EAR/ONS– Summer of 1977

It’s 40 years now since the intriguing Summer of 1977. It was during this treasured American vacation time that EAR had vanished. It was a significant disappearing trick. He had sent Sacramento into a panic because of his May attacks– five in all. He was an unstoppable maniac on the loose. Then, suddenly, he was gone. Gone all summer.

The nation goggled at the new entertainment phenomenon– Star Wars. It was surpassing anything the world had seen. Mounted police were called out to control theatre lines. It would eventually do over 400 million at the box office, surpassing Jaws easily, the first movie to break the 100 million mark.

We can debate why he vanished. It could be because of the vigilantes roaming Sacramento. No city had seen that since London went into a panic in the autumn of 1888 over Jack the Ripper. In any case, Red Jack returned and so did EAR. He returned after Labor Day 1977, striking in Stockton. Definitely safe territory compared to Sacramento.

. . .But it was really only the east area of Sacramento that was in a stew over EAR. Why did he not strike in south Sac, north Sac, or even Sac proper? Stockton’s strike would foreshadow EAR’s future MO. He would strike far afield now as well as in Sac: Modesto, Davis, Stockton, eventually Contra Costa. Something truly happened over the summer of 1977 that let EAR off a local leash.

Well, it would be poetic justice, or perhaps irony, that 40 years later in the summer of 2017, the anniversary of his strange but significant temporary disappearance, that his identity would finally be revealed.

According to those who understand how the system’s gears mesh, warrants and the processing of said warrants for DNA should earmark August as the time in which we will hear back on RP and finally know whether he is or is not EAR or a close link to him.

As soon as I know and can talk (assuming I am told before the media), I will let you know.

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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.

The ZODIAC’s Subtle Connections

Since 2012 I have been fairly convinced that my suspect was The ZODIAC. Over that period of time, though I was waylaid by my EAR/ONS investigation, I have refined the suspect’s qualifications to be the infamous braggart, The ‘Zodiac’ Killer. I then went straight for handwriting comparisons.

Little things emerged from the shadows. They infer. Like all inferences worth anything they point us toward the next step. They are not an end in themselves. Some of the most interesting facts are within the group of people he was around. It is not surprising clues are contained here. Had they been overt in ZODIAC’s life he would have stood out more as a suspect. The fact that such a publicized crime spree has gone unsolved tell us, of course, that it was in and of itself quite complex behind-the-scenes.

For example: victim Darlene Ferrin seems to have been a carbon copy in many respects of his own mother.  By the time she was 45, she had one son (illegitimate; him obviously) had been married 3 times, divorced once, the other died within weeks of the marriage, married a third, though still using her first husband’s surname on the license rather than the name of her second and quickly-dead husband’s surname. Considering that she had met her second, short-lived husband through her first husband, then he ends up dead after a secret marriage in Missouri, it is not surprising that she fled Kansas society with her teenage son.  To San Francisco she came. She soon married a draftsman in Nevada.

By the time her son, the object of my interest, went to college, he had been raised around Air Force and aircraft, then as a teen, saw the complexities of a draftsman’s work– the inks and pens used, the paper, the slant of the draftsman’s board. After a somewhat disappointing Air Force career was cut short,  he returned to a San Francisco his mother had now left. He didn’t stay long. The Summer of Love was in full swing and it was not a San Fran he would know. It was a promiscuous, bizarre place. Lake_Berryessa_Suspec sketch

He moved east, but he still needed to drive through the east bay area in order to visit momma. This marriage wouldn’t last. She would eventually divorce yet again and  marry another. Where she met them, I do not know. She was a beautician. She had been that since she was a teen. She never wanted another kid, and her son was a bit of a surprise. The father was a doctor’s son, and it seems she wasn’t from the right side of the tracks for the doctor’s family.

Such clues are indeed curious.

Her husband during her San Francisco sojourn had been a draftsman for the steel companies. He worked on drafting east bay projects, and for all I know he may have been involved in the new Humble Oil Refinery in Benicia. If so, he would have been drafting all the piping. How many times he visited the area while it was under construction I do not know, if any. But it is another possible connection with the area and ZODIAC. He also liked to hunt in the foothills.

Such things lead me on in a difficult case. A solution for such a case cannot be so simplistic as “daddy did it.” ZODIAC altered his handwriting. He took care to hide clues, but the sum total of research on my suspect reveals many sources for inspiration– for his poison pen paper, sketches of bombs, locations of attacks, and perhaps even a motive for vengefully killing the female victims but quickly dispatching the male victims. Perhaps also for why he shifted his MO and attacked only a lone male cab driver in San Francisco.

