I’ve already posted articles on Geo-profiling the I-70 Killer and have been for a while searching out persons of interest from the area where I believe he made his base along the I-70. But now, publicly, it is time to get down to details of how he planned his attacks. There’s no DNA, so it’s the old bulldog grip, plus gray and ferret cell approach.
The Raytown, Missouri, attack holds particular interest for me. He went in deep and didn’t park in the parking lot of the small mall. He was last seen walking up the slope back to the street. It was a residential area and not developed. It is not a street you can park on. There’s only a couple of side streets nearby, where there were houses. In 1992 the lot across was an open field not yet developed.
Before he struck, he had to have his escape planned. All the successful serials do that. And this was a daytime shooting. He knew he most likely would have to be quick.
Consider this Google aerial from 1997.
The shop where the victim was murdered backed Woodson Road, the road in the center. Go down to the location using Google Earth and see the difficulties of having parked on the street. Did he use a motorcycle? Where did he park his car?
Above, he walked up the slope in this area after exiting the shop (corner). He obviously didn’t want his means of escape to be seen. Thus he didn’t park in the parking lot. But where? Does the area give us a hint on what type of vehicle he used?
He had sleepy eyes, high forehead, thin lips. Perhaps ginger/sandy hair. He stole very little from the till. He came to kill the woman tending the store. He didn’t particularly stalk them in advance (he shot a man with a pony tail once). He did a lot of driving.
I would suggest (again) that something brought him to these areas during his work, and at these times he noted viable victims. Then he later came back (weeks or who knows how long) and quickly made sure the coast was clear before entering the shop and killing the victim.
He was in operation for a short time– thus more of a spree killer than serial killer. He’s one of the last major serials without DNA, so this case has to be cracked the “hard way.”
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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.