The Last Hunter

“He who laughs last, laughs the most.”

It’s an old maxim, but it does contain a truth. Be the last, the ultimate; be the one who finishes it all. For True Crime genre be the one in the white hat. Be the last hunter.

There is a difference between a predator and a hunter. Predators are cowards. They hunt the weak, the infirm, the straggler. Their satisfaction is personal fulfillment. For the serial killer it is the psychological thrill.

On the other hand, the hunter has a goal. He doesn’t stalk for the purpose of predation. He follows signs, trails; he carefully pursues.

If serial killers fancy they are the big, brave hunter cornering their quarry, then they better learn there are other hunters who will now seek them. Eventually, there will be the last hunter. This person will finally close the case.

“The hunter has become the hunted.”

This is truly an inaccurate slogan. The predator was never the hunter. He was the slinking predator looking for another quick meal.

The predator always leaves clues.  He must always leave clues. It is impossible not to leave clues. Even when trying to erase clues, he is leaving clues. He may think he is brave, but he would never try and erase clues and cover his tracks if he didn’t truly understand the hunter will come for him. Where is the bravery in this?

The hunter will come. He will kneel down and read the signs. He will look off into the woods and know where he must go next.

We’re going to have to start sifting some signs in the Colonial Parkway murders– hopefully next week. Some predictions need to be made. No use in reading signs if we don’t take a step forward to the woods. Several clues must be tied together. Hypotheses must be made. They must be tested.

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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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