Phantom Family– EAR/ONS in the Gene Pool

Many have approached me, justly venting their frustration why no familial DNA profile has been done for EAR/ONS. It has always been presented to me as the shortcut to solving the Night Predator’s identity. This frustration has turned slightly conspiracy theory in light a public statement years ago (2011) in a Dork Forest podcast by one journalist who said there was an ethnic DNA profile for EAR. An ethnic DNA profile for EAR/ONS can easily be uploaded to all the databanks and show cousins, even 4th to 6th cousins, at least for those who have also had their DNA profile done.  There is a high probability, good probability, etc., rating for the relationships.

One of my cousin’s daughters recently did that and got her results. She showed me. I was surprised to see the links the ancestry databank made. In the 1st to 2nd cousins category I recognized all the names. There were two first cousins of mine (both of whom are in trouble for not telling me they had done this a long time ago) and the fourth name I recognized as one of these cousins’ daughter.  So, in essence, the relationship was determined perfectly. My cousin’s daughter who showed me her results was, in fact, the first cousin once removed of two of the names and the 2nd cousin to the other. In the 4th to 6th cousin category I recognized 2 more names by surname.

Geographically it was able to place my cousin’s daughter’s heritage during the right time spans in the Volga German colonies. My mother’s family (and hence my cousin’s family) was very prominent in the region. My Italian and Swiss ancestor went up to govern the land for Catherine the Great in 1786 and in 1787 wrote a book about his wanderings. He basically turned the Volga German colonies into a mirror of the Grisons, and with his family connections sustained the colony. In 1788 he had many prayer books shipped from Pressburg to be distributed throughout, and one copy is still in my possession with my grandmother’s entries in it. I was amazed to see how much my cousin’s daughter scored in percentage of Italian. I think we’re a bit inbred.

My point being is that DNA can really come down to some interesting nitty gritty, if you have the elements that allow you to interpret it.

Since there is Crime Scene DNA from EAR, we have his DNA. So why no profile? It would give us his relatives and this would narrow the field considerably. It wouldn’t be long to trace some and uncover his identity.

We have to deduce a couple of things. From my personal experience, there is no indication the task force operates under any prejudice that there is ethnic DNA for EAR. They do have DNA that proves certain physical features, and this remains restricted in order to prioritize tips. Had they an ethnic DNA panel, they could indeed upload it and find his family relations. And since they have his DNA, we must assume they would have done this years ago.

So what must we deduce: Well,

1, all the DNA was used to link the crimes and then identify crucial features.  Therefore there is no ethnic DNA profile.

2, they did do this and it turns out EAR/ONS is a phantom even in the human gene pool.

3, there is some legal restriction preventing them from uploading the DNA to an ancestry database.

The readouts I’ve seen divide people by groups of DNA profiles– Europe West, Europe East, Iberian, Europe South (Italy/Greece), Scandinavia, Asia South, Middle East, European Jewish, British, North Africa, etc. You get the idea.  A lot of Brits will carry the Iberian trace gene because the ancient Iberian Celts were thought to have colonized Britain. Europe West and Scandinavia are invariably linked with Germans, and lots of people get these hits.

My cousin’s daughter’s mother’s family is big time Bruce of Elgin, and they were stunned to see they were still essentially Norman and not Scottish. That was essentially a trace element.

I haven’t found a break-up of DNA that says “English-German.”

Of the 3 POIs that I have submitted for testing, it is unquestionable that the one with a French surname really excited some interest, though his heritage had lots of British names. His ethnic DNA would no doubt reveal Europe West, with the subcategory of French or Swiss, just as mine might show a heavy link to the Volga, Switzerland and Italy.

I also know that another investigator suspected someone with some heavy duty Italian heritage. When it comes down to it, an ethnic profile doesn’t seem to influence the official investigators. At least not the rumor of “English German.” There’s an awful lot of those.

Apparently, such an ethnic profile only influenced some amateurs who were trying to rule out some people’s POIs via ancestry.com pedigrees. I’ve already addressed that in a previous post.

We have to consider that EAR is a phantom in the gene pool. None of his close or even distant relatives have had their DNA profile taken and uploaded. For close relatives this is possible. But considering that 574 potential relations came back for my cousin’s profile, I would imagine that some 4th cousin could be identified. That’s a starting point at least.

We have one undeniable fact. EAR is not yet officially identified. This and experience tells me that ethnic DNA probably doesn’t exist or that it is so general that it really doesn’t help. Surnames don’t always indicate ethnicity. If there is a familial profile it has gone nowhere.

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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.

