Doodled to Life? Was There Really Such a Serial Killer?

Close to 6 years ago I started writing about The Doodler. I was in the midst of EAR/ONS, and about 80 pages of Q Files was taken up with the results of trying to put back in place the East Area Rapist’s crimes. Posts about the Doodler were not in depth, nor did I have the time to develop a web section.

The initial source of info on the web was sparse. There were a couple of articles. A clipping from an old newspaper. There was a composite sketch. There was little else. I regurgitated what had been said. The news articles had said that SFPD (at the time) believed the Doodler could have been linked to 14 murders. But. . . no mention of other names, dates, any specifics.

The 5 “usual” victims were and are: Gerald Cavanaugh; Jae Stevens; Klaus Chrissman, Fred Capin; Harald Gullberg.

In addition to not naming the other suspected victims, there was never any elucidating information as to why these 5 victims were believed associated to the same perp.

As more time came my way, I looked more in depth. Well, I looked into it far more in depth. All were stabbed, yes– Gullberg kinda. But I found the names of the other victims. All were stabbed, with a few bludgeonings and a couple of stranglings added for good measure. The other names, those of the 14 others, were all grouped for the most part in Tenderloin and South of Market. Their perp is that of a Jack the Ripper, just switch out Whitechapel and Spitalfields for these dark inner districts of San Francisco.

For this reason I call this perp JACK THE KNIFE. He used a knife. He followed or accompanied his victims to their flat or to a dark alley . . .and he started slashing.

In a spate of Summer ’75 murders, there were 3 South of Market murders– Nick Baumann was mutilated in a deep basement May 2 and Dennis Dickinson at Folsom and Sherman July 21. Last, above, David Real, in Dore Alley at Folsom. Morgue photo. There was also an unnamed 18 year old Latino found murdered.

On the face of it, there is little to connect them with those 5 victims asserted to be Doodler victims. You want to kill someone in the urban scene; you want to do it quietly, right? Of course. Knife, noose, bludgeon are how it is done. But this doesn’t mean all are linked.

One of the first things I learned from a contact was that Jae Stevens could no way be linked to the others. He, a celebrated San Francisco gay community entertainer, had been attacked in Golden Gate Park. He stood out in many ways. Harald Gullberg was a 66 year old Swede, and he was found far afield of the other bodies. His body was found near to the 16th hole at Lincoln Heights Golf Course near the Land’s End Trail. The other 3 were found along Ocean Beach off The Great Highway.

These got into the local newspapers, even if just a blurb. They weren’t the sordid Tenderloin killing. Thus they rated some news. Only the gay newspapers were reporting regularly on the others, sometimes just alerts for the community to be aware, a killer was afoot sort of thing. But because these Ocean Beach and Jae Stevens’ murder got in the mainstream newspapers they remained cycled in a limited narrative. Yet there is little reason they should have such a spotlight on them compared to the other murders.

Because of the Ocean Beach murders, The Castro was quickly pulled into the public discourse. As the late 1970s approached, this district at the end of Upper Market was being regarded as significant in the gay scene. It was for gays like the Haight-Ashbury was for hippies. But this isn’t true either.

Polk Street was the center of the gay community in San Francisco, and the bar scene was still in the Tenderloin, on Mason Street and South of Market on 6th Street or Folsom. This is where where JACK THE KNIFE struck. These were vicious stabbings. In one case, he stomped a victim’s testicles until they were pulverized. In another case, a victim was emasculated in one of the most vicious attacks recorded.

Digging into the records for the 5 “usual” victims’ homes explained how The Castro erroneously got highlighted. Cavanaugh lived in the Haight on Belvedere, and Capin actually lived in The Castro. Most likely victims had been reported as having been seen in The Castro, and The Castro’s bars were closer to the beach area (though barely). Very possibly it was because these men were thought to have been murdered during a homosexual tryst the general assumption was they had hooked-up in the Castro.

Playing an SFPD detective (The Laughing Policeman, 1973), Bruce Dern walks out of The Frolic Room at 141 Mason. In 1973, this area was known for the gay bars. The Frolic Room would later become the Nickelodeon. Next door was the Score II. In 1975, at least two victims were followed from these premises to around the corner on Ellis Street and slashed to death in their flats. Two more would be butchered in Turk Street apartments, just around Mason and the Nickelodeon and Score II.

