It’s a repeating pattern with two breaks– in the beginning and at the end of EAR’s horrifying crime spree. In the first summer that he struck– the Summer of 1976– EAR hit a victim in late July, then again in late August. He would strike again close to Labor Day, a major holiday.
This was the only Summer that he struck a victim in August. He was gone the entire Summer of 1977. After a July 6 strike in Davis, he was gone the rest of the Summer of 1978. After a botched attack on July 5 in Danville, he was gone the rest of the Summer of 1979. It was always after the July 4 holiday.
After these summer absences, EAR always popped up in Fall some place far distant. After the Summer of ’77 he hit Stockton; after the Summer of ’78 he hit Concord; after the Summer of ’79 he hit Goleta.
Yet at the end of his crime spree he strikes again in late summer. This time it is in late August. August 19, 1980, he kills a couple in Dana Point. He breaks again on July 27, 1981, and kills his final victim before he vanished for 5 years.
At the end something had changed in EAR’s real life scheduling that allowed him to be free during late summer 1980 and 1981. Then there follows that frustrating 5 years when he is missing. He liked to strike in May. He sent Sacramento into a panic in May 1977 with 5 strikes. After that 5 year absence he comes back and strikes his last victim in May 1986. Then he is gone forever.
A frustrating pattern, but one must consider it.
The July 4 festivities certainly weren’t enough thrill for him. He could barely wait to strike again, a day or two later. As summer fun is now upon us, we have to remember that this supreme predator acted as if our neighborhoods were a personal trough for him to dip into when he wanted and shatter our lives to suit his merriment. Such predators must always be hounded. We owe it to the next generation, so they can have their summer fun and have no fear of such human animals assessing them from dark shadows.
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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.