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EAR/ONS and The Love of the Game

A magazine cover is on display today headlining with the ghoulish title “raised by a serial killer.” It is meant to cause that visceral reaction– people are to shudder and their scalps to tingle. A Hannibal Lecter raised a child. It seems in the popular press that serial killers have a definite stereotype and one with a kid is cause for alarm.

As you all know, I’m not a fan or follower of the True Crime genre. I find nothing interesting in it. And sometimes that’s been part of my problem with some who are quite loud about some famous cases I am investigating– ZODIAC but especially EAR/ONS. The latter has yet to evolve into a cutout narrative. It is on its way and many in the audience are hungry for new installments in the budding franchise, and many by virtue of chatting about it think they are a force in its solution. I personally want the case closed. A recent post of mine on “Things to consider” was one of my most popular. In this post I offered avenues we must take if the auto wrecking angle plays itself out. The idea that the case will go on and on along a road with never ending forks in it delighted so many.

But back to the magazine cover– I have studied enough true crime cases in my long pursuit to see the common thread in those cases that go unsolved the longest. Almost anybody can see. The perps represent the exception.  Bundy was handsome and educated. Green River Killer was head of his own bible study group. Gacy was a respected  man in business and a precinct captain in the Democratic Party. BTK was the dog catcher and a part of his church council. All of them were the exception, though Green River Killer was on the original suspect list.

I have stated repeatedly we are dealing with that in the case of EAR/ONS. Almost everybody who follows ZODIAC believes the same applies there. But instead of tempering themselves with the accumulated knowledge in the field they opted to buy into the legend that he was some towering evil arch villain. There is a difference between intelligence and ingenuity, and the latter is a poor substitute for the former.

Those old cold cases eventually solved represent exceptions to OUR stereotype of the dreg unleashed because we continue to have that stereotype rehashed in the public forum. The fact is there was something quite stereotypically odd about all the perps. It was their station in life that protected them.  Bundy was strange, even in high school. A cousin of a friend of mine went to school with him and he even left her a “semi creepy” message in the yearbook. The Green River Killer was suspicious enough to be on the original suspect list. Evidence was hard to get against them because their MO worked, but they weren’t your basic stalwart citizen.

None of them were particularly intelligent. They displayed enough ingenuity to pull off their thrill. When they fell into an MO that worked, they stuck to it. This is not intelligence. This displays a utilitarian zeal and blind-sighting expedience.

Gacy went un-apprehended for so long because he foolishly buried his victims under the floorboards of his own house. Chicago police had only a vague sense of missing migratory young guys. When he ran out of room and started dumping them in the woods– the usual disposal method of serial killers— Chicago started the hunt and began to narrow down the common threads in the victims. It really wasn’t very intelligent of Gacy to have ever buried victims under his house. It was expedient. Nothing more. It caught up to him.

The same can be said for BTK. He foolishly believed the police when he asked them if they could backwork a CD. They said no. He sent them a CD. They found his computer via this and went and scooped him up.

Bundy was a maniac with little unique MO. He was simply unsuspected. This emboldened him to go on a rampage. He was hunted down with everything but wild dogs like in Frankenstein.

None were truly successful or intelligent in any meaning of those words.

EAR/ONS . . .

The Night Predator has outdone them all. He never went on a rampage. He never got so self confident that he let loose like that. He was forgotten because most of his crimes weren’t murder. When he turned murderer he displayed far more caution, not rampage.

But I do not think EAR was particularly intelligent. He was shrewd insofar as it served his thrill. He may not be the quintessential dreg, but he was unsuspected. But like the others he was lulled into leaving clue after clue because his MO worked. He didn’t change it because it worked and he couldn’t foresee that eventually it would deadeye him, just like Gacy could never accept that he would run out of room under his floorboards and have a house that was the biggest witness against him.

EAR could not foresee that enough clues would amass that would eventually make auto-wrecking like Gacy’s house for him. This is why I continue to pursue this angle relentlessly. I have the scent and no hound let’s go of the scent once he has it. I don’t think this case will go on and on. I know my angle has captured some official investigators.

On my part we wait on the results of 2 more POIs. How many other potential POIs are being tracked (some I know were already on my list) by other investigators I do not know. If one of my POIs is EAR we should hear in Spring. If not, I feel it will still be this year.

The process of elimination continues. I will try and keep the reader updated as much as possible. The game will not go on. It will end.

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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.

