EAR-ONS Begins– Does Snelling Explain Zitka?

Except with minor reservations the attack on Victim 1 (Zitka) on June 18, 1976, in Rancho Cordova had been accepted for 40 years as the East Area Rapist’s first strike. There were a number of hallmarks of the beginner. One of the most interesting was the fact the perp attempted to cut the telephone wire leading into the house from the pole running along the backyard fence. He failed when the birdbath he set under it (in order to stand on it and reach it) gave way. He then whittled the kitchen doorframe and got in the house. Yet therein he paradoxically did not cut the phone wires from the phones.

At the time, the investigating cops thought it a local kid.

However, the attack on EAR “Victim 1” is now lost in the center of a shuffled deck of crime cards. It now seems that EAR was the Visalia Ransacker and with this he was the perp who attempted to kidnap Beth Snelling in September 1975 in Visalia. In the process the Ransacker was pursued by her father, Claude Snelling, and the Ransacker shot him down and murdered him. 636602586097356497-tdsdc5-5javqg0jls81iat7und-original

Between that September 1975 and June 1976 there aren’t any such home invasion crimes of a similar nature by the Visalia Ransacker.  He appears to be up to his usual prowling, but no attempts to abduct a woman from her house. The EAR may or may not have been the October 21, 1975, rapist on the 2600 block of Dawes Street in Rancho Cordova.

Therefore we have an interesting transition period between September 1975 and June 1976. The 2 poles are Snelling on South Whitney Drive in Visalia and EAR’s first strike on Paseo Drive on Victim 1 Zitka in Rancho Cordova.

As more and more acrimony is being directed at Joe DeAngelo, the accused EAR-ONS, many are convinced he was the VR and hence the murderer of Claude Snelling. The EAR was most certainly the perp against EAR Victim 1.

Therefore it is very likely that the attack on Victim 1 in Rancho Cordova on June 18, 1976, was the first major strike EAR/VR committed since the botched Snelling assault. The amateurishness (in appearance) of EAR’s attack on Victim 1 requires therefore some interpretation. Was it intentional to make it look like a newb was beginning a crime spree? Or is this attributing too much cunning to EAR?  Or is it the result of lessons learned?

For those who continue to follow the case– how neatly can the transition period between VR and EAR be sewn together? How can one work into the picture the October 1975 rape (originally regarded as his first for about a year in 1976-1977)? Or should that case be thrown 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.

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EAR-ONS– The Trial(s) in Sacramento and Tribulations in Orange County

Months ago in my article Justice Means Just Us I touched on a few points of what it was like to be behind-the-scenes investigating EAR-ONS. It was not a popular case until recently, and there had to be a lot of pioneering just to be able to put in place the actual crimes of the villain. There had only been one TV doc back in 2009, and the books that had been published thereafter were all self published. Those sell a few hundred copies at best. Until the 48 Hours TV spot in April 2017, which used my investigation as source at the urging of Michelle Cruz, there was nothing of significance on TV since 2009.

In between, there were two websites that offered basic information and for one a tip line. After my website went up in 2015, an avalanche began. Not only was I able to communicate freely with investigators in a couple of jurisdictions, I learned how dedicated they were to finding EAR-ONS. Orange County’s DA Homicide Cold Case Unit were particularly dedicated. They were (and are) located in Santa Ana at the police department. They are not involved in what follows. I want that made clear.

With my first contact with the FBI, I realized there was something implicit in the attitude of law enforcement. They weren’t going to tailor any information for those on blogs and message boards. Believe me, I had already learned from experience (from bizarre emails) that there was some strange communal reinforcement among the cranks on message boards that by chattering about the case during the years of its obscurity they had made it famous. In fact, their rivalrous attitudes scared official investigators more than in other cases.  I’ve discovered that the alias nature of the boards makes it a perfect breeding ground for people who are outrageously obtuse, incredibly rivalrous, and as such remarkably spontaneous.  They seem to have their own inbred concept of expertise and relevance.

Unfortunately, someone catered to the rivalrous nature that dominated this realm, and this book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is sluiced with statements so boastful in nature that the misconduct of what they implied against Orange County was lost on the writers. Despite the hype of publicists, Michelle McNamara did not have a broad knowledge of the EAR-ONS case. Apparently she just spent most of her time off and on trying to pillage Orange County’s records. Statements are made in the book that she obtained (“borrowed”) and went through without oversight 37 boxes of files that are variously attributed to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department lockers or to the Prosecutor’s office.

Months ago I warned in my article what a defense attorney could make out of such claims. Those and other statements and actions imply missteps on the part of Orange County’s handling of evidence. McNamara also claimed to have obtained a copy of EAR’s DNA profile and this was published in the book as the hook for outing EAR’s identity. My article deals with how this was inaccurate DNA and probably completely bogus DNA.

However to the ultimate point here– a former assistant DA for Orange County has now written a letter to Sacramento’s DA, Anne Marie Shubert, warning her not to combine the Sacramento cases and the Orange county cases. His reason: “past prosecutorial missteps” in Orange County which had gotten murder charges overturned. His warning may be politically motivated, but there are no questions that such things happened in Orange County back in 2012, and the egregious boasts in McNamara’s book imply that evidence and police files were free for “borrowing” by a civilian in the 4 murder cases they had for Original Night Stalker– the East Area Rapist.

Both DeAngelo’s defense attorneys and the prosecutors know of the statements in the book.

In my article I warned how the prosecution would have to be prepared to defend against the claims in McNamara’s book, not just the boastful and rivalrous statements regarding the documents she obtained but they must also expose the false assertions that she had been heavily involved behind-the-scenes and was therefore really in any position to get what is claimed in the book.  From statements in the book, she apparently did little else between 2011 and January 2016 except try and get more folders of files from Orange County.  She conducted a few interviews in between and mostly tried to use the bogus DNA she had to trace EAR’s family.

The superficiality of the book rankled those who had truly been involved, especially when it was coupled by the outrageous promotions. But now it could get worse. The boasts in the book could jeopardize the case against Joseph DeAngelo. It is not enough that the DA’s office in Sacramento says the book had nothing to do with solving the case. They should take heed from the warnings and combine as many of the cases as they can against DeAngelo in Sacramento and begin to take to task the misinformation. . .

There is much that McNamara probably would not have admitted to in her book had she lived to publish it herself. A living author would have been ruined by some of the claims, and then the exposure of the DNA as false would have completely exposed any author as having been superficial. But the book was written and published by others who seemed more interested in one-upping the rivalrous nature of the message boards. And they seem to have been blind to the ramifications of their claims that they had, through McNamara’s files, enough admissible evidence from the official lockers to be in a race with the police to catch EAR-ONS.

Now the sham is going to have to come out in open court just to protect the labor of decades of those who really sought the ultimate Night Predator. McNamara NEVER had EAR’s DNA. He was NEVER German-English as she asserted in a 2011 podcast based on the false DNA she had. And it is (hopefully) unlikely that she was trotting out the doors at Orange County with a minivan full of restricted evidence.

Famous crime sprees have had dozens of books written about them, giving the dedicated reader much information to balance and determine on a curve who really was an investigative reporter in their books. Unfortunately, there’s only been ONE for EAR-ONS. Had I’ll be Gone in the Dark been only one of a couple dozen books that followed before the case was solved, it would have long been dismissed as a shallow and ill thought installment.  But sadly I fear the combined DA’s will have to deal with it, and this will mean dividing trials.

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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.

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.

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.