Maggiore Double Murder: Revising a Confused Case

With the Sacramento County Sheriff dump of information today on the Maggiore case, I will have to revise it on Q Files rather than write two opposing views.  But to touch on a few here:

1, The two men so long touted as suspects were, in fact, not suspects for a long time, though opinion differed amongst investigators back then. They were identified and one was even polygraphed. Scratch the following composites.

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2, The killer of the Maggiores wore a ski mask (black or navy blue balaclava) when he killed them, though neither the witness in the house nor Knollsch in his driveway describe one in interviews on TV (Knollsch’s footage is original and contained in documentaries. Following composite.

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Obviously the theory that Brian Maggiore could recognize the killer and that this was his motive for silencing Brian and Katie falls flat. No Air force connection required. The composite above is also worthless for identifying anybody. Therefore:

3, The following sketch is NOT a revision of one of the 2 men walking away from La Gloria to West La Loma. It is a sketch of the masked man who took his mask off and was later seen jumping a fence onto Las Capitales and walking away from the area.

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He is not 6 foot to 6 foot 2 inches as Knollsch estimated. A witness across the street compared their respective heights (knowing Knollsch’s height) and estimated 5 foot 9 inches.

I have to check if he had cowboy boots or what now.

Apparently EAR now frequently used a cinch knot, and this is the knot found in the ligature on the lawn near Brian Maggiore’s body.

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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 Dastardly Conspiracy

As you all know I have removed over 40 posts on EAR/ONS because they were no longer relevant– they were updates, etc., or dealt with cleared POIs. A few things will be streamlined and added to Q Files, and it is there that East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker information will be archived for the remaining part of the active case and then for educational purposes after it is officially declared solved.

However, I wanted to take this blog space to clarify a few things for people who are just awakening to this rather complex case. There is some conspiracy theory stuff being circulated by perhaps more than one genuine lunatic who have come to fancy the case as their own.

There is an old article online with a click bait title saying that Orange County’s forensic lab has doctored DNA results in murder cases. This is false. The story concerns how two lab technicians differed in their estimate of timing when deposit of sperm was made in a murder case some 20 years before. Their estimates differed accordingly: “From 0 to 24 hours before;” and “at least 24 hours before” the murder of the victim. In court this is obviously a huge discrepancy. There was no doctoring of DNA identifying the male suspect.

Orange County, of course, is the center of the EAR/ONS task force. However, all DNA testing of persons of interest in this case is being done by the FBI. My understanding is that to reduce redundancy they wait until they have 12 results and then they send them back to the appropriate jurisdiction.

No district attorney or Cold Case criminal investigator has influence over this process.

From the very beginning, as this case lay dormant, there was a small group that fancied it their case. Each refused to accept the elimination of their favorite person of interest. For example, a retired Vietnam colonel has been accused repeatedly despite being cleared 3 times. Frankly, this is a very predictable pattern of the unstable, one that sadly is just a more unprofessional reflection of what has dominated True Crime publishing where authors of supposedly respectable credentials never retract their thesis about a suspect despite it being ripped to pieces in reviews.

Those who are attempting to keep their POI in the lottery, or even continue to insist he is EAR/ONS despite being cleared, lock onto the old click bait article on Orange County and from there invent all sorts of conspiracy theories as to why, essentially, they cannot be wrong.  In one extreme case, a disgruntled armchair sleuth has declared that the investigator with the DA’s Office who had assisted him in getting his POI DNA tested, will go to jail for being a part of corruption and conspiracy.

Conspiracy theorists do not learn. They must invent the absurd to justify their inability to move forward.

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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.

When to Name a POI . . .

Ripperology– that pursuit of Jack the Ripper– is largely responsible for setting the tenor of how Cold Case is presented and marketed today. Tom Cullen became the father of modern Ripperology with his 1965 book Autumn of Terror. It ended with his view that Montague Druitt was the Ripper. Ever since then, book after book on Jack the Ripper has presented a suspect or, rather, been based around a suspect. All were dead, of course, by then, long dead in fact so it seemed all right. No one was hurt and some shirt-tail relative even got a little intrigued by the whole idea their great, great uncle or whatever was the notorious slasher of Whitechapel.  It got more exotic with Freemason conspiracies and royal family intrigue, etc. Red Jack has become the most Romanticized villain in history.

Every unsolved serial murder mystery since then has had as its cornerstone a number of books in which a dead suspect is the center– A noteworthy example was Robert Graysmith’s first book on Zodiac.  He had to use an alias because Leigh Allen, his suspect, was quite alive.

The web has changed things, putting blogs, social media, and persons of interest as close as the keyboard. The case of EAR/ONS– the East Area Rapist– is so intriguing to the armchair crowd that many have lost sight of the fact it is a mixture– it is an old cold case but it is also hot, hotter than any case. Though over 40 years old as a case, its villain is within reach of the living today, unlike the case of the Ripper.

