Fearsome Faces– Hunting NorCal Rapist

We have to start by going back, going back to the tail end of the age of excess. The Decadent ’80s attitudes spilled over into the 1990s, making it yet another Naughty Nineties of excess and post Yuppie decadence. Halloween had become the big holiday now. It passed in excess of spending even Christmas. Newswires carried the stories, surprising people that more Americans actually spent the most money at Halloween.  It was an era of partying, self indulgence and, well, excess.

And Halloween is the perfect party night!  It is America’s last national festival in which the community is the stage. For 4th of July we crowd the parks and watch the parades and blow off fireworks out front of back our homes. Thanksgiving is a quiet time of feasting in our homes. Easter a somber time of repentance. There are parades and bar frivolity for St. Paddy’s– you get my point.  Halloween the neighborhood, the basic American neighborhood is the setting and everybody is included. It is a raucous national festival you cannot avoid. You may bury yourself in your house if you don’t like it– but you can still hear it outside. The groups of kids shuffle past, screaming, squawking, boasting, oohing and awing over some scare fest they just experienced. It is the way. It is Halloween. Europe my have many white nights and festival days in which the old cobblestone streets are jammed with merriment, but American has only Halloween remaining as a national festival. Halloween

Capitalizing upon and warping the exuberant era was one villain in particular. He was a home invasion rapist who carefully stalked his intended victims beforehand and then carefully working out his mode of attack before he appeared at their house or in it late one night or early morning and started his long, dramatic performance.

This is NorCal Rapist– yet another home invasion sadist and sexual terrorist. He is someone I have dedicated myself now to outing.  . . .or contributing thereto. It is difficult, as I have written before. Before he can be identified his crimes have to be put forward in order so that all can appreciate his evil and assist in any way in identifying him.

Much so far is lost– even the dates of a few of his crimes. For Woodland, even the year is lost. Vallejo has purged records (so far as is known) and a couple of jurisdictions refuse even the basics of information that always appear in newspaper stories.

But progress is still being made in the establishing the basics– dates, times, years. Recently, I’ve been able to establish the location of the bank where NorCal drained his first Davis (California) victim’s account while wearing that gaudy Mardi Gras mask. It is on East Cowell, making it likely that NorCal struck on January 25, 1997, in the Wild Horse area of Davis.

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Showing all who would see this that he was wearing a jubilant mask– the taunting night stalker. 

Determining this helps in general with geoprofiling. But more details are necessary–specifically, the words he said to his victims, how he acted about the house, what things he might have stolen.

There should be no question this guy enjoyed his performances. It was with his Halloween 1996 attack in Martinez, California, that he first used a dramatic mask– possibly the Fearsome Faces skull face mask. He popped up at the victim’s house wearing this and gave himself his treat and payed on her his trick. Fearsome Faces are the manufacturers of Ghostface as well, and in that same year that mask would achieve lasting cultural status when used in Scream, which came out two months after his Halloween attack. Here this villain did likewise, taking his victims by surprise in his ghastly black cloak and wearing that distorted mask.

Such was NorCal, the taunting, theatrical sadist and rapist. ScreamII

He took his act on the road, traveling about northern California and doing the same thing to other unsuspecting women at home.

Soon thereafter he used the perverse smiling mask in Davis and made sure we all knew it be wearing it as he stepped up to the ATM to be photographed. On July 18, 1997, he struck in Chico, another college town, and there the victim saw him to his face. I have no recollection of a mask having been worn, so he may have taken it off while he rummaged about the victims single bedroom Paradise Apartments.

But the drama didn’t stop. He theatrically told her not to look at him, the implication was that he’d have to kill her for seeing his face. But she jabbed him with the scissors and scarred his left forearm. He eventually left without raping her like the others.

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Chico PD sketch

Something else hadn’t changed. NorCal struck only on weekends– from Friday to Sunday morning. Halloween 1996 was the only exception. It was a Thursday night.

But how dramatic was he at the other strikes? That remains to be seen. Much more data must be gathered to even identify Vallejo’s and Martinez’s attack points, and those in Davis. It would be a miracle to locate Woodland’s (but then miracles happen).

However, it is clear from the pattern so far that NorCal stuck to communities close to a main thoroughfare. East Cowell in Davis fits with the pattern in Rohnert Park, Sacramento, Chico. No doubt also in Vallejo, Woodland, and Martinez and in the July 16, 2000 attack in Davis.

