EAR/ONS — Looking for the Lair

It’s time for logistics again. We’ve discussed and pondered over the whereabouts of EAR/ONS’ lair– at more than one time in his long crime spree. Where was it in the beginning, in the middle, later on, in Concord, down south? He had to have more than one over the period of his crime spree.

Those who follow my investigation know that I believe in the beginning it very likely was in Placerville, then somewhere in the East Area. I am not sure if he had a temporary one in the Contra Costa corridor or was commuting. Down south it is quite vague as well. There is no evidence he hung around LA for a long time.

But none of this is what I really want to talk about in this post. Where was his lair for the last 30 years? It would become a more poignant question if we knew how many souvenirs EAR/ONS really took. A couple of pieces of nice jewelry were taken. They have never turned up. But how much really? And how distinctive was it?

I fear most of the evidence was destroyed with SOL. The FBI posted a pic of one ring, but there must have been more. It must have been one of the few sketches the sheriffs had of the evidence. If there is more, I think it would be invaluable if all sketches of the property — souvenirs– taken was released.


If there is more than we realize, I think it is safe to say that EAR/ONS had some form of lair where he could stash things for a long time– a piece of property where the satchel is buried, a deep old basement strewn with cobwebs.

I, of course, wonder about a piece of property in El Dorado County. But even if my prime POI doesn’t turn out to be EAR, he does represent what is required to be EAR. The Night Predator had to have a place to stash the many souvenirs, a place where they would not normally have been found back then by accident or even today. It sounds like some old Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew caper were a secret opening is found in an old basement or under the boards of an old work shed out back and there is a hidden stash of goods that absolutely speaks of something illicit in origin. Unless EAR threw the souvenirs in rivers or lakes, they must be somewhere and one day they will be found. We should have a complete assessment of all that he had taken.

As the photo that headlines this blog indicates, EAR/ONS rifled a lot. He took many things. Much of it was not valuable in any intrinsic sense. But even that which was not valuable was sometimes distinctive, like the St. Christopher medal which mysteriously appeared in the drawer of victim No. 21 in Del Dayo. He took it from somewhere and left it there for a reason. He did this more than once. Just how much of a stash did he really have?

We know that Alcala stashed his souvenirs in a locker in a bus station or something up in Washington State somewhere. But I do not think that EAR’s horde was safeguarded in this way. Once again, it really comes down to how much he had. Nothing has ever been found, but then nobody really knows how to identify any of the pieces. We need the sketches of everything released.


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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 or Q Man. “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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