EAR/ONS And Good Intentions

Over the course of the years I have seen a lot of communication between people who had persons of interest in the case of EAR/ONS, some of them in response to the FBI’s national press conference. These are sincere people who came to me asking for me to look into their POI. These weren’t the wackos. Members of the messages boards also confided to me about longstanding POIs others had discussed privately, and then presented their frustrations that they never heard what happened or that the POI was ruled out. The frustration existed because there was some doubt their POI had gone all the way up the ladder to law enforcement.

It seemed there may have been some retired cops, “private detectives” and some supposedly “gifted” members of messages boards, conducting these processes of elimination.

Until the last couple of months, however, I was not shown actual communications that telescope back to include some comments by those who were trying to eliminate POIs.  I even expressed my dismay to a couple of DA Special Homicide investigators at one cut and paste I had received, for it showed a retired officer relaying information from someone who was backtracking the POI’s pedigree as a means of elimination. At first I thought this was an official investigator, but rereading it revealed that no member of the task force would waste their time with this language. According to the language in the email, the pedigree alone was being sought to make a further determination whether to proceed or not with the POI.

A task force member would be privy to restricted DNA information which reveals some of EAR’s actual features. A task force member would have pulled Driver’s License information, checked the eye color, height, etc. of the POI first, then checked a rap sheet. The exchange of information showed this was not accessible by the well- intentioned citizens.

If you had submitted a POI through this avenue, it may be wise for you to proceed officially. In such cases you should always go straight to a sworn officer, a member of the task force.

Trying to second guess ethnicity solely on ancestry.com pedigrees is haphazard at best, at least as a sole means to include or eliminate a person of interest. Changing of surnames is not uncommon at immigration. Anglicizing or even Gallicizing or Germanizing of surnames is well known.  Examples of the latter case are Huguenots surnames. So many French protestants converted their names to German when immigrating to Germany that such German names as Schenk are considered Huguenot names. A common change is Belmont to Schoenberg. Many remained in 5 major Huguenot cities they built in the Rheinland-Palatinate, and remained essentially ethnically French despite their German names.

German names from East Prussia took on a distinctly Slavic sound at times and were even respelled. Vinsky  is a case in point. It is actually a German name. In addition, when 200 years ago a decree went out in the Austro-Hungarian empire for everybody to take a surname, Jews interpreted this to be a German surname. Hillel ben Shmuel– Hillel the son of Samuel– took a German surname like Schreiner, being known then as Hillel Samuel Schreiner.  The majority of Jewish surnames might indeed be German, but ethnically Jews are not German.

You see the trouble in guessing someone’s background based on surname.

If you have a person of interest in the case of EAR/ONS, and you do not feel that this person’s process of elimination was conducted at the official level, you should contact the EAR/ONS Task Force. The quickest way would be the FBI.

Agent Marcus Knutson– Marcus.knutson@ic.fbi.gov

Everything has been well intentioned, I’m sure. But there are things you don’t know and even more so things you do not suspect. The task force has the things you do not even suspect. You should direct your tips to them directly. Always to a sworn officer currently on duty.

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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.

EAR/ONS– Things to Consider

This winter I have hopes of updating Q Files, including a couple of pages to help round off the discussion on a more permanent basis on the investigation of EAR/ONS.

One, to put in place the article “There is No Golden State Killer.” So there is no doubt that moniker should never be used.

2, Elaborate on EAR’s weaving of several clues to give himself the appearance of a very complex Stalking MO.

3, The clues that favor an older EAR.

4, which is the subject of this article here– those clues which suggest bloodhounds follow an older scent on occasion.

Those who follow my Q Files close enough are fairly well aware of EAR’s general MO. He stalked a community from afar but on the night of the attack came in close and parked very near.

Examples of this include most noticeably opportunistic attacks–  No. 4 where EAR stole the victim’s car and parked it about a mile away. No. 11 where EAR did the same at Victim 11 at [-]10 Glenville Circle, and a couple of others such as No. 32 where the victim lived on Piedmont on the levee but EAR followed her down Casilada Way to her babysitting job.

Supposed EAR trails were uncovered by bloodhounds in Davis indicating that EAR had once parked close to the municipal airport and then walked quite a distance to the communities. It is, however, quite unlikely on the night of one of the attacks that he risked walking over a mile to the attack and a mile back to where he had parked.

At No, 22 in South Sac the victim’s house is close to the end of the block, and it would have been very easy to simply park behind their house. But it is said that the bloodhound tracked EAR’s scent, strangely, over a short fence and onto Highway 99’s shoulder where, from the tire tracks, it looked like a Porsche had once been parked.

This is bizarre since it implies EAR would risk being tagged by parking so conspicuously where the CHP would see the car. This is right by a major onramp onto Highway 99.