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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.

COLD CASE– Connecting Dots in San Diego

Anybody who follows true crime events knows that there is one thing that is harder than outing a serial killer: that is identifying one in action. For a hot case, if the predator has a particularly distinctive MO, it is much easier. But for a cold case decades after the fact it is almost impossible.

Some cold cases seem very similar, but if a single perp committed them he never moved onto the third victim– the benchmark that then labels him a serial killer. That’s good since it means there wasn’t yet another person fallen victim, but it is really not so reassuring. Maybe he killed a third and fourth . . .and we simply do not know it.

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Barbara Nantais

 

For those who follow cold case, the murder of Barbara Nantais on August 13, 1978, is well known. Her killer had a particularly distinctive MO. He attacked her, a mere 15 year old girl, on the beach at Torrey Pines, San Diego, knocking her boyfriend out first. When he awoke, he found that Nantais had been beaten, strangled, and then one of her breasts severed. Sadly, he couldn’t remember anything. There is no suspect composite.

These were  curious circumstances that were replayed 6 years later in the murder of 14 year old Claire Hough at the very same Torrey Pines Beach. This time it was minus the presence of a boyfriend. She went to the beach to sit and think and enjoy the evening of August 23, 1984— yet another August night. The morning of the 24th passersby came by her body. She had been beaten, stabbed, strangled and one of her breasts sliced.

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Claire Hough

 

San Diego police think the same perp was involved despite the 6 years that had elapsed. From the similarities in the crimes they have good reason. But did this villain ever kill a third victim? Was he a serial killer? Was he in the military and in San Diego intermittently? I’m not sure if anyone has checked other Navy towns to see if similar murders happened in the interim. Perhaps he was a crazed local, and these are his only two victims. He was a particularly arrogant and vicious villain, and one who didn’t seem to have limited himself to a select territory in which to strike.

There is  a less known pair of murders spread over a similar period, also involving “America’s Finest City.”  On December 27, 1980, on Wightman Drive, neighbors heard screams. When the police rushed to the scene they found Julia Wilkinson dying. She had been chased into her garage from her home by a young male in his 20s. He must have entered her home, taken her by surprise, and then chased her down and beat her to death with her own hammer.

Apparently, he had been prowling the neighborhood for a few hours prior to the attack. Neighbors had seen him and they gave a good description to the police. A white guy, around 6 feet, shoulder length hair, bushy on top, clean shaven, and wearing a military style jacket. The composite shows he had a long face.

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Suspect in the Wilkinson murder

 

There are a number of similarities to EAR.  And this is why some of us know of the attack. Wilkinson also lived on a corner house, the type of house EAR liked to strike, and there was a canal nearby. He wore a military style jacket, which EAR liked to wear, and he killed Wilkinson with a tool in her own house. As ONS that is how he operated. He used a murder weapon already on the property. EAR/ONS struck up and down I-5 in So. Cal, but there is no evidence that he ever ventured as far as San Diego. He never went past the terminus of the LA suburban area at Mission Viejo, north of Camp Pendleton and San Diego.

Was it EAR? I don’t know. But this may be the same suspect wanted in the case of the murder of Kathryn Taylor on October 1, 1985, in Imperial Beach, San Diego’s very beachy and low scale suburb just south of Coronado and Silver Strand Beach. She was murdered in her house on Elm (how, it is not specified on SDSD’s cold case site). Later that day a man had to have her stolen car towed into Bakersfield to have it repaired. He tried to use one of her stolen credit cards. He wasn’t going to wait for it to be fixed. He had a couple of “military style” duffle bags and boarded a bus. On the repair order he left a nearby Richgrove zip code.

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Suspect in the Taylor murder, 1985

 

Richgrove is a small farm town. It was unlikely he was from there, but he must have had some connection in order to know the little hamlet’s zip code.  He disappeared thereafter. The service station employees gave a good description of him. A white guy, in his 20s, long face, 6 foot or better, skinny, and from our perspective today when looking at the composite he looked an awful lot like the suspect in the Wilkinson murder on late 1980. The only difference is he had a haircut.

Were the perps of these two sets of murders serial killers or killers who just left it at two victims and never killed others? Or do these 4 unsolved crimes simply reflect coincidence? There is no composite in the Nantais and Hough murders. Apparently no DNA as well. This is tragic.  There is a single composite from the Taylor and Wilkinson murders,  and they bear a remarkable similarity.

