EAR/ONS POI RAP DNA– It’s the Science of Deduction, Sherlock!

Like the redoubtable Sherlock Holmes I have striven to perfect the science of deduction. It is inherent in the word quest that one is seeking a final outcome. For mystery that means the answer; for crime mysteries that means the solution.

But I like the science of deduction to be fun. Without being applied to something it cannot be of any real use. On occasion I subtly list clues in my posts. I like to see if people enjoy putting them together.

I’ve been asked several times about how DNA was obtained for my prime EAR/ONS POI. I intentionally gave only minimal clues in the announcement, but they should have been enough, at least enough to get some of the more academic to start probing for the other pieces of the puzzle so they can assemble the full picture.

Here are the clues again: POI dead; body DNA; no exhumation; search warrant needed.

Consider.  Especially the legal eagles. What is the logical deduction? Observe, Classify, Infer (Rules of Circumstantial Evidence), Interpret.

Ciao belli e belle

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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.

Angling EAR/ONS

I sit here. Not idly, though I wish. I sit here going over my alternates in the POI pile of EAR/ONS. I am not one to like waiting.  It is time to dust these alternates off just in case RAP should turn up negative or a partial hit. I have not written about them. I have posted only about another POI in terms of being a link to EAR. . . . But I have not written a syllable about the others. RAP was neck and neck with a few others. But there was more than a reinterpretation of the comfort zone pattern which thrust him to prominence.

I sit here now going over the alternates, noticing some of those intangibles which would place them as very much in the category of the unsuspected. Let us at least discuss this angle in this post. It is the angle of approach which I believe all EAR POI must have. EAR must have been the unsuspected.

Looking at EAR composites does the opposite of narrowing down the field. Some are radically different. Either more than one person (and thus innocent person) is the inspiration for these composites or– well, no there is no other either. It can only be that some of these composites are merely of other young men in the block. Each composite was inspired by some young man unknown to the block but seen before-the-fact. There is no composite of EAR taken while he was in action.

Some of these composites are radically different than the popular “Billy Mumy” composite, which RAP matches the most. But those within my POI list who match  them have a few quirks which warrant curiosity. Two of them in particular. They grew up in Carmichael, but they were schooled at Cordova High. I can’t explain this other than their father was employed by the San Juan Unified School District, the area within which EAR struck. As a result, they knew areas of Rancho C, but still lived across the river in the heart of Carmichael. Their father had a quirk of buying only corner houses. He bought quite a few of them. Why? I don’t know. But it is a curiosity (and by no means evidence) that EAR largely struck corner homes or the house next door. He seemed particularly comfortable with corner houses, as if to suggest he grew up in one and was used to approaching and retreating from one. It is a thin strand, but one that entices one to look more closely into the individual.

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Thus though they went to school in Rancho Cordova, they would not be suspects there. And though they lived in the Carmichael area they may not have been suspected for another reason.  They would have been high school guys, but not your usual. Graduation year fluctuated, which is the polite way of saying that each got held back a grade. I don’t know why. It may have been a move in their family’s background. Each thus graduated at the age of 20. One would have just graduated and one would have been a high school senior during EAR’s first year of attacks, though one was 20 and one was 19.

Sports– yes. Both were tops at what they did. Both sports made them quite agile, and one sport required that one of them shave his legs. EAR certainly was quite adroit in getting into the window on Malaga (No 3). And supposedly he had stubble on his legs at No 7, was it? image_large-unknown suspect

Both were the right size (about 5′-9-10″), blondish dishwater to brown hair. Eye color unknown. I won’t show a pic. Basically these composites are good enough. Sadly,  one is undated and not listed with the particular location in which this person was seen.

The wrecking angle is weaker with both than with RAP, but construction is a closer fit. Very much so.

