EAR/ONS Investigation– The Pedigree of a Modern True Crime Phenomenon

I only refer to message boards when condemning a core group of alias names and obsolete clipart icon profile photos for some of their comments. As a result those who have never had personal contact with me may think that this is my only regard for others out there interested in EAR. I think it appropriate here to acknowledge the level of my regard for many others, those careful and dedicated.

In the beginning . . .there was only one website on the web, put up by Robert Neville. It had only the thin basics of the incidents and he tried to work out attack locations as best as he could. J.J. MacGregor had a section up too on a website, placing up as many newspaper articles as he could and also trying to estimate attack locations. Both were indispensable. Indeed they were groundbreaking.

They were islands of sobriety amidst a sea of strange buffs. After I put up Q Files, in response to my own boots-on-the-ground investigation and analysis, I was surprised to be introduced to many people who had a long interest in the case. Dozens, literally, dozens of people– including victims– joined me on Facebook or emailed me, telling me of their horrendous experience online. Each had a unique condemnation for the message boards where alias names spouted their gospel.

I had lamented that there really were no dominant websites on the topic of EAR/ONS. Unlike ZODIAC, where the topic was dominated by names and their websites, the alias world of the message boards seemed to dominate EAR/ONS.

Much has happened since then. Now there are more websites, some very good layouts and details. Those interested in the topic should surf them all. Those who took the time and resources to do them should be thanked greatly.

Since then Michelle Cruz and Debbie Domingo have become quite involved, both family members of murder victims. They have taken heat by some involved in alias drive-by piety. They have been condemned as “professional victims” when they are the furthest thing from. I have encountered professional victims. It is not a pretty sight. Debbie has made herself speak about her own mother’s death, and Michelle has spoken about the death of her own dear sister. This is not something they relish.

News media needs someone around which to build a story. As such, Debbie and Michelle have become cornerstones to help get the case recognized. This, of course, makes them the center of attack by those who really aren’t involved in a substantive way. These members of the audience judge only from what is presented, not rationally from their own involvement. It has not been easy for Michelle and Debbie.  The strange misplaced pious insults are only yet another wound put on them in a period of over 30 years. No one endures this just to get attention.

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Prior to websites there was no choice for those interested but to try and navigate a very alias world online. Many of them are very careful, dedicated researchers. Each in their way tried to bring clarity and sobriety. They may have lurked on the boards more than dominated. But they were bold and sincere. One, perhaps the only, even got into the restricted community in Dana Point, and lent me her pictures.  During one online argument over what happened at Victim 9’s, she went out into the slough behind the house and took many detailed pictures of a part I had not walked. This is investigating.

I’m told the A&E message board (in the very early days) was so rancid that it prompted A&E to ask Michelle McNamara to look into the topic. She soon became the focus of buffs, toadies, and critics, and retreated to a more private investigation. Unfortunately, I cannot do that. I have said my investigation would be as public as possible.

As the websites gain in momentum, the nasty alias world of cyber “buffs” dwindles. This is to everybody’s benefit. But such names as Robert Neville, J.J. MacGregor, Debbie Domingo, Michelle Cruz, Jane Sandler (Victim 5), and Michelle McNamara should be remembered with distinction. They tried to bring the spotlight to a case few appreciated until the websites started to bring interest and clarity to the topic.

Ultimately, none of this would have achieved any lasting momentum without 2 of the original detectives from the long-spanning case having come forward. Each wrote books, bringing to the public many more details. These are, of course, Lt. Larry Crompton (Sudden Terror) and Lt. Richard Shelby (Hunting a Psychopath). Because they are both self published works, they did not gain the circulation that their contents merit. But they are indispensable. There are no 2 others who have done as much to get this case recognized. Any foundation that has been built has been built upon their work. If you do not give up, you do not fail. Neither gave up, even decades after their retirement.

I believe it still strikes all involved as astounding that such a case as this was ever forgotten; that it was so broad it was hidden by the scope of its enormity. It took 20 years for law enforcement to piece all of it together. It took many more years for others to try and present it on the web. They should not be forgotten. Those who come after and take detailed websites for granted do not know what those involved had to wade through just to try and bring out the facts in this case. The audience only sees the end result. They don’t understand the work and pain that went into it. They should never forget the names mentioned here nor allow anyone to lightly tread on their reputations.

