NIGHT PREDATOR/GHOST PREDATOR– EAR/ONS

With all the new attention being cast now upon the case of the real life Michael Myers, I think a few clarifications must be put in place.

There is no one case that will solve the identity of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker. There is no holy grail. As it becomes increasingly clear that he was the Cordova Cat, we should not narrow our mark but broaden our scope and take all into context.

EAR/ONS never knew his victims. Probing into their lives is pointless rubbish meant to fill pages and repeat standard narratives. He was arrogance personified, a skilled cat burglar who stole for thrill rather than high priced jewels. When that thrill died off, he added rape, terror, all the things that went with lording over a family in their own home. If he is the Ripon Court Shooter, the Maggiore Double Murderer, then he added murder to protect himself. But when the thrill of rape died off, murder offered its own thrill. He planned more carefully. He waited months if not longer, but he kept to his same prowling MO. The victims’ homes fit in location with how he as a Cat had stalked neighborhoods.

We don’t even really know how old he was or what he looked like.

If the Cordova Cat can be established in all probability to be him, then we know he was based around Sacramento in the early 1970s; that already by 1973 he  was capable of lifting or easily getting the plate from a wrecked car and switching it onto his own in order to protect his identity. In that incident, the receipts where he got gas and other things for his car (using a victim’s gas credit card) place him as driving quite a bit around Sacramento’s rural areas, but avoiding the suburban areas. So basically, he didn’t use the card where he could be recognized or traced.  He basically used it in the outlying areas (Lodi, Marysville, etc). Again, this suggests he was based locally and went to outlying areas to use the card to prevent being identified.

Such a careful cat burglar was well prepared to conceal his identity when he turned rapist. But no one knew back then that EAR was this developed. Initially he was thought to range between 25-35 and have a peeping background. But with time some thought he was much younger, and therefore peeping seemed all the trouble he could have gotten into by 1976. But it seems now he was older and was one of the most skilled thrill cat burglars there was in the area.

In essence, this was not ultimately a rapist. Victims even said that rape wasn’t the major threat to them. They were in constant fear of their life. This was a terrorist of the night padding about the neighborhoods indulging himself in his desire for thrill. The thrill got ever more encompassing. Then he vanished, if you can ever say such a ghost had ever truly materialized in form.

He was, as one detective declared: “The Bogey Man.” How do you track the bogey man?

And until this century he never felt he had to escape. The rapes fell out of Statute of Limitations, eventually even the kidnappings.  The murders weren’t connected to him definitely until this century. There had been no reason for him to flee California. He seems to have been based around Sacramento, and to this place he returned. . .for a while anyway.

How indeed do you track a man who left no trail from his victims? His only trail are the clues he left to cover said trail: the use of bogus plates and many old cars. There is nothing else. And if it wasn’t for DNA science now, there wouldn’t be any tangible way to connect him anymore with the murders. I scour the auto wrecking business of over 40 years ago. I am not alone anymore. But what to look for?

There appears to be no sketch or composite that can be definitely said to be EAR. Sacramento Sheriffs have 3 dozen sketches. They represent “suspicious persons” in the neighborhood. What does that mean? Alas, EAR was not seen in action. It takes refining the data on the pattern of a “suspicious” person to finally weed out those that resemble each other enough to say “this must be him.”

But this reveals contradictions too. In perpetration, a villain thought to be EAR has had a long face (Ripon Court Shooter; Sarda Way maniac), but a door to door “solicitor” who visited neighborhoods looks quite different. This strange fellow had stupid excuses for ringing the bell if someone answered the door. But if they didn’t answer, he was observed to go in the back yard. In each community there would soon be a rape a block or so away.

So there is not even one reliable face to this guy.

There is no clue to follow except those he left to protect himself. Not surprisingly, it is a slog to go through the process of elimination. Between 6 to 7 hundred have been DNA tested. Close to 7,000 on the POI list. Unfortunately, many have been very young because of the impression he was late teens to early twenties. It seems now he was much older or looked radically different than any composite or sketch ever released.

Hunting a phantom by the clues he left to protect himself is not easy. Now 40 years later we have to face the fact he very well could be dead. My first POI was dead. My second very much alive and within the age bracket that is now becoming more acceptable– around 30 years old. Still he could be triaged out of the running.

Every new clue that comes in is still subjective– the man at American River Hospital on May 30, 1977, the Sarda Way suspect, the American Pet Assoc. creep. SSD has eliminated almost every solicitor going door to doo but him. Scientologists, insurance salesmen, and Mormons, have been surprised decades later by a visit from detectives. Each time it was proved they had been legitimate door to door solicitors back then.

We still need to establish the American Pet Assoc. creep’s role (if any) in the crime spree. I’m told the sketch will finally be released. It supposedly looks similar to the “La Riv Man” sketch.

