Stretching Sketches– EAR/ONS and the Value of Composites

Let’s don’t put too fine a point on it. For the umpteenth time, the picture that heads this blog post is not the best composite of EAR/ONS nor is it EAR!

It is the fond and righteous desire of many, both within law enforcement and without, that the composites of one the two men seen in connection with the area of La Gloria and La Alegria on the night of the murder of Brian and Katie Maggiore is that of the dreaded East Area Rapist aka Original Night Stalker, thus giving us a certain and undisputed image of what he looked like.

But let’s face it, the circumstances lead or should lead to great doubt. It is prudent to write up both pro and con, as I have done on my page devoted to the crime on the Q Files. Yet . . . sometimes people don’t mitigate their conclusions with the evidence on both sides.

Truth lies in the body context.

Scientific or Investigative Method is a forward moving process.  Observe, Classify, Infer, Interpret, Measure, Predict, Questions, Hypotheses, Experiment, Model Building. This is the much vaunted Scientific Method– the 10 Process Skills of Scientific Inquiry.

Looking at the entire body of composites in the case of EAR/ONS, we have observed. We must now classify. Do they all look the same? Which one stands out? Let us now Infer. Let us Interpret this. Measure. In other words, we have assessed them in context. Predict– the obvious that the one that stands out will prove to have been made in very different circumstances. Questions. There are many obviously. Hypothesis– let’s test the hypothesis that the above composite stands out by looking at the circumstances of the Maggiore Double Murders. Experiment. In other words, let us recreate or reenact the crime, in the method of the French police. In this case, reproducing the effect (model building) is not necessary.

A comparison of the composites can be found on my page Witnesses in Charcoal.

There is nothing that tells us that the “Kascinski” composite shown in the heading image above is EAR. This suspect wore distinctive clothing and cowboy boots. EAR sought to blend in while stalking. He never wore cowboy boots. EAR did not have short hair. Rather he seems to have had shoulder length hair that was cut on a couple of occasions in a distinctive way, and he seems to have parted his hair more frequently on the right side.

Of the two men seen in the area in connection with the circumstances of the murder, one of them, if the sketch is correct, does suggest EAR. Was EAR there that night in February 1978? Possible. But does the Kascinski  sketch above reflect him? No!

Considered the most interesting composite by those who have long studied the case. In a number of features it reflects other composites, telling us that at least EAR had a long face, large lower jaw, and a shark’s dead eyes.


At the very least that sketch could reflect one of his friends or companions or, worst, neither man seen in connection with the events that tragic night was EAR. Following the trail therefore will lead nowhere insofar as EAR is concerned.

Many don’t like to hear that, but the truth must be faced. Near 40 years later and following the trail of the Maggiore Double Murders has not led to EAR.

Taken as a whole, the composites show us a young man, hair often parted on the right, a narrow chin, long face, brooding lower jaw, dead eyes of a predator.

Nothing indicates he truly had an accomplice, not in his rape/terror spree at least, though he may have burgled homes on the side and had an accomplice at these times.

The sketch of the other man seen on the night of the Maggiore Double Murders resembles the sketch above, at least as much as the other sketches resemble each other. This man was seen wearing gloves, a dark jacket, dark pants, dark shoes– the ensemble of EAR and that of a man who doesn’t want to leave fingerprints or clues. This is that composite:

The sketch humanized by Robert Neville.


Some other sketches of a person of interest seen in relation to a neighborhood in which EAR/ONS struck:

Let us look to these instead and remember one thing: It is no longer late night 1970s. EAR/ONS if he is still with us looks remarkably different, aged, and no longer reflective of these composites. Sadly, in essence, we have nothing on him but DNA. Other than this we only have his pattern and stalking modus operandi from which we can try and pinpoint his lair and with this try and get a handle on his job and where he festered. Valuable though it is, there is only one thing that will convict him, and we all hang by that thin strand of faceless genetic fingerprint.

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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.


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