NORCAL Rapist Takes Form

Our man, NORCAL the theatrical rapist, was a weekend rapist with one exception so far. This exception was Halloween. In 1996 it fell on Thursday night. So far, though two jurisdictions are still searching their records, this is the only time he broke his pattern of Friday, Saturday or Sunday strikes.

This is also apparently the first time he wore a theatrical mask– a plastic skeleton  mask. In Vallejo he wore a basic ski mask. Victim 1 did not state publicly if he wore a halloween_3_skull_6222017pmgmask (probably did) but she said she never saw his face.

So as it stands we can infer striking on Halloween really meant something to him. And the thrill of a theatrical mask zinged with him. At his next victim’s (in Davis) he wore a smiling Mardi Gras mask.

Unfortunately, very little has been reported of this case. I’m the first to get the actual dates.  There was one AMW show. It wasn’t in depth. It didn’t even confirm the crime dates. Based on only a few cases there was a questionable psychological profile– one that said in his mind he believed his victims were consensual partners.

Logically, this doesn’t fit with the facts as already established. His threat to the victims at the end of the ordeal are particularly revealing. This is where he warns them that they better not go to the police because “You don’t know who I am but I know who you are.” He made it plain he’d get even. Also, he called the Halloween victim a couple weeks later and supposedly asked her if she enjoyed “my raping you.” I must confirm that word was used. No one uses the word “rape” and thinks he engaged in a consensual act. Moreover, Victim 1 confirmed the sarcastic farewell he gave her, reminding her she should lock her doors or someone might come in and burglarize her– the exact method, of course, by which he got in her condo. Wearing

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Smugly showing off his mask for the camera, Davis 1997.

that smiling mask and looking into the ATM camera while draining the 1997 Davis victim’s account is yet another taunt that plainly reveals he was enjoying what he knew was theft and rape.

There is nothing delusional about NORCAL. He was calculating and premeditative. He knew exactly what he was doing. . . .and he enjoyed it. He also planned it carefully. He drove over northern Cal to strike on weekends, but he came across his victims sometime before this. He worked during the week and must have had many weekends off. How many weekends had he spent stalking them weeks or months in advance?

More info is needed to even put this arrogant villain on the map. Until now this phantom of the opera rapist has controlled the stage. But it is time to lift the curtain.

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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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HorrorScope Taking Form– Identifying the Zodiac Killer

I’m glad to say that the cover art that I designed has on the large been accepted as the dust jacket for HorrorScope. It’s simple and doesn’t divert the eyes much, and this is needed over such a subject as this.

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William Fiesterman adjusted an actual photo to create the lifeless, cold visage of the Zodiac; and I added the crosshair. Bill was one of Will Vinton’s animators and the animation director on the original California Raisin’s commercial, one of the 1980s’ popular culture icons.  The image of Zodiac, black and white and in shadows, reveals the true Zodiac Killer but also shows how the heavyset villain could inspire the San Francisco PD sketch, which shows Zodiac looking very skinny. Without eyes, he is a heartless killer, and the symbolism of the crosshair you all know.

I will share more aspects of the book’s artistry (back cover,  etc) as they take form. It’s finally time to bury this case, and I’m glad we are in the last mile.

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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.

Did the ZODIAC Kill Again?

DNA is all the rage now for solving old cold cases by finding an unsuspecting cousin in the database and then following his heritage to uncover the miscreant relative. But this method’s success is dependent on several factors. Just because a suspected villain’s DNA is preserved from a crime scene doesn’t mean genealogical searching will pay off.

The identity of the Zodiac Killer may one day be confirmed via DNA, but his MO makes it unlikely that he could ever be proven to have murdered other victims after his last known victim, Paul Stine, in October 1969.  The DNA attributed to Zodiac is actually from stamps on the boastful letters he mailed. But if Zodiac gunned down other victims and didn’t brag about it, like he said he would, there would be no DNA from those unsolved crime cases to compare with his in order to make a connection.

Even if a clear, incontrovertible DNA profile is pulled from the Zodiac’s stamps yet again, it is DNA that is not recovered in perpetration. The features of the man that it leads to would still have to be compared to the PD sketches and then, most of all, samples of his hand printing compared to Zodiac’s printing.  His hand printing constitutes evidence in perpetration.

But before Zodiac turned to becoming the Zodiac . . .? This is another matter.

