EAR/ONS and the Reward

It has been put forward by several followers of the case that the reward for EAR is awfully small considering the enormity of his crime spree and the number of his victims. The context of the statement, of course, is that the case remains unsolved and that the lack of an enticing reward is partly to blame. Believers in this note that in other cases where the perpetrator had half as many murder victims the reward was still much higher. The Tampa case was one cited to me on Facebook recently.

The reward for EAR/ONS is $50,000.00. In the Tampa case: $110,000.00.

I was around a long time before the FBI reward, and since my information goes to a special cold case unit I do not even know if I am eligible for the reward, so on that note I ask you all to consider: do you think a higher reward would help solve the EAR/ONS case?

Do you think there is another factor? That is, that there is so much popular interest in the EAR case now that a reward isn’t likely to goose the action out of those most likely to contribute to solving the case? After all, there is no reward for identifying the ‘Zodiac’ Killer, and that case remains one of the most prolifically strewn with amateur detectives.

Or is that not a factor at all? A reward is meant to excite a tipster and not a sleuth. It is meant to embolden someone to come forward who can bypass the gray cell pursuit and simply turn in someone who fits the description. EAR was so clever, at least shrewd, that it seems a tipster is a highly unlikely event.

In any case, it is interesting to consider whether a bigger reward would help solve the case.

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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.


4 thoughts on “EAR/ONS and the Reward

  1. Hi Gian, First I need to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy, prosperous New Year! I’m puzzled as to why this case has been at an impasse for decades. My personal opinion is the reward $$$ is not a factor at all. I question truly whether anyone other than the Earons knows who he is. I’m a student of History like you and I recently began watching this new series on Netflix about “The Unabomber” Even the FBI,s Golden Boy of Behavioural Sciences John Douglas Initial Profile of The Unabomber was way off. He put him at age 30-44, a frustrated laid off Airline mechanic and probably of limited intelligence nothing greater than a GED or HS diploma. We know now how wrong he was. To be fair there’s been plenty of other high profile cases where the BSU of the FBI was,way off also. I site the Atlanta child murders as another big time blunder at first. Earons has gotten almost been bequeathed mythical powers at his prowling but his M.O. wouldn’t fly in today’s world of CCTV,s at ever corner and cameras attached to every human aged 8 and above. We have his DNA that’s the most frustrating aspect because Civil liberties will always move more cautiously and at a slower pace than the ever evolving DNA advances, particularly Genotyping. To be a fly on the wall or to have a few hours alone to see first hand the concrete evidence L.E. has but won’t release is my dream! At some point way up the chain of command someone needs to have an Evidence-based press conference or release. The clues we have aren’t moving us in any productive direction. I do believe L.E. has interviewed this guy at one time and they probably said “No way this guys too perfect to do this stuff”. That’s why I appreciate your outlook so much. We’re not looking for the Boogeyman. He,s going to blend in beautifully. Cheers Gian!! Your friend Jerry Schutte


    1. Intelligent post, Jerry. Lots of common sense based thinking. I like that. There is not enough of it these days unfortunately. It’s been my belief for many years that earons was interviewed at some point by law enforcement. Probably before the murders began. I also believe that earons died in a motorcycle accident in the late 80s. I’ve tried to pass this on to law enforcement but to no avail. Apparently me being a licensed private detective isn’t good enough for them. Oh well.


  2. It’s impossible to announce the EARONS has been captured if he hasn’t but that is what it would take to get some tipsters to call in. They live in fear and wouldn’t dare say one word unless they knew he was in police custody first. No amount of reward money can offset the fear. No one wants to be the first person to call and give up the identity of the EARONS. Being the second or third tipster to call is preferred. That way the cat is already out of the bag and it is not your fault.

    I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


  3. Another problem I find is people only know this as the “Golden State Killer” case. Arguably, the dumbest name but done to sell magazines and fix the true Ear/Ons moniker which evidently confused newer people to the case The problem is the latter is his real name, but what’s in a name really? Still, it confuses many people and more often than not they always have to mention McNamara’s story with the case as if she somehow discovered it which raises more issues than one would assume. Perhaps, I am being a jerk, but the new name hasn’t helped it even if it seems minuscule in the overall scope of the case. Yet I cannot notice such things sometimes.


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