Well, the news release today by the Sacramento field office of the FBI should help with some publicity, and bring attention to the “real life Michael Myers.” While this is all good, the press release had nothing of any real investigative meat to it, and sadly it revealed some mistakes. For example, the audio of the phone call “Gonna Kill you” is misdated to 1977 rather than January 2, 1978, the significant date which allowed two member of the proboards to expose the origin of the background sounds.
Three sketches were released, none with qualifications in print as to their origins. The “Kascinski” sketch was relayed by reporter Ali Wolf to be considered the best or, that is, most reliable. Sadly, as almost all EAR/ONS people know, it is not. Of the two men out on La Gloria and La Alegria that night, there were more than a couple of sketches done and more than one moment of confusion as to which one wore the mustache and what type of haircut he had. The one that jumped the fence is supposedly the one with the short hair, but he also wore cowboy boots, not something EAR or any prowler would wear.
Robert Neville’s enhancement of the sketch of one of the two men seen on La Gloria that night, far right. My lengthening of the jaw, left. This sketch was similar to others of EAR. Instead of the original of these being presented, the short hair version of another man seen out there with cowboy boots was presented at the news conference.
The “Ted Kascinski” sketch was presented instead at the news conference.
The picture of the ligatures confirms what I had proposed earlier, that the knots were to extend two pieces and do not indicate there was any attempt to bind someone. We now know they were on a lawn, so we all know where this happened and may be even able to assume that EAR was looking in windows, if it was him, and drew his gun after being shouted at by Maggiore. The ligatures simply fell out of his pocket.
Blue shoelaces tied together to make one long ligature. Found on a lawn near wear the Maggiores were murdered on February 2, 1978. Sheriff Photo.
All this aside, one is still left quite ponderous as to what makes Sacramento so sure that EAR killed the Maggiores? There were two men on the street. The sketch they present is not the one that is remotely similar to the other sketches proposed to be EAR.
A new sketch was presented. It looks like a modern artist conception of the February 11, 1977, sketch. A friend on Facebook called it The Moonie Surfer.
New sketch released but not qualified as to its relation. Again, it shows a part on the right side and a long face, similar to other suspected EAR sketches.
I don’t know what these old and unqualified 40 year old sketches will do for the general populace. For those who have followed the case for years, they add nothing. I fear, however, with a $50,000 Reward, there will be many cranks turning in people left and right based on little more than suspicion and old sketches.
The FBI’s use of “Golden State Killer” as an alternate is quite alarming. It’s an unpopular and highly inaccurate name. “Night Stalker” is still used by the jurisdictions down south as opposed to “The Night Stalker” unfortunately given to Ramirez.
The press conference was largely for publicity and journalistic consumption. Nothing bad in that. Though I have had my issues with the proboards, I came away from the news conference presentation with the definite feeling that more accurate information is still contained by those who have followed the case for the last decade.
In all though, any publicity for this case is well needed. Let’s hope it doesn’t do the reverse and help plunge this case into the folklore that popularity did for Jack the Ripper and The Zodiac Killer. The FBI Website on it can be accessed for more information.
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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.