Amelia Earhart and the Psychic Spot

Jacqueline Cochran was one of if not the greatest and most famous women pilots of her time.  Yet she was able to keep something largely secret about herself: she believed she had psychic powers– a “strange gift.” She was dear friends with Amelia Earhart, and through a demonstration she proved to Amelia that she could, in fact, see across time and space. Amelia had come to her with the problem of a missing airliner that had crashed somewhere en route to Los Angeles.  Jackie retired and considered. She called Amelia back in an hour as promised. She described the area and even the direction the crashed plane was facing. She turned out to be right.

From this startling demonstration Amelia was certain that together Jackie could help locate her if she had to go down at sea on her planned ’round-the-world flight. Jackie agreed.

In her 1954 memoirs (The Stars at Noon) Cochran brought up this previously unknown episode in her and Amelia’s life. She had to even ask the rhetorical question “So why didn’t I locate her?” Her answer: “I did, or at least I think I did.” She tells us that as soon as Amelia’s non arrival at Howland was announced, G.P. Putnam burst into her apartment and asked her to help find Amelia in that unusual way they both believed in.

Cochran wrote that she did help. She located Amelia in a certain area of sea that was being well combed. They had ditched here and were drifting in the Electra. Amelia’s navigator, Fred Noonan, had cracked his skull upon the ditching, but Amelia was all right. She told G.P. the spot, either by showing it on a map or by giving exact coordinates. We can easily assume this, for there is evidence this episode really took place.

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Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan at Bandoeng

 

The commander of the Lexington search group noted in his report that on July 17 G.P. Putnam made a request through the San Francisco Coast Guard to search an area around a precise coordinate. The Navy responded that they couldn’t do it. It was “impracticable.” This area was far west of the Gilberts, on the way to Nauru. The Gilberts had long been searched. There was nothing.

This area– 170 degrees east by 0. degrees 09 minutes north– was never searched.

Cochran’s memory made some mistakes in her recital. She never gave us coordinates. (Thanks to the Navy log we have them, however.) She believed the area was well searched and that the Navy searched it in response. It also wasn’t just after Earhart vanished. Putnam sent in the request on July 17, over 2 weeks after his wife disappeared.

As far as Cochran could remember, Amelia drifted for 2 days after she had psychically located her. Then on the third day, as Cochran writes, she went to the cathedral and lit a candle for Amelia’s soul, which “had taken off on its own long journey.”

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Far west of the Gilberts, far off course for Howland Island. A legend developed very early (during WWII) that Amelia had been seen on the Marshall Islands, but so far all the explanations for how she could have gotten there have fallen flat.

Balancing all this out, Jackie Cochran actually thought Earhart had survived not three days, but died on the 3rd day after she was asked by Putnam to help find her. Thus is seems Cochran believed Earhart lasted about 18 days after ditching at sea.

Coincidently this drift placed her south of the Marshall Islands, on the trade routes between them and the Gilberts. Cochran had psychically seen 2 boats involved in Earhart’s fate. One was the Itasca, which she named though she said she had never heard of it before. The other was a Japanese fishing boat, the name of which she had forgotten.

So much of the legend of Amelia Earhart is reflected in Cochran’s memory of her contribution to the search. According to the legend, the Japanese ship came and got Earhart and took her to the Marshall Islands, and from there she went to Saipan, the Japanese administrative center for the mandated islands. From there several legends have unfolded.

The purpose here is not to argue on the reliability of psychic powers.  The purpose is to put in place a coherent narrative that explains to us the actions of those involved in this real life drama. Many things came together, and for those who are actors upon the stage, they knew of this psychic reading and were influenced to a certain extent by it; G.P. certainly enough to ask that the area be searched.

But it goes beyond that one annotation, and in putting everything straight in Then Came The Dawn I have to pursue how it intertwines with several other bits of information. Together they give us an alternate view on the conspiracies that are said to have motivated some of Earhart’s inner circle.

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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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Me, Mr. Adamant and I

Why am I so adamant not to adjust some things on Q Files as regards to EAR/ONS? The answer is easy. I need authoritative sources, not claims. I investigate cases where I can actually go to the crime scene. When this isn’t known, I have to work a lot of angles to deduce the exact location.

For example, there’s a dispute over some streets where EAR struck. In Modesto some said Grand Prix, although topos for 1978 prove the street didn’t exist, and any Google search will prove it is not to the northeast of Sylvan and Coffee. The only area that fits with all the reports is Atwood and Sylvan Meadows. The is the one area under construction in 1978 with a few houses already built and more in progress.

