Summing up the EAR-ONS Experience

As I am writing the rather lengthy article “Justice Means Just Us. Not You!” in summation of the EAR-ONS journey, I’m glad to be concentrating on my other cases and, most of all, relieved that my investigation into those cases is not so public. To some extent my Zodiac Killer investigation was hindered and delayed by my concentration on the Night Predator. Others like the Doodler were shelved, and I only slowly moved forward on NORCAL Rapist.

Before I publicly entered the fray with displaying my investigation on The Quester Files there was only a bare bones site with a few photos and a timeline of attacks, and then J.J. McGregor’s blog under Google sites.  Only McGregor’s showed some on scene examination. I set about to find every crime scene, but most importantly to uncover how the ultimate stalker had prowled the neighborhoods. My photography concentrated on this aspect. There was no real photography before this on the subject, nor anything to place in context the crime scenes and the neighborhoods.

I think I am satisfied the most that I inspired a local Sacramentan Bill Harticon to venture out and start photographing the EAR-ONS sites as well (and others!), including the surrounding terrain. My photo essays had also inspired Wesley Dellinger, who had carefully looked into the crime scenes of the Colonial Parkway Murders, to brilliantly photograph the hitherto unseen crime scenes for use in my preliminary analysis of those cases on Q Files.

Hopefully, this will become the standard of presentation by any real life investigator when displaying the results of their investigation on the web. The web can be used to assist in such crimes, as Q Files has done. A book is very limited. It is for the summation of a subject, for presenting the final form. But for a work in progress, especially one as monumental as the case of the Night Predator, a case that had essentially become forgotten to history, a website was necessary.  I made that clear from the beginning of my presentation: no book is capable of putting in context the broad scope of this villain’s evil work.

Q Files made the case internationally famous. It did so by underscoring the context of the crimes. Context is everything.  I am very proud of this contribution. It is the payoff of years of work.

I had come off a background of real life adventure, chasing some of the most famous and sometimes strangest world mysteries, recorded by and inspiring network documentaries. With the backing of NBC and SY FY, my book on Flight 19 (They Flew into Oblivion) inspired a Resolution in Congress urged by Podesta-Mattoon lobbyists and sponsored by congressman E. Clay Shaw. My work met with an ovation in the Gold Room at the announcement that the resolution had passed 420-2 in the House.  Larry Landsman, the Special Project’s Director, and Jon Schneider, NBC News Production producer, stood by and I was on the big screen.

Another one of my books was presently under option to Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner at Paramount Studios, and more documentary productions were banging on my door. It was a productive world of real life, professional people.

True Crime, however, especially for a forgotten case, is not a world where things are open and above board. I was met with derision from people who claimed expertise on message boards, where they hid behind alias names. With the EAR-ONS case I learned that even the detectives on the cases dreaded the internet world of spontaneous experts and message board groupies. Snide emails were the rule. No member of law enforcement wanted to be quoted concerning their theories because of the email responses they got.

EAR-ONS wasn’t really an historic case like Jack the Ripper or The Zodiac, where sound and solid information was in the public forum for all to access. Very little was out there and one still had to discover the crime scenes. Trying to get a reliable source was like navigating a mine field. Groupies surrounded it, coveting their claims of secret law enforcement contacts and knowledge superior to others. It gave them preeminence on chat boards.

The pursuit of a criminal is not the same as the pursuit of a natural mystery. Arthur C. Clark said that scientists are the easiest people to fool because they deal with nature and nature doesn’t lie. People do. Criminology is therefore the most difficult pursuit. The mystery is a human predator, one that is lying at all times to cover his trail. Sadly, with the pursuit of EAR-ONS some of those claiming inside knowledge on chat boards were also “honesty challenged,” making it all the more difficult to believe any claims.

Investigation is usually fun. I remember while investigating Flight 19’s disappearance that my network of local historical societies were especially impressive in uncovering families and their whereabouts. In one case, one of the docents kicked on the door of the undertaker who had buried the brother of one of the missing men. It uncovered the lead to the family. It was a positive world of progressing in investigation, and sharing the results was rewarding. My experiences with Wesley Dellinger and Bill Harticon were a refreshing example of this old positive norm of sharing information.

The real world of investigating an obscure cold case is a frustrating, aggravating pursuit to uncover every scrap of knowledge, every clue to work forward. This pursuit I never presented on the web. Detectives invest information where they think it will do good, and after they have cast their bread upon the water, like God, they do not intend that it comes back void. Eventually the offer was even made to fact check anything on circumstances for my site that I wanted. It was an enormous advantage to avoid the world of internet claims. Circumstances could be clarified. Logistics could be studied.

