I didn’t feel like sifting through my thousands of pictures of EAR location photos to come up with Woodson and Whitney, so the Google above will have to do for an intro. It is of Whitney between 4507 and 45012 Whitney, the location where the suspicious young man was seen. According to Crompton it was a couple of days before the attack; Shelby says that morning (October 29, 1978.)
The dump truck biker is someone I’ve wanted to go away for a long time. I thought him relevant despite the time problems because Crompton had said that the bloodhound followed EAR’s scent to the truck. Yet Shelby said no. The bloodhound went to 4400 Whitney down the way.
So if we put them together, EAR may have parked at 4400 Whitney a couple of days before the attack in order to prowl. The neighbor who saw the strange man between 4507 and 4512 Whitney might indeed have seen EAR that day but didn’t know he had parked just down Whitney. He might have returned and parked in the same location the night of the attack.
One thing that seems certain. It is hard to believe that EAR was the dump truck biker. EAR was out of the house on Woodson by 4 a.m. The dump truck biker was not seen until 6:30 a.m. EAR would have been long gone by this time. This supports Shelby’s assertion that EAR had a car at 4400.
Why he had parked at 4400 Whitney that night, I do not know. It may have fit in his MO. It is a main street and not likely to have drawn attention. But seemed to have avoided those. Whitney is like a goldfish bowl. Many of the houses have floodlights over their garage double doors. It is in one of these beams that a neighbor caught sight of the strange young man walking down to the “pine tree.” He had an emotiveness face and merely stared at the neighbor. Though chilly, he wore no jacket. That sounds like EAR.
Bike verses car doesn’t affect the arguments about the lair so much, at least in terms of direction. If EAR had parked in front of 4400 then he pulled out in the direction of Manzanita, which fits with every other clue ever found. I doubt he did a big U-turn and went back to Watt Avenue.
The use of a bike on Whitney suggested his lair was close by. Perhaps it was, but still the idea he would use a bike and jeopardize himself that way in such an area seems foolhardy. To stash it in the back of a dump truck and walk along the street a needless amount of distance to the victim’s house also doesn’t fit.
The dump truck biker was probably a local kid who may have been up to no good and was laying low because of the police around the neighborhood. They had already checked on the businesses across from the dump truck a little after 4 a.m. after the call came in that EAR had struck again. He was said to be wearing a “hood”, but did this mean a mask? Or was it a hoodie?
As I work out some details on RP for presentation all this must be considered. EAR’s pattern after the silent summer of 1977 does indicate someone who had moved closer into the East Area, and who could now expand his strike zones, which is what we see. He kibitzes between the Highway 50 area and Foothill Farms with 2 attacks in between in Carmichael, both in different areas where he did not return to strike again (26, 29/30), and one in Little Pocket. All others are long distant roaming to Stockton, Modesto, Davis and finally Concord, distances he never attempted his first year.
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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.