Pattern is what we need. It is essential to reenact each of his footsteps so we can track him. He identified his victims somehow, stalked them, and got to their houses. And uncovering the locations will finally place us in a position to pick up his scent.

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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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The Hunt for NORCAL Rapist– Step by Step

It was my desire to upload the NorCal Rapist section of Quester Files all at once, at the end of my initial investigation. However, I will have to do so incrementally as information unfolds.

From phone calls, emails, snail mail, I have been able to deduce that nobody has officially worked the case for over a decade. More than one person at Martinez Police, though polite, were adamant that the Halloween case 1996 was not their case. They had never heard of it. I sohuld contact the sheriffs. Soon, however, I got a call back confirming they had found the case file in their records. They refused to confirm, even the basics that are usually contained in newspaper accounts or on America’s Most Wanted.  The Martinez Gazette could find nothing, and I still need to wade through the archives of the Vallejo Times Herald to see if they did an article on it in 1996.

Of course, the basics of the street name, time, date, are standard items in the newspapers for when a crime is committed, and that is all that was requested. Newspaper accounts have related the street name in Chico, plus the time of the attack there in July 1997, but the date was absent and I still wait on that date to be confirmed. News reported on the Sacramento and Rohnert Park cases as well, so there is enough information to begin there.

I must also check to see if Vallejo Times Herald did an article on the February 1992 strike in Vallejo. According to Police Records, everything from that era was purged.

I also requested the case numbers so that I could check with the District Attorney’s Office about which cases were still active. After my site goes up, I need to forward any information that comes in to the jurisdiction that can still legally prosecute.  Some refused to give the case number though it is only a reference number which the DA’s Office would need to check if the complaint was filed with them.

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Solano County DA’s office was skeptical that DNA was filed against in the Vallejo case. I could not check with Contra Costa County since Martinez Police would not qualify anything, but I would suspect that the DNA was filed against.  Davis refused to give the case numbers, so it is impossible to check with the DA in Yolo County. Sacramento filed against the DNA, so I am told, but (when I called) the man on the phone never heard of the case and suggested I email the DA office’s general email, which allows anybody there to answer. None did.

Geoprofiling will begin with those cases where enough information exists. Those that will be first are Rohnert Park. News cameras went out with the victim and it was easy to identify the condo complex as the 1300 block of Parkway Drive. Chico will be next– it occurred on West Sacramento Ave. Sacramento’s strike occurred on Ivycrest– it was reported in the news at the time and TV news cameras followed the events so that it is easy to identify the actual house. I do not identify homes publicly, so that information will be withheld.

Circumstances can always be qualified, but the privacy of the individual cannot be compromised. Anything of such a nature that compromises the identity of the victim I do not share.

I will be working press contacts, etc, to get enough information to put this case on the radar where it belongs.  As the cases go up and gain notoriety more information will hopefully come in that will allow the dossier on this villain to be completed.

Please see previous posts on NorCal Rapist to get an idea of what this home invasion rapist and terrorist was like.

Vital information includes the street name of the attack, confirmation of the dates for Chico, Woodland, and Vallejo, and for Davis the street where the bank was located where NorCal was photo’d by the ATM camera when he drained the victim’s account on January 25, 1997.

A decade ago there was once a Myspace page on the crimes which has vanished. The information came from several of the victims. Hopefully, some of that information can eventually be found.

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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 Begins– Does Snelling Explain Zitka?

Except with minor reservations the attack on Victim 1 (Zitka) on June 18, 1976, in Rancho Cordova had been accepted for 40 years as the East Area Rapist’s first strike. There were a number of hallmarks of the beginner. One of the most interesting was the fact the perp attempted to cut the telephone wire leading into the house from the pole running along the backyard fence. He failed when the birdbath he set under it (in order to stand on it and reach it) gave way. He then whittled the kitchen doorframe and got in the house. Yet therein he paradoxically did not cut the phone wires from the phones.

At the time, the investigating cops thought it a local kid.

However, the attack on EAR “Victim 1” is now lost in the center of a shuffled deck of crime cards. It now seems that EAR was the Visalia Ransacker and with this he was the perp who attempted to kidnap Beth Snelling in September 1975 in Visalia. In the process the Ransacker was pursued by her father, Claude Snelling, and the Ransacker shot him down and murdered him. 636602586097356497-tdsdc5-5javqg0jls81iat7und-original

Between that September 1975 and June 1976 there aren’t any such home invasion crimes of a similar nature by the Visalia Ransacker.  He appears to be up to his usual prowling, but no attempts to abduct a woman from her house. The EAR may or may not have been the October 21, 1975, rapist on the 2600 block of Dawes Street in Rancho Cordova.