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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.

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Stalking EAR/ONS in Detail

Q Files is huge and the pages on it quite elaborate with photo icons, lytebox popups, and all sorts of other stuff that does not facilitate making it quick to put up another page or rearrange one significantly. The purpose of this intro? I think it is easier, though perhaps not as picturesque, to backwork EAR’s movements in one particular case based on recent detailed information.

The victim– No. 32. The place: Little Pocket, Sacramento. She lived on Piedmont Drive, her house backed the levee. She is 16. It is already dark. She babysits for the local families, those that know her well. She gets a call from Mrs. W. It’s last minute.

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Piedmont Drive, looking toward Casilada Way.

She’s on her way. It is only a short distance. Her blond Farah Fawcett is kinda limp after the long day, but like Lori Strode in Halloween she was the kind to babysit. She was available, sweet, nice.

Off she goes from her Piedmont Drive home. A short walk and there she is at Casilada Way. She walks along in the evening air. Several house down she comes to the nice two story home.

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On Piedmont, looking down Casilada Way. The street curves. It is impossible to see where anybody goes from this vantage let alone from the levee.

The W’s entrust her with their kid and off they go. It is a typical 1978 evening. . . . except the EAR kicks in the door and rapes her. She becomes Victim No. 32. The official last victim in Sacramento. Little Pocket was off the EAR’s usual turf. Like with Victim 22 on 4th Parkway, this attack does not mark a new comfort zone. EAR rather starts tacking back and forth between Modesto and Davis and soon after that he starts hitting far away in Concord.

The details most of you know, of that strange and tragic night, so there is no need to repeat them here. But the sequence of events allows us to backwork EAR’s actions in detail. . . to a point. Combined with other attacks– such as Victim 14 on Thornwood– we can venture how EAR arrived at some attack sites rather early. In some secluded place he lurked and waited.

This night was it in the bushes by the levee? Was it in the yard of an empty house? Was he parked in a car or van and watching the street?

I must ask because it is evident from the accumulated evidence that Victim 32 was the intended victim. Her house was along the levee– prime EAR tactical territory. The house had been receiving hang-up phone calls– another sign. But she had been called away last minute to a house not in view of her own house. How did EAR follow her?

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Much further down Casilada Way.

Logically, we must assume he saw her leave and walk down Casilada Way. This tends to favor that he was parked outside or in an opposite yard. It would be impossible for him to see what house she went to from some viewing point in the bushes along the levee or in a neighbor’s yard looking down Casilada Way. He either stalked carefully along the street a little and saw the house into which she entered or he started his jalopy and cruised by innocently.

It does not seem practical that he went roaming for her and just happened to find her.

The alternative is frightening. This alternative is that EAR knew the call had come in. There are those that want to believe EAR worked for Pac Bell or was in some capacity to get all the phone numbers easily. What kind of equipment would he need in the field to know such a call had come into his intended victim and likewise to hear the name of the W’s so that he knew to which house she was going? But what kind of capacity was he in to allow him to travel around the state? It is hard to fathom. Rather he just seems a careful stalker.

There are those who want to believe that the jogger seen quite distant to Piedmont was EAR. He was seen at Minnow’s Hole, a fishing spot in the bend of the river. If him, this would only reinforce that EAR came quite a distance along the levee, intending to strike his victim along the levee, leave, and go back to his car which was parked far away and could never be associated with the attack.

If this is the case, though, how did EAR see where the victim went down the street? Somehow it would seem he was out front somewhere . . .or he had another means of knowing.

Attacks like No. 32 shed lots of light on EAR’s detailed movements. It is not enough that we have his shoeprints from neighbors’ yards. These only tell us how he walked through yards. The Little Pocket attack gives us some clues why he made some of the moves he made.

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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.

Boots vs Cyber– EAR/ONS

To take a break and relax from all the topics I investigate, I said I would get down straight every address and street of EAR’s victims. Of course, exact addresses and names will not be shared. I think there are many who know most of them, but there is a disagreement over a few. This is complicated mostly by some who imply they have inside information, but they clearly say things that don’t fit the narrative.  Victim No 17 couldn’t remember the street she had lived on. “Inside” information goes only so far. Original detectives themselves have disagreed on recollections about streets, raising questions about those who claim definitive “insides.” La Loma and El Segundo have both been stated as the location of Attack No. 6. There are a few others. Sometimes the house that is usually claimed to be a victim’s house doesn’t fit the narrative. For example, the attack on Greenleaf. Though I know the victim’s name, there is much that remains unclarified as to how they got to the slough.

