EAR-ONS– The Trial of the Trial

I have made no posts or comments on the case since a series of blogs here which highlighted some of the things the prosecution already knew– the need to sew the crime spree together to explain the evidence that suggested more than one East Area Rapist was afoot.  I don’t mean an accomplice. I mean another home invasion creep whose attacks were taken to be those of EAR. Or, perhaps, that the accused, DeAngelo, as a cop knew of these details and tailored some of his thrill crime spree to conform to that of the original perp in order to disguise his own crime spree which he then took far beyond where this original perp had taken it.

It is not the purpose of this post to rehash this. Rather it is to touch on another one of the trials and tribulations that must be addressed. First, however, let make another point on the above, since it is all intertwined.

As to providing a great deal of reasonable doubt that another perp was also afoot, it all depends how good the defense attorney will be. I doubt the prosecution will think the attorney will just help facilitate through the system. Thus they will be ready. For instance, there is clear indication that Original Night Stalker and therefore the accused DeAngelo tailored the So. Cal murders to look like the Bedroom Basher.  In like manner it could be argued that DeAngelo, the accused, could also have done the same with Sacramento’s original EAR– disguised his home invasion rapes in the MO of a predator already afoot. Merely the hypothesis shows there is no real way to connect him to any of the Sacramento rapes where there is no DNA.

This can cause a real problem for the Maggiore Double Murders.

But lets touch on the rest– dates. The trial will not just be the trial of the century. It will be the dissertation of the century. It cannot just convict. It must explain.

So many details are in the public forum that the prosecution must adroitly address these. Specifically, there is the wave of EAR-like prowling in the Cordova Meadows area preceding the double murder of the Maggiores. This prowling wave began the summer of 1977 and included some very unusual events that don’t seem to fit DeAngelo. The lead Sac detective Ken Clark also spoke at length on recorded podcasts about these incidents, so the details come from a reliable source.

The trial must bring out whether DeAngelo was available on all these dates. Or was this just the action of some home prowling pervert? A coincidence? And the defense, you know, will try to show evidence of another EAR afoot. Such theories were entertained at the time by some of the detectives and even much later in public discussions. Either way above, it is bad. If the defense can create a reasonable doubt that another perv (not even another EAR) was afoot, you see the problem.

The prosecution will have to completely discredit one of the witnesses to the events of that dark night February 2, 1978. As the case was finally getting more TV, he started to speak out. He identified as the man he saw that night a sketch of a suspect that could not possibly be DeAngelo. The prosecution will remind the court that the sketch below is based on his original statements. It shows the perp wearing a ski mask, and the witness could not possibly have seen the perp’s face.

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Another incident is the Haskell Avenue Incident. The car was identified as belonging to a limited range of models, and this has to be traced and associated with DeAngelo. In fact, tracing this car (if this was him) may be the key as to where and how he got so many different cars.

You might say that this is not necessary. The rapes aren’t going to be tried. Well, yes and no. There’s the charges of kidnapping. Though I feel these are unnecessary, they do open the door on the entire crime spree of EAR and not just the murders.

The car reports are the big mind bender. Were all these cars (belonging to some “suspicious” person) seen in the neighborhoods simply a coincidence or can investigating DeAngelo’s background uncover his source for so many automobiles? From speaking with the lead detective, I am confident he can find each automobile even 40 years later and associate it with a lot, individual, wrecker, or dealer at a given time.

I mention the above 2 incidents here (though there are more) because they introduce more dates than the actual attack dates. For the Cordova Meadows prowling wave, it has to be proven that a full time cop was capable of making all the phone calls over the nights they came in (always around 8 p.m.) and make the home invasion and prowling incidents on the nights/days in question. I don’t think EAR was always precise in the timing of his hang up phone calls, and a defense attorney will bring up the conundrum that this particular wave of hang up calls always came around 8 p.m.

The Haskell Avenue Incident is tied to the EAR, of course, in many points of MO. But the victims that night, in a loose sense of the meaning, had some real trouble within a few days that indicated EAR came back to seek special revenge. This was unusual, and these are more dates that have to be reconciled with DeAngelo’s viability. The attack on Victim 21, occurring later that same night, was also associated with a foreign sounding car. So if DeAngelo’s whereabouts at any time over the several hours in question can be placed elsewhere it weakens one or the other incidents as being done by EAR.

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Then there is the believable theory about the strange man who popped up at American River Hospital a couple of days after the attack on Victim 22. Is it all coincidence? Or was there another EAR afoot?

The trial will be much more about explaining than convicting, I think. They have crime scene DNA. He’ll swing (figuratively speaking).  But linking him to the majority of the murders isn’t the problem. It is explaining how he did everything else in order to get into the houses to begin with.

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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.

PHANTOM DNA– Worth Seeking

Genealogical DNA tracing is quite the rage, of course, for uncovering the guilty party through his kin. But there are crimes far back in history where there is no DNA– lovers’ lanes murders, for instance. There is little reason to suspect that there will be a solution (via DNA) to the Atlanta Lovers’ Lanes murders and several others where the killer merely shot his victims and escaped.

If the crime scene material was better preserved, however, from the Phantom of Texarkana Murders, there is a good chance that a skilled technician could lift touch DNA. A couple of his murders were particularly gruesome, and I should imagine he did some touching.

But to read what has been written on the Phantom investigation there is little reason to imagine the crime scene material was preserved, let alone pristine.

But . . .

Some studious criminalist/archivist in Texarkana perhaps should consider a search.

If the dresses of a couple of the female victims were preserved, there may be touch DNA when he carried their bodies or yanked them by the arm. It would be a great challenge, but one of the greatest discoveries in cold case.

I am eager to visit the area for the bulldog approach. Yet with a crime case like that, at present anyway, another book can only end with an accusation. Perhaps a publisher might put “SOLVED” on the cover, but we all know it is merely another accusation inside. Morris-today

Theory is easy. And too many so-called “solved” books have only given us another theory (on whatever case). If it is a sincere effort, there is, of course, nothing wrong with introducing ideas. But the marketing of today’s book covers is more or less clickbait.

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Closer to our time, there is the I-70 Killer. If the I-35 Killer and he are one and the same, the last victim survived. He touched her. It’s worth a try there, from her shirt, or wherever they are certain she was touched. At least we have a face in this case, unlike with the aptly named Phantom.

It is unquestionable that the murderer of Winans and Williams touched them. These two were murdered in the Shenandoah in May 1996. They are often associated with the Colonial Parkway murders, though there may be no connection. They are associated because of the similarity (in some respects) to the first pair of murders there– Thomas and Dowski– in 1986.

Now, as to the double murder of Lauer and Phelps, also Colonial Parkway murders, the killer certainly drove their car and sat in it. But how well was it preserved?

There is naturally the Long Island Serial Killer. Much of the evidence was not in a condition to yield DNA, but behind-the-scenes we do not know all the evidence.

Effort I can imagine will be directed at those cases where there is a chance the killer is still alive and therefore represents a potential danger to society. So this would mean cases from the 1980s to today.

The most potent danger in the older cases like the Phantom or the Torso Killer murders is that there is little written on them and there is usually only one suspect proffered. Usually, this is because by the police methods of the time he was the main suspect, often for some reason that wouldn’t impress a detective or criminalist today.

At the very least these type of cases need more investigating and fresh approaches. They are the ones that need books where more suspects are introduced.

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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.