Also in 1973’s The Laughing Policeman, what looks to be Jae Stevens makes a cameo as a transvestite at the street side café.

I not only had to uncover the victims’ names and the circumstances of the crimes, I had to uncover the history. History = context. This meant reading a lot of the old local and often called underground gay newspapers. One historic discovery is relevant here. As early as 1971 The Bay Area Reporter had to warn gays to stop using the Land’s End Trail near The Great Highway as a trysting spot for public sex. SFPD was conducting raids and making periodic sweeps of the area. Further in along the trail Harald Gullberg would turn up murdered 4 years after this warning.

The area was, in fact, a trysting location, as the B.A.R. put it. So was the area along Ocean Beach, just down The Great Highway, where Chrissman, Cavanaugh, and Capin’s slashed bodies had been found.

What I have as yet not discovered is whether these areas were hook-up spots, or if the couples hooked-up at a bar and made it here for their illicit after-hour happy time. Only Gullberg lived in the Leather area, as South of Market was known. This is where the sado and leather bars were. It’s hard to imagine this 66 year old Swedish sailor going to a local bar (he had lived on 6th Street) and then he and a hook-up made an excessively long journey to a discredited trysting location. (They did go fairly far in, so they were avoiding the chance of being caught in a raid.) Cabs, I suppose, were more affordable back then. The area may have been considered more in keeping with the back to nature attitude of 1970s’ culture. Or. . .

A screen cap of my rather confusing San Francisco Google. I have inserted victim locations and at times significant bar locations. Those murders popularly attributed to The DOODLER are far afield of both the bar scene and the vicious murders of JACK THE KNIFE.

A porno hit filmed in San Francisco would come to reflect and direct late night socializing. It was Knights in Black Leather starring a seedy German Brief Adel baron under the stage name of Peter Berlin. He was so popular one of the victims, “Stig Berlin,” was inspired by the name. Among the graphic vignettes, the woods beyond the Golden Gate are highly romanticized as a romp for the young and innocent. Sado is reserved for deep (and convenient) basements, such as those in which Nick Bauman would be killed and his testicles pulverized. Always intermingled with the gay scene is the transvestite scene, drugs and alcohol. We even get an interesting view of South of Market leather at night. The movie will become more relevant later as a reflection of how pick ups were made and how places were used for various “genres” of delight.

Joseph “Jae” Stevens high school photo

All but Leather make up the victims of JACK THE KNIFE. The two Ellis Street victims were known transvestites, and Jae Stevens, though I have my doubts about that case’s association, was the premier local drag performer.

Within the span of the bloodbath– 1974 to late 1975 (with a few outliers in 1976)– there is great consistency in the murders in Tenderloin and South of Market. The victims at Ocean Beach are consistent (though without any transvestites) but they are geographic outliers. The year 1975 was the heaviest in terms of victims.

Also, within this span of time a few attacks occurred in Mid Market, the area of Market Street around Van Ness. Two of these occurred in July 1975 at the Fox Plaza apartments at 1390 Market Street. They happened in apartments on the lower floor. The first victim was a Swedish diplomat, the second a “prominent citizen.” In proximity to these, both in time and space, there was an “attempted” attack on a “nationally known entertainer.” They said the assailant was a lanky black guy. In one case, he had hooked-up with his victim at Burke’s Truck Stop and another supposedly at Nick’s (a deli), both on Market Street. He doodled pictures on napkins or on a sketch pad.

Released sketch in October 1975 as a suspect.

From these 3 incidents there is after-the-fact born The DOODLER or BLACK DOODLER. His identity was not officially uncovered. But later a psychiatrist’s office called SFPD and said he had a young black man for a patient. He looked like the composite sketch. He had confessed to the murders at Ocean Beach. This briefly gave SFPD a suspect. In 1976 the idea of a “Black Doodler” serial killer was born and the name coined for the first time.