In terms of understanding EAR’s Stalking MO, the exact house is not important anymore. The great body of his record shows how he operated. But a few details might still be gleaned from knowing all addresses which may aid the investigation.

My canvass through the records of the neighborhoods has revealed much in terms of the occupations of all those on the streets and cross streets. An examination of the neighbors may help explain why EAR broke his pattern at times and struck a home (such as on College View) that doesn’t fit his usual MO.

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Photo thanks to another researcher who walked the slough behind Greenleaf. 

 

Remember, EAR stalked the whole neighborhood. He often started at a canal, field, school, park, CATs corridor, and when not finding a suitable victim worked his way deeper into the community. In essence, he started somewhere where he blended in, then refined the community by stalking deeper inside it.

It is good to exorcise the gray and ferret cells in order to keep them in mode. So despite the greater body of his crime spree being known some exactness brought to a few cases won’t hurt, and will keep us all in form.

The case of No 32 has already been mentioned, and how a canvass indicated EAR followed her some length of way on the street.

Confusion remains over the street of Attack No 6. Crompton says La Loma. Shelby says El Segundo. Richard Shelby’s memory has raised questions over the street of No. 20. Merlindale is often cited, but the “Mrs Simmons” he remembers as selling the victims the house can be easily traced, including her address on Envoy Way, a cross street with Merlindale. The house’s most significant walls are indeed the west and south wall, which she told investigators the “strange realtor” was interested in. There is no authoritative statement regarding the Modesto attack cited as Grand Prix.

Woodson Avenue has presented a few problems.  There was no “young car salesman” who moved into the street in 1977. The house implied belonged to a young Air Force officer.  Maybe he moonlighted in selling cars, but there is no record.  Shelby’s memory is a bit skewed here. Houses on Woodson go back to the early 60s. Only one section of it was under construction. There is no State Patrol officer in a house backing Woodson. A suspicious car was seen cruising Woodson. The neighbors had their house under construction and checked on it every evening. This sounds like the general contractor who was building his house. Still, the Air Force man lived next door to this.

I was able to identify No 22 exactly, but it sure wasn’t the corner house as many have implied. The empty lot and the highway fence have no relevance to it at all, so that one must wonder if that is a correct recollection the hound was probably smelling an old trail. Why would EAR park on the highway and risk getting tagged by the Highway Patrol? If EAR had parked there during the day, he had some authorization sticker which kept the CHP from bothering the car– Cal Trans, Tree Service. A Tree Service supervisor lived on 4th Parkway.

Canvassing a neighborhood 40 years after the fact and comparing the data to memories and narratives raises many curious questions.

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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– A Careful Phantom’s One Mistake

As you gathered from my last EAR post, the potential has only begun to be tapped regarding investigating EAR/ONS. Yet I hear this doom and gloom. It is based on a poor comparison— EAR/ONS will go the same way as the other crime cases where there was an upsurge in publicity but no tangible results. Rubbish! We know who he is not. We are closer to knowing who he is.

Several jurisdictions work various angles. This is perfect. You all know my angle– auto wrecking, use car sales, parts deliveries. Three POIs thrown to the wolves within this network. Two were in their late teens; one in his 30s.

I’m not limiting myself to this network. If I come upon an interesting trail that intersects, I’ll follow it. But on the whole, I must follow my general hypothesis. It would seem a variety of old cars were at EAR’s disposal.

I am one of those who truly believes that EAR was never clearly seen and therefore the clues and his pattern must draw his image. It isn’t a physical description. It is one of opportunity and ability. Taken together, we can deduce EAR was incredibly shrewd. This dominates the senses: he intended to remain a faceless predator.

Of the times he was seen, in some way or another, only a couple of sketches are thinly based on what the witnesses saw. Many young men were reported before-the-fact in a neighborhood, but this was the 1970s and it could have been for many reasons. None of them may have been EAR.

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The only in situ image of EAR.

 

We have no certainty of EAR’s age, hair color, or height. Think about that. More than a few of the victims believed that in a fair fight they could take him out. He was pretty small.