Of civilians, only Michelle Cruz and I triaged so many POIs that we even had direct lines to detectives to facilitate the process.

Learning all this is of great advantage for me on other cases now. I know how I must proceed. I know how law enforcement works.

Most of my investigation was never presented online, only the results of crime scene analysis and then major points of analysis regarding prowling and the profile that best fit the circumstances. (And, yes, auto wrecking and used car dealing and hauling are still options. Many angles were being worked by EAR-ONS, and this is perhaps one reason why the alleged perpetrator is not talking. A DA simply can’t move forward with DNA alone. They must put in place how he moved about and could be in the areas at the times in question. The accused was a cop at the time, far removed from the crime scenes. Yet most of the prowling evidence points to someone local to the areas where EAR struck, some lair close-at-hand. The other clues indicate the use of many cars and plates from wrecked cars that could only be traced to dead ends at wrecking yards. Not surprisingly, the accused has also proven to be an adept mechanic. A lot must still be put in place.)

One example that is now public, but which I never alluded to before, can be given here. There has always been some question of how EAR got to the area of Attack No. 23 in Stockton. Stockton PD actually uncovered that one of the type of shoes EAR wore in Stockton while prowling could have been purchased at World of Shoes in Dublin. Had he come from the Contra Costa C direction? This would indicate some solid contact with the area long before he turned predator there.

My contributions are entirely behind the scenes now. Any information I come upon that may assist in how the prowling and crimes were pulled off I can forward to the appropriate investigators. I was always the most interested in the lairs and in how EAR stalked about.

A lot of drive by experts are going to inundate the topic now, but I am glad to be publicly leaving it. I am very satisfied that Q Files was a stepping stone to this moment of solution, a bridge that made it famous in its actual context, and that I became a trusted cog within the investigation.

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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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Return to Night Stalker

As more and more crime sprees (Visalia Ransacker, Cordova Cat, East Area Rapist, “Original” Night Stalker) become linked in theory to the alleged perpetrator Joseph DeAngelo there is a growing appreciation for the first most comprehensive handle. This is “NIGHT STALKER.” This one element stands out and sews together all these crime sprees. Sacramento still calls the perpetrator East Area Rapist, as he was known. But Santa Barbara still calls him Night Stalker, as they originally did decades ago. They had the first murders and they saw what must have gone into even selecting the victims. Santa Maria Times reflected this recently in an article linking more possible NIGHT STALKER crimes.

As the self promotion motivation becomes increasingly obvious in those who first invented the simple-minded Golden State Killer moniker– a handle worthy only of someone with a superficial understanding of the crime spree– the drive to restore the first and best moniker NIGHT STALKER is gaining momentum.

He should never have been the one who had his handle removed from him in the first place. This happened in the 1980s when Richard Ramirez was dubbed (with little justification) “The Night Stalker” by Los Angeles press. None of them knew that the law enforcement jurisdictions already had a perp on the books with that handle. This is how careful the true Night Stalker was. He was not at the center of press reports. Rather the police had to carefully examine the clues to realize they had a very calculated night predator on the loose. It is best now to refer to Ramirez as the “Los Angeles Night Stalker” and restore the moniker to the man whose meticulous MO inspired it in the beginning. HNL2

Night Stalker was so unseen as he prowled about that the dozens of identikits and sketches of “suspicious persons” seen in the neighborhood and released to the public have now proven to be completely bogus. The last one released may, ironically, have come the closest, and this is the Verla Street prowler.  As the phantom takes form before us, paradoxically we can see why Night Stalker was truly the only way he could have been known. It is the only way he should have been known. He carefully prowled and stalked and arrogantly assessed who would quench his thrill.

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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– Checkerboard Lairs and Excuses

I am not going to be one of those who diligently follows the case of Joseph James DeAngelo as it unfolds through court. Most of my purpose is finished. I promised that Q Files’ Night Predator section had one purpose– to solve the case or contribute thereto. That is now accomplished.

A few things I will help to clarify here as things unfold. One is the location of many lairs and “weigh stations” that he could potentionally have used both as hideouts and as excuses for visiting if he was stopped. As these addresses become known, they form a remarkable pattern over the East Area.

Of course, aside from those just north of Greenback there is the far more critical ones in Rancho Cordova.