But was there really such a serial killer? Was this man who confided in his shrink the actual serial? Was he even the assailant at Fox Plaza? The problem with this suspect is that he admitted (in confidence) that he had killed the victims of publicized murders. Yet the real killer would know of the unpublicized murders in the Tenderloin and South of Market– those I ascribe to JACK THE KNIFE.

The DOODLER, it is said, stopped by 1976 because the police questioned him. But The KNIFE’s M.O. went on until late 1976. In one victim’s flat in The Castro, he left doodles behind.

To have a living DOODLER suspect (the suspect is still alive and lives in the East Bay) juices the search and makes news updates more relevant. But how common is it that a mentally disturbed patient confesses to publicized crimes? Then we must consider there is more than one crime spree. Even if this former shrinker patient is the man who attacked at Fox Plaza, is he JACK THE KNIFE? Is he even the perp who killed at Ocean Beach?

The link appears to be one of induction. Nothing wrong with that! But deduction distills what is known; induction reveals what is hidden. Thus induction must be proved. Deduction does not have to be proved. A few connections induce:

The assailant told the diplomat (before stabbing him in the back) “All you guys are alike”– referring apparently to “queers” or “homos” or “fags” or whatever he thought of them. The shrinker’s patient seemed to hate gays because he was fighting being gay himself. Thus he is the kind to say contemptuously “All you guys are alike.” The second Fox Plaza victim– the “well-known San Franciscan”– was 50 years old. Gerald Cavanaugh was 49 years old. Gullberg, as we know, was 66 years old. The beach slasher struck both old and young. So did the assailant at Fox Plaza.

The KNIFE’s Tenderloin victims tended toward being in their 20s to 30s. He may or may not have been gay.

There could indeed be 2 serials at work. This would become obvious when yet another went to work in 1978. He was called THE CASTRO CLONE KILLER because his victims generally had to look alike. He strangled them in sado. He dumped their bodies at Tunitas Beach. He is far outside the scope of this present inquiry into JACK THE KNIFE and/or DOODLER. But it is yet another example of more than one serial on the prowl in the urban scene around Market Street.

For me, the search has been one of uncovering victims, details, locations, but it has also been one of trying to identify how many killers were involved. Certainly JACK THE KNIFE was real. But was he also the DOODLER?– this lanky black guy who botched 3 successive murder attempts. If so, is the guy who confided in his shrink the same one as this Fox Plaza slasher? He admitted to the publicized Ocean Beach murders. Or, he is not involved at all?

It is time I start introducing the other victims– those of the Tenderloin and South of Market I attribute to JACK THE KNIFE. The next posts will be about them.

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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.

Highway Hunter –I-70 Killer– Profile to Consider

It may be easy to call all the perps of unsolved murders “phantoms,” but most actually left enough evidence behind them to illustrate how they got to a crime scene and how they fled. Some even left DNA, so there is a computerized image of them despite the fact their identity is unknown.

The I-70 Killer is a phantom. No one knows how he got to or from a crime scene. Presumably, he drove a car– but there is no description of a vehicle associated with him. There are a few composites, but in the main they are radically different. He remains a phantom in the memory banks of society largely because his crimes are also almost nonexistent in the public forum. Enthusiasts and even the press regurgitate a very narrow view of very un-elucidating information. The reason? I discovered it takes a lot of digging to find more, even basic stuff that is usually quickly out in the public forum in all other cases. So far, I found only 1 Coroner’s Report. Tarrant County, Texas, was insistent they couldn’t even find the names of his victims (I-35 Killer here) in their database let alone the ME reports. Wichita thinks the reports might have been destroyed. In fact, they appear lost . . . temporarily.

There are a number of other kinks in data reporting which keep this villain amorphous, but that is not the purpose of this post. Let’s just touch on the murder weapons before we continue.

The murders off the I-35 in Texas were similar enough to those off the I-70 that the perp is often assumed to be the same killer. There is a major difference which causes some caution. The I-35 Killer used a different gun. Yet there is no statement on what this gun was, and since even the press can’t seem to dig up the Medical Examiner reports in Texas no one else can elaborate on what it was. (The bullet remains in the final victim in Houston, who survived.)

The I-70 Killer’s murder weapon was seen and the bullets and casings were examined. Yet even the description of this weapon has morphed.