If this is true, the significance is obvious: what kind of person in what profession could park on the shoulder of a major highway during the day, not raise any suspicion or interest from CHP, and take the time to meander about and stalk a neighborhood?

Huge eucalyptus were said to once be in the location (the highway is widened now and there is little shoulder space left and the oleander in the median is long gone). Could someone with tree service? Curiously, someone from that profession lived on 4th Parkway.

There are other examples, but the one above is the most interesting.

Or are we and the dog following another drag?

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.

New Years Cold Case Madness

It seems cold case lunacy hibernates during the holiday months and with the new year it unleashes, like the first joyous bursts of spring. At the center of this, of course, is EAR/ONS– the ultimate Night Predator.

I have been at the center of people turning in POIs, trying to guess my POIs, and many begging for help in their paranoid delusions that EAR was stalking them and would kill them.

I am not alone. A well known family member of a victim, Michelle Cruz, has finally had to tell people she can no longer help people be a messenger to law enforcement over their POIs regarding EAR/ONS.

Again, law enforcement has vital information that allows them to exclude a POI from any priority. If they don’t get back to you, it means your POI didn’t fit or was so low on the priority list that he has to wait in line behind far more viable persons of interest. Last I heard the FBI was reducing redundancy so they will wait to get back to the task force over DNA results until they have 12 reports.

It all takes time. And with time and effort the field is narrowed. All those who are family of victims or victims themselves, take heart. The case progresses.

I continue with my angle. I’ve told you that many times. I am the only one who has worked this angle, and I methodically follow every link leading off from auto wrecking/used cars. I have been given the honor to be persona grata at one jurisdiction. I do not intend to overstay this welcome. I submit detailed dossiers on my POIs, and it will take months for me to hear back whether they were eliminated or not.

I know that despite this fact being known by some retired investigators there have been attempts to second-guess my POIs’ identity and independently and redundantly backwork my investigation. I personally don’t understand why this is done. I limit myself to a single jurisdiction and I do not go to others. I forward people to the FBI when they state they have a tip. But my dossiers are submitted to only one place, and they are acted upon responsibly.

San Ramon EAR

Despite the dearth of media on the subject, behind-the-scenes the channels of investigation are quite congested. The redundancy should stop, however. Leave it up to the task force members to whom I submit my dossiers.  Believe me DNA is sought on my POIs, and that is conclusive evidence. Nothing is slipping through the cracks. I avoid the politics. It is counter productive.

I have seen outtakes of emails between identifiable and credible names associated with the popular investigation in which (accidentally) material is included that betrays there is reserved DNA information determining EAR/ONS’ ethnicity. This shouldn’t set anybody’s diodes off. Such information is of little value since ethnicity cannot be determined merely by surname. Only in extreme examples where a POI is obviously the wrong ethnicity is it of value in helping to prioritize. It comes down to DNA, and ethnic DNA is obviously redundant. No one is going to test a POI for his ethnicity first when a DNA test will conclusively exclude or include him based on crime scene DNA.

In short, there are many points a serious investigator must keep in mind. A mere resemblance to a 40 year old sketch is only a starting point. If you have a POI, use the FBI tip line.

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.

EAR/ONS– And RERUNS

With the dawn of the new year I remain as focused as before on my goal concerning EAR/ONS.  But like others whose names are well-known in the public forum and associated with the case I have grown weary of reruns, and a few examples of reruns have to be removed from syndication in 2018.

One, you’d be surprised at how many people contact me and beg for help with their own personal POI. I am glad to forward people to the FBI, which I frequently do, but you would be even more surprised by the number that make the circuit and try and get their POI resubmitted to every jurisdiction regardless if another jurisdiction told them there is nothing to him.

It is a never-ending story. What psychological factor motivates them, I do not know. But they have the need to believe they had encounters with the No. 1 serial predator in history, and they don’t want that distinction taken away from them.

Then there are those who are equally sure they have the right guy, but they won’t move on to ever contact law enforcement. They want YOU to help them. You get the sneaking feeling they’ve been to the FBI and were told to go jog on the highway. But they don’t want to tell you that because you will dust them off as the cranks they are. They never give up. They are sure they got the right guy and evidence doesn’t matter to them.

Then there are those who see an old yearbook photo and it looks like one of the many sketches of a “suspicious person” who might have been EAR. This launches their investigation which goes nowhere because they don’t even know what constitutes circumstantial evidence.

Then there are genuine paranoid psychotics who insist most anybody they have contact with is EAR and he is out to get them.  Seriously, I’ve had a few.