Therefore we have an interesting transition period between September 1975 and June 1976. The 2 poles are Snelling on South Whitney Drive in Visalia and EAR’s first strike on Paseo Drive on Victim 1 Zitka in Rancho Cordova.

As more and more acrimony is being directed at Joe DeAngelo, the accused EAR-ONS, many are convinced he was the VR and hence the murderer of Claude Snelling. The EAR was most certainly the perp against EAR Victim 1.

Therefore it is very likely that the attack on Victim 1 in Rancho Cordova on June 18, 1976, was the first major strike EAR/VR committed since the botched Snelling assault. The amateurishness (in appearance) of EAR’s attack on Victim 1 requires therefore some interpretation. Was it intentional to make it look like a newb was beginning a crime spree? Or is this attributing too much cunning to EAR?  Or is it the result of lessons learned?

For those who continue to follow the case– how neatly can the transition period between VR and EAR be sewn together? How can one work into the picture the October 1975 rape (originally regarded as his first for about a year in 1976-1977)? Or should that case be thrown out?

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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.

160M Dollar Painting and D.B. Cooper.

Say half in earnest, half in wondert, I reposted on Twitter the article introducing the Willem de Kooning stolen painting and the mystery of its discovery in the possession of a humble small town Arizona couple’s bedroom, provoking people to consider the picture of the couple (photographed therein)  and the remarkable resemblance of the man to D.B. Cooper.

The 160M dollar painting “Woman in Ochre” was stolen on Thanksgiving 1985 by a couple who committed a genuinely high-risk heist in an art museum. The woman waylaid the guard with questions while the man went into the display room and cut the painting out. They sped off in a red sportscar.

The man was said to be about 54 years old. The woman was younger.

Go back in time to Thanksgiving (Eve) 1971. D.B. Cooper, said to be about 40 years old, makes the high risk heist of skyjacking Northwest Orient’s local milk run flight from Portland to Seattle. He extorts 200K from Northwest, takes off with the crew as the sole passenger and somewhere before Portland, as the airliner flew back south, jumps out of the plane and is never seen again.

Rumors persisted that at La Center, Washington, a small plane was seen days before the skyjacking to make landings in a field, answering the signals of the headlights of a car. Was this a rehearsal for escape? Did Cooper have an accomplice?

D. B. Cooper planned the skyjacking meticulously. He told the captain how to fly the plane with its flaps down at the right angle, and knew that of all airliners this one in particular had a rear door that could be opened in flight. From there he bailed out never to be seen again.

The couple who had the 160M de Kooning, Jerry Alter and Rita Alter, kept meticulous records. On their public school pay they had traveled around the world to 140 countries, and had about 1 million bucks in their bank account. They lived a quiet, private life, and never spoke much with the other residence of the small town.

Jerry Alter also looked remarkably like D.B. Cooper.

So what do you think?  Do you think the link should at least be looked into?

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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.

Clickbait Solution– The Bermuda Triangle and Rogue Waves.

In my first book Into the Bermuda Triangle (2003 McGraw-Hill) I introduced the theory of rogue waves as follows:

“The oceans of the world are always in motion, but the unpredictability of this movement is more true in the Triangle than anywhere else. Dr. Hans Grabber, of the University of Miami extension on Key Biscayne, is the world’s foremost authority on rogue waves. “Rogue Wave” is rather self-explanatory: it doesn’t travel with the pack, it is volatile and its actions are unpredictable. Dr. Grabber’s studies have lead him to be able to predict where rogue waves are most likely to strike. Among the most probable areas are those near strong currents, like the Gulf Stream, and on the leeward side of islands, of which the Bermuda Triangle can boast thousands (the Bahamas are comprised of 700 islands on their own). As an example of their volatility, he notes that in 1994 a huge rogue wave slammed into Daytona Beach, Florida, on what was an otherwise calm and perfect day weather-wise. Other examples of rogue waves involve the Bahamian cruise ship Europa which in November 1999 was slammed abeam. These rogue waves have been noted to attain heights in excess of 100 feet, as seen in the case of the Dutch passenger liner Rotterdamn which was hit by one back in 1977.”