You can see from this that in general they fit perfectly. They would also have been the unsuspected. They grew up near Stollwood Park, only a couple of blocks from Ladera Way (Victim 10), only a few blocks north of RAP, and through the subsequent homes their father owned they were very close to the Winding Way attack sites and, frankly, most every other attack site. In fact, both of them could be the inspiration for the composites presented here, but that does not make either of them EAR.

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Is this EAR or simply another local youth?   

 

Indeed there are some things which don’t fit– For one, the eldest married in 1977. He moved up to the north part of Sacramento in 1978 (corner house, of course) and then in 1981 I can put him in Fair Oaks (at a corner house again). Maintaining a residence up here is all right with EAR’s So. Cal prowling. From my analysis I can’t see anything that says EAR lived down there. But EAR struck 4 days after Alternate No. 1’s wedding. I reduced him in priority on the assumption he was on a honeymoon.

These impressions are based on being outside and looking in. We see but the veneer– young, married man who fits the composites (some of them), was schooled in Rancho C but lived in the East Area where his parents had several corner homes. Some of it fits, but some doesn’t fit . . .in impressions anyway.

The brother is more shadowy.

There is another significant impression. How did he, and soon, his brother, escape the dragnet? The sheriffs concentrated on Rancho C in the beginning and then Carmichael. I would imagine both would have been considered viable until high school was mentioned. Their ages at 20 and 19 may not have been mentioned. My impression that escaping the dragnet is significant is an after-the-fact impression. It may not have taken much to escape suspicion. Their physical likeness, though considerable to composites, would probably not have been an influence. From published material, Bevins and his task force didn’t seem to have much faith in any composite they had so far seen. When the “general composite” was issued for the first time in May 1977, it had the most damning caption, the Sheriff warning that nothing may be entirely accurate in it.

In dusting off these POIs I become more convinced that RAP should have been the one pursued first. He never married and was decidedly in a strange family circumstance. He was far outside of the dragnet, though he too grew up in Carmichael and maintained a very stealthy connection to the area. He graduated at in 1977 as well, and this is the one disturbing thing that doesn’t fit. He wasn’t a couple of years older than normal for a senior either. He was 18.  There are things in EAR’s pattern which suggest he was quite tethered in his first year of attacks and then after the summer of 1977 he was free. It is only then that he expanded his crime spree. He had a VW and access to wrecking cars.

It is best to put aside impressions and just wait and see.  Yet perhaps we should look at a few more POI (in general) while we wait.  For another post. . . . As always, after about 6,300 POIs, it is the quality of being the unsuspected which should draw us to anyone remaining.

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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.

Autumn Tides & EAR/ONS Reflections . . .

For me the wait is a gripe. I am speaking about my previous post in which I said we will most likely have to wait until Halloween for DNA results on RAP. I thought it would be at most by the end of August, but the process takes time. The labs are processing much every month, and like the coffee business it is just a grind.

But with autumn tides approaching, that time of year of somber thoughts and wistful repose, it is perhaps best that the waiting time is used for reflections. I, for one, cannot resign myself to relax. I must be ready with much more of my investigation that has never been shared. If DNA is a negative match, then I will look like the Tasmanian Devil ripping into a hedge to get at the others. This does not make the prospect of a negative match a final word for me; only the beginning of much more intense operation that I do not look forward to.

There is no one more than me who is hoping the match is positive and the case is closed. Yes, I know it brings closure to many, but I must continue on beyond that. I remain in the hunt for others, some perhaps not so popular that they are the subject of much discussion. The web has proven ZERO help in trying to uncover the locations where NORCAL Rapist struck. With one of my trifecta’s solved, I have an edge to contacting the jurisdictions and asking the street name where the attacks occurred. That’s basically what I need to start. I can also contact the newspapers and see what they know. Without a major success, it is crickets. And I want NORCAL bad.

