Excitement’s Crave

Several pages remain unfinished on the EAR/ONS section of The Quester Files. One, in particular, is the page for the poem “Excitement’s Crave.” The poem was typed on onion skin legal size paper and copies sent in to the Sacramento Bee, KVIE Channel 6, and the Mayor of Sacramento’s office, on December 11, 1977.  All three copies were identical and signed by the “East Area Rapist.” It’s not unusual that a crank should do this during a very publicized crime spree. Erratic minds usually have no circumspection and think they are witty and that all society should witness their talents.

But even if not by EAR, how much might truly reflect his own attitude about his crime spree?

EAR, as he looked at Attack No. 21

Excitement’s Crave

All those mortal’s surviving birth
Upon facing maturity,
Take inventory of their worth
To prevailing society.

Choosing values becomes a task;
Oneself must seek satisfaction.
The selected route will unmask
Character when plans take action

Accepting some work to perform
At fixed pay, but promise for more,
Is a recognized social norm,
As is decorum, seeking lore.

Achieving while others lifting
Should be cause for deserving fame.
Leisure tempts excitement seeking,
What’s right and expected seems tame.

“Jessie James” has been seen by all,
And “Son of Sam” has an author.
Others now feel temptations call.
Sacramento should make an offer.

To make a movie of my life
That will pay for my planned exile.
Just now I’d like to add the wife
Of a Mafia lord to my file.

Your East Area Rapist
And deserving pest
See you in the press or on T.V.

I think we can all agree the writer is a ghastly poet. Only one line was noteworthy at the time the sheriff investigators looked at it. EAR had recently struck in Sandbar Circle, adding victim No. 21 to his list. She was married to an Italian family and her father-in-law from Italy was visiting. Was this enough connection for EAR to write the “wife of a mafia lord” in his poem? It wasn’t public knowledge at the time that the victims were Italian, but EAR had known it. Apparently had stalked the home enough that he knew they were Catholics and Italians. A St. Christopher medal was found in the house that did not belong to the family. Little things like that were almost like calling cards.

However, this does not mean EAR wrote the poem. We must remember the 1970s’ craze with Mafia, thanks to the Godfather and numerous other movies detailing the soap opera life and times of the Cosa Nostra, not to mention how the Mafia headlined the news repeatedly. An attack on a Mafia don’s wife would be the ultimate risky attack. After all the poem is named “Excitement’s crave.”

Sandbar Circle looking down to No 21.


In light of my belief the EAR was quite young, the first stanza is the most interesting now.

All those mortal’s surviving birth
Upon facing maturity,
Take inventory of their worth
To prevailing society.

The writer does imply that the choice to become the East Area Rapist was made when rather young.

Behind No 21 on the levy walk. It is unchanged today.


It would have been nice if this was handwritten. Then it could be compared to the notepaper left behind in Danville, which possibly could have come from EAR as he fled an aborted attack. A comparison would at least tell us the EAR had written it.

I doubt EAR wrote it, but I’m sure it captures some of his attitude. I can’t imagine anything less than thrill motivating someone to continue such a complex crime spree. It must have given him great excitement to plan all of this and then finally to carry it out. No other sadistic mind seems to come close. EAR’s crime spree wasn’t that of an average housebreaker or rapist. It was his thrill hobby. Little of his Stalking MO was public knowledge. The public had little knowledge of the extent to which he went to militarily assess and assault a house.

The Mafia don reference is really not the most interesting verse in the poem. No. 21 had been attacked the May before. Now in December the reference to wanting the wife of a mafia lord would have little meaning since it was months after the fact that EAR had struck an Italian family.

The substance of the poem is that a young man has chosen something out of the norm to get his kicks and now thinks he rates with Son of Sam or Jesse James as a great outlaw. The attack on the mafia lord’s wife is couched in the language of someone who is confident and fearless and loves challenges. A boastful prank or the EAR?

In our next EAR post, unless there is an important update, we will look at the phone calls.

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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. “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. 


5 thoughts on “Excitement’s Crave

  1. After reading various articles from different websites, I would think maybe the killer may be some sort of skilled worker, possibly a carpenter. He may also be affiliated with various churches. His leisure time, he reads, and watches t.v., probably stays physically active, possibly served a short time in the military, or police academy, maybe his plans for success were hindered by something. Night owls are more aggressive by nature. By day he plans, at night he attacks. In some of his sketches his jaw seems as though he may have had oral surgery, possible expansion. Check with all local Dentists/Oral Surgeons in the areas of question. How can we catch Terrorists in this Country, if we can’t even catch a serial killer/rapist?


  2. How young do you think he was then? Why is your sketch so different from the three released by the FBI recently? The “original” sketch bears no resemblance to the three issued by the FBI.


  3. How young do you think he was then? Could he have been 15-1/2 when started? Why is your sketch so different from the three released by the FBI recently? The “original” sketch bears no resemblance to the three issued by the FBI. I do not subscribe to Facebook where can I see your reply


  4. Is this not the man who stood up and ranted at the town hall meeting — claimed that, in his country (Italy), no man would allow this to happen, or something?


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