Early news reports (e.g. St. Louis Post, May 17, 1992) declared the Wichita witness to have said that the gun looked like a small uzi with a banana clip. This was repeated by Robert Stack and Unsolved Mysteries in an early 1994 episode. It is repeated in various crime mags. Later, much later, the witness was said to declare that the weapon looked like a little rifle. The first description identifies an Intratec Scorpion .22 caliber; the second an Erma Werke, also a .22 caliber.

From 1994’s Unsolved Mysteries: an actor uses an Intratec Scorpion in recreating the Wichita crimes. Below, as late as 2018 Real Crime presents an Intratec Scorpion, but now notes that in 2012 St. Charles Police say it could have been an Erma Werke.

St. Charles PD now say the Erma Werke was used as the murder weapon, and a Wichita detective then said the witness there also described this weapon. It is radically different than what was said for 20 years.

So confusion remains about the I-70 Killer’s weapon, and the I-35 Killer’s weapon remains in oblivion.

But using the clues we do have, let’s try to bring form to the killer.

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The I-70 Killer struck small shops that would not have lots of money on-hand, and he stole only a token amount. The type of store or its name would indicate a female employee or manager. Payless Shoe Source (Indianapolis). La Bride d’Elegance (Wichita). Sylvia’s Ceramics (Terre Haute). Boot Village (St. Charles). Store of Many Colors (Raytown). In Texas: Emporium Antiques (Fort Worth). Dancer’s Closet (Arlington). Alternatives Gift Shop (Houston).

The I-70 Killer’s murders were those of a spree killer. He attacked for about a month in April/May 1992; then again (in Texas) late September 1993 to January 1994. His victims were located off the I-70 or one of its tributary highways. In Texas they were off I-35 or a tributary in Fort Worth, and in Houston off 69 in the inner loop.

Despite no vehicle associated with him, he obviously drove long distances.

The lack of a vehicle being associated with him therefore is a paramount clue that must be developed. A few actions on his part help us toward this end.

1, He spared the witness in Wichita. At gunpoint he tried to get the witness to the backroom, but the witness refused and backed out of the store. Presumably the I-70 Killer didn’t shoot him because he didn’t want to fire a shot in the front of the bridal shop and attract attention from the strip mall. The witness did not associate him with a car. This supports the supposition that I-70 Killer walked some distance to the shop. Attracting attention to himself by firing a shot could bring the police before he is at his vehicle or it could allow a witness to associate him with a vehicle as he walked to it and then drove off.

2, In a later attack at Raytown, MO., he is seen roaming the shopping center before he strikes his victim there. He is not reported as arriving in a car. Indeed, after the crime he is seen to walk up an embankment to the road and disappear, making it certain he had not parked in the parking lot of the shopping center. (Later, a man supposedly matching the description is seen walking on a street blocks away.)

All of his strike points abut residential areas. It is within these he seems to have parked and then walked to the local shopping center or strip mall.

Given this, it is highly unlikely these strikes were as spontaneous as they appear to be. In general he knew the area.

  1. It may have been as a tradesman– home refurbishing, HVAC, or something of a nature where a specialist would need to travel hundreds of miles. His tradesman’s vehicle may be parked in the neighborhood while he meanders off to scout the local shopping center or strip mall.
  2. He selects a potential victim and returns occasionally over the following days while doing his work.
  3. When commissioning the crime he may have returned in his own vehicle without tradesman’s logo on it.
  4. In the interim, he may have learned more of the intended victim’s routine.
  5. The victims could be the result of a combination of careful planning and spontaneity– during breaks in his work or in cruising back to an area he had noticed fit his criterion.

Two victims’ cases are important for another reason. The I-70 Killer’s selection of Mick McCown in Terre Haute, Indiana, has often been explained as a mistake; that because of McCown’s ponytail he thought him a woman and he killed him by mistake. But the actual clues, as known, don’t allow this supposition. McCown had been hunched over, reaching for a plaster house when the killer, standing close behind him, shot him in the back of the head. McCown slumped over and the hydrocal house lay on the floor by his hand, not even broken. Powder burns indicated the killer had stood close.

Michael McCown.