As I posted before, I swing within a wide spectrum. The idea of a very young EAR comes from the witness descriptions of those youths seen in the neighborhoods. Blonde hair, blue eyes, are described by a few. Some victims felt he was young. But up close, many reported older: dark brown hair, hazel eyes, and upwards of 30 was reported.

Who was right? The victims saw a dark form and a ski mask hidden behind the splatter of a flashlight beam. Few could reliably estimate his height. Did the neighbors have an edge when they saw someone during the day? Yet did EAR ever work a neighborhood during the day? I have my doubts. He may have driven it. An old parked car at night may have been his. But the license plate was bogus.  His hang-up calls reinforce upon us a man who wanted to remain distant and completely faceless. Such a man doesn’t go up and ring your doorbell during the day. This kind prowls at night.

There was no way to bring a rapist to book with DNA back then. You had to catch him in the act basically. EAR’s entire MO reflects this knowledge. He took great care to assail a neighborhood and to secretly escape at night. Yet he may have been slightly careless with the repetitive use of old cars and bogus license plates. Police suspicion of a used car sales and auto-wrecking profession couldn’t even single him out above others in the profession. It was a large pool and he was one small fish. No one had seen him. Back then, at least. Hence I follow this lead today. It’s his one mistake.

EAR was careful. But he was careful within the context of the times.

Thus, once again, I follow my hypothesis. I’ll go after anyone in the pool I fish that was between 16 and 35 at the time. EAR could never foresee DNA. His entire tactical assault was based on believing once he was free of the neighborhood he was safe.  He didn’t realize his pattern could be followed and that DNA wouldn’t require that his face had ever clearly been seen.

After 40 years, small clues aren’t going to go anywhere. But the pattern reflects the larger picture. He can fake clues, but he cannot fake a pattern. The pattern reflects his ability and his opportunity to commit his crimes. With DNA science today, none of his appearance 40 years ago even matters. What is necessary is to fish in the right pool. Eventually, DNA will draw him out.

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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.

The Audience vs Toxic Fandom– EAR/ONS Style

I’ve been getting feedback that EAR/ONS as a case has ebbed yet again, back into the shadows. If this is merely a perception based on being in the audience then perhaps it is true . . .and quite welcomed for those involved in the case no doubt. But since EAR left so much carnage behind him, there are many in the audience who have a connection to the case, and they should be reassured now. There is a great difference between publicity and substance. What the audience hears about the case is only the tip of the iceberg. The names the audience hears represent only a sampling. There are many investigators on the case. I’ve recently been introduced to one detective, whose superior praised him as the best detective he’s ever supervised. He’s now firmly on the case.

Your friendly neighborhood Q is not going away. If you do not quit, you do not fail. I never quit.  For 27 years I’ve investigated many mysteries, often high profiled ones. I’ve developed a thick skin. I don’t notice when lots of publicity comes to a topic or when it ebbs. I continue on. I have an open door in the case of EAR/ONS and I intend to use it.

I’m not being pretentious. It is a statement of fact. I do not give up. I’ve always admired the British bulldog grip. I carefully investigate my POIs and I am allowed to submit my dossiers.

But most people interested in this case aren’t directly involved in the investigation. The audience has been rocked by bad information and at times, sadly, toxic fandom. Let’s take this time to reiterate some basics and make some qualifications.

There is one purpose to any investigation of any topic whatever the case may be. It is solution. All things distill to that point. Living on a fake narrative created to entertain oneself is not the purpose. This creates the subject into a real life comic strip. In a previous post I have had to warn about the 3 steps of toxic fandom.

  1. I love this.
  2. I own this.
  3. I control this.

This does not just apply to TV show plots but to the world of real life drama. This happened really bad in The Zodiac Killer case and it is happening now in the EAR/ONS case.  The internet has allowed some dabblers, which seems the politest word, to actively involve themselves in a superficial way with such topics as cold cases. They can even get attention. The internet is its own world. The controversies created on it invariably remain on it. But for a cold case this can be disturbing, as there really isn’t any other conduit to remain abreast of a case.

So let’s qualify a few points. The pot has been stirred claiming that Ann Marie Shubert, the DA of Sacramento County, has been spending lots of money on the case. However, this was couched in a negative light merely by some internet troll. I do not know her personally, but her reputation is one of being very, very keen on cold cases. If she is spending lots of money on the case, I would guess it is over DNA.

