very satisfied that Q Files was a stepping stone to this moment of solution, a bridge that made it famous in its actual context, and that I became a trusted cog within the investigation.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

Return to Night Stalker

As more and more crime sprees (Visalia Ransacker, Cordova Cat, East Area Rapist, “Original” Night Stalker) become linked in theory to the alleged perpetrator Joseph DeAngelo there is a growing appreciation for the first most comprehensive handle. This is “NIGHT STALKER.” This one element stands out and sews together all these crime sprees. Sacramento still calls the perpetrator East Area Rapist, as he was known. But Santa Barbara still calls him Night Stalker, as they originally did decades ago. They had the first murders and they saw what must have gone into even selecting the victims. Santa Maria Times reflected this recently in an article linking more possible NIGHT STALKER crimes.

As the self promotion motivation becomes increasingly obvious in those who first invented the simple-minded Golden State Killer moniker– a handle worthy only of someone with a superficial understanding of the crime spree– the drive to restore the first and best moniker NIGHT STALKER is gaining momentum.

He should never have been the one who had his handle removed from him in the first place. This happened in the 1980s when Richard Ramirez was dubbed (with little justification) “The Night Stalker” by Los Angeles press. None of them knew that the law enforcement jurisdictions already had a perp on the books with that handle. This is how careful the true Night Stalker was. He was not at the center of press reports. Rather the police had to carefully examine the clues to realize they had a very calculated night predator on the loose. It is best now to refer to Ramirez as the “Los Angeles Night Stalker” and restore the moniker to the man whose meticulous MO inspired it in the beginning. HNL2

Night Stalker was so unseen as he prowled about that the dozens of identikits and sketches of “suspicious persons” seen in the neighborhood and released to the public have now proven to be completely bogus. The last one released may, ironically, have come the closest, and this is the Verla Street prowler.  As the phantom takes form before us, paradoxically we can see why Night Stalker was truly the only way he could have been known. It is the only way he should have been known. He carefully prowled and stalked and arrogantly assessed who would quench his thrill.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

EAR-ONS– Checkerboard Lairs and Excuses

I am not going to be one of those who diligently follows the case of Joseph James DeAngelo as it unfolds through court. Most of my purpose is finished. I promised that Q Files’ Night Predator section had one purpose– to solve the case or contribute thereto. That is now accomplished.

A few things I will help to clarify here as things unfold. One is the location of many lairs and “weigh stations” that he could potentionally have used both as hideouts and as excuses for visiting if he was stopped. As these addresses become known, they form a remarkable pattern over the East Area.

Of course, aside from those just north of Greenback there is the far more critical ones in Rancho Cordova.

I uploaded this video I took in August 2014 when I identify the training area and the most likely location of a lair. Now that these are coming to light, I upload it here. It is not an artistic video, and I do not begin to speak until a bit ofter the 2 minute mark. It was done essentially for myself, and that is why it was never uploaded with the commentary on Phantom Predator: Analysis of Prowling MO on Q Files. There I also have to speak with caution, and in the video I speak with certainty.

The Training Field of EAR-ONS

Now on to NORCAL Rapist and my other projects. Bill H has opened a proboard devoted to the Phantom of the Opera Rapist.

NORCAL RAPIST

 

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

EAR-ONS– “You Meddlesome Kids!”

Those civilians who did the most to identify EAR-ONS are not taking credit, but those behind-the scenes know who they really are, both civilians and in law enforcement. Like Michelle Cruz they devoted themselves to finding him, not publicizing themselves. Sometimes this became a battle for accuracy. They helped. They did not mislead nor obstruct. They became trusted conduits between jurisdictions. They were from EAR-ONS’s point of view the “meddlesome kids” who wouldn’t let him get away with his crimes, and they received the thanks of law enforcement for it. 

I post these here not to claim any credit, rather at request. These articles came at a significant moment (early March). They corrected the public’s false impressions about EAR-ONS’s DNA profile, and its inaccurate origins. They reflect the shift that just happened in DNA exploitation, and they bring clarity to how EAR-ONS was identified through civilian DNA databases.

This link exposes the German-English EAR-ONS and its origins in false DNA Markers.

Ethnic EAR: Bogus DNA Predator

How it was done using the real EAR-ONS DNA. He wasn’t such a loner after all when Sacramento got the line in him. (Ironically, I used graphs pertaining to my cousin’s daughter’s DNA, who is actually, as it turns out, a distant cousin to Michelle Cruz and her sister, Janelle, EAR-ONS’s final victim.)

Loner in the Genome

 

 

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

EAR-ONS– We See the Face of Evil. . . Thanks to the Following

 

Joe-Deangelo

“James DeAngelo Jr. believes that without law and order there can be no government and without a democratic government there can be no freedom. Law enforcement is his career, he says, and his job is serving the community.”

