Sorry about the lack of posts on here last week, but with upgrading and launching the new Q Files I don’t have much spare writing time.
However, as I go through and reload the EAR/ONS Night Predator subsection there was reason to pause and consider the Diamond Knot. Much has been made out of it, and there was even an attempt to label EAR The Diamond Knot Killer– something quite Film Noir in sound. But I could never find any proof that EAR ever used that except on Charlene Smith, one of the Ventura victims.
It seems oddly out of place in his crime career. It is a complex knot, one not easily done spur of the moment. Before and after his attack on her he used squares, grannies, underhands. The use of a such a complex knot is curious . . . and perhaps dubious.
EAR never left a personal commentary behind him. Why did he start this and end this with Charlene Smith? She was an interior decorator, and the Diamond Knot is also a Chinese Decorator’s knot, something use in interior decorating. This would make EAR’s choice of a decorative knot a personal touch. Why?
Yes, he stalked his victims enough to know their jobs and hobbies, but why take the extra time here to leave some symbolism– the binding of an interior decorator with an elaborate decorative knot?
Many have pondered how EAR knew how to tie a lanyard– the Navy name for the knot– but using it on an interior decorator also tells us he knew it was a decorative knot. How many sailors know this?
Altogether this seems so ponderous that one has to wonder if the legend that Charlene Smith was tied with a Diamond Knot is nothing but folklore.
She was tied with expensive drapery cord– decorative drapery cord with gold veins in it. Were the diamond knots already in the drapery cord? When EAR ripped or cut them from the drapes did he bind her with the cord and the knot just came along with it?
To my knowledge nobody has ever seen a morgue photo of her wrists, with the cord in situ. This would tell us if the elaborate knot exists as an incidental and there are other basic knots in the cord where EAR tied the cord together.
Until such time as it can be confirmed by such a photo or pictures of the bindings with the clear presentation of only diamond knots in them, then I think we best begin to worry that this is merely legend passed on, even by investigators who believed it to be genuine. What does the coroner’s report actually say– drapery cord with a diamond knot in it?
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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.