The greatest advance will finally be in determining what EAR looked like, his age, and how he got those license plates and cars. His identity is not contained in a report. It will not be found in the past of a victim. It is on a dart board somewhere. One day the right dart will hit one of those license plates and this will lead to him. Or one of the sketches not yet released will finally lead to an old auto-wrecker.

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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– Too Much Static

As you know I’ve been removing EAR/ONS blog posts that do not have some endurance to them (updates, etc.,) and anything of longstanding import has and is being moved to its appropriate page on Q Files.

2 documentaries are no doubt bringing more people into an ephemeral interest in the crime spree, and I think it best to update you here that I will be adding more on the Cordova Cat on Q Files. It will have its own section. I think it is a good bet that the Cat was EAR. All detectives back then were certain EAR had a past of peeping, but now it is becoming clear he was already a very seasoned cat burglar. Fact checking by SSD of questions I had has confirmed the exact locations where EAR had parked the cars he stole. In each case he parked midblock, thus confusing investigators as to which direction he went thereafter. He began this as soon as Victim 4. He covered his bases, and he already knew to do so.

The 1974 SSD reports are still in boxes or on microfiche, and detectives have just so much time to look. They haven’t been found yet. What is of particular interest is the incident that Shelby describes in the beginning of his book– the dog killing episode on Dolecetto. This fits the Cat when he was in a rage. The man seen fleeing the scene was also agile beyond the norm, and this also fit with the Haskell Avenue Incident. I hope this report is found soon and after analyzed released on the SSD site.  They will be releasing more.

Recently all streets (and even some addresses) have been released in Visalia regarding the assaults of the Ransacker (1974-1975).  Hopefully, Sacramento’s release of information on the Cordova Cat will give us enough information to finally lay the ghost of the Ransacker being EAR. There just seems little probability considering the enormous variation in descriptions.

We have to logically sew the massive amount of data being released else those new to the crime spree will be immersed in folklore. Visalia is even saying that the Ransacker and EAR are one and the same, and there just is no proof whatsoever. Sacramento SSD rejected it back then based on descriptions, but today with the Cordova Cat’s crime spree only now coming to the surface there may be even more grounds to reject it.

I will be objective in outlining the theory (Kibitzing Theory), but any conclusions must remain tentative until all the dates of the Cat are released and the records for 1974-1975 in Sac are uncovered.

I also have to update the little bio on each EAR page. It seems the real life Michael Myers, like the film version, had a veritable crime franchise. We now see he has had a prequel (Cordova Cat), the main franchise (EAR), and let’s hope there was no sequel to be uncovered.

The discovery of more reports, the release of more incidents, is helping in a very tangible way. We are getting a better chance now of finally uncovering what this villain truly looked like. In my own investigation of POIs, I swung between 16 and 35 years of age, but with the Cat now into play it seems undeniable EAR was closer to the older age in the bracket.

My prime POI is still being triaged (now by another jurisdiction), and in his case he fits with the higher estimate in age (he was 33 in 1976). If he is eliminated, we are probably still looking at a man in his late 20s to early 30s. The “suspicious” man at American River Hospital with false I.D. gave an age of 31, and it seems he could indeed have been EAR, and the shoulder injury very well could account for the summer of silence.

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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.

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.

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.

A World Awaits . . .

So many mysteries await to be quested! Soon I can integrate cold cases harmoniously within a slate of exciting subjects. As one cold case is nigh to being archived and prepared for the politics that accompany the final mile, a world once again opens up for me, and I think for many of you.

I’ve been messaged by those who are glad to see me write about other quests again– Fenn’s Treasure, God’s Gold, Alexander’s soma, missing people, planes and ships around the world . . .yes, even the truth behind Groisse Fuss– pardon my Yiddish. They got tired of the dark world of old murders and forgotten mayhem.

I understand. It is a draining world, this cold case, but the potential to cracking the mystery of a nasty serial villain is too inviting to forego the pursuit for those of us who love to crack a mystery. It can become overwhelming, and in doing so we can lose sight of proportion. Having been allowed to step back now, I can see once again how broad and inviting the horizon is.

In the upcoming months, between the less macabre mysteries, Cold Case will include a study of The Doodler Murders, a very intense preliminary on Jack the Knife– Cleveland Torso Murders. And hopefully, NORCAL Rapist. The last one is iffy because it is dependent on those involved coming forward with information.

In any case, the mysteries that await are fit for Spring– perfect for getting out and tackling real life adventure.

They are also a better fit for a happier attitude. Toxic fandom got pretty heavy with one cold case. Popularity is a two-edged sword. Becoming a clearing house for toxic fans became counterproductive and draining.

What mysteries do you think need more of a spotlight on them?

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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.