HorrorScope Update– Cornering The Zodiac Killer.

As you know HorrorScope has been delayed, but it is all to a good purpose. I have one piece of the puzzle being sent me in the mail. After it is fitted into place, I will go forward with my dossier (unpublished) and submit it. Then, though this is not yet finalized, I think I should wait for the official results before publication. This I do not yet know if it is feasible.

My dossiers on EAR/ONS are welcomed, but I have only had one contact with the jurisdictions involved in the Zodiac case, and it is not at the DA level. I was asked to be very specific in my information, and I decided at that point to wait to submit it until I could show some serious hand printing.

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Zodiac, the pudgy, boastful madman bragging of his murders.

 

I know many have waited years for this. My web section on Q files gets lots of traffic. But Zodiac was a once very popular cold case. It has ebbed and flowed and been subject to the carnival. I don’t intend to be simply another installment in that spectacle. I set out to solