The True Mindset of NorCal Rapist

From my last major blog on NorCal Rapist the reader no doubt got the impression I dislike the “psychological profile” that has been asserted about him– namely that he deluded himself into believing that his home invasion rapes were consensual. This psycho profile has been asserted only once, so it is not something dominant, but sadly this one time is the only time there has been any kind of in depth review of this lost case.

I dislike this profile because it is false. But more than this it is a certain type of falsehood that creates a very dangerous effect– it minimizes NorCal’s evil.

Fortunately such psycho profiles are fading, put in place in an era in which metaphor was still heavily being used by psychiatry as a base off which to theorize. A particularly horrid example is the metaphor of the bed. In the 1950s it was a metaphor for “mother.” So when a kid wet his bed he was subconsciously saying he hates momma. Yet later it was discovered that when certain allergens were taken away from the child, the bed wetting stopped. The rather obvious deduction was made: bed wetting was the result of the “sneezing” of an allergic bladder.

But before such strides were made in medicine, can you imagine how many children and how many mothers were given a guilt trip over the event of bed wetting?

In 2005, Dr. Richard McNally (Harvard) and Dr. Grant Devilly (Duke), testified before the supreme court in order to bring it up to date on the recent outlooks within the business of psychology. McNally declared of “repressed memory” that is did not exist. It was the biggest “bit of folklore to ever infect psychology and psychiatry.”

Yet for 100 years psychologists believed that people could forget (repress) traumatic experiences. Though individually none had ever treated a case of it, collectively they must have believed that it was always some other shrink that had the cases. When the data was finally collated, it was discovered no psychologist ever had a case. On the contrary, real studies showed that victims of traumatic experiences wanted to forget them but couldn’t (not surprisingly).

These are just two examples where past theories that had been used to interpret real life events had crumbled to actual data collation and logic.

Even with the minimal amount that is known about NorCal rapist’s dialog with his victims, and what can be deduced (so far) about his modus operandi of selecting them, it is clear he knew well that he was breaking and entering, terrorizing and raping his victims against their will. His sarcastic little tauntings make it plain, just as his image in the ATM camera testifies to his intent.

While draining one victim’s account in 1997 (using her ATM card), he put back in place the smiling Mardi Gras mask to conceal his features. He turned this way and that to reveal he had a mask on and had outguessed those who would see this film and try and follow him.

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NorCal knew well that he stalked, bound and gagged, terrorized, raped, and robbed his victims . . . and he enjoyed it for those reasons. He took the necessary precautions to avoid being followed. With his last victims he took them into the shower and tried to wash them clean.

Either the Martinez victim or the idea of attacking on Halloween excited him enough that he broke his pattern and struck on a weekday night. Here he wore a plastic skull mask. This bit of drama began a new pattern in him. At the next victim he would wear the jubilating Mardi Gras mask.  It fit with the theatricality he had displayed, it blended better in the early morning at the ATM while he robbed the victim.

Two months after his Halloween 1996 strike the movie Scream would premiere. It would feature a similar MO– someone lurking outside the house, peeping in the windows and mysteriously appearing inside dressed in a Halloween costume and ghost mask. This perhaps helps you envision him in action . . .except in real life.  A month later at the end of January 1997 he would wear the smiling Mardi Gras mask and strike in Davis, California.  This was the closest together of all of his attacks– Martinez, Davis. He was on a roll now. In July he would strike in far away Chico, another college town like Davis.

Something had clearly changed in him after his first taste of theatricality. His first victim had been in June 1991, the second in February 1992 (at which he wore nothing more dramatic than a ski mask). Martinez was his third, Davis a few months later his fourth, Chico his fifth . . . but the roll stopped here.

(The year of his aborted Woodland strike has been lost; still searching for it.)

He then vanished again until 2000 and returned to Davis. Did he have victims in the interim? I don’t know. He threatened his victims at the end that if they went to the police there would be trouble. He reminded them that he knew what they looked like. They didn’t know what he looked like. Some may have been cowed from going to the authorities. But his threat above, confirmed by Victim 1, makes it plain he knew this wasn’t consensual.

NorCal was a premeditative, cautious, and self indulgent rapist. The home invasion serials are the most careful, cleverest, and hardest to  find. It’s time to get much more information out there of this performing, taunting rapist.

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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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NORCAL Rapist Takes Form

Our man, NORCAL the theatrical rapist, was a weekend rapist with one exception so far. This exception was Halloween. In 1996 it fell on Thursday night. So far, though two jurisdictions are still searching their records, this is the only time he broke his pattern of Friday, Saturday or Sunday strikes.

This is also apparently the first time he wore a theatrical mask– a plastic skeleton  mask. In Vallejo he wore a basic ski mask. Victim 1 did not state publicly if he wore a halloween_3_skull_6222017pmgmask (probably did) but she said she never saw his face.

So as it stands we can infer striking on Halloween really meant something to him. And the thrill of a theatrical mask zinged with him. At his next victim’s (in Davis) he wore a smiling Mardi Gras mask.

Unfortunately, very little has been reported of this case. I’m the first to get the actual dates.  There was one AMW show. It wasn’t in depth. It didn’t even confirm the crime dates. Based on only a few cases there was a questionable psychological profile– one that said in his mind he believed his victims were consensual partners.