Context always destroys trolling criticism. So let’s venture some deductions on context.

There is still some doubt in many people’s mind if EAR/ONS did not have an accomplice at times in the Sacramento crimes before he went on alone into Contra Costa County and then So. Cal. The DNA that links EAR to the Original Night Stalker comes only from CC County. So you can deduce that DNA from Sacramento attacks would be vital. If it turns out there was an accomplice, such a person might already be in the database, or one already turned in. Identifying an accomplice is an obvious link to the man who turned murderer, and a very quick route to uncovering his identity. DNA is vital. So if Sac County is spending lots of money on EAR, it is spending it well. . .

Apparently, mud has been slung at a DA investigator in Orange County named Erika Hutchcraft. Again, I do not know her either personally or by reputation. But the claim has been made that her “progress” on the case is not impressive. A member of the audience cannot grade “progress.” You either catch or do not catch the culprit. To grade progress, you must also have a goal. In a case where there is no suspect, there can be no progress. Process of elimination continues and you either get the culprit or not.

The comments directed towards a few members of the investigation reveal those making them to merely be very ignorant members of the web audience. They may turn themselves into big players there, but their comments reveal they haven’t a clue as to what is really going on and how things work in the real world. A few investigators’ names have crept out into the public forum, and to the trolls and toxic fandom these become the focal point of the discussions. They alone get worked into the narrative. But these few names are only the tip of the iceberg. Many, many, work on the case and their names remain unknown in the public.

Toxic fandom is a terrible thing. It enjoys the ride merely for the ride’s sake and stirs up lots of trouble along the way. It installs new issue after new issue in the real life comic strip into which it creates the topic. Investigators’ names, their financial expenses, the many loves of Martha Ivers, do not matter in the distilling process toward the solution.

Those who fancy they are contributing to a case merely by giving themselves a web presence must remember that the substance of a case as it appears on the web is not the substance of the case in real life. By stirring up trouble within a web narrative they are not touching the real case as it plays out boots-on-the-ground.

You all know my introduction to toxic fandom. We won’t go there. I quickly learned how many bizarre people made claims behind alias names and obsolete clipart icon profile pictures. Obviously, I never acquired any trust for what was reported on the web in those circumstances.

I venture to say that the reasons there are such toxic fans in this case is because there was little publicity to the subject for so long. Those who stirred up trouble on the web thought they were a big deal. Discussions were so vitriolic on the A%E message board that A&E asked Michelle McNamara to look into the case in 2011. My understanding is that she soon realized kooks dominated the message boards and distanced herself. Then a couple of years later I was targeted. A number of alias names fancied the substance of what was discussed on the web was the substances of the case. They couldn’t stand being upstaged by anyone. They tread on my reputation. They tread on law enforcement in general when it was learned I was reached out to. Then when some pearls of great price in the official investigation started getting press coverage, they were soon tread under foot–Shubert, Hutchcraft, Holes.

The recent display of toxic fandom appears just a higher notch of trolling. As the real life investigation is jacked-up higher, and the fame of the villain reaches higher into the popular forum, the trolling rises to the occasion, more than seen before, and in this case to dangerous levels. Few are capable of the audacity. If this continues, officialdom better take this seriously.

But so must those sincere members of the web forums. I’ve heard nothing but wilting flower excuses why some do not defend their reputations. They are doing nothing good. They are, in fact, abetting these trolls by allowing them to crop a web image entirely in their own image.

There is a difference between standing up and declaring yourself and in feeding trolls.

“An attack unanswered is an attack believed. Speak out and let people know what you stand for.” Senator Alan Simpson.

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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.

Canvassing EAR/ONS

I have spent untold man hours canvassing the streets and cross streets where EAR had struck in Sacramento’s area. The purpose was to establish the occupation of all occupants at the time of an attack, plus identify the homes that were vacant. This had brought to light a fascinating pattern, one which I feel reveals how EAR/ONS stalked a neighborhood. I have never been able to show the results of this because in my graphs I must identify the victim’s house. I suppose I can do it without naming the streets and Victim Number and thus very few can deduce which case is involved. But for now I have not shared the information.

