EAR/ONS– Not Another Ripper

Some prefer to fear. Others perhaps prefer cynicism. EAR will not become another Jack the Ripper. He will not telescope into history as nothing more than a dark shadow creasing against a wall.

With the passing of every day, and now this last year, we are collectively closer. Once again, there is no failure if you do not quit.  I don’t quit. Vital clues are before us, provided by collective “failure.” Clues that must be used. They are not failure and they do more than eliminate POIs. They begin to shine the light on what remains.

The dragnet of schools has apparently not connected to a viable suspect. What should be the positive reaction to this? Collectively we should deduce we are looking for a man who is older than the time frame in which students were checked or he was educated in another area of the state or country.

Two of the POIs that I have submitted (and who are going through cross checking) kibbutz between both– a younger, local POI, and older POI from another state. Unfortunately, as I said, my investigation must go silent on these.

Perhaps the most important hypothesis to take up is that EAR had NO connection to the East Area. Even with my flagship POI there had been a connection. He grew up there and his family maintained a link. But what about NO link?

The strike map does indicate someone coming from afar. Why need there be any previous connection to the area?

Observe, Classify, Infer, Interpret– the first 4 steps of Scientific or Investigative Method. We all observe, classify and infer essentially alike. It is at interpretation where everything differs and the road splits into many paths.

I have followed the last path with my latest submitted POI– NO connection to the East Area whatsoever.

Reinterpretation of the strike map heavily favored a perp coming to the East Area from up Highway 50. This favored RP. He was made an even stronger and more viable POI by his past connection to the area.

But the strike locations had never changed. The pattern was only re-interpreted. The map below declares one thing. EAR remained close to the major thoroughfares of the East Area– Watt, Sunrise, Greenback, Manzanita. But the northern area (Foothill Farms) still seemed too far for him.

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The East Area– it is our only infallible witness remaining. But it is a mute witness. We must speak for it. EAR favored the south and not north of the area– Highway 50 and not Highway 80. Except for 2 times (10, 26) he stayed by main roads, and those 2 times never developed into comfort zones.

In our next post let’s lay out the possibility EAR had no connection to the East Area. It is a fact he never probed too far from the main roads. It is a fact that his subsequent attack areas– Contra Costa and So. Cal follow the same pattern. Establishing a very good probability that he came from afar in the very beginning will help us remove pointless leads and refine those clues that directly lead 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.

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New Years Resolutions– not Revolutions!

It is that time again, and my New Years Resolutions are, in fact, to resolve, not revolve! My eyes are set at True Crime more than anything. I need to get 2 of my trifecta out of the way. This means EAR/ONS and Zodiac. Come hell or high water HorrorScope has to come out in 2018. If you follow me on Twitter, you see I have been sharing edits.

Most importantly, I want EAR/ONS off my back. I need to conclude my investigation and, frankly, get the world of toxic fandom away from me. I don’t know who would enjoy reveling in this kind of stuff. I am not at liberty to say how many people I have forwarded to the FBI, both sincere and sometimes quite crankish. But amidst my own badger sniffing along my own line of investigation many others come to me. I have had more than enough jacket jobs, and a few online stalkers. One continues to try and hack my Amazon account.

I must prepare a little addendum for a cold case DNA unit concerning one POI already thrown in. I was able to secure a little more info, but especially a better photo of him. For me, this is inspiring. This is the original prime POI, whom I supplanted for RAP, when I decided to reinterpret the strike map. A little reminder of what I have often said– I have a core group of POIs within a network of auto wrecking and use car sales. The one who is dead has been eliminated, the others are alive.

My EAR investigation has been as public as possible, as I said it would be. But you all know that with living POIs it must become more restricted. I submitted a 12 page thesis outlining his viability a couple of months ago to the task force and it is being followed through. Since then two photos have been secured and more data. Hopefully the thesis I have submitted and the addendum will inspire a DNA test.

So there is my resolution– I want to move on swiftly and get to some happier and adventurous topics to investigate without the enmeshing clutches I have encountered with EAR/ONS for the last few years.

I am very grateful for the support and kindness of many people out there. It has truly been appreciated. The public nature of my investigation into this case has helped educate many on how the system works and the time it takes to be careful. Do not mistake the slow process at the official level. It does not reflect a lack of interest, but quite the opposite. It reflect a very serious, dedicated desire to nail the right guy and have all the information in order to go to court with. The closer the investigation comes to EAR, the more careful it must become. It takes more than DNA. It takes putting it all in context and then ready to go before a judge.

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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 and the Reward

It has been put forward by several followers of the case that the reward for EAR is awfully small considering the enormity of his crime spree and the number of his victims. The context of the statement, of course, is that the case remains unsolved and that the lack of an enticing reward is partly to blame. Believers in this note that in other cases where the perpetrator had half as many murder victims the reward was still much higher. The Tampa case was one cited to me on Facebook recently.

The reward for EAR/ONS is $50,000.00. In the Tampa case: $110,000.00.

I was around a long time before the FBI reward, and since my information goes to a special cold case unit I do not even know if I am eligible for the reward, so on that note I ask you all to consider: do you think a higher reward would help solve the EAR/ONS case?

Do you think there is another factor? That is, that there is so much popular interest in the EAR case now that a reward isn’t likely to goose the action out of those most likely to contribute to solving the case? After all, there is no reward for identifying the ‘Zodiac’ Killer, and that case remains one of the most prolifically strewn with amateur detectives.

Or is that not a factor at all? A reward is meant to excite a tipster and not a sleuth. It is meant to embolden someone to come forward who can bypass the gray cell pursuit and simply turn in someone who fits the description. EAR was so clever, at least shrewd, that it seems a tipster is a highly unlikely event.

In any case, it is interesting to consider whether a bigger reward would help solve the case.

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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 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.

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.