I’ve been asked more than a few times, ‘What do you do if the DNA on RP comes back negative or partial?’
For ‘partial’ that is easily answered. I think you can all guess it is only a matter of time then. For a complete negative, I merely refine who else could have been within the network of auto wrecking. This seems to be the best lead, and I received some official praise for detailing the clues that point to auto wrecking. I would expect that some special investigators for DA’s offices would also start looking into this lead.
As you all know I could not put RP as an actual employee of one of the wreckers for the time period in question, but it appears that much more restricted search methods through business ownership has linked him to one of the wreckers later in life, one I had suspected. This proved gratifying, but still frustrating.
As those who have followed here know, RP emerges into the records only in 1989 as a security guard. From this we can deduce that he had not had a very robust career prior to the age of 31. It seems from all the time prowling and striking that EAR was certainly not executive material in his youth. He liked the night and devoted most of his time to prowling and working in what from the clues seems some level of auto-wrecking. He drove a lot. . . but only beginning in the Fall of 1977. Before that he seemed fairly restricted to the East Area.
I have suggested the above clear and distinct change in his Stalking MO may indicate that EAR had graduated high school in ’77 (as RP did) and was now more free to move about. It has always bugged me that if it is RP that EAR could have been a senior in high School and perpetrating his first year’s attacks. But as I’ve been told, with seasoned resignation in an investigator’s voice, DNA will tell us.
However, DNA will never tell us just how someone like this truly pulled off such a crime spree. EAR will quickly be forgotten in the annals of crime and yet he pulled off one of the most prolific and meticulous and, indeed, intricate crime sprees that ever was. And if he was the stalker watching Victim 1 in May 1976, he was just a junior in high school when he began to contemplate turning his fantasies into reality.
I don’t like that. I would like it to have been someone older. But as we’ve all come to accept, EAR was someone outside of the dragnet, and a teenager like this was certainly outside of the dragnet. He had an official residence far from the comfort zones. Yet in substance he had a connection to a home in Fair Oaks and later an apartment on Fair Oaks Blvd thanks to his mom. He was in the heart of the East Area in substance, but officially 35 minutes away in the foothills. This is a curious fact. And this put him far outside of the dragnet.
Nothing has put RP in southern Cal, but I didn’t expect it would.
San Diego perp– beat or stabbed women to death (in corner houses).
I find those three murders in corner homes in San Diego 1979-1988 curious. The one in Imperial Beach gives us a perp who stole the victim’s car and drove it as far as Bakersfield. Just cause he looked like EAR doesn’t mean it was him, but it does tell us that someone can strike in southern Cal, almost on the border, and hours later be far north; and if the car had not developed a problem he would have been on his way to Sacramento.
I suspect since EAR’s strikes in So. Cal were so far apart that he was not a local down there but coming and going periodically.
There is, in fact, very little to trace. Had it not been for the refinement of DNA testing, EAR would have committed the perfect crime spree. After all this time only DNA can speak clearly. The clues, the traditional signposts before DNA, can only whisper. Imagine if that’s all we had of that stranger who called his victims so many times– just whispers. He never could have been outed.
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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.