It is impossible for a perp to walk into a store and walk up to the employee so close as to hold the muzzle of his gun 4 inches (estimated) from the back of his head, without the employee turning to acknowledge the presence of another person in the store. Hunkered over like this, it would also be obvious to the shooter that McCown was a man– wallet bulged in back pocket of his pants.

The last victim– Vicki Webb– (January 1994) said her shooter engaged with her for about 20 minutes in her store on Morningside Drive, far away in Houston, Texas. He pretended to be a customer and in a similar business. When she turned to take a picture off the wall, he shot her in the back of the neck. She survived to give the account.

The circumstances seem identical to that of McCown’s murder. He had knelt down to get the plaster house, no doubt at the request of his killer. In such a position the I-70 Killer drew his automatic .22 and shot him. Sylvia‘s (McCown’s art shop) had large front windows. It was probably safest to have his victim innocently bend over to retrieve an item. No one from the outside would see the shot (the shop was right on the sidewalk of a main road) if they walked or drove by.

St. Louis Post photo May 1992

The two victim cases intermingled above are important because they show the I-70 Killer came to kill. He was not dependent on age or sex of victim, as is often said. Yes, the coward preferred women. But when one wasn’t present, as he had expected, the male victim would do. On an earlier scouting visit, McCown’s mother Sylvia may have been tending her shop or he assumed from the shop’s name a woman would be managing. Once again, older homes were behind the small shopping area.

The murder of Mary Glasscock in Fort Worth stands out as atypical because of her age– she was over 50. But if Sylvia had been the original victim in Terre Haute, it seems the I-70 Killer targeted whom he could. Glasscock was tending Emporium Antiques on Bryce, and, once again, an old residential neighborhood was behind the street, and a main road at an angle to it.

This was the typical juxtaposition of the I-70 Killer’s (in Texas known as I-35 Killer) comfort zone. The victim is tending a shop in or adjacent to a shopping center or strip mall or a small shop on the border of the town’s little Bohemia. In every case there is a major thoroughfare nearby leading to a highway and a residential neighborhood (usually old) behind the store.

In major cities, like Indianapolis, Forth Worth, Houston, the killer uses the highway loop. The first known victim, Robin Fuldauer in Indianapolis, was in a Payless Shoe Source off the loop.

The location of the Payless Shoe Source in relation to the loop in Indianapolis.

Only once did I-70/I-35 Killer strike twice in the same metropolitan area– Forth Worth/Arlington, Texas. He first found an antiques shop on Bryce, then the second time he struck off the loop, at a shopping center.

First strike in Fort Worth was deep within the inner loop and more centralized to the city. The second strike was off the loop in Arlington (September and November 1993.)

The relation of the final attack to the Houston inner loop. As with the first Fort Worth strike, the location is deep within the inner loop.

Taking the above pattern, one should wonder if Robin Fuldauer in Indianapolis was the first victim. The first victim might have been toward the center of town by an old neighborhood, and the case was never officially linked. If Fuldauer was the first victim, the original intended victim perhaps was suddenly not available on the day he came to kill. Cruising the loop, the killer finds an alternative or what otherwise would have been his second victim. The same thing can be pondered about Houston. Was there another attack on the loop sometime after Webb was shot? Or it may have been intended and never came about.

The above is speculation, but it is not circumlocution. It bears on trying to understand from whence came the killer. It would be too simplistic to say he drove along I-70 and then went north on 465 and found a victim at the first exit (Pendleton Pike) in Indianapolis. At Fort Worth and Houston he certainly came from the north and struck deep in the city. He may have done so at Indianapolis as well, for whatever reason initially, and then cruised the 465 loop around the city. In this case, his lair would be to the north, in Indiana or northwest Ohio. Perhaps even Chicago area.

The killer who struck off I-70 and I-35 clearly followed a similar pattern. And it is hard to imagine that over such a far flung span of highway it is spontaneous. He seems connected with older neighborhoods wherever he goes.

Once again, this brings us back to a type of business that brings him into the orbit of these sections of town. Sometimes he finds a suitable victim within the area; sometimes it seems it is while he is cruising the highway system to and from. He parks at a distance, possibly because there is a tradesman’s logo on the vehicle.