This paragraph above contained in Into the Bermuda Triangle (2003 McGraw-Hill) was basically more than enough attention given to the subject.  In addition to this, and indeed coming years before it, was a page on my original Bermuda Triangle website on the disappearance of the s.s. Poet in 1980 in which the US Coast Guard speculated that rogue wave might have hit the vessel abeam and sent her keelover.

They had reason, for all the evidence indicated that Poet vanished north of Bermuda on October 26, 1980, around this time the ketch Wandering Angus was capsized by a rogue wave that came from nowhere. However, Bart Dunbar, the skipper survived to tell the tale. By comparison the huge (520-foot) grain ship vanished.

Rogue Waves would tend to exist in the area of the Gulf Stream where the warm stream collides with the colder climates of the Atlantic off North Carolina. In the Marine Board of Investigation report on the Poet’s disappearance, the US Coast Guard explains the North Wall Phenomenon.

“The North Wall phenomenon is one of rapidly increasing wind and seas in the area of the northern boundary of the Gulf Stream where the sea surface temperatures can change dramatically. In such a region of large surface temperature contrast, a potential for damaging and volatile weather frequently exists. When cold air flows over this narrow zone of warm water, the air is rapidly warmed and rises. The rising air displaces the heavier, colder air aloft which descends generating strong, gusty winds at the surface.”

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Illustration of s.s. Poet from Into the Bermuda Triangle (2003, McGraw-Hill)

The theory of “rogue waves” is an old one, and it may apply to only a few cases of boats sailing in susceptible waters. But for those to claim “scientists” have solved the Bermuda Triangle mystery with the theory is pure clickbait. It is the product of skimming my old book and taking only one theory out of many. As the word “disappearance” implies, there is no evidence. No one can investigate a disappearance; only the circumstances surrounding a disappearance. No “scientist” could possibly have been involved in the egregious clickbait claims. There is no evidence for “rogue waves” except in a few cases where the crew survived to tell of it.

Investigating the circumstances of hundreds of disappearances in the Triangle opens the door on a number of disturbing theories. There is no single solution.

Boats and ships of all sizes vanish all over the area of the Triangle, many over shallow water, and leave no trace to suggest anything but mystery. That is why the Bermuda Triangle has its reputation to this day.

I longed for the time when I might distance my name from the Triangle, but had I not removed my original website a few years ago to place only a sample on Q Files perhaps I could have prevented this absolute rubbish from getting out there.

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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.

The ZODIAC– Signs of Frustration

I know my HorrorScope updates are frustrating for some, but they serve a purpose. They reflect the frustrations of actually outing a major serial killer and solving a cold case. The genre has been choked books that claimed “Solved” and present nothing but hypothesis and accusation.

As the recent solution to EAR-ONS has shown, the people are tired of that. Cold case investigators and the public want solution for real . . .not just claims of it for S&M purposes. Few in the reading audience buy into the claims on a book’s cover anymore. They don’t believe for obvious reasons– the claim of “solution” has failed way too many times.

As more web sleuths get refined in their search for cold case information, they have become more in tuned to what is required in a thesis to start the process rolling for investigating a person of interest. They understand the power of DNA. Compare now this experience with your usual run of the mill cold case accusation “solved” book and it is apparent the authors merely stews in their own theorizing and don’t have enough except to incite some curiosity. The subject of the book really only rates “person of interest” status and not “solved.” With today’s ability to chase down DNA, it is easy to mark a person of interest off the list. Books that rely on just causing suspicion about an individual are now obsolete.

For me, it is not enough that I have moral certainty and even hand printing from a much later date. I wish vintage hand printing circa 1964-1967. This has caused the delay. It is one needed both for the thesis promised to Law Enforcement and for presentation to the public in my own thesis.  

Another delay is that I said I would deliver a thesis outlining how I came to Zodiac and why there is no doubt even without DNA that this man presented herein is the infamous, bragging Zodiac Killer. This thesis could be up to 30 pages. It is to stimulate a behind-the-scenes official investigation.

Although everybody wants the case solved, there is human nature.  We have to accept it. I’ve already been warned in another case that the wagons are being circled around it because I have inquired about it. Everybody wants these cases solved, but some want to be the one to solve it. It is the nature of the beast. You work within this atmosphere. You do not rail against it.

Books that promise “solution” based on mere suspicion are easy to put out.  Unequivocal solution takes times and intricate steps. I don’t mind the delays, as frustrating as they are. And the updates, as frustrating as they may be, help to impose upon you as well that the solution, absolute and unequivocal, is preparing to be presented.  

