Sorry about the lack of posts on here. As most of you know who follow me, The Q Files is reserved for more of a final product. This coming year I hope to present a detailed account of the Gay Murders of San Francisco thereon. I’m still getting Coroner Reports– they cost a whopping 47 bucks per report, so things come in in increments. Altogether the final presentation will shed light on THE DOODLER and, I think more importantly, shed light on more than one serial killer afoot. I am coming to the belief that “JACK THE KNIFE” struck in more than one city during this period.
Several news reports in the 1970s included the assessment of a popular “Gay haberdashers” on Polk Street, San Francisco, talking about how Gay men spent more, traveled more, lived to the fullest the 1970s concept of “Swingin’ Seventies.” Without children, they simply had more money to spend on themselves and sample the nationwide party offerings from coast to coast. Although the murders of over 60 Gay men between 1968-1982 in S.F. alone are quite similar, Gay murders on the whole were quite similar over Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York. Identifying JACK THE KNIFE, the handle I give this COMPOSITE, could be quite difficult. But it is time to finally introduce the crime spree and the potential for such a traveling high-end “John” predator. This is what I will be doing on The Quester Files this coming year.
I am slowed by another significant case. I intend to beat a dead horse in HorrorScope. More vintage handwriting samples for Steve have been identified in order to be presented in my expose of The Zodiac Killer. Matching Steve’s printing to Z’s is no longer my goal, since I have achieved enough. What I am after is corresponding words or phrases.
Those who follow the ZODIAC case and its history know the F.B.I. balked at trying to draw a connection with the 3 nasty notes of April 1967 and ZODIAC’s penmanship. In attempting to reconcile them with ZODIAC’s lettering, they declared it was inconclusive because there wasn’t enough similarity (overlap) in words used. It was perhaps the worst conclusion for those attempting to make a link to the Bates murder or the poison pen letters of Riverside 1966 and 1967. But it was an honest answer.
I don’t want to fall victim to the same thing Paul Avery and Sherwood Morrill fell victim to when they declared a definite Z link to Riverside. Morrill, of course, resorted to a strange psychology in order to divine a link, one far outside of his purview. He should have remained fixed on the evidence before him rather than trying to explain differences by psychological changes and evolution in ZODIAC’s mentality.
I have been able to identify documents that contain handwritten addresses, especially for addresses in San Francisco. This will give me the overlap on Steve’s printing and ZODIAC’s. It is not to forge a link to Steve or ZODIAC and Riverside. It is to cement the link between Steve and ZODIAC. Riverside is quite problematic, as the readers of HorrorScope will come to understand.
I thought I had pinned Steve’s whereabouts down pretty good while he was in the Air Force. But I have achieved more than his publicly accessible postings. I discovered that he underwent training and briefing in Office of Special Investigation at Bolling AFB in Washington D.C. At the present time, I assume it was because he wanted to be a Personnel Officer, and AFOSI would obviously like trained contacts in that duty. But there are just some things that don’t fit with that theory.
Steve was 4 months in mental observation after he had been declared unfit to remain in the Air Force. What that was about is still shrouded in mystery.
I’m still cutting down HorrorScope, as it is too long. Late spring or early summer is still the projected publishing date. I will, of course, keep you updated.
As for The I-70 Killer, I have been contacted a couple of times by commenters claiming to be sisters of the late Mick McCown. One invited me to email her in response, which I did. I never got a response.
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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.