Analysis of a 38 year old recording of a young man’s hissing voice uttering threats over a phone is becoming more and more significant. Let’s do a little backtracking first.
I have enormous praise for Lt. Larry Crompton’s book Sudden Terror. By partly novelizing the crime spree Crompton was able to convey the context of EAR’s unrelenting drive for inspiring terror. It began to remove the inaccurate mantel of “rapist” from this villain and reveal him as far more– the real life “Michael Myers,” as I called him. Lt. Shelby’s book Hunting a Psychopath was fine, but it was more anodyne like one would expect a detective to write. Together the two inspired a small community to continue their interest in the subject of pursuing this human chimera of the night. Freak perhaps is the best word, and I don’t mean it in the derogatory way. EAR/ONS was a freak, a freak of nature. There has been nothing like him. There was something more unnatural about him than your average criminal. He didn’t drag the strip. He didn’t hunt the dregs. He was no Jack the Ripper. He stalked the normal American neighborhood.
Crompton’s work especially inspired me to join the hunt in 2011. I have stated at other articles on here exactly what my intent was– to solve this case or contribute significantly thereto. The latter I have apparently done, in ways I was not expecting. Former adversaries on the web have come over to thank me. Those who might now attack me find themselves being countered by those who once derided me.
But, on a much broader level, I was able to do what Crompton and Shelby couldn’t. Both of their books were basically self published. Neither got published by the biggies despite their backgrounds. EAR was just too obscure on a popular level at that time. But by backworking every step this fiend took, and documenting it vividly with photos and videos, I was able to reveal just had calculating and premeditated he was . . .and how unrelenting. EAR took form. Not a visible form. But his evil, calculating mind took form. It was better than putting an average face on him.
EAR took form as what he was– Michael Myers– a super villain behind an average American middleclass face, one hidden by a ski mask. According to my analytics about half a million people have visited my EAR/ONS section on the Quester Files since it began to be uploaded a little over a year ago. In that time the FBI, the Air Force (Office of Special Investigations), Sac. County and the other jurisdictions have either reopened the case or stepped up their approach. I am even aware that Homeland Security has taken a more academic interest.
A lot of this is quite surprising. One example is Concord (Contra Costa County). EAR. attacked and raped there as well. But that was a long time ago, and there is nothing that the CCC DA can prosecute anymore. This usually means that the county will spend zero time and money to pursuing a villain. How can they justify it? Yet now even Concord is trying to crack the case and reveal the No 1 serial predator in history. One detective is using a unique by commendable approach:
Concord can’t prosecute. I doubt Sac. County could. Both are outside of what is called the EAR Task Force counties — Orange County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County– where EAR was known to have murdered. Since there is no statute of limitations on murder, they are still officially capable of pursuing this faded Michael Myers. But the growing significance of EAR in crime history, thanks perhaps to the way I framed him and reached hundreds of thousands, has inspired many to join the hunt, even on an official level, that may prove far more significant than those jurisdictions that still get media attention.
Tangible clues are few now. I have revealed so many others in my work, but they served to help narrow down what type of person, in what type of profession, was responsible. But tangible clues are narrow. They come down to talking with people who were in auto wrecking and affiliated businesses. It comes down to trying to put someone in certain places that match the EAR/ONS timeline. It comes down to trying to match handwriting in a thin attempt to link the notepaper writing found at Danville after Attack No. 49. Then, it comes down to this little one minute tape recording.
Adding to his villainy EAR called past victims to remind them of their experience. Sometimes it was over a year later. Through gritted teeth, he snarled and whispered threats of impending death, just as he had in their ears those dark nights. Once it was recorded. This recording has been released and is now the subject of much manipulation in order to bring out voices in the background. It is certain the sinister voice is calling from a place of work or near a place of work. The people in the background are casually speaking of the day’s events or of what they are going to do next. It is toward closing time. Safely ensconced somewhere, the villain is making his evening calls, probably from the same phone he had used to do those unnerving hang-up calls to so many potential victims and their neighbors before he sortied out to stalk and attack.
My analysis is here: Behind a Stranger When he Calls
The recording can be found there. (Other clips exist but Soundcloud does not appear to be up and running this morning)
EAR’s greatest mistake may be that he was too villainous to be completely forgotten, and these background sounds may be the final witnesses against him– if only they can be made to speak again.
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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.