Two other clues need to be touched upon before we sum up. These are forensic clues. Corundum and red rouge were found on the ejected cartridges, at least at St. Charles. This has been speculated to mean that he worked in an environment in which this material was used or he used this to make sure the bullets ejected smoothly.

So what ultimately are we looking for? The lengths he spent driving and probably scouting and perhaps even returning indicates the I-70 Killer is probably a loner. He is probably a subcontractor. He probably hunts, has lots of guns, several vehicles, even motorcycles . . . but one thing is a real possibility . . . and I had not thought of it until a POI was introduced to me. The I-70 Killer may have assembled his own homemade guns.

It is hard to explain the corundum and red rouge otherwise. Sadly, there have been many serials who used automatic guns. But none seemed to feel the need to polish the bullets, so to speak. If a killer did a lot of work involving grinding such materials would be in the air or on his hands. True. But what’s he working on? It doesn’t seem his gun or bullets would be at a place of work. If you have a killer who is making homemade guns or customizing cars, corundum could be in his garage work shop. His ammo is also lying about. He may also use it to ensure smooth ejection.

4 sketches. The first, starting left, is from Raytown, Missouri, where I-70 Killer murdered the manager of the Store of Many Colors, Sarah Blessing. I determined this was Raytown PD’s sketch because an original press photo shows it in the closed store’s window. Next may also be Raytown, as it is dated May 7, the day of Blessing’s murder. However, it could be from St. Charles and completed a few days after Nancy Kitzmiller was murdered there on May 3. Next is Wichita. The 4th and last is similar to the Wichita sketch, but not associated with any jurisdiction. None have been presented from Texas.

It is a fact that the I-35 Killer’s gun jammed when he tried to shoot Vicki Webb the second time. He laughed and walked out of her store. The I-35 Killer’s use of a different weapon than the I-70 Killer may merely have been an attempt to disguise he was back at murder. From an Intratec Scorpion or Erma Werke he may have decided to use one of his hybrid homemade weapons. Houston was far off the beaten path of his previous crimes. Had he not been in a position to dust up a homemade automatic gun and it jammed?

Essential evidence is needed in the public forum. The ME reports from Tarrant County must be found, along with those from Wichita. A description from the surviving victim in Houston must be circulated (if there is no sketch). Web sleuths can help by brainstorming what type of professions require someone to travel long distances and would frequently associate them with older parts of town.

Suspect sketches are not ascribed to respective jurisdictions in the public forum. Uncovering this photo was the only way I could ascribe one of the suspect sketches to Raytown, Missouri– the sketch appears in the victim’s store window.

In addition to the above, the killer may also have liked to drive for vacations across country. His second spree (September 1993–January 1994) as the I-35 Killer may have been incorporated into one of his jaunts over the Southwest or South USA.

As for physical description, a few points are known. Sleepy eyes were described more than once. So this is a prime physical feature. Otherwise the basics of appearance have been given as follows: He was said to be between 35 and 45 years old, with a reddish tint to his light brown hair. It was combed forward and may have been thinning. He was 170 pounds, about 5 foot 8 inches to 6 feet. He also had a day or two beard stubble, which may indicate he was not in a position to shave for a couple of days.

He drove a lot.

More speculative would be: most likely a loner, drinker, gun enthusiast, probably a car expert; hunter, rifleman. He was possibly located in the northern Indiana or Ohio areas. When not sporting a beard, he may have let stubble grow. Or he didn’t bother to shave during the days he drove far. The amount of beard growth reported at each crime scene could help narrow down which crime scene was closest to his lair.

The fact he never struck in Illinois is a clue, and there is a possible explanation. In this state the I-70 passes only through small towns. In such small towns, even if he had had a job there, he would not strike because he would easily stand out. Terre Haute, Indiana, where he did strike, is on the border. The next largest town westward on the I-70 is actually St. Louis, Missouri, and he did strike right off the highway in St. Charles, a major suburb. He avoids the small towns of Missouri and strikes in Raytown, a suburb of Kansas City near the Kansas border. He avoids all small towns in Kansas until Wichita. The I-35 Killer does the exact same thing in 1993-94. If this is a continuation of the I-70 Killer’s spree, then he avoids all small towns in Kansas/Oklahoma. Then he strikes in Fort Worth/Arlington. All small towns en route to Houston are avoided, and then he strikes there. This is a calculated killer that knew not to strike where he’d stand out.