In the next blog post let’s discuss what must be done to “officially solve” the Zodiac’s identity. Actually, DNA legally cannot do it on its own in this case.

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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.

 

 

 

The True Mindset of NorCal Rapist

From my last major blog on NorCal Rapist the reader no doubt got the impression I dislike the “psychological profile” that has been asserted about him– namely that he deluded himself into believing that his home invasion rapes were consensual. This psycho profile has been asserted only once, so it is not something dominant, but sadly this one time is the only time there has been any kind of in depth review of this lost case.

I dislike this profile because it is false. But more than this it is a certain type of falsehood that creates a very dangerous effect– it minimizes NorCal’s evil.

Fortunately such psycho profiles are fading, put in place in an era in which metaphor was still heavily being used by psychiatry as a base off which to theorize. A particularly horrid example is the metaphor of the bed. In the 1950s it was a metaphor for “mother.” So when a kid wet his bed he was subconsciously saying he hates momma. Yet later it was discovered that when certain allergens were taken away from the child, the bed wetting stopped. The rather obvious deduction was made: bed wetting was the result of the “sneezing” of an allergic bladder.

But before such strides were made in medicine, can you imagine how many children and how many mothers were given a guilt trip over the event of bed wetting?

In 2005, Dr. Richard McNally (Harvard) and Dr. Grant Devilly (Duke), testified before the supreme court in order to bring it up to date on the recent outlooks within the business of psychology. McNally declared of “repressed memory” that is did not exist. It was the biggest “bit of folklore to ever infect psychology and psychiatry.”

Yet for 100 years psychologists believed that people could forget (repress) traumatic experiences. Though individually none had ever treated a case of it, collectively they must have believed that it was always some other shrink that had the cases. When the data was finally collated, it was discovered no psychologist ever had a case. On the contrary, real studies showed that victims of traumatic experiences wanted to forget them but couldn’t (not surprisingly).

These are just two examples where past theories that had been used to interpret real life events had crumbled to actual data collation and logic.

Even with the minimal amount that is known about NorCal rapist’s dialog with his victims, and what can be deduced (so far) about his modus operandi of selecting them, it is clear he knew well that he was breaking and entering, terrorizing and raping his victims against their will. His sarcastic little tauntings make it plain, just as his image in the ATM camera testifies to his intent.

While draining one victim’s account in 1997 (using her ATM card), he put back in place the smiling Mardi Gras mask to conceal his features. He turned this way and that to reveal he had a mask on and had outguessed those who would see this film and try and follow him.

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NorCal knew well that he stalked, bound and gagged, terrorized, raped, and robbed his victims . . . and he enjoyed it for those reasons. He took the necessary precautions to avoid being followed. With his last victims he took them into the shower and tried to wash them clean.

Either the Martinez victim or the idea of attacking on Halloween excited him enough that he broke his pattern and struck on a weekday night. Here he wore a plastic skull mask. This bit of drama began a new pattern in him. At the next victim he would wear the jubilating Mardi Gras mask.  It fit with the theatricality he had displayed, it blended better in the early morning at the ATM while he robbed the victim.

Two months after his Halloween 1996 strike the movie Scream would premiere. It would feature a similar MO– someone lurking outside the house, peeping in the windows and mysteriously appearing inside dressed in a Halloween costume and ghost mask. This perhaps helps you envision him in action . . .except in real life.  A month later at the end of January 1997 he would wear the smiling Mardi Gras mask and strike in Davis, California.  This was the closest together of all of his attacks– Martinez, Davis. He was on a roll now. In July he would strike in far away Chico, another college town like Davis.

Something had clearly changed in him after his first taste of theatricality. His first victim had been in June 1991, the second in February 1992 (at which he wore nothing more dramatic than a ski mask). Martinez was his third, Davis a few months later his fourth, Chico his fifth . . . but the roll stopped here.

(The year of his aborted Woodland strike has been lost; still searching for it.)

He then vanished again until 2000 and returned to Davis. Did he have victims in the interim? I don’t know. He threatened his victims at the end that if they went to the police there would be trouble. He reminded them that he knew what they looked like. They didn’t know what he looked like. Some may have been cowed from going to the authorities. But his threat above, confirmed by Victim 1, makes it plain he knew this wasn’t consensual.

NorCal was a premeditative, cautious, and self indulgent rapist. The home invasion serials are the most careful, cleverest, and hardest to  find. It’s time to get much more information out there of this performing, taunting 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.