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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.

EAR/ONS Update 6-25-2017

Sorry I haven’t been blogging as much, but I have been slammed with the release of The Bermuda Triangle II. The big advertising hasn’t begun yet, and I am partly to blame for that.

But Q Files is slowly being updated. The home page will become like my desktop, revealing to surfers my upcoming projects and dividing the projects according to how they will culminate: in web presentations or books. Cover-final-BTII

Now, as for DURON as a clue in EAR/ONS: There is a possibility  there was a connection. As a clue it comes down more to “CORN” than the paint chips. It was dark that night in Danville and the couple was taken by alarm at the man standing in the shadows. No one has “CORN” on their jacket. Crompton went nowhere with “COORS;” Shelby with “COACH;” and I with “COBRA.” Is it possible that DURON appeared as “CORN”  to the frightened couple?

Much has been said about the paint chips found at certain locations ion victims’ houses. In and of themselves they might not lead to anything, but when you find after-the-fact that your POI had family connections to such a paint business, you begin to wonder. He had two working parents. He may have worked both of their connections– in auto wrecking and paint supplies/real estate without showing any over connection with momma’s business.

Following the real estate angle has led investigators nowhere for decades, but if EAR had a connection with someone who dealt in supplying paint for new home construction and finishing he would have an inside into the locations of new tracts of homes being built. The paint chips would not need to come from him. They could have come from the workers finishing the home. But you can see the connection.  It was a way into neighborhoods without having a direct connection to construction.

So, the upshot is that tracing paint chips may go nowhere, but after-the-fact a connection with supplying paint is curious. Can the DURON logo appear as “CORN” at night, in the dark, from an angle, to a startled couple in bed?

EAR was unusually successful. It shouldn’t be surprising that he worked more than one angle during his crime spree in order to stalk neighborhoods, both up close and from afar.

For my POI, he had the connections. He had more than one apartment/duplex connection in the Carmichael area far from his official address in Placerville. He was outside of the dragnet. He had never been suspected. The process still grinds on to verify he was EAR or to clear him. But it remains surprising how so many connections turn up that potentially shed light on clues left in the wake of EAR.

His case is in good hands right now. We all wait. If there had been an autopsy they would get a DNA sample there. If not, it takes a little longer. We must be patient. The process moves along I’m sure.

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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.

Investigative Journalism verses Real life Investigating

I am in line yet again to star in another TV series.  This time it is not a “reality TV” show but a series of documentaries along the “muscular curiosity” theme. I am more at home with this. It will let me showcase real life investigation, and if it works it may branch off into more topics, including Cold Case.

This will be of enormous help to me since with a respected company backing me, information can be more easily obtained. I still need much more on NORCAL, The Doodler, and other topics and cases.

It will be made by a British production company, which means frankly it will be much more honest than anything American. Sad to say, but it is the truth.

Like all others they like my moniker “Q Man.”

But on a substantive note, if this goes through and expands I can tackle many topics with real life investigation.

I know that I have been praised for “investigative journalism.” But that is not what I am. It’s a compliment when considered in the purest form. But today “investigative journalism” is often just finding talking heads who were associated with a topic, then processing the information and preparing it for presentation. This is NOT investigating a case. This is merely preparing it for presentation.

A series of true life investigations of mysterious cases I think is along overdue. So many shows have only shown a scavenging of popular topics, the inevitable reenactments of famous incidents like D.B. Cooper’s skyjacking, The Roswell Incident, an investigation of a single cattle mutilation played along a regurgitating narrative, and always some claim and fuzzy game camera shot of a “BIGFOOT.”

The development producer knows that I have written my own narrative in these topics and that except for the Triangle I have been publically shunned because my investigation has not justified the dominant narrative.  This seems to be in my favor, as TV audiences have gotten tired of the same regurgitation and scavenging.

So wish me luck. I would not be an inquisitive mind rehashing the same topics from a slightly different perspective or from a recently discovered “clue” used as a hook to rehash an old and overproduced story. It will be groundbreaking investigation.

I hope I get lots of makeup. I’ll need it.

It’s a long road. But it is time to walk it.

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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.

EAR/ONS– A Clue

A possible clue to consider: DURON

 

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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.