For a dead POI, I resorted to initials in order to present and to potentially glean more information. I suppose I could have used his name. He was dead. But Cold Case, especially this case, is quite different. There is DNA. The circumstances make it certain it is the villain’s DNA.

In short, EAR can be solved, unequivocally solved. Topics such as the Ripper, Zodiac, Black Dahlia, may be replete with named and quite dead persons of interest, but EAR/ONS cannot be. The simple fact is, it is still in reach of solution, and the pathway is easier than the bar that must be surpassed in the other cases.  Naming living or dead POIs is pointless– the latter is good only for gathering some information, and that is a thin chance. No book or website can be built around a “name” or list of names because the case is ardently pursued by the official task force, and they will test most any possible suspect.

In essence, the case of the EAR/ONS is a revolving door. POIs come and they go and there is little reason to build up too much of a public thesis around any individual. Crime buffs are seeing an investigation in real time unfold before them.  This is good. No book can do this. What is happening now is a virtual walk-through in investigating a cold case. It is one that cannot take form like the others and become an archived narrative.  . . unless we fail. Unless EAR slips through this dragnet as well and obtains another 40 years in obscurity.

Then a narrative will arise. Just like the other cases it will become embellished and warped.  But not yet. Right now the case remains a revolving door, and it is disturbing to see some buffs insert themselves into the case in real time and try and make it into a suspect driven genre rather than one of accurate chronicling and real time investigation.

It is wholly inane to drumbeat a named person, whether living or dead, and there must be something wrong with someone who will not accept their suspect has been eliminated. A retired colonel has been repeatedly accused and cleared. Another POI was named merely because he resembled a couple of the old sketches, and he was easily cleared by DNA. The champions of the “suspects” still insist they were right. They must be so tempered by the book incarnation of cold case– where all books end on suspicion (though they tout solution) that they don’t realize forensics today can completely eliminate a suspect. This case’s narrative cannot end on the last page with suspicion.

It is more than probable that soon enough children, and close family, will be revealed in a couple of these famous and hitherto unsolved cold cases. The attitude of some buffs regarding their eliminated suspect makes you wonder just what that kind of character will do on the web when a notorious serial predator is revealed to have children. The children of EAR/ONS, or Zodiac, or any such villain, are innocent of all their father did. This must be kept in mind, and the progeny must be allowed to devolve into the background and disappear (unless they wish it otherwise).

Everybody must prepare for a solution, especially to EAR/ONS. A very public solution to a newly famous case, one that is still mounting in recognition, has no precedence. So I think we should all act with restraint and remain focused on what is relevant.

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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.

Understanding Current EAR/ONS Reasoning . . .

Just a brief blog post to help illustrate the most recent arguments regarding the mysterious young man seen at the now-defunct American River Hospital on May 30, 1977. As one article recently reasoned, he is likely to have been EAR because no one could jump this fence (wall was not there) and deep canal and not be injured doing so. There is no claim that there is evidence EAR was injured.  This canal is along Uranus which is the cross street of 4th Parkway, where the A family was hit on May 28, 1977. Highway 99 is on the other side of the wall. These pictures were taken on March 23, 2014.

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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 Cryptic Investigation

We all learn by experience and I like to share things. I know many thousands out there have a deep interest in the case of the East Area Rapist and they follow my postings. At a contrast to my desire to share and the purpose of my posts I have had to be cryptic at times, but it is necessary to protect the innocent and, just as important, those who investigate in officialdom. The largest part of the official  investigation is cryptic. You don’t know the names of those involved. They don’t get the media attention, but they are ardently at work on the case. This is true in all the jurisdictions.

Those who follow Q Files know that I am trained in Logic and an adherent to the principles of the language it requires. Those who read my books note the same thing. I am studious to avoid the use of the first person pronoun. Logic does not accept personal opinion. It accepts conclusionary statements that are backed by the reasons given.  My website and books are devoted to the product of my investigations. Not to me or my journey. Unfortunately, my blog is not. It is a world of extemporanea, and at times I have to say “I”. I have to hit the “nuke” instead of “nurse” button.

I have grown a great distaste for the EAR/ONS case, as some have made it publically evolve into a mirror of the cheap “suspect” driven True Crime books that advertise the final solution to a famous case on the dust jacket and inside the author has done no such thing. I dread that I may be looked upon in the same way. Not on my website but on here. Unfortunately on here I have to use the word “I”, though the case is not about me. The blog is about clarification. It is not about crowing. And because my language is so different on here than Q Files some think my clarifications are boasting or pretentious.

I thought the world of cheap TC could not happen with this case. After all, there is DNA that can be tested and no POI’s name need be released until the right villain is outed.

Apparently it cannot happen in book form, but out of nowhere several have come forward and turned social media into a circus of POI names and then have touted the grandeur of their own investigation or personal experience. Even after they have been told their POI was eliminated they continue to insist they are right.