There are those who do not want the case solved. There are those who deeply do not want me to have solved it. I have been made aware of that for a couple of years. I did not know there was such a thing as active message boards anymore where alias names behind obsolete clipart icon profile photos could garner a measure of prestige by simply discussing the case and making claims they were on a grapevine with “LE”.  I thought Myspace long ago destroyed the anonymous world of such places, and in turn Myspace had long perished to Facebook, where you had to be a real person. It is apparently in this anonymous cyber world where I am hated.

There are those who forget the web is for presentation. It is not reality. I was the first to present a detailed, real life modern investigation of EAR/ONS. This apparently upstaged those who made web discussions the reality. Like the true crime books ushered off the conveyor belts there were people who had suspects, and their interest did not go beyond wanting to prove their suspect. Others enjoy the thrill. One radio host told me that it seems some out there are like the audience in the O.J. Simpson trial. They never want the case to end.

Victims and their family, many others who have followed the case, have approached me and expressed their frustration at how EAR/ONS had little publicity until Q Files. Then suddenly EAR’s true calculating mind was revealed and he even had an appropriate handle– the real life Michael Myers. I have received such warm praise from them that it has made all the negative chat about me worth it.

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For some the crime spree of EAR replays and replays like someone watching their favorite fright night movie. I was not a welcome character in the story especially if I should be like Dr. Loomis and fire the last bullet. 

Unlike ZODIAC, EAR was never the subject of several high profiled investigative websites. Cliques hid behind those alias handles and obsolete clipart icon profile pictures. From those who had followed the case since the A&E message boards I have learned it was an incredibly vicious environment. There were and are many legitimate, sincere people on the message boards. There are those who have contributed significantly to solving popular questions that have arisen. Solving the  background sounds in the telephone recording are a case in point. But the cyber nature of such a world could never be as substantive as boots on the ground investigation.

Because I am out there for real, I have encountered other, real boots on the ground investigators. Most cold case is processing. It is comparing incoming data to a few pieces of evidence distilled by the original investigators that would conclusively identify the miscreant. This is not the case here. The FBI and Air Force are instituting an impressive dragnet, the likes of which I don’t think have ever been seen. I’d like to write about it but daren’t at the time. Names that were once a staple of discussion on the topic of the investigation are long gone, replaced by new guys and new departments. They’re not getting the news coverage, but they are the real characters following the scent in Haddonfield. One such jurisdiction came to me and wanted to pursue my avenue of approach. I breathed a sigh of relief.

Perhaps there are those who troll the internet who do not like that the investigation has mounted upward and become a real life pursuit and not merely a topic for cyber discussion. They can no longer act as if they are the chosen conduit for recent events. I was directed to posts on some message board where law enforcement was being condemned because the poster believed that I was being given restricted information. It sounded like little Hotwheels collectors arguing over who got the Treasure Hunt.

Bringing attention to a case was never necessary for family members of ZODIAC’s victims or many other famous crime sprees because of their fame. But The Night Predator devolved into the night and despite the magnitude of his crime spree it was nothing compared to the magnitude of the night’s darkness. There are quite a few family members who have gone through a lot to warn Haddonfield of who was once afoot and had ravaged their families. But they really didn’t have a powerful outlet to do so. Only recently, as the case surges upward in the public conscious, have they had that ability. They have been greeted appropriately for their courage, but strangely they have met with criticism in that world of cyber based discussions.

I am very grateful that Q Files has been an integral part of the new era. I said I would make this a public case. It would be only for the web. No book. The purpose of all the details and analysis was to solve the case. Period. For many the events on the web are an end in themselves, and they cannot conceive that much of what I post on here and Q Files is only a distillation of what I encounter and must go through behind the scenes.

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The bogy man was real, and this may be the most accurate sketch of his dead expression.

After a day of investigating, in one case being shaken down by a cop, of court searches, lawyer gossip, reporters giving me their calling card, film analysis after long travel hours, to get home and receive a message telling me that some user on a discussion board claims to know my real identity and that I am an alias for a private investigator in Alta Loma who wrote a book called Hot Prowl, I just have to giggle.