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One of the first houses I knew for certain was the attack on Casilada Way, the attack in Little Pocket. For some strange reason some say Piedmont, the cross street. I know a CSI who grew up on the street and knew the victim. I know another person who knew her who was from the general area. Not so surprisingly, Larry Crompton also said it was Casilada Way. Everybody knew it was Casilada Way.

Despite Crompton saying No 6 happened on La Loma (and from his description I found the exact house including the BBQ chimney in back) some insist No. 6 was on El Segundo, though nothing matches there.

There are those who dish out that rubbish that bloodhounds followed EAR’s trail from Rivendell in Davis to the private airport. I don’t think they fully understand how far that is. I refused to even walk it and film it while in Davis. I can’t imagine how long it would take.

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It would be interesting to imagine that EAR had a pilot’s license and plane, but it seems unlikely. This is a long walk. At night, it offers no advantage. The police would already be out and about looking for a suspect.  

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The area in context. Back then it would have been like walking across half of the city.

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Here I am in front of the apartments, which are quite a walking distance from Rivendell. I am looking toward the tree lined walking/biking path. Do you see how far that is? Then the path leads on and on to the airport.

There are those who think EAR was flew into Modesto, took a cab to Sylvan and Meadows, and then walked across a huge field to Atwood to the crime scene. How would he get away? Call another cab?

There are those who think that EAR kidnapped Victim 9 and walked her under “a bridge” all the way down the canal until behind Meadowcreek. Dewey is not a bridge. It is the road going over the canal, and the opening underneath it is called a sewer which connects the canal on both sides of Dewey.

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Photos taken by another EAR/ONS researcher than me.

On the whole, without an authoritative source, until I have several points that merge together to confirm or deny, I don’t alter the data. Some may claim they are reading the actual reports. But if they are dishing this stuff out, there’s a big problem with credibility or memory.

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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.

There is No Golden State Killer

Yesterday for the first time in a long time I afforded myself a day off from the dark light of cold cases. I was introduced to the District Attorney’s official investigator of the DNA Unit and handed off so that my files will now go to him. You can interpret from this that everybody is past little vignettes and theorizing on the Night Predator. It’s down to identifying him. I worked one entire angle on my own– auto wrecking and things pertaining thereunto. So I suppose the door is open for me for this reason. Wesley has told me EAR/ONS is 4th on the FBI’s want list. Everybody wants him. No one wants him to become another Jack the Ripper.

But I must digress here yet again. There is NO Golden State Killer!!!!!!! People continue to call EAR/ONS that, but the truth of it is that there is no such serial murderer as GSK. Nor can there be. No serial killer has ever been given the honor, the distinction if you will, of meriting a State’s official nickname. Period. There is no Show-Me State Killer for Missouri. No Empire State Killer for New York. No Volunteer State Killer for Tennessee.  I don’t know how many times I have to say this.

I don’t care if EAR/ONS is a bad handle. You don’t reach out for a totally bogus handle that doesn’t reflect the killer’s MO or style and then elevate him to an official product or tourist attraction of the State.

Now that being said, in relaxing yesterday I did a little adjustment of a very unappreciated sketch purporting to be EAR. It comes from the CCC area, and it reflects other features reported elsewhere– except his eyes are not so close together as they supposedly were. There is only one witness description to his face, and the sketch is not a very concise one. So I mixed the witness sketch (which opens this post) with the San Ramon sketch.

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Roman nose rather than pug nose, darker features, leaner face, shorter neck. I adjusted only one eyebrow to contrast whether his brows were thin or thicker.

In the POIs that I have submitted, I must pivot between the two extremes of witness descriptions– a short guy in his 30s with dark hair and a young man in his late teens to early 20s with dishwater blonde hair. These two extremes are consistent. The  description of the older EAR is that of a shorter man– topping at 5 foot 6 inches, though taller probably depending on the type of shoe he was wearing. His hair is very dark brown. He is hairy. The younger guy is taller, less hair.

The adjustment of the sketch above is for the older, shorter EAR. His eyes are close together (in real life). He has a short neck. Hairy legs. He is mid 30s.

In the 2 POIs I have recently submitted, they represent both of the extremes above and one especially had the wherewithal to be responsible for every clue EAR left behind, including finally, the explanation for how he knew where the canals were.