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Nevertheless, some things can be shared. There is almost always a teacher, perhaps more than one, on a block where EAR struck. In the case of Thornwood, there were 4 teachers and a principle. There is almost always someone with the Air Force, active or retired. There is usually a government employee or more than one. There is often a connection with Aerojet. This is all to be expected. Aerojet is a huge employer. There were 2 huge Air Force fields up here, so the majority of military around here is always Air Force. This is the capital of the most populated State, so government employees are everywhere.

EAR could do and undoubtedly did what I have done, the only difference is mine has been historical and in retrospect. He could easily check the street index and see what houses were vacant, even sometimes know those that were under construction. There is always a vacant house on a street. Thus he could drive by and mark out the house for use as a base. Often, a vacant house indicates that it will be for sale when one comes driving by. Perhaps a For Rent sign will be out. A few times it might just have been sold but still vacant. He branches out from there. On a few occasions, I dare say, the house was already occupied (sold or rented) when he arrived to case it out. He left it alone as a base, but if the occupant was to his liking– he’d attack.

The allusion is set up that he knows real estate operations when, in reality, he need have no connections whatsoever. He merely checked the directory and first prowled the vacant homes. If empty, they were a base. If just occupied, the new owners or renter were viable targets. Either way, the appearance indicates he knew real estate operations.  But it is only appearance. Days, weeks of investigation wasted on trying to find a real estate connection.

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He was too shrewd to ever be seen. He didn’t knock on doors and pretend to be agents. He had no need. He just needed the same references I can still use.

This method was especially revealed in the Casilada Way attack. The house across from the victim was vacant, and the house behind where she babysat down the street was vacant. Her home had been receiving the hang-up calls.  They had experienced all the signs EAR had been watching them. Yet she is attacked at the neighbors at the other end of the block. How did EAR know? She was called last minute to sit the kid. I suspect EAR was across the street, in the vacant house, or in its yard, watching. He saw her walk down the street and must have come out far enough to see where she went.

Every phone number was at his disposal for everyone on each block in town. I wonder if he even used the phone of the vacant homes to make some of his hang up calls, especially the rentals where the phone line was still in commission. He carried a satchel with him on occasion. Did he sometimes have a phone in there he could plug into the jack? The calls couldn’t be traced to him. It is something to be considered. More than luck made EAR such a success. It took simple cross referencing and lots of dedication to bring it about, and he seems to have spent a lot of time prowling.

As the process of elimination continues, it is becoming evident that a new portrait of EAR/ONS can be drawn from the details. The requirements of his actual movements on a block fall into place, the man hours it required, the time it required, and the ability to do it. Those who insisted EAR was much older may have been the best witnesses.

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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.

Holiday Mode– Not a Time for True Crime

As many of you know, I do not like the genre of True Crime. I like to crack mysteries, and the identity of some of the worst serial predators is a tantalizing mystery to crack indeed.

And as you all know, HorrorScope is delayed, thanks largely to my need to delve into the background of my other primary POIs in EAR/ONS. Two of those are now going through the official process. And I must say I am happy that I have an open door through which to submit my investigative material.

I’ve had terrible eyestrain, but I have restarted Then Came the Dawn, which is now slated to come out before HorrorScope. This is the story of the search for Amelia Earhart. It is not an attempt to solve it, but to put in place in one volume all the data and let the reader decide the next steps. It should be an all-in-one companion to the topic.

Then Came. .

In holiday mode, while relaxing my eyes and what is left of my brain, I have put to task to set in order all the exact streets where EAR struck. Questions remain only on a few, so I am getting the actual street addresses (will not post online, of course), and maybe I will do a special page on the Attack No 11.

There was some real confusion up here about the La Riviera strikes because locally it was said that one occurred on Grand Rio Circle. I hesitated to accept the claim that one occurred on Glenville Circle, believing that a memory corruption of the Grand Rio Circle attack. Like others I believed 2 occurred on La Riviera. I have the addresses now, and Glenville, Grand Rio and La Riviera, are the 3 correct streets.

As for Grand Prix in Modesto, we shall see. I’ve had pictures of the inside of the house where it supposedly happened for a while, but there is no authoritative source that confirms it.

Still tapping away on NorCal, but it is slow. With such little information, there isn’t much yet to sew together and analyze how he stalked his victims.

I wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving!

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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.