I still use my update page on The Quester Files for short updates, and it appears many of you do not check that page out anymore, so I thought I would add this much longer update here.
I believe I have finally struck the paperwork trail of my PPOI in Sacramento. It now requires the court to go off site and find the civil actions in which I believe I will find more information about him, including his occupation in the late 1980s.
What’s more is that certain auto wrecking concerns with which I had him associated with by family connections were involved with certain dealings with a construction company. I’m guessing here, but I do not think he worked for that company but was with a company that was a sub contractor.
That company was not Teachers Leasing. It was, in fact, Teichert Construction. This appears to be the name EAR/ONS had scribbled on the back of the map. That is probably the drawing of a Teichert subdivision community or one they laid the foundations on. Teichert was all over northern and central Calif, with main offices off Watt Avenue on the border of Carmichael (on American River Drive), in Stockton, Modesto, Woodland, north of Davis, and in the Contra Costa Corridor (currently in Pleasanton). They would also have offices in Fresno and Visalia. In several of these cities and locales they had their quarries for their aggregate manufacturing. In 1974 they shuttered their Los Angeles area district offices, but still did jobs down south.
They had a leasing division once, for equipment I presume. One of their offices was in Reno (still there). On the back of the map discovered in Danville after the aborted attack No. 48 there is a hasty scribble– which seems as if written on an uneven surface, as if taken while driving and listening to a dispatcher. The final “T” is almost a circle and then the line to cross the “T” comes off the side of it. “Leasing” is almost illegibly scribbled. Under this is a word that is later lined out, but it seems almost certain it is “Reno.” Thus what looked like Teachers Leasing is Teichert Leasing, Reno.
You can imagine the avenues that investigation must now take.
We can start with a few hypotheses:
It is hard to imagine how an auto-wrecker would have daily business with a major construction company. In order to include all the facts, we can work under the assumption that EAR received cars from a family concern in auto-wrecking but mostly drove a VW. He may have eventually held more than one job, both of which revolved around driving, perhaps even one with Teichert. Like the auto-wrecking hubs, Teichert’s field offices were the poles between which EAR struck, so were many of their quarries.
Santa Barbara Co. Sheriffs came across a Sacramento based company in the rebuilding of a strip mall in Santa Barbara in 1979, but the clues led nowhere. This could have been Teichert. Teichert did a lot of foundation work– thus the reason for their own quarries. They even built highways for the state. But their men wouldn’t necessarily be construction workers at the site. They would be working the foundation.
I’m not so keen on placing my POI at every point in the EAR crime spree anymore as I am to match him with known evidence, which means handwriting. So I will pursue the court records in hopes my guy is the one mentioned therein and there is some written deposition or statement. If not, I can still follow his trail and see where it leads.
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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.