The number of messages I receive from, frankly, psychotics is amazing. They have EAR chasing them with a machete. He is the man next door. The man supposedly menacing them cannot simply be a creep you wouldn’t say “bug off” twice to. He has to be the supreme night stalker. These people don’t see mere leprechauns. They see King Brian himself. He is the Visalia Ransacker and he is preparing a gang a la Dickens’ Fagan to assail Visalia. Equally bizarre are the machinations of people who by virtue of incessantly discussing the topic think they are experts. Believe me, they contact me via email and always try and contextualize me downward as having done very little. One finally warned me that she was psychotic and I was to ignore her.

On the whole one gets tired of it all. The subject matter for me is not a front for a social club. I do not mix on the web. This is for presentation. I am out and about and have many other topics to tackle, some delayed because of this ghastly case.

So for me there is much anticipation. This will be an anxious autumn. But if a solution comes about near Halloween, near the night of evil Michael Myers, the real life version of which EAR/ONS has become, it will only give the case the much needed nail in the coffin it needs. And I will be very glad if I pulled the trigger.

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Most of all there are those who do not want me to succeed with my prime POI because he is dead. They want EAR to be alive. They want him to be alive so he can pay for his crimes in jail. I understand. There is little satisfaction for me in succeeding. There is little sense of triumph because all my investigation distills down to putting a name on a dead man. I will have removed no threat from the street. I have spared no one harm’s way.

If I fail, many more names will be submitted, and I have the satisfaction of knowing that the wrecking angle will be pursued.

The crime spree still causes disbelief, even at an official level. No one really can fathom that the bogy man was real . . .and that he got away.  No one wants the bogy man to escape. No one wants to see this turn into folklore and be the subject of book after book on suspects and personal journeys, each sitting next to books on Jack the Ripper, the ultimate cold case hidden behind the world of folklore.

There is indeed much for us to reflect upon. And I personally am aware many are reflecting because of me. They have seen the Q Files and my investigation. This has made RAP the most anticipated person of interest yet. My investigation was not a trite presentation used only to introduce some suspect. It was a massive undertaking presented first, and eventually the POIs went up. I do not relish the wait. But the result of the investigation on him were not lightly considered nor hastily presented.

Nil desperandum.

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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.

A STRANGE IRONY– EAR/ONS & Halloween

I dubbed the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker “the real life Michael Myers.” It was the one time in my life I was good at promotion. It caught in people’s mind. It allowed them to envision and contextualize him. He needed this. His crime spree was so vast that it was essential there was a crisp, accurate handle to instantly bring him to life. By accident, which is usually the only way I am brilliant, I picked the right namesake.

Of course, it would not have worked if the truth of it had not been there in the real crime spree. Fortunately, I was able to reduce my years of hunting him to a coherent presentation on The Quester Files. Now close to 1.5 million people have read about him there. Several media outlets have used the site for a resource. Michelle Cruz directed CBS (48 Hours) to the site, and I was glad to see them call EAR the No. 1 serial predator in history, rather than just in California’s history. I made it plain on my site that he really was the No 1 that ever was when you analyze all that he did.

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I thank everybody for the compliments. There have been many, and considering the strange messages and, quite frankly, psychotic messages I get from people I truly appreciate the nice and encouraging messages sent my way. My investigation has added weight to the prime person of interest listed on my site under the initials RAP. Behind the scenes it has added much weight to alternates and even the general direction that should be followed if RP’s DNA comes back a negative match.

And, as I now understand it, due to backlog and routine, we will have a response around Halloween. The irony is obvious and perhaps a truly beneficial thing. If DNA comes back a positive match, which many are suspecting for a variety of reasons, it gives the news media, which has been following the case closely, their lead-in. At last Myers, unofficially known as the “bastard,” will be outed and the mask ripped off his face.

