Sorta . . .
I suppose I best elaborate on here a little. I wrote and submitted another report, a 7 page thesis laying out the reasons to pursue another POI in the case of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker. It did its job. The POI will be sampled for DNA.
I hoped it would be the last report I would write, but today I continue to write another report. There is no negative DNA match. It is too early to tell. But I am putting my ducks in a row, so to speak.
Sometimes I fear I am identifying the subjects of some of the EAR composites. I have canvased the areas in question so minutely, and uncovered so many weirdos (aside from those with the connections in the auto industry) that I truly feel some of these composites that circulate as a “suspicious person” at the time can be associated with a block youth who was a little on the strange side.
For instance, my latest POI fit perfectly. . . .But a color picture recently revealed his eyes are the wrong end of the spectrum. There is a chance, of course, it is him. Little more can be said. DNA ends all speculation. So I write more reports, each one on a POI with all the right connections and attributes.
The process of elimination works only if one accepts the elimination. Without doing that, you cannot move on. I can move on quickly now, one POI after the other. Each interpretation fits. That’s the problem. The evidence can always be interpreted differently. After the elimination, one must re-interpret and try, try again. We’re not proposing pink elephants and purple snakes here. Each POI submitted and being submitted fits in some way or another. Looking like the composites and being weird really isn’t the criterion. There are that many that look like the composites. There are yay so many who were weird.
It is the evidence and the clues that lead.
The EAR’s pattern in the East Area did suggest that he was returning to an area he knew, but didn’t live there at the time, at least not outside of weekend stays at a family rental. He would then have been outside of the dragnet. He would have been the unsuspected. The last POI fit that. For the POI just submitted, a reinterpretation of an individual strike favored him.
After Strike 4, an attack which was not planned, EAR steals the victim’s car and parks it a mile away. Curious. Why stalk the area from such a distance? Del Campo Park area is surrounded by busy streets. But what if he lived in the area and the stolen car was a red herring to make it look like he came from afar? He could then walk home and have misled the police. A wise enough move. After all, it was an opportunistic, messy attack. He may have felt he could be seen or traced back to his nearby home if he simply left and went home.
But EAR also did this at two other attacks– No 8 and No 11. Neither was near to Carmichael. It may just mean he prowled from afar. Thus there would be no history of his own car in the neighborhood, seen during the day. He stalked the streets only with all those other old cars. Only on the night of the attack he would come in close, with that VW. No one to see that at night. It was only heard to start after an attack. Since No 4 wasn’t a planned attack, he may have parked far away with his own car.
Possibly. All interpretations fit. One must simply go through the POIs and eliminate each one, each one at a time.
One thing is certain. You cannot be reactive. EAR is not on an old list. He was never suspected. Even his old neighborhood won’t reveal him. I was led to this last POI through my network of evidence. Only one person on the block where he grew up could remember a couple of vignettes involving him. “Weirdness” won’t reveal EAR today, as it didn’t back then. Many “weirdos” were checked out. Only the evidence will lead to him. He was faceless back then. He is faceless today. His true face is really a lot of old cars, dead license plates, and the ability (after the summer of 1977) to drive long distances.
I pine away over the evidence and the clues. More POIs are being prepared. One by one we’ll get to him.
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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.