Although many doubt that the Zodiac Killer ever killed again after he murdered Paul Stine, no one is really too sure if he had murdered before his first Vallejo victims on December 20, 1968. He waited to brag about these murders until 7 months later, so apparently his thrill of killing them was initially enough motive for him. Was this same thrill enough for murders even before December 1968?

There is the murder of a young couple, John and Joyce Swindle, on the “patio” along Ocean Beach, San Diego, on February 5, 1964. It was an unprovoked murder of a young couple. The killer apparently used a .22 pistol. He shot them from a distance and then approached and stood over them and fired a last round into each of their heads.

In many ways this was similar to the murders of Robert Domingos and his fiancé Linda Edwards on June 4, 1963, on Gaviota Beach, a remote area off Highway 101 south of Lompoc, California. They were shot multiple times with a .22 pistol.

The murders of John and Joyce Swindle show a killer that was a little more prepared than the one who murdered Domingos and Edwards 8 months before. Was it the same killer and was he progressing?

The killer of both couples may be the same perp, but this does not make this perp the man who would later use the murder of young couples as a resumé to terrorize the Bay Area in 1969.

The savage murder of Cheri Jo Bates, however, on October 30, 1966, is another matter. Unlike the Zodiac murders and the murder of both young couples in 1963 and 1964, there was no similarity to the Zodiac’s MO seen here. However, there was one similarity here. Someone liked to send in a confession letter and then 6 months after the murder on April 30, 1967, send three nasty notes reading: BATES HAD TO DIE. THERE WILL BE MORE.

There was something about the printing and the tenor of the notes and the writing on the envelopes that suggested an early Zodiac attempt. It if was not an attempt to get yet another thrill over one of his murders, it was at least later viewed by Riverside PD as an attempt to brag about murder by proxy. They didn’t believe he was the killer, but it was possible that he wrote those 3 sick notes to get some sort of bizarre thrill.

Depending on the state of preservation of  evidence from the stamps on the April 30, 1967, notes sent to the Press Enterprise, the Riverside Police, and Cheri Jo Bates’ father, there might finally come proof of Zodiac’s connections with at least writing those notes and dovetailing on the violent murder of the young college coed.

If those stamps are still intact underneath, where the writer of those notes had licked them in April 1967, there may finally come proof one way of the other if Zodiac was involved.

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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.

COLD CASE, LOST CASE HARD FACTS

I’ve not written here in a while. Without the need for updates, as I had promised in the case of EAR-ONS, there really is no need for frequent writing. And now getting down to the nitty gritty on a few others it would not be politic to write too much of the details of how one gets info. Rather only the final product is what will be presented.  But . . .

. . .But there’s some things that need be said to help shed light on the pursuit.

For NORCAL it is gloomy but it is also looking up. After only a week of calls, it looks as if more than one jurisdiction did file a complaint with the district attorney’s office against the perp’s DNA.  It is very possible that the records have been purged from at least two jurisdictions without filing. But a couple of newspapers have also gotten involved to help uncover information on the old cases. So far, the street names of 3 strikes are known. Written requests must be sent in for such basic things as the actual date of the crime. Most are unknown. Only the month is mentioned in popular reports. District attorneys’ offices are more helpful, but they need case numbers. So more written requests, etc, so forth. For some cases, I must visit old libraries to see if the case was reported upon at the time.

It is a sad truth that NORCAL’s crime spree has been so forgotten except by me. But a creep like this cannot be allowed to rest. “You don’t know me, but I know you. So if you go to the police I will get even.” He dramatically threatened his victims with this line. A creep like this shouldn’t be forgotten, especially after at least 9 victims of home invasion rape. He was dramatic, pompous and taunting, and that makes for good hunting.

It will take a lot just to get the basics in place– even just an exact date for the crime– but afterward geo-profiling will begin, and in terms of true hunting that is the beginning. But until that time, lots of phone calls, letters, libraries, newspaper archives.

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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.

 

 

 

Geoprofiling the Doodler– San Francisco’s forgotten serial killer.

I’ve been slammed with my other cases and pursuits to make it to San Francisco to finally start geoprofiling the Doodler locations. However, John was visiting from Chicago and asked if I wanted any recent photos of Zodiac locations. I directed him to some Doodler locations, and he was delighted to go there. He took my information and did more research. Then he hit a few of the main spots and really walked around and took pics every which way.

Below are just a few examples.

Where it all began– here on Ocean Beach at the end of Judah Street the body of Gerald Cavanaugh was found. He is considered No 1.

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Looking back toward Great Highway, the coast road.