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Yet we must wait some more. The system grinds on but ever forward. However, I can confirm once again that the DNA has been identified and has been submitted. I have for my own reasons not mentioned the jurisdiction which secured it and submitted it. It has not been requested. I have simply done it to facilitate the ability of the official investigators to move silently and swiftly about their duties. I’d love to drop some names here since I know some of the lab people for CODIS follow the site and they could pick out the sample and put it forward in the queue, but that would probably be cheating.

Forty one years after he began in the summer of 1976, only a few years after attaining the image of the real life Michael Myers, it could be that EAR will be outed at Halloween. Instead of the mask being placed upon his face, it will finally come off. There are some who will be bitter if it is RP, or disappointed at the very least. I will address this in my next EAR post and present my own feelings.

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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.

Hot August Wait– EAR/ONS

There is more to the EAR/ONS case that will not end with the positive DNA hit of the villain. I still wait, as you all do, for the results. But there is much more to consider. There is the Maggiore Double Murder. When EAR is identified, the investigators have to look into his past contacts. There is that second man at the scene of La Alegria on that tragic February night 1978. He and not EAR may have been the killer of Brian and Katie Maggiore.

I have officially (once) dropped the name of a possible POI who could fit being this other man, but the jurisdiction didn’t wish to tread into another jurisdiction. I have unofficially mentioned the same name with the jurisdiction that is currently spearheading the DNA test into RAP, my prime POI. It wasn’t official because they simply have no jurisdiction in Sacramento County. But if success comes with RAP, I think Sac. County will start spring-boarding from there.

The lead, as I have said, is probably someone in Brian’s background since the murderer seemed hard pressed to make sure both he and Katie died. I did recommend that a couple of local dopers be approached to see if they can remember someone who fits EAR’s description. For the local dopers, I think they would recall a customer who fit.

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Brian and Katie Maggiore.

However, at an opposite, if RAP is identified as EAR, then things must proceed from there to finally uncover any past contact, employee of the wreckers or some profession similar, who could have been the “other man” that night with the strange jacket. Remember, if EAR killed the Maggiores it might not have been because he knew them but because they knew the man with him. Thus EAR had to silence them because the police could get his accomplice to identify him.

The same still rings true today. So does the opposite. That “other man” out there that night can be identified by EAR/ONS, even if dead, just by finding a past association.

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This is the composite of the “other man.” It is not a composite of EAR, as is often said.

Identifying EAR/ONS doesn’t automatically solve the Maggiore Double Murder. No one knows who pulled the trigger that night, and two men were involved.

I am eager for it all to end, but after EAR is identified and the audience has walked away from the captivating mystique of the real life Michael Myers there is much investigation that still needs to be done in order to finally close the books on the last pair of murders associated with his evil crime spree.

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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.

EAR/ONS Update 7-26-2017

The system’s wheels grind in their own way. We must continue to be patient. I do not known what is going on behind the scenes, and some things that I suspect I must remain mum about. Remember, they too must wait, just like the rest of us, for the DNA results from the appropriate lab.

I only know that I will be told the outcome, yea or nay. I do know this: hopes are high all around that RP is it.

Everybody wants this over. It will be the outing of the most prolific serial ever. DNA testing has revealed the identity of killers decades after-the-fact, but nothing as big as this. So just imagine the investigating that will continue to be done if there is a hit. The coppers will want to tie a lot of strings together.  I am prepared to turn over all of my investigative material if more bushes need to be beaten.

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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.

EAR/ONS–Darkest Before the Dawn

I know many of you are very impatient. Understand I have stalked this ultimate stalker for years, starting all over from the beginning. I know how you feel. I share your feelings. It reminds me of Quint’s lines in Jaws— how he was never so anxious as when he was about to board the rescue plane. So many have waited, and we are now a step away.

If the DNA test response comes back positive, I suspect there will be delays, as several jurisdictions must collaborate to announce something of this a magnitude.

We must continue to wait. . . . for more than one reason now.

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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.