I’ve been credited as responsible for the latest wave of national and international interest in EAR/ONS. My investigation’s details on the Q Files have brought clarity and form to something most people didn’t even feel was possible. I broke my back on it for years to lay it out clearly and concisely so that EAR/ONS would not go away. I have stated before. Q Files had two purposes– for me to get him or to contribute significant to that end. From all that has happened in the last year, my work does not seem to have been in vain, for which I am very happy; and I am very humbled by the nice words sent my way by others.
EAR/ONS has had media surges before, but they died down. However, now with the details out it is different. The photos and composites give form to EAR/ONS’ crimes. People are outraged at the arrogance of his stalking modus operandi. Likening him to the “real life Michael Myers” has crystalized him in the public mind, and they can now associate him with a dramatic, evil form that I think accurately reflects his true self.
As proof that EAR is now here in the public forum for good, the schtick begins. Media is latching onto most anybody to try and stir the pot as best as is possible. This will help EAR/ONS in name get more notoriety, but we have to accept that it could also distort the truth about EAR. I have warned about this many times. But I have warned in the context it is coming. Now it is here.
This happened with Jack the Ripper, who has become the most romanticized figure in western literature. The Zodiac Killer is the same. Who really knows the truth and context of his crime spree, and it is less than 50 years now? When some of my preliminary investigation was placed on the web, devotees contacted me and asked why I had such a different take on ZODIAC. I merely confined myself to the reports, the evidence, the crime scenes, and an analysis of it. I avoided the narrative that has become the folklore of ZODIAC.
Only the most ardent devotees to “Ripperology” appreciated that my book Scarlet Autumn set out the facts all over again without endorsing a suspect. It is the only book of its kind in 50 years of hype. That’s a nice way to promote it, but it also underscores why it didn’t generate the hype and news releases like the latest “daddy did it” books.
Narrative is what basically is out there on every popular unsolved mystery, from the Ripper to Bigfoot.
And for True Crime the narrative is always fed by promoting a suspect, not by the truth. Nothing else generates hype. Nothing else generates a new book. It all surrounds a suspect. The Zodiac Killer narrative is the same way.
For EAR/ONS this is hard, since the DNA is clear. A suspect can be scratched off the list quickly, making a book unlikely and potentially not even profitable. Thus publishers will stay away from the schtick.
However, for a dead suspect there is some viability. It would take a long time to get DNA, even for the Feds.
But so far I think the schtick will surround those with some thin claim to having an interest in outing EAR/ONS. In the most recent media offering, this was based on a man who felt he could have been suspected once.
In any case the publicity is here. One shouldn’t decry it. But one must be very wary of some of the manifestations and not allow The Night Predator to devolve into a narrative. He is not going away this time. The reality that there was a small town, average looking American youth who became the embodiment of night stalking evil is here, and the hunt for the identity of The Night Predator will become a media staple.
To help direct the narrative, we’re going to have to take on the Maggiore Double Murders as critically as possible in our next post.
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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.