A little post to enliven you a bit about projects I have long desired to probe into deeper . . .or a little post to reveal that I have probed into them already. It will also help you to understand why I am so eager to shed the EAR/ONS case and bring it to fruition, and the ‘Zodiac’ Killer case as well.
There are so many mysteries out there that intrigue, but I have been stymied by investigating two of the crime biggies– ZODIAC, which most people have heard of, and EAR/ONS of which, sadly, until recently not so many have heard; and in terms of the popular press, most still have not heard of him. They are both such overwhelming cases that I have not been able to proceed with many others. Most of you who follow my jottings know that I am already delayed with Then Came the Dawn, the search for Amelia Earhart, The Bermuda Triangle II: an Odyssey, etc, so forth, and South by Northwest: In Pursuit of D.B. Cooper. But let’s have a look at a few others.
Friday the 13th . . .on Monday– The Camp Scott Girl Scout Murders
(Photo: Roxann Perkins-Yates)
June 13, 1977:
In some respects the real life precursor to Friday the 13th, which opened with this subtitle “Friday June 13.” In this case, it was Monday, June 13, 1977. This was the murder in very suspicious circumstances of 3 Girl Scouts at Camp Scott, near Locust Grove, Oklahoma. Three girl scouts were somehow plucked from their tent, next to the others at the encampment, and murdered. Their bodies were later found at a fork in the trail by one of the counselors the next morning. Supposedly, there was even a warning months before that 4 girl scouts would die that summer. The circumstances are suspicious, to say the least, and the murders have gone unsolved. A man was tried for them, and many believe him to have been guilty. But Gene Hart was acquitted. Many could not believe he could have acted alone in the atrocity.
Amityville: The Horror
Through the gross hype, there is something that happened at Amityville, Long Island, during the time the Lutzes stayed there in 1975. I don’t believe in the paranormal like so many others do. I am often called a “paranormal investigator,” though I am not. I do not mock others for their views. I try and solve mysteries, in many genres, and I am objective enough to see when some things don’t add up.
When something becomes famous, it is preserved in the public forum by only two sides playing a tennis match of comments and counter comments, claims and debunking. Neither side investigates. The topic is reduced to something of popular discourse. I do not investigate popular discourse on a subject. I investigate the subject itself.
Something drove the Lutzes out of that beautiful Dutch colonial; something they feared they had created or, more precisely, they believed they had unleashed. There were attempts to capitalize on it, unquestionably. But something happened. As an example of to what little extent this has been investigated, I had to be the first to find out what happened to Father Pecoraro. No one even seemed to know when he died. They just said he died. I had to find his death certificate. He is significant. He is the only one outside of the Lutz family that claims something evil, by effect, truly inhabited that house.
The lawsuit trial seemed more like something from an old B&W Frankenstein movie, where the town was too afraid to face the issues. Pecoraro even testified that he heard the voice say “Get out!” when he was blessing the house. But the sensationalism was such that the judge only thought a lot was made up. This seems true, but not all of it was. The formula today tick-tocks between those who believe it was a hoax to those who believe there was truly insensate evil there.
The Skinwalker Murders
Murders have occurred in Arizona whereby the perpetrator has tried to make it look as if an Indian shapeshifter or shaman was responsible. What is his goal? Is it true ritual murder or is his goal to stir up trouble against the Navajo and Apache? This is one topic that at least gets me out of the 1970s.
The Black Dahlia
The supreme Crime Noir “Who done it?” A serial killer leaves lots of clues as he develops his gross murder spree. But a single, complex murder without motive is actually the most difficult crime to solve. The murder of Elizabeth Short in 1947 has all the hallmarks of the act of a serial killer . . . but for one thing: her murder stands alone. She is the only victim to be killed in the gruesome and vengeful that she was. Then she was symbolically displayed in a proletarian neighborhood for the middleclass to see. To see what? To see the fate of this Hollywood wannabe. The murder is sensationalized, but there are very few clues out there. The files remain closed in Los Angeles. The actual location of where her body had been dumped was even lost until I had to find it again.
Cattle Mutilations . . .
I prefer physicists rather than UFOlogists to investigate these. There are many factors involved here, but some of the most sensational reflect a physical phenomenon and not abduction, either by helicopter, cultists, or aliens. One of the few mysteries that keeps me in the present time and not back in the past.
There are more, but these give you an example.
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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.