As you all know I have removed over 40 posts on EAR/ONS because they were no longer relevant– they were updates, etc., or dealt with cleared POIs. A few things will be streamlined and added to Q Files, and it is there that East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker information will be archived for the remaining part of the active case and then for educational purposes after it is officially declared solved.
However, I wanted to take this blog space to clarify a few things for people who are just awakening to this rather complex case. There is some conspiracy theory stuff being circulated by perhaps more than one genuine lunatic who have come to fancy the case as their own.
There is an old article online with a click bait title saying that Orange County’s forensic lab has doctored DNA results in murder cases. This is false. The story concerns how two lab technicians differed in their estimate of timing when deposit of sperm was made in a murder case some 20 years before. Their estimates differed accordingly: “From 0 to 24 hours before;” and “at least 24 hours before” the murder of the victim. In court this is obviously a huge discrepancy. There was no doctoring of DNA identifying the male suspect.
Orange County, of course, is the center of the EAR/ONS task force. However, all DNA testing of persons of interest in this case is being done by the FBI. My understanding is that to reduce redundancy they wait until they have 12 results and then they send them back to the appropriate jurisdiction.
No district attorney or Cold Case criminal investigator has influence over this process.
From the very beginning, as this case lay dormant, there was a small group that fancied it their case. Each refused to accept the elimination of their favorite person of interest. For example, a retired Vietnam colonel has been accused repeatedly despite being cleared 3 times. Frankly, this is a very predictable pattern of the unstable, one that sadly is just a more unprofessional reflection of what has dominated True Crime publishing where authors of supposedly respectable credentials never retract their thesis about a suspect despite it being ripped to pieces in reviews.
Those who are attempting to keep their POI in the lottery, or even continue to insist he is EAR/ONS despite being cleared, lock onto the old click bait article on Orange County and from there invent all sorts of conspiracy theories as to why, essentially, they cannot be wrong. In one extreme case, a disgruntled armchair sleuth has declared that the investigator with the DA’s Office who had assisted him in getting his POI DNA tested, will go to jail for being a part of corruption and conspiracy.
Conspiracy theorists do not learn. They must invent the absurd to justify their inability to move forward.
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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.