Since there are those who believe I have restricted information, I must preface here that what follows is purely my deduction based on the publicly available evidence.
This concerns the eye color of the East Area Rapist AKA Original Night Stalker. It floats about in the ether that EAR had blue eyes. This apparently stems from the 10 year old son of Victim 7, who believed the attacker had such a color. What shade of blue we do not know. No 27 said her attacker had hazel eyes. These are two extremes. Richard Shelby writes that Victim 17 said her attacker had brown eyes.
Since hazel has a lot of brown in it around the pupil, bleeding into the green, in the darkness Victim 17 could have taken these for brown eyes whereas in better light Victim 27 could distinguish they were hazel. Thus of the 3 witnesses here the weight leans toward hazel.
In my Portrait of Terror I followed the Sheriff memo and said the eyes ranged between hazel and blue, but as we see here there is reason to tip the scale in the favor of hazel.
Visually assessing eye color, especially in those circumstances the victims were in, would be difficult. Nobody should refrain from turning in a person of interest merely because of the scuttlebutt on the internet that EAR had blue eyes or hazel or whatnot. Let the detectives do their work. I have a fear that some people are so immersed in the legends online that they may refrain from turning someone in because the legend says EAR had blue eyes.
How we visually determine eye color and how a forensic geneticist would determine eye color are also different. Percentage of probability would obviously shift from one end of the spectrum to the other. There’s blue-green, there’s blue-hazel, there’s that pastel blue we call gray, there’s clear pure blue that it transparent like Jello, and then there is dull, opaque blue that is more like hazel. Visually someone might describe all these as blue, especially from a distance, whereas a geneticist is reading a code. What I say here applies to green, brown, etc. Even yellow eyes are a variation of brown.
The point here is that the overall evidence is contradictory when it comes to eye color. If forensic science said that there was an extreme improbability EAR had a certain eye color, this extreme probability is not so extreme as one moves along the spectrum to another color. Visually, however, a witness may still describe this mixture as a single color blue, green, brown, yellow, etc., but for me when a witness is able to describe a mixed color, like hazel, they got a good view. Therefore I tend to favor that EAR had hazel eyes.
If you have a POI who had blue eyes, green, or even yellow, by all means turn him in. Let the detectives process it. Don’t second guess based on the internet.
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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.