Logically, this doesn’t fit with the facts as already established. His threat to the victims at the end of the ordeal are particularly revealing. This is where he warns them that they better not go to the police because “You don’t know who I am but I know who you are.” He made it plain he’d get even. Also, he called the Halloween victim a couple weeks later and supposedly asked her if she enjoyed “my raping you.” I must confirm that word was used. No one uses the word “rape” and thinks he engaged in a consensual act. Moreover, Victim 1 confirmed the sarcastic farewell he gave her, reminding her she should lock her doors or someone might come in and burglarize her– the exact method, of course, by which he got in her condo. Wearing

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Smugly showing off his mask for the camera, Davis 1997.

that smiling mask and looking into the ATM camera while draining the 1997 Davis victim’s account is yet another taunt that plainly reveals he was enjoying what he knew was theft and rape.

There is nothing delusional about NORCAL. He was calculating and premeditative. He knew exactly what he was doing. . . .and he enjoyed it. He also planned it carefully. He drove over northern Cal to strike on weekends, but he came across his victims sometime before this. He worked during the week and must have had many weekends off. How many weekends had he spent stalking them weeks or months in advance?

More info is needed to even put this arrogant villain on the map. Until now this phantom of the opera rapist has controlled the stage. But it is time to lift the curtain.

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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.

HorrorScope Taking Form– Identifying the Zodiac Killer

I’m glad to say that the cover art that I designed has on the large been accepted as the dust jacket for HorrorScope. It’s simple and doesn’t divert the eyes much, and this is needed over such a subject as this.

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William Fiesterman adjusted an actual photo to create the lifeless, cold visage of the Zodiac; and I added the crosshair. Bill was one of Will Vinton’s animators and the animation director on the original California Raisin’s commercial, one of the 1980s’ popular culture icons.  The image of Zodiac, black and white and in shadows, reveals the true Zodiac Killer but also shows how the heavyset villain could inspire the San Francisco PD sketch, which shows Zodiac looking very skinny. Without eyes, he is a heartless killer, and the symbolism of the crosshair you all know.

I will share more aspects of the book’s artistry (back cover,  etc) as they take form. It’s finally time to bury this case, and I’m glad we are in the last mile.

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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.

Did the ZODIAC Kill Again?

DNA is all the rage now for solving old cold cases by finding an unsuspecting cousin in the database and then following his heritage to uncover the miscreant relative. But this method’s success is dependent on several factors. Just because a suspected villain’s DNA is preserved from a crime scene doesn’t mean genealogical searching will pay off.

The identity of the Zodiac Killer may one day be confirmed via DNA, but his MO makes it unlikely that he could ever be proven to have murdered other victims after his last known victim, Paul Stine, in October 1969.  The DNA attributed to Zodiac is actually from stamps on the boastful letters he mailed. But if Zodiac gunned down other victims and didn’t brag about it, like he said he would, there would be no DNA from those unsolved crime cases to compare with his in order to make a connection.

Even if a clear, incontrovertible DNA profile is pulled from the Zodiac’s stamps yet again, it is DNA that is not recovered in perpetration. The features of the man that it leads to would still have to be compared to the PD sketches and then, most of all, samples of his hand printing compared to Zodiac’s printing.  His hand printing constitutes evidence in perpetration.

But before Zodiac turned to becoming the Zodiac . . .? This is another matter.

Although many doubt that the Zodiac Killer ever killed again after he murdered Paul Stine, no one is really too sure if he had murdered before his first Vallejo victims on December 20, 1968. He waited to brag about these murders until 7 months later, so apparently his thrill of killing them was initially enough motive for him. Was this same thrill enough for murders even before December 1968?

There is the murder of a young couple, John and Joyce Swindle, on the “patio” along Ocean Beach, San Diego, on February 5, 1964. It was an unprovoked murder of a young couple. The killer apparently used a .22 pistol. He shot them from a distance and then approached and stood over them and fired a last round into each of their heads.

In many ways this was similar to the murders of Robert Domingos and his fiancé Linda Edwards on June 4, 1963, on Gaviota Beach, a remote area off Highway 101 south of Lompoc, California. They were shot multiple times with a .22 pistol.

The murders of John and Joyce Swindle show a killer that was a little more prepared than the one who murdered Domingos and Edwards 8 months before. Was it the same killer and was he progressing?

The killer of both couples may be the same perp, but this does not make this perp the man who would later use the murder of young couples as a resumé to terrorize the Bay Area in 1969.

The savage murder of Cheri Jo Bates, however, on October 30, 1966, is another matter. Unlike the Zodiac murders and the murder of both young couples in 1963 and 1964, there was no similarity to the Zodiac’s MO seen here. However, there was one similarity here. Someone liked to send in a confession letter and then 6 months after the murder on April 30, 1967, send three nasty notes reading: BATES HAD TO DIE. THERE WILL BE MORE.

There was something about the printing and the tenor of the notes and the writing on the envelopes that suggested an early Zodiac attempt. It if was not an attempt to get yet another thrill over one of his murders, it was at least later viewed by Riverside PD as an attempt to brag about murder by proxy. They didn’t believe he was the killer, but it was possible that he wrote those 3 sick notes to get some sort of bizarre thrill.

Depending on the state of preservation of  evidence from the stamps on the April 30, 1967, notes sent to the Press Enterprise, the Riverside Police, and Cheri Jo Bates’ father, there might finally come proof of Zodiac’s connections with at least writing those notes and dovetailing on the violent murder of the young college coed.

If those stamps are still intact underneath, where the writer of those notes had licked them in April 1967, there may finally come proof one way of the other if Zodiac was involved.

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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.