Me and Zombie Journalism

I can’t stand Zombie Journalism. If you don’t know what it is, it is a form of journalism without adjectives and adverbs and thus without any qualifying statements. It is a world of nouns and verbs and talking heads. No real thesis. It is a world in which “vocabulary” is considered too big a word, and zombie journalism proves it does not understand what it means. Especially when it comes to the word “objective.”

One is objective while investigating. It is a state of mind one must have until the “bodies are found,” so to speak. One is objective until all the data is in. But when the data is in, you would think that an individual would have enough morality and sense to present a thesis. I mean, they have analytical ability, don’t they? Zombie Journalism does not. There are supposed “phenomena” researchers who have remained objective for 40 years. That’s bad. It means they haven’t really uncovered enough to come to a thesis. In 40 years?

I dreaded that image. The image of the constant data gatherer is the image of a forager.  I remained object for my first Triangle book. I was reintroducing the topic after 25 years of deep freeze. In the sequel, I must remain objective at certain levels for some theories. But it will be plain to see that I am accept some phenomena, but remain skeptical of the theories arising therefrom.

To accept a phenomenon is not to endorse any theory arising from the discussion of that phenomenon.

I have made no secret about my dislike for the UFO culture. It is a world of easy strategy and no logistics. But the phenomenon itself is real. But what are the logistics of UFO abduction?

There is actually one proven “disc.” For some that may seem narrow-minded. For others that may seem like a shocking admission. It actually should be regarded as shocking. This disc has had more than enough witnesses to confirm it is real. But it is only about 10 by 12 feet. Released CIA documents, first presented in Greenwood and Fawcett’s Worldwide UFO Cover-Up (1984) detail a sighting from the captain and two crew of a freighter off New Jersey on August 4, 1950. The captain marveled that the thing was only about 10 feet in diameter. The consensus of the three men was that it was ellipse– in other words egg shape.

A picture supposedly taken in 1929 of just such an object later turned up in the public. It was a photo taken by Edward Pline near the sawmill in Ward, Colorado. It is clearly an ellipse– not the cartoon flying saucer. Curiously, he had described it (according to his daughter) as the size of a large boulder. Again, this sounds like something 10 by 12 feet.

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In November 1973 such a disc came into the shallows off Petit Bois Island near Pascagoula, Miss. It was so thin it could glide in water 4 to 6 feet deep. (The captain of the freighter had said it look only a few feet thick). It lurked under the skiffs of one of the Ryans and then it set off a light and started to glow. The Rices and Ryans gathered around it and struck at it several times with their oars. It seemed metallic.

They called the Coast Guard. Two guardsmen– Crews and Nations– came out in a 16 foot boat. They found it and struck at it as well. Crews was certain it was metallic. The light it set off seemed to come from a 3 inch diameter source in the top. It made the water glow in a 10 by 12 foot ovoid. When hit with the beam of a flashlight, it went out and slowly recharged. From the side, underwater, they estimated it looked like a parachute. In essence we have an ovoid disc about 3 feet thick that is capable of setting off a strange glow.

I go into its behavior in The Bermuda Triangle II. We must accept that the way it behaved betrayed its desire to find a boater alone. It crept up to boats and then stopped alongside and then started to glow. What role do these objects play in the number of small derelicts? How can it be abduction? They are too small. But how would you react if one appeared next to your boat, in daytime or at night? Would you fall over? Would you attack it like the Ryans? Would you panic? A number of derelicts have been found. Off the top of my head I can recall 3 in the last decade in which the pet dog remained aboard but the owner was gone. In only one case was a body found. She had for some inexplicable reason (apparently) fallen over. Cover-final-BTII

Such things must be considered. Such glowing lights or USOs were associated with Moselle Reef in the Bahamas. Furrows have been found on the shallow banks indicating something moving over the bottom with tremendous speed. On occasion these furrows continue over small islets.

They are another mystery that must at least be considered. We cannot deny they exist. We can only wonder if they play a role in some of the odd deserted vessels.  More witness reports have confirmed that larger sizes exist, up to 50 or 60 feet in diameter. Their reports open up the can of worms that is the UFO phenomenon. The earliest reports declared that the “saucers” were actually ovoid or ellipses.  Ken Arnold, the first to see and draw one, drew one that was slightly longer than wider and he thought the back was curved or flat.

Into the eerie world of real life X files we must go. The truth is there, and hopefully I presented a rational look at one manifestation of this eerie world in Bermuda Triangle II rather then the endless yards of theorizing and conspiracy theories.

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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.