Back in the Loop– EAR/ONS and His Knots

In my last post on the photo of the shoelace released by Sac. Co. Sheriffs found at the Maggiore Double Murder site, I lamented that it was only a single shoelace and that the plastic tips had not been cut off. Moreover, there was a knot in the lace, creating a loop. EAR pre-knotted shoelaces, that is, he tied two laces together with a common knot. This was to make a longer ligature by which to bind his victims. But the pictures shows a single lace with a knot creating a loop. EAR also cut off the plastic tips on the ends of the shoelaces that he used. The presence of the plastic tips on that lace found on the home’s front lawn, plus the fact there was a knot made in a single shoelace, thus creating a loop, was disheartening. It indicated that perhaps there was no real connection to EAR and La Gloria that night.

Maggiore shoelace_in site

Only a single shoelace, and yet it is pre-knotted, creating a large loop. Found on a home’s front lawn near the Maggiore crime scene, February 2, 1978.

However, though only a few crime scene photos have been released showing the ligatures EAR used, the exception seen in the blue shoelace on the lawn on La Gloria could be found. It is contained in a Stockton PD photo. The plastic tips on the brown shoelaces were left on.


Two plastic tips are visible. One of the knots is close to them, indicating there are two laces here tied together to make a longer lace. Another knot can be seen, apparently where he tied the victim.

Sometimes EAR used shoelaces from the shoes of the residence he was about to attack. It could be that he had no time to cut off the plastic tips on the laces. However, he often brought shoelaces with him in his pocket. These he appears to have purchased somewhere and then had the time to cut off the plastic tips in preparation to use them as ligatures. This may explain why many times the shoelaces he used show that the plastic tips had been cut off and, at least once, they had not been cut off.

Nevertheless, why does that blue shoelace show it had been pre-knotted and yet it is only one lace? What purpose does this serve?

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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.


One thought on “Back in the Loop– EAR/ONS and His Knots

  1. I find it hard to believe that LE are certain that EAR/ONS perpetrated the Maggiore murders based on the presence of that shoelace alone.

    There are a thousand reasons that lace could have been dropped there. At least a thousand.

    If it’s the only piece of evidence, I think LE are just hoping that linking the Maggiore murders, with their connection to the Air Force and their open statute of limitations, will increase interest/efforts in looking for the perp(s).


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