I’m a suspicious roach at times . . . but a lovable roach for those that give me a chance.
From all the evidence I could muster I selected the Solano-Plantation area as the location of Victim No. 10’s house. It matched what Crompton described. The home fit perfect, was a corner house, and it had a 20 year old fence. After all, EAR brought the fence down with one push of his foot. To me that indicated old. It indicated larger lots else the neighbors would hear, and EAR would have considered that first. Crompton also said that from the family room and through the garage the EAR led his victim to the backyard. The house layout at the corner of Solano also fit this. It was also a location that following the canal in Stollwood Park would lead to.
Ladera Drive, as seen from the entrance here to Schweitzer Grove. 2014
I was aware that Richard Shelby said the house was on Ladera Drive, yet another street that has an entrance to Schweitzer Grove. I had been on there. I knew the section of the street where the house was supposed to be. It fit in some respects, but the house in question was like the others on the street built in 1972/73. In other words, it had a fence that could only be 3 years old.
The question is, which is right? I simply cannot take a non authoritative source at face value. The house on Ladera is opposite a uniquely designed large lot that has nothing but a fence facing Ladera. Perfect for EAR to use as a blind spot. A cul de sac is behind the house. Ladera leads quickly to Winding Way. It is a road that is a quick in, quick out. On the other side of Winging Way is Del Campo, which EAR used as a hub. This fits EAR’s stalking MO.
But the house fits little of what Lt. Larry Crompton described, and he had the OG logs. There is an overhang in the backyard, so that fits.
Historic aerials show that the houses in the cul de sac hinter the house were built by 1966, so we must assume the fence behind the victim’s house is the one that EAR brought down, and this was a 10 year old fence. So it seems EAR may have intended to strike on Compadre Court first and, finding his intended victim gone, went for his alternative. Primary Target. Secondary Target. All tactical. All military.
I am still not sure. It fits with my prime POI better. He certainly had gone to Kelly Elementary or Schweitzer Elementary. Stollwood Drive easily connects them all. He grew up on Agate, then Lincoln. He had to have biked both locations.
He most certainly must have stalked Stollwood Park (Schweitzer Grove), but it remains remarkable he didn’t come back yet another time. It matched Del Campo Park in terms of layout. His subsequent avoidance of this area remains a great mystery . . .unless he was afraid he could still be recognized by neighbors from the days he lived nearby on Lincoln before he moved away in his early teens. He would later be buried nearby in Fair Oaks, a community EAR largely avoided.
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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.