This highway hunter is far less spontaneous than it at first seems. He had his joyrides. Now 30 years later, it is time to at least bring cohesion and clarity to his crime sprees.

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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.

Cold Case Focus– Doodler, JACK the KNIFE, Mr. Cruel, Il Mostro

With Quester Files down, I am daily gaining a clearer, more focused mind on what I need to tackle. The Q Files will return streamlined and ready to present much more.

The I-70 Killer addition to the site is a must. There is much original information that must be added to the web to help understand this obscure crime spree. Some of my readers already know my problems with getting information– lost coroner reports, radically changing descriptions of the murder weapon, etc. I had personally developed a profile for the killer, and it is time it goes public.

I have been developing the JACK THE KNIFE and DOODLER murders until I have far too many murders of gays in the 1970s to sort out. But it is time they are at least addressed. San Francisco after dark was a macabre place in the 1970s. Gays were murdered in a variety of ways which suggest a Ripper-like villain running amok in the Market area of SF.

Possibly Jae Stevens in a cameo in The Laughing Policeman, 1973.

Testicles pulverized in a basement murder, a kitchen knife in the bare butt of one victim’s corpse in his kitchen. In an echo of Victorian England, morgue photos of corpses’ faces were even posted in newspapers to try to identify some victims. The DOODLER was only one of the killers, and it is presently hard for me to make out his litany of victims from about 30 brutal gay murders.

Joseph (Jae) Stevens’ murder in Golden Gate Park may stand on its own, but there were a number of gay murders where the victim was stabbed similarly.

Joseph Stevens

The CASTRO CLONE Killer had a real kink. His victims all looked similar and ended up at the same area of the coast.

These multiple murders of gays are a chapter in a city’s history that must be told. I will tell it in a web section. Just as London originally shied from Jack the Ripper, San Francisco may not like this chapter, but it is a dark chapter that must be told– a moment in time of Swingin’ Seventies morality and an ingress of gays into the city being murdered in gruesome ways.

Il Mostro is still on my radar, as well as Mr. Cruel.

Kolchakian pursuits continue– giant killer Chinese hornets in America, cattle mutes, and the increasing scam of UFOs.

There is much to put up on Quester Files. So please bear with me. My mind becomes bogged down just reciting some here.

A suspect in one of the many gay murders.

For those subjects where I have a book written, Q Files will be a streamlined presentation. The details will be in my books for those who want them. (I have made most Kindle editions FREE on Amazon with Kindle Unlimited). A few will be presented in detail because no book is ever planned. The EAR/ONS section is a past case in point. It was always intended to be a web presentation. But . . . we’ll see where the court records lead me. It will be years from now whether EAR B can be presented either online or in a book.

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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.

Blog, Boldly Blog . . .

After 22 years on the web, and by this I mean a massive website as a vanguard for my explorations and investigations, for the next few months there will be no Q Man. Quester Files comes down for a few months so that a new site can be uploaded.

Each and every time a site redesign has occurred it has been done shanks mare, each section evolving over the other until it is not easy to navigate. Q Files is currently over 400 pages, and some links don’t work, are dead, or there aren’t enough interconnecting links. It’s time to start from scratch with something simple and a lot less verbs. By verbs I mean words.

In the meanwhile I will keep you updated here on any and all events. A reminder, as an example: HorrorScope is finally being prepared for pre-sales on Amazon to be released in Spring 2022.

Then Came the Dawn was released in digital Kindle exclusive (for a short while) on July 2, 2021, and along with most of the other Kindle editions of my books it was made FREE with Kindle Unlimited. Please check out Amazon and select those books you’d like to read on your Kindle.

I will also be able to much more easily update on social media. I know I am almost non existent on the outrage networks, but if something big comes along I have that platform.

My next blog update will be about details on HorrorScope, when it will first appear for pre-sales, and the differences between the published paperback and digital versions. And the few things that had to be done to cover me legally in naming the Zodiac Killer before an official pronouncement.

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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.