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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 Update–November Echo

I open this blog post with a collage someone did on the web of the various sketches purported to represent EAR or suspects in crimes to which he was considered associated. It gives you an idea of how much is left to interpretation. What did EAR really look like? His face was seen only once in perpetration, in the cutout of his balaclava, from an angle that would make his face look fuller.

As you all know, it is not physical appearance which has driven me to my POIs. It is the clues that point to occupation. Combining both helps, of course. It is a particularly jolting experience when all the factors point to a specific person and then only later a picture of him is obtained and it matches much of what has collectively been reported in the most reliable circumstances.

I just submitted my longest dossier on a POI in my files. It is 13 pages, but pictures and maps take up lots of space in Word, so it is not so daunting to the official investigator. I know attention will be spent on it.

I also know it is frustrating for those who follow my investigation that I can no longer give details in public. But for those who had read my uploaded thesis on RAP, you get an idea of what these dossiers look like. These POIs are alive, and it doesn’t do to get detailed in public, for the innocent or the guilty.

The two previous dossiers inspired a process for DNA. The dossier I just submitted is for my longstanding favorite. Younger age, a physical description, and the reinterpretation of the comfort zones, caused RAP to supplant him and rise to the top of the list.

With his elimination, the two others I have concentrated on have naturally come to the top. They pivot between the spectrum. What is essential is that they had access to used cars and sporting goods and no oversight. Much has happened since then to underscore this POI above all others once again. Yet since much is always left to interpretation in such a cases, only the process of elimination matters now rather than the hypotheses that move an investigator forward. The hypothesis has been mine. It is now for the official investigators to concentrate on elimination. If it comes about that this POI is EAR/ONS, then I think we shall all be surprised, if not stunned, about which sketch truly caught his appearance best.

The process to eliminate a POI takes a while, so I may be tempted in the interim to average between a few of the sketches, those based on the only eyewitness report, and then post a pic. It should be helpful whether I have or have not uncovered him with the latest submissions or not. Within the collage of sketches there is undoubtedly the face of evil so many have sought to unmask.

Remember, doggedly remember, EAR’s face was never seen in action but once from a difficult angle. Only a form was seen– thin, agile, short, masked. There is no certainty about anything else, even about his actual hair color. This, almost a masked effigy, is all that we have had. It is the clues he left while stalking a neighborhood that are far more revealing.

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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.

Blog, Blog, and Cold Case

Sorry about the lack of blog posts, especially on EAR/ONS, but I expressed my desire to denude myself of my investigative material surrounding several POIs and links thereto and to others. I have been introduced to another official investigator, and I must prepare my work. I am intensely refining my data right now to make my theses coherent and save on any official man hours that might be needed. In others words, I am coming down to synthesizing detailed files on POIs and putting in order the facts and the various interpretations which favor which one is more likely to pursue, in an order of priority.

The sweep I am doing right now will continue for a month at least. It will not only refine in detail what I already have, but I will try and make some cross hits or include new suspects by snooping into some interesting EAR vignettes.

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One is the boxy Datsun mentioned by Lt. Shelby in his book Hunting a Psychopath. Ted Daly encountered this Datsun in a part of Rancho Cordova that he felt could have been the EAR’s lair. He followed the Datsun, but it vanished down Lambrusca quickly.  I know the area from the days of legwork. The incident could have been an encounter with EAR, but the area is ideal for EAR’s prowling as well. It may not have been him returning to his lair. Nevertheless a sweep of the owners’ names of the houses on those streets may turn up a viable link to one of the pedigrees I have been following. If it is a new POI, it is most likely the link will first appear with a business entity or family name already on my list.

I will try and get up my introduction page on NorCal in the next month, but the intense nature of this month’s investigation will keep me focused and fatigued on one subject alone.

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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.

Happy Halloween! Cold Case Updates.

I have made some significant progress in identifying one of the lost NorCal Rapist crime scenes, and perhaps I am closer to finding another. This theatrical, smug rapist struck once on Halloween (1996) and another time close to it– a fit time for a masked creep who liked to play his own trick-or-treat with the lives of others.

Fortunately, his DNA was filed against (at least in Sacramento County) so that statute of limitations has been circumvented. He can still be prosecuted. And I hunt him. . . sadly to do so I must uncovered the strike locations, most of which have been lost.

As for EAR/ONS, I hope to have a few more POIs submitted by Thanksgiving. I have my own route for submitting my information to the task force, but people do contact me and on occasions when it is a legitimate concern over a POI I forward to them the FBI contact. A couple of POI are under scrutiny via this method as well.