Investigation and the process of elimination is actually far more exciting than any point of pride or personal gratification to say you can’t make mistakes. If one of your POIs is eliminated, move on to the next (if you have one). I always said I had a network of viable POIs. I threw the dart at the wrong one the first time out. He was eliminated.

I can only reassure you here that all of my case files are received within the task force, and that two more POIs are going through the process. I do not know the status. Nor have I inquired. From experience I know it takes months to get DNA results. And DNA from my first POI was rather easy to obtain. I don’t know how long it takes to get DNA from a living POI. I’m sure it varies whether it is done openly or stealthily. If you have someone within officialdom with whom you are persona grata, for God’s sake protect them and don’t become a burden.

The two POIs presented (since November 10, 2017) are going through the process.  Neither I nor the innocent nor the official investigators who are following my dossiers need the grief of the wrong kind of public attention. Unlike them, however, I am stuck in a public position and feel a certain responsibility to keep you updated on the topic specifically and in general. Again, the word “I” has to be used sometimes.

I have gotten a lot of experience behind the scenes, and the reader should know about some of the things I have encountered, as they do bear on the perception of the case in some ways.

Some ironies need noting as well. The message boards were once the only outlet of information on a case that never should have been forgotten. With national popularity, they have become obscured, and with this one significant bit of their power: the moderators always blocked the nutcases who posted pictures and names of POIs.

Popularity has made any social media platform an outlet for those once kept in obscurity by the message board moderators. There is no limit to the pictures and names of living and dead that are posted. A few people out there have been told outright that their POIs have been eliminated. They couldn’t handle it. They continue to insist they are right. The difference now is they add expletives to the “LE” and then boasts that they will continue. Some post official investigators’ communications. Obviously, this is counter productive.

The investigation into the identity of EAR/ONS has been a strange one, one where from what I can tell the official investigators have had to battle their way into it and into the forefront of it. Yet out of necessity they cannot be too public on the matter. You hear only a few names. Dozens are involved.

Those few names have even been subjected to their financial statements being released and ridiculed by some “fans” of the case.

Being behind the scenes it is still a battle for them to become the focus of eliminating POIs. I don’t think any law enforcement service in history has seen such a huge case become forgotten, resurrected slowly by fans, and then had to battle their way into it.

I suspect that one of the reasons for the national news conference was the fact that officialdom had to push its way into the case very publically to start the stream of information flowing straight to them.

Please do not give way to “toxic fandom.” Remember the three step slide into toxicity: 1, I love this; 2, I own this; 3, I control this.

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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 4th Step

Study the map above. It marks the comfort zones and attack areas of the East Area Rapist and the pattern he laid down in the beginning.  He went on to become the even more evil Original Night Stalker. From the earliest days consultants said it indicated that EAR/ONS knew the East Area where he concentrated, that is, the area of Carmichael/Citrus Heights.

But does the map show any evolution to his pattern? A serial makes his most mistakes in the beginning, before he has perfected his pattern. But where is the evolution here above?

As we know, EAR struck deep into the area only twice– No. 10 and 26, and those were still along main roads, though they were not the main thoroughfares. No. 10 was off San Juan Blvd and No. 26 right off Whitney.  The others all crowd off Watt, Sunrise, Greenback and the main “T” of Manzanita and Madison. Those south are all close to Folsom Blvd.

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The only sketch while in perpetration. Not very good.

 

Even the very beginning strikes in Rancho Cordova were right off Paseo Drive, a main route into this area from Folsom Blvd.

Detectives have sought a connection to Rancho, then to Carmichael, but the pattern, as I said before, indicates EAR began with his Stalking MO intact. He came to Rancho and concentrated off Paseo/Malaga (I,3,6,8,15). In like manner he concentrated off Watt and La Riviera (11,18,27).  In like manner he seems to have concentrated in the East Area off main thoroughfares.

He struck twice deep in Modesto, but it was still off Sylvan, a main thoroughfare. We cannot say that he knew Modesto well as a result. The pattern is no different in the East Area of Sacramento where he began. What if he came from afar, but still within the region?

If he was based in the East Area, then he certainly kibitzed to the south, to the Highway 50 area, and strangely not to the north, to the Highway 80 area. He strikes here late, and only twice.

I supplanted my original Prime POI for another when I reinterpreted the map to say he was coming from the East, from Placerville. My original Prime POI came from the South and had business contacts in the East Area, but had never lived there. Another POI grew up dead center in the area and was, to say the least, quite weird. These two are going through the elimination process. . . .But—-

How would you interpret the map?

Interpretation is the 4th Step of Scientific or Investigative Method. Observe, Classify, Infer, now Interpret. We’ve all observed and classified the strike points. They Infer what? Then Interpret.

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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– 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.