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.
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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.