With the uptick in media coverage of the EAR/ONS case Sacramento is finally getting involved and will hopefully take the lead. Fox40 Sacramento is doing a series, and so far in the couple of web articles I’ve read (by Ali Wolf) the moniker of Golden State Killer was only perfunctorily referred to, as a name he was later given. (In substance this isn’t entirely accurate. He was given this independently. It does not reflect popular or official usage during his crime spree. Nor does it come from any official agency. It apparently comes from an independent source in a podcast within only the last decade. )
It was a perfunctory acknowledgement the article, but one that hopefully indicates the moniker is being phased out. Up here, of course, he was The East Area Rapist; down south he really had no public handle because the murders were largely unconnected at the time. He was known as The Night Stalker by Orange County and Santa Barbara County, but sadly the press didn’t cover. Only the jurisdictions were noticing the similarities in the crimes.
When Richard Ramirez was inaccurately labeled with being The Night Stalker, EAR’s best handle had to be altered when used in public. Original Night Stalker doesn’t fly too well either, but when I spoke with members of the task force he is still referred to by some as just “Night Stalker” in order to differentiate between Ramirez.
In any case, the Ramirez mis-naming is a good example of how a very inaccurate name should be resisted. Golden State Killer, again, elevates EAR to a level of the State’s official nickname as if he was an officially endorsed product of the State. Obviously that would never fly in the State capitol.
The latest publicity, stemming from Sacramento, has been the best. Hopefully it sets the tempo for the rest of the national media, and with this that horrid moniker of GSK finally fades away. It may earn: “briefly known as” as a footnote on the case and then be gone.
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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.