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.

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