I uploaded this video I took in August 2014 when I identify the training area and the most likely location of a lair. Now that these are coming to light, I upload it here. It is not an artistic video, and I do not begin to speak until a bit ofter the 2 minute mark. It was done essentially for myself, and that is why it was never uploaded with the commentary on Phantom Predator: Analysis of Prowling MO on Q Files. There I also have to speak with caution, and in the video I speak with certainty.

The Training Field of EAR-ONS

Now on to NORCAL Rapist and my other projects. Bill H has opened a proboard devoted to the Phantom of the Opera Rapist.

NORCAL RAPIST

 

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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– “You Meddlesome Kids!”

Those civilians who did the most to identify EAR-ONS are not taking credit, but those behind-the scenes know who they really are, both civilians and in law enforcement. Like Michelle Cruz they devoted themselves to finding him, not publicizing themselves. Sometimes this became a battle for accuracy. They helped. They did not mislead nor obstruct. They became trusted conduits between jurisdictions. They were from EAR-ONS’s point of view the “meddlesome kids” who wouldn’t let him get away with his crimes, and they received the thanks of law enforcement for it. 

I post these here not to claim any credit, rather at request. These articles came at a significant moment (early March). They corrected the public’s false impressions about EAR-ONS’s DNA profile, and its inaccurate origins. They reflect the shift that just happened in DNA exploitation, and they bring clarity to how EAR-ONS was identified through civilian DNA databases.

This link exposes the German-English EAR-ONS and its origins in false DNA Markers.

Ethnic EAR: Bogus DNA Predator

How it was done using the real EAR-ONS DNA. He wasn’t such a loner after all when Sacramento got the line in him. (Ironically, I used graphs pertaining to my cousin’s daughter’s DNA, who is actually, as it turns out, a distant cousin to Michelle Cruz and her sister, Janelle, EAR-ONS’s final victim.)

Loner in the Genome

 

 

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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 — the Final Solution or Final Irony

I urge everybody to be restraint right now and await the news conference. Irony right now fills my senses. Back in March I had refused to travel to LA to do two film shoots because I was aware the case was soon to be broken and I didn’t know if it was based on my dossiers.  I was, however, not informed if the culprit was my Prime POI (born 1942) or a link from him. I chatted with a podcast host in March as well, expressing my joy it has to be my guy.

As it turns out, the man arrested is not my guy and the link to auto wrecking and plate lifting is (so far) thin to one of my POI auto wrecking families (Italian) in Del Dayo.

It is also ironic that yesterday I had a phone conversation with Wesley in which both of us agreed that the VR connection is rubbish unless we ditch the McGowen sighting altogether– a view I must admit many have expressed. Clearly, all were right.

Most everybody had long shifted views that EAR was much older than all those blond youth sketches and actually had dark, short hair.

But let’s don’t jump the gun because of the arrest. Let’s wait and see. . .

Many are stunned, including law enforcement, at the arrest of former cop Joseph James Deangelo on a warrant from Ventura County, supposedly on a 100% DNA match with EAR.

 

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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.

 

Here Kitty, Kitty– Looking for the Cordova Cat

As more information comes out on the cat burglar and home invasion artist who operated in Rancho Cordova and the East Area over 1972-1973 and perhaps later, it becomes increasingly clear this guy had some issues beyond your normal burglar. As I begin to put it into sequence on Q Files, I thought I would highlight just one here.

Collectively, I have placed all this home invasion, ransacking, and cat burglary under the heading of the “Cordova Cat.” There are enough distinctions to differentiate, as the SSD does, between the crime sprees to label one The Cat Burglar and the other the Cordova Meadows Burglar, but there is also enough to suggest they are one and the same perpetrator who shifted his MO due to circumstances.

The “Cat Burglar” was an oddball, but he was an oddball whose MO was slightly different from the Cordova Meadows Burglar because technically speaking only the “Cat Burglar” was a cat burglar. The victims have to be in the house in the wee hours for the burglar to be considered a “cat burglar.” As such, he didn’t ransack. He didn’t pull the plug on the forced air furnace. But he said stupid stuff just like EAR did. When a homeowner awoke and sat up in bed, seeing him standing by the dresser in her bedroom, all he said was: “I took a dollar from your dresser.” The suspect in the Maggiore Double Murder (believed to be EAR) when seen lurking in a homeowner’s bushes, said: “Oh, I guess I’m trespassing.”  The Cordova Meadows Burglar entered a house when no one was home. As such he could afford to ransack and pull the plug on air furnaces (to maintain silence ostensibly).  He also hated little dogs and killed a terrier and little poodle by blunt force.