Since I have made very concise my approach to the crime spree, I do my own legwork and investigation and I am able to submit any pertinent and potential leads I uncover. No one else follows my angle, which is good. Each has his own angle of approach– real estate, development, etc.

So this update is basically the gist of this post– all is good. The process of elimination continues. Between 600 to 700 have been DNA tested from about 6,300 or so POIs– if my memory serves. The others have been eliminated via other means. This is major progress. There is no failing in the process of elimination.

As I understand it, the FBI and Air Force are sweeping all Sacramento area schools, checking the records of all male students attending between 1968 and 1976 and comparing them to custody records between 1982 to 1986 to see if a name appears. Those that do, naturally, they will look into more deeply to see if this is EAR/ONS.

With the same fervor of Dr. Loomis, everybody involved wants to get this real life Michael Myers for all he did.

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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.

Unpicking the Spider’s Web– EAR/ONS and that One Mistake

How I long to go on a junket– some Kolchkian pursuit on the dark side or some roaring adventure for treasure. But. . .  I’m saddled here with EAR/ONS, and surprising headway was made yesterday in locating one of the NorCal Rapist’s lost cold case crime scenes. I just can’t let go right now.

As I’m preparing another dossier on EAR, I contemplate what could truly be his primal mistake. The use of various junkers is overt. The use of many ski masks is equally blunt. Military jackets, both blue and green, yes, we all know. Real estate connections– Seems obvious. But what is the subtle mistake that will sew all these strings together? It has been this one shifting element that causes POIs to rise or sink in importance on the list.

I don’t think EAR worked one profession, so that one of his stalking elements should be key to binding all these together in one person and revealing his identity.

Canals? I’ve often thought they were a primal clue. How do you find them? It is true that only a few times EAR struck a victim whose home was on a canal, but canals are nearby to many attacks and in many towns. He may not have struck a victim off a canal here, but did he begin his stalking from one and simply didn’t find a suitable victim until a block or so away? It would indicate he started with canals and hence knew these locations. This, of course, indicates access to civil engineering maps.

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Is this EAR? He was seen on Heathcliff, near the canal.

 

Or our we letting our imaginations play hob with our reason?

I never believed EAR grew up in Rancho Cordova. He strikes in a limited area, and this area is a blueprint for his future attacks; he remains close to a main street into the development– in this case it was Paseo Dr. to Folsom Blvd.

I always agreed that EAR grew up in the East Area (Carmichael or Citrus Heights). But are we wrong here too? The logic is he knew the East Area. So it seems. But conversely logic would also say the one area EAR would not trike in would be the area where he grew up and could therefore be recognized while prowling.

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Is This EAR? Or is it not even close?

 

In 6 years of investigating I have come to know the East Area, but I am 30 minutes from there on a good traffic day. Was it the same for him? True, EAR probed into the East Area, here further than anywhere else from a highway. But he remains around the main thoroughfares– Sunrise, Watt, Manzanita, Madison, Greenback.

Three times he stole a victim’s car. Each time it seemed to be after an impromptu attack. Each time in a different city, including Carmichael. Each time he drove it blocks or miles away. I have interpreted this as indicating he stalked from afar on these nights, so that his own car would never be seen in the respective neighborhoods. After an impromptu strike he realized he didn’t have time to get back to his car. He wouldn’t take the chance anyway. The victim might get free in the interim and call the cops. So he takes the victim’s car and drives it closer to where he had parked. After Attack 11, I think he must have parked it further than he had originally parked and then doubled back. The apartments at Great Falls Way are a long way from Grand Rio Circle.

This guy was a crafty little bugger, but he left enough clues that a viable list can be made of those within auto wrecking, including their in-laws, manager names, their children– anybody who could have worked more than one angle involved in real estate, used cars, wrecking. You’d be surprised how many had those connections.

As I am writing the dossiers and refining each one, I wonder: what is that missing element? What should propel one further up the list? I have POIs from the East Area, from Foothill Farms, one from south Sac.

I am as guilty as others in interpreting nasties. I threw to the top of the list RP (eliminated), and another I suspect will also be eliminated. Why? Because they lived single, strange, solitary lives. What if this guy is married with children? What if he became successful at something? What if he was a rich kid to begin with? Where was he between 1982 and 1986?

The only thing is the process of elimination. Sew as many of these loose strings together until they form the web he created, the one that ironically will capture him.

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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.