Since a large number of people follow both my update page and website and this blog who are interested in the evolving case of the EAR/ONS, this is a strategy summary to let you know where I am at this point.
As many have noticed, the prime POI liked to commute long distances. Volkswagen, auto mechanics, auto wrecking are in his youth, though his exact employment dates and locations cannot yet be pinpointed.
As already qualified, his residence during the early part of the EAR crime spree (1976-77) was in Placerville. The way into Sacramento’s east area from there is from Highway 50. The EAR commenced his spree in Rancho Cordova along this highway, then moved into the area where the POI had grown up.
POI emerges into the records in 1989 as having obtained a security guard license. Then a few years later he attains employment as a night guard at a trucking hub in West Sac. Strangely, he is involved in a dreadful accident. No one is exactly sure how it happened. This begins his downward spiral in health, and he eventually dies relatively young at age 49. He is buried in Fair Oaks, near where he grew up and where his family maintained contacts rather than in Placerville where he came from.
The POI was 21 years old at the time of the Concord attacks. It would seem he was too young to be a security guard, and BSIS confirmed he is not in their records prior to 1989. Nevertheless, a security badge was found near to the attack on Belann Court. EAR may have had an interest in security and merely used it as a cover when stalking a neighborhood. I’ve heard horror stories from police about police officers losing badges and other officers finding them. It is possible. Major auto wrecking yards would have guards, and some could lose them. A lot of prowling would probably allow EAR to come across many discarded items. The badge had wear on it, as though it had once been worn in a wallet. It certainly didn’t fall out of a wallet where it was found. So it had been lifted from somewhere.
EAR/ONS always showed an interest in paramilitary gear, wearing olive drab frequently. He seemed to be naturally athletic, thought not a gym athletic type of guy. According to his DC, he was not in military service. The military takes a while to respond, so waiting for confirmation.
The POI shows little in terms of past residences outside where he grew up and where his parents lived, except for one location. There is an address in San Ramon, California, the corridor in which EAR struck after leaving Sacramento for a while. This address may not reflect a security post but association with the Boy Scouts or, rather, a paramilitary group.
The strategy remains:
1. Obtain a sample of his handwriting in the hopes of matching it to papers left behind at Danville after EAR had to suddenly flee from a botched attack (No. 48).
2. Continue to uncover his job locations and employment details and explain the 5 year gap when EAR/ONS vanished (1981-1986).
3. Attempt if possible to identify the map’s location, which was found with the pages of written dissertation at Danville.
Handwriting would be the quickest and surest. Checking on many sources, including the possible guard school to see if test results (if there is handwriting) still remain.
For 25 years 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. “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.