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.