But both (if they were not the same) were odd, and among a number of similar oddities with EAR is the oddity of stalking a community from afar. The most notable time EAR was known to have done this was in the case of Victim No 11. He stole her car and drove it quite far away from Glenville Circle to Great Falls Way, implying this is where he had started his night prowling earlier and somewhere nearby had parked his own car. If you know the area, these two locations are far apart.

The Cat Burglar apparently did that on occasion as well. In his Birdcage area strikes (3 in one night), he walks south (apparently) on Primrose, crosses Madison Avenue, walks through a golf course (dark at night, of course) and then on a pathway (probably a golf cart pathway) connecting to the apartments south of the course (Fairway 2 Ave or Pineridge) dumps the purses, wallets, whatever he had rifled through. This is a long walk with stolen goods, and right back to an apartment building. EAR parked by the apartments on Great Falls Way. He had done that at other stalking locations, most recently revealed the apartments on Locust Ave. while stalking Haskell Avenue.

This is just another unusual specific clue within a greater corpus of a similar MO that links the Cordova Cat to EAR. The cat burglaries of that night, of course, were all within a block of houses that EAR would hit in the neighborhood a few years later.

As I now finish with the EAR-ONS section overhaul on Q Files, I prepare to put in order as much as I can of the Cordova Cat, the arguments dividing between two burglars, and those arguments supporting a single perpetrator; and, of course, how this links to EAR.

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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 Cordova Cat– EAR’s Prehistory

Why am I so hip for the Cat? Because I think it finally is the segment, the prequel to the franchise if you will, that can out the identity of EAR/ONS. As I have been hearing it, very coherently put, everything is pointing to this 1972-1973 crime spree being a mirror of EAR activity or, I should say, EAR is a mirror of this Cordova Cat’s activity.

As we all know a serial makes his mistakes in the beginning. So far, there is no mistake that EAR made early on that betrayed him. It took the entire crime spree in Sacramento to help me place his lair south of Highway 50. The EAR was not as prolific as the Cat. The Cat could strike 3 or 4 times a night, both in the East Area and in Cordova. Revealing all these hits may give us his pattern– and this can at least reveal his lair for the period 1972-1973.

The Cat becomes doubly important when you accept that EAR’s success can only be explained as the acts of a developed cat burglar. And the known MO of the Cat fits with the pattern EAR left over his known crime spree of 1976-1986. The Cat did things for his own demented thrill. He didn’t steal much of value. This thrill must  have gotten old and he slacked off, disappearing for the most part in 1974. But from what we know, he liked cars and he liked to drive. It makes perfect sense such a thrill seeker returns as a Cat Rapist. EAR steals of little value, but adding now a captive audience– ransacking, raping, terrorizing. He first rapes with gusto. He slowly loses this thrill but continues to assault of homes, ransacking and terrorizing. After 3 years the ultimate crime now offers itself. He carefully plans his murders down south, waiting months in between. He follows the same stalking pattern. He even adds an interesting bit of protection. He uses a blunt object around the house. He therefore arrives and departs without the murder weapon. Altogether he never left a clue that could lead to him.

This is an arrogant individual for whom the night and the sanctity of American suburbia was his yard to prowl in and do as he wished. All three stages above are linked by this one thrill factor, this one solid bit of presumption all things exist for his thrill.

As time has proven, between 1976-1986 there is NO one case that can lead to him. He made no mistakes in northern Cal at any crime scene. He made none down south. They didn’t even know they had a single murderer for 15 years.

There is only one chance he made a mistake and that is in the beginning. Practice makes perfect even for a serial rapist/murderer. This beginning could be the Cordova Cat.  At least  50 cat burglaries, and the bludgeoning of 3 small dogs, need to be considered.

Remember EAR used a gun when he had to. But a Cat knows to be quiet. He killed dogs by bludgeoning. When he turned premeditated murderer, he killed his victims the same way. He could kill a man with one blow. The Cat had hit a dog so hard he had disemboweled it.

Though I have POIs pending in the triaging process, I am prepared for negative replies. I am prepared to add the Cat. The Cat can only help refine the same process. He liked to drive. He used a plate from a wrecked car for cover once. The indications remain the same. He had links to auto wrecking.

This creep truly is the Bogey Man. And it is time we learn and accept his evil prehistory.

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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.