Q Files is huge and the pages on it quite elaborate with photo icons, lytebox popups, and all sorts of other stuff that does not facilitate making it quick to put up another page or rearrange one significantly. The purpose of this intro? I think it is easier, though perhaps not as picturesque, to backwork EAR’s movements in one particular case based on recent detailed information.
The victim– No. 32. The place: Little Pocket, Sacramento. She lived on Piedmont Drive, her house backed the levee. She is 16. It is already dark. She babysits for the local families, those that know her well. She gets a call from Mrs. W. It’s last minute.
Piedmont Drive, looking toward Casilada Way.
She’s on her way. It is only a short distance. Her blond Farah Fawcett is kinda limp after the long day, but like Lori Strode in Halloween she was the kind to babysit. She was available, sweet, nice.
Off she goes from her Piedmont Drive home. A short walk and there she is at Casilada Way. She walks along in the evening air. Several house down she comes to the nice two story home.
On Piedmont, looking down Casilada Way. The street curves. It is impossible to see where anybody goes from this vantage let alone from the levee.
The W’s entrust her with their kid and off they go. It is a typical 1978 evening. . . . except the EAR kicks in the door and rapes her. She becomes Victim No. 32. The official last victim in Sacramento. Little Pocket was off the EAR’s usual turf. Like with Victim 22 on 4th Parkway, this attack does not mark a new comfort zone. EAR rather starts tacking back and forth between Modesto and Davis and soon after that he starts hitting far away in Concord.
The details most of you know, of that strange and tragic night, so there is no need to repeat them here. But the sequence of events allows us to backwork EAR’s actions in detail. . . to a point. Combined with other attacks– such as Victim 14 on Thornwood– we can venture how EAR arrived at some attack sites rather early. In some secluded place he lurked and waited.
This night was it in the bushes by the levee? Was it in the yard of an empty house? Was he parked in a car or van and watching the street?
I must ask because it is evident from the accumulated evidence that Victim 32 was the intended victim. Her house was along the levee– prime EAR tactical territory. The house had been receiving hang-up phone calls– another sign. But she had been called away last minute to a house not in view of her own house. How did EAR follow her?
Much further down Casilada Way.
Logically, we must assume he saw her leave and walk down Casilada Way. This tends to favor that he was parked outside or in an opposite yard. It would be impossible for him to see what house she went to from some viewing point in the bushes along the levee or in a neighbor’s yard looking down Casilada Way. He either stalked carefully along the street a little and saw the house into which she entered or he started his jalopy and cruised by innocently.
It does not seem practical that he went roaming for her and just happened to find her.
The alternative is frightening. This alternative is that EAR knew the call had come in. There are those that want to believe EAR worked for Pac Bell or was in some capacity to get all the phone numbers easily. What kind of equipment would he need in the field to know such a call had come into his intended victim and likewise to hear the name of the W’s so that he knew to which house she was going? But what kind of capacity was he in to allow him to travel around the state? It is hard to fathom. Rather he just seems a careful stalker.
There are those who want to believe that the jogger seen quite distant to Piedmont was EAR. He was seen at Minnow’s Hole, a fishing spot in the bend of the river. If him, this would only reinforce that EAR came quite a distance along the levee, intending to strike his victim along the levee, leave, and go back to his car which was parked far away and could never be associated with the attack.
If this is the case, though, how did EAR see where the victim went down the street? Somehow it would seem he was out front somewhere . . .or he had another means of knowing.
Attacks like No. 32 shed lots of light on EAR’s detailed movements. It is not enough that we have his shoeprints from neighbors’ yards. These only tell us how he walked through yards. The Little Pocket attack gives us some clues why he made some of the moves he made.
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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.