Chalkboard of Murder: You Write–

For the sake of argument, taking the ZODIAC Killer Case as solved, what major, confirmed serial killer cases remain to be solved? How would you rank them in terms of solvability?

Technically, it always begins with Jack the Ripper. But in terms of solving, I don’t think in any accepted meaning of that word “solve” it is the most solvable case. Then there’s the Cleveland Torso Murders– again very difficult because of lack of evidence. The Doodler is so confused that the public can hardly help, and SF isn’t releasing much information.

But . . .how would you compile them? What case, in essence, should become the focal of attention? Should it be the Long Island Serial Killer? Should it be the Colonial Parkway Murders? The Atlanta Lovers’ Lanes Murders? The Phantom of Texarkana? The Monster of Florence? Mr. Cruel? MrCruel2

. . .Or is it more important to bring to light cases that need weaving together and a possible serial killer brought to light as in operation? –The Houston Stalker? The Killing Fields? Certain attacks along highways?

As important as solving some of the outstanding (remaining) unsolved serial killer cases there are the long hours of research and press attention needed to expose the existence of serial killers having been in action.

Within this category is the Smiley Face Killer Theory. Personally, I don’t believe the theory. But within the vast dossier of young men found drowned in unusual circumstances, there are probably at least 6 or 7 cases of murder. They may not be connected, but then a few might be . . .and that means a serial.

Researchers should devote a long and critical amount of time to looking into these cases of drowned or missing college guys– not to prove the Smiley Theory. Rather the reason should be to establish just how many were likely murdered and therefore bring attention to those cases. We’ve heard of McNeill and Jenkins, but in between and thereafter there are some very unusual cases.

So compile your own list and rank the cases. What do you think should be the cases on the chalkboard?

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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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The ZODIAC Game is Over–

— Almost . . .

This article came out a couple of weeks ago. I’ve largely glossed over it. But, as you can see, the race is on now.

ZODIAC DNA

You all deserve an update from me, however, regarding my own search since 2012. As for me, the hand printing is still being sought from several sources. It should be obtained within February, and then after appropriate analysis I will make the announcement here.

As for the official investigation, I know little. I have continued on my own, though some retired LE are now helping to trace hand printing for me. We will soon know without doubt that it is Steve. Lake_Berryessa_Suspec sketch

Whatever the DNA results are, investigation must still link the owner of the DNA with evidence in perpetration– which means hand printing examples must be acquired by law enforcement (I hope) before any public conclusion can be drawn. Even though DNA can identify a suspect, and pulling his driver’s license will show similar features to the composites, it still requires matching hand printing and, if SFPD is correct, to fingerprints lifted from Stine’s taxi cab. That alone is evidence in perpetration.  It is not illegal to lick a stamp. It is illegal to make the claims in the letters that ZODIAC made. And remember, he went out of his way to make sure there was no doubt that he, the letter-writer and the killer were one and the same by lettering the door of the Karman Ghia at Lake Berryessa. Lake_Berryessa_Car_door_at_crime_scene

I know there is crankery on the web that claims the letter-writer and the actual killer(s) are not connected, but that it utter rubbish. There was serious doubt all through the end of summer 1969 whether the letter-writer and the killer were one and the same, thanks largely to Vallejo Chief of Police Jack Stiltz. The ZODIAC knew this, and probably hadn’t foreseen such reluctance to accept his word. He rectified that at Lake Berryessa. The writing on the door proves that he the letter writing ZODIAC was one and the same as the killer.

Had it not been for his boasting nature, the crimes never would have been solved. But his hand printing first, then the stamp DNA (maybe) will give his legacy away.

If DNA tags my guy before I can dot the i’s and cross the t’s of hand printing, I will still go ahead with HorrorScope. It is finished anyway. It lays out the old style gumshoe approach to his identity– the connections to a draftsman, the design and building of Humble Oil, small game hunting, his tour in the Air Force, his Texas interlude, his illness and injury, how he knew of Deer Lodge Prison, his various stepfathers, and how he acquired a knowledge of radians, and much more.

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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.

Establishing a serial killer . . .Kolchak Style

I m not trying to solve a serial killing here, or even convey to you the details of such a vile crime spree. I am trying to establish the existence of one in operation. It’s been a long time. We have to go through the files Kolchak style. This following involves the events in and around Houston, Texas, late 1980s and into mid 1990s. At this point I am not saying all are connected.  I’m saying they should be examined for any connection. And this connection, of course, is to a single perpetrator– the Houston Stalker.

If there are more than a few of these connected,  he was a very careful and clever stalker of Houston’s nightlife.  The impact these cases present cannot be fully appreciated without having read the database in its entirety, tirelessly comparing all cases of missing women over the great state of Texas for the time period in question. I recommend you do so . . . if you are up to it. To do so will reveal how the missing women around Houston have one thing in common. . . .aside from disappearance and death, that is.

One database can be found here. Texas Missing Under “Case Type” select  “Endangered: Foul Play Possible” and then read, read for hours.

Hilalrd-1988-Houston

Light-HarrisCO-1989

JaneDoe

June 20, 1990 rape of an exotic dancer on Terra Cotta Drive, Houston. Then:

Atkinson-Henry- HoustonPD

Buehler-Houston-1990

Breckenridge-HoustonPD

Crone-1993-Houston

Davis-Houston-1993

Dallas, Texas:

Abbrederis-Dallas-1996

An early case– 1986– down the highway from Houston on the Gulf.

Beard-Freeport-1986

A late case– 1998 Houston.

Tijerina- HoustonPD

In future posts we will start some geo-profiling.

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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.