It’s a matter of perspective. No one can simply draw a perfect map of a location from walking it on the ground floor. EAR’s mysterious map, complete with a home second from the corner blacked out (as if to indicate the pending target), shows many stylized elements and even doodles which are not necessary. Details such as vents in nearby shopping center roofs were things to scribble while wistfully contemplating his next victim. He no doubt lived in his mind as he pictured himself stalking through the dark to the home.
The area was under constructio0n, according to EAR’s map, which fit his then-MO of striking in new communities. This makes it even harder to spot today, even with Google Earth.
EAR lived in an era in which no such Bird’s Eye view was attainable, and maps did not exist of communities under construction. So he walked and drove the development, and as best as possible drew his map. It was enough for him. He already knew where he’d park. Which lanes he’d take. The house he intended. But the map was no carbon copy. Possibly it was accurate only insofar as the lanes he walked, and it leaves out many others that were not relevant and would only confuse things on paper.
The lake, as it stood, had a grassy area around it– the houses were not built with their backyards onto the lake. This is rare for Calif.
It takes perspective, and it takes walking an area to see if one cannot develop the same sense of proportion and direction that he had.
In all the EAR’s Contra Costa Corridor attacks he hit each town at least twice. . .except for Fremont. I have puzzled about that, assuming that his second intended strike there was scheduled for after his botched No 49 in Danville. Instead he fled south. Or, another possibility, is that perhaps he did strike a second time in Fremont and his second victim refused to admit to it. . . .Or it could be that Fremont was avoided because EAR fled. The map could be referring to a place in Fremont.
I have searched Fremont, for years, of course. I visited the Honda Way attack. It has the unholy trinity EAR used — CATS, canal, walking path. But I would encourage any of those in the Bay Area who follow the EAR crimes spree to visit Ramsgate Dr. and walk about. Take some pics. See if you can begin to get a feel for the area. Elements match the map, though by no means exactly. But don’t let the map be your guide. Walk about and make mistakes. How would you draw the location purely from your perspective while walking around?
EAR’s map shows a lake, but which part of it? It doesn’t show an island, but then a couple of corners of the lake are pretty large and on a map could look like a small lake unto themselves, with the island forming the other bank.
The lake development was under construction in 1979, as Historic Aerials proves. Fortunately there was an overflight that very year. This proves worthy of pursuit. If in essence it is the area, which house would qualify as the victim’s house?
Do you know who the developer was? I don’t think you’ll be too surprised.
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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.