 

I have been sent many nice thank yous for my contribution to the case, included among these are thank yous from official investigators.

As a man who understands the countless hours put into a case such as this, and not to mention mental hours thinking and rethinking, honing, pursuing, etc. I would like to issue my own thank you to those who pursued EAR doggedly. I’ve been involved since 2011 and I know the significance these people have in the case. They did not wait for tips. They pounded the pavement in person and intellectually through the records, looking for every clue, pursuing every lead.

First and foremost, Contra Costa County sheriff Lt (rt) Larry Crompton. Nobody has done more than he to get this case organized and in the public arena.  He is Dr. Loomis to this real life Michael Myers. Some may not have liked that he dramatized Sudden Terror, but he kept the case details real and the dialog as well. Without his tome, no one could truly appreciate the impact of EAR-ONS.

Secondly, Lt. (rt) Richard Shelby. Sacramento Co. sheriff detective and an original investigator. He reentered the fray to bring more concise details to the case with his own tome Hunting a Psychopath. He frequently came back into the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department to discuss the case with active investigators and offer his services. I know he continued on his own to investigate leads.

Active investigators in Orange County— Supervisor Roy Ellison, DNA specialist Paul LaCommare, and Erika Hutchcraft. The first two names may not be that familiar to you, but Erika Hutchcraft’s name got out there and as a result she more than any other had to deal with the denigrating emails that so many know-it-alls have sent a number of the investigators. OC kept the flame alive the strongest and was crucial in getting the Night Stalker linked in other jurisdictions because last, but not least, Lt. Larry Poole wouldn’t let go of the case.

Paul Holes, Contra Costa Co. criminalist listened to Larry Crompton and pursued the link with the East Area Rapist DNA and with the southern California jurisdictions. Without him, the overwhelming evil that was EAR would not have been known. He labored extensively on his own POIs and in following his own theories and leads.

Sacramento Co. Sheriff detective Ken Clark and all his partners, who spent thousands and thousands of hours looking for any leads in old records and in tracking down every 40 year old POI report they had, every modern tip they got, and doing all this while still handling a full plate of homicide cases. He was the first official investigator to contact me regarding my own personal investigation. He called me “Watson,” which I think was meant to keep me humble; meaning that I might inadvertently have a good idea though perhaps completely unaware of its significance.

Detective Joe Evans in Ventura Co. Cold Case, who was the first detective I spoke to about a POI.

There are many others who over 10 years ago started to get the word out to bring attention to this forgotten case. Some of their names may be forgotten, so let me remind you of one: Robert Neville, who had the longest running website on EAR and devoted lots of effort to presenting information when this case was still in its primordial state. Another is J.J. McGregor who organized and presented as much of the original newspaper information as possible, and who journeyed to many of the crime scenes and tried to bring clarity to their locations when there was very little to go on except cross street information.

Of the victims’ family, there is none to equal the work of Michelle Cruz, Debbie Domingo, and the Harrington family.

And the many dozens, even those who perhaps didn’t care for me, who discussed the case and web sleuthed it. All wanted to help, all wanted to help solve it, and I think so many now realize that there was very little reliable information on EAR-ONS in the public forum. They may feel the irony a bit more than others. They spent thousands of hours researching, writing, contemplating, based on what is now evident to have been inaccurate data and bad sketches. Yet none of their efforts should be written off lightly. They spent this time out of their lives, emotionally and physically, sincerely trying to contribute to bringing this guy to book. None was wasted, and all should feel proud of their efforts.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

EAR-ONS — the Final Solution or Final Irony

I urge everybody to be restraint right now and await the news conference. Irony right now fills my senses. Back in March I had refused to travel to LA to do two film shoots because I was aware the case was soon to be broken and I didn’t know if it was based on my dossiers.  I was, however, not informed if the culprit was my Prime POI (born 1942) or a link from him. I chatted with a podcast host in March as well, expressing my joy it has to be my guy.

As it turns out, the man arrested is not my guy and the link to auto wrecking and plate lifting is (so far) thin to one of my POI auto wrecking families (Italian) in Del Dayo.

It is also ironic that yesterday I had a phone conversation with Wesley in which both of us agreed that the VR connection is rubbish unless we ditch the McGowen sighting altogether– a view I must admit many have expressed. Clearly, all were right.

Most everybody had long shifted views that EAR was much older than all those blond youth sketches and actually had dark, short hair.

But let’s don’t jump the gun because of the arrest. Let’s wait and see. . .

Many are stunned, including law enforcement, at the arrest of former cop Joseph James Deangelo on a warrant from Ventura County, supposedly on a 100% DNA match with EAR.

 

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.