Spreckles Lake, Golden Gate Park. Around here the body of Jae Stevens was supposedly found (some say Stow Lake).

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There’s lots of secluded locations and a path near the lake.

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Behind these dunes Klaus Christman (Victim 3) was said to be dragged and finished off after he tried to flee back to Lincoln Way.

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On top of the dunes looking back to Great Highway at Lincoln Way and Golden Gate Park.

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Capin (Victim 4) was found around the end of Vicente Street– much further south along Great Highway than the others. John said these are the most intricate dunes he’d encountered.

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This is only the beginning. More details must be uncovered, exact locations of the murders within these areas, plus the locations of the other victims, to start working the Geoprofile of the Doodler.

 

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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.

Doodled to Life. . . The Doodler

I started writing about the case of the Doodler in 2015. It is a fascinating case, but one that didn’t at that time motivate one to proceed with it too quickly. There really wasn’t much mystery. The suspect’s name was long known. He had been repeatedly questioned by police back in 1975. I planned to hit the crime scenes and do some photo essays, but I knew there were very few details public on this serial’s MO and his attacks. They were only recited in general. It would be difficult to even do the serial spree justice in terms of historical chronicling.

But the Doodler’s MO was unique. You don’t get jacket jobs like this anymore. He entered gay bars in the Castro, ingratiated himself by drawing a caricature of patrons on  a napkin or on his drawing pad, and then they left together. The bar patron was not seen again until found as a lifeless body slashed to pieces in some remote spot around Golden Gate Park or Ocean Beach.

Apparently there was some indoor action as well, and a few survived but didn’t want to get involved in a public scandal. We’ve all heard they were a prominent SF businessman who promptly fled the city instead of being questioned. There was a European diplomat, who also left, and a “nationally known entertainer,” who also refused to return to SF. (My discussions with some in-the-know have centered on identifying the last person, obviously the most interesting of the three.)  No trial ever came because none wanted to be involved in a public scandal.

. . .So how to proceed?

As I saw it, my purpose to the old crime case was thus to highlight the crimes, document the scenes, bring the case from the relative obscurity it had. . .but there was no real mystery to solve because the guy’s name was known and there was no admissible evidence.

This must have been the fly in the buttermilk for SFPD as well. The question was how after 40 years to get some admissible evidence?

SFPD is now trying to do so, hoping, I suppose, that there is DNA somewhere on a couple of the victims that can link to the man they repeatedly grilled back when.

The news sensations over identifying EAR-ONS via DNA have started a fad whereby we hear of all these re-examinations of old cases. The current fad, however, is a news fad, not a police fad. They were always re-examining cases. The news are reporting on cases that had some vague notoriety at one point. But there are many cases being re-examined that aren’t getting news because they really never had national news to begin with.

Another case that desperately needs public revision is the Colonial Parkway Murders. Like the Doodler case, there is too little information out there. This serial was very careful to the extent that his height, weight, or any part of his features is completely unknown. There is also some question on how many crimes he committed and if all those attributed to him are all done by the same perpetrator.

The first step with this old case is probably underway. This is to find DNA to begin with. The FBI would have to find it on two different cars. Then comparing touch DNA (if they get it) from these cars is necessary to confirm a link between very different murders (the first victims were a female pair; those thereafter were male and female pairs). Confirming there was one killer is a huge advance in the case. A phenotype would also greatly help.

For more details, the reader can go to my site The Quester Files and read about the Colonial Parkway Murders.

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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.

HorrorScope Update– The Zodiac Killer

Sorry about lack of updates on this project. There were a number of reasons to delay.  Handwriting with brief moments of hand printing in between technically made the match between my suspect and the ‘Zodiac’ Killer.  However, because the lettering was of a later date, there was reason to balk. I wanted an incontrovertible  link (short of DNA) from his printing contemporary with the crimes (1960s). A source had opened up over a year ago, but it is slow getting these old records.

This last point alone is what has delayed HorrorScope‘s publication. Everything else is in place.

My recent shock over the antics involved in the EAR-ONS case has underscored the need for intellectual property rights attorneys, libel attorneys, and specialty publicists. Needless to say this bears on delays.

In short, it is a nightmare of ancillary things rather than putting in place the tome. It is finished. The suspect is identified therein. To protect his family, I was going to use his birth surname. (He was later adopted by one of his mother’s string of husbands.) But with securing better hand printing examples I will name him under his legal name, the one he used for the majority of his life.

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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.