I have never seen a legitimate POI come from this arena. Even a superficial examination removes the person. No one has ever submitted a POI to me who was the result of anything that can be termed investigation. If they knew how to do that dispassionately they would rule out their POI or move forward with law enforcement on their own.

I will forward to legitimate inquirers the contact point with the FBI, but spare me pitches about your POI. It will just get forwarded to the FBI. I’m not a member of the audience. I don’t need to be involved with others. I’m not writing a book. I declared my intent to investigate the case. My historical investigation and the subsequent analysis is on Q Files. I am now in the mode of identifying the perp. I am not a part of contributing to the syndication of the EAR/ONS Casebook Show.

My investigation leads me to my own persons of interest. I have a direct route to submit them and I must be careful to maintain my own reputation with the task force members I may submit to.

I know by heart the reruns of the 1970s EAR/ONS Casebook Show and its main cast. I am proud to be a part of the present, and I made my investigation as public as possible. I am not here to document the past anymore and rerun it in syndication. I have to deal with the personalities involved today, not 40 years go. I have to move forward with my own investigation and post things that will hopefully help other true investigators.

In my next post, let’s discuss the unimaginable– what if all those in auto-wrecking are removed from the POI list this year?  What clues lead us elsewhere? There are a few. It’s a question of bloodhounds following old scents. We rather have to do the same thing.

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.

The Lesson of Kingsbury Run

Everybody who is truly desirous of seeing cold cases solved should dread the diluted image given to us by such cold cases as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run.  Not Jack the Ripper. The Ripper is so documented that it is still possible to solve the old murder spree. But there are a few cold cases where this is difficult if not impossible via the use of the gray cells. The Phantom of Texarkana comes to mind because it had the sensationalized (but folkloric) publicity later in its cold case life, but the Horrible Headhunter of Kingsbury Run is lost to time, and few realize that this case is truly the case of the American Jack the Ripper.

During the Depression some arrogant but very sophisticated killer set out to prey upon the downtrodden in the hobo villages of Kingsbury Run. And like Jack the Ripper he caused a sensation during the time (1930s) and even influenced local politics. And also like Jack the Ripper the perpetrator was thought to be a doctor. The reason: skill in dismembering some of the bodies.

With such little knowledge coming down to us today there aren’t too many details to reexamine. There are a few, however, that should challenge the regurgitation that a mentally disturbed and alcoholic doctor named Joseph Sweeney was responsible and because he was congressman Charles Sweeney’s cousin he was protected.

Conspiracy theories are always excuses. I think we can go beyond them here.

I also think we can go beyond toxic fandom’s clichés. Elliot Ness, immortalized because of his work against the mob in Chicago, was in charge of public safety in Cleveland at the time of the graphic murder spree. He came to feel that Sweeney was the man responsible. But Ness’ personal theory shouldn’t sway us. Toxic fandom likes brand name and Commissioner Gordon-like comic strip characters.  But in reality Ness wasn’t in a position to really investigate the series of crimes and as a former FBI revenuer he really wasn’t of detective caliber. He had fame and legend. And fandom likes reality to imitate art.

Sweeney’s alcoholic problems destroyed his practice and it seems he wasn’t sober enough to lift a dog’s tail let alone a scalpel at times.

Thus we must introduce one of the key victims around which the case revolves: Edward Andrassy. He was an early victim– the first or second. His body and head were found in proximity to another, both dumped along the side of Jackass Hill at the end of E 49th.

Andrassy

The mode of murder was unique in the annals of crime. He had been murdered by beheading. There were no hesitation marks. This is crucial. There was no starting point and stopping point. The neck bones were not scored.  Only a guillotine can cut that cleanly, but the national razor will crush the bones.

Dr. Sweeney did not have this skill, and there is no doctor or mortician who frankly can duplicate how it was done. It was done somewhere, in some facility, while Andrassy was apparently unconscious.  It was done with tremendous skill in excellent light.

Victim No 5, the “Tattoo Man,”  a young, handsome man who has never been identified, was later killed in Kingsbury Run at night near the railroad tracks. He too was killed by beheading, and in the darkness and struggling, several hesitation marks were obvious.

The same killer seems to have been afoot, but the circumstances were different and not as controlled as in the Andrassy murder.

Sweeney and conspiracy theories are a poor fit, but Sweeney got into the narrative and he is simply regurgitated with the general outline handed down to us today. If we only had more details and the police reports we could begin to open up the investigation into one of the most bizarre serial murder sprees in history. But, alas, too much has been lost to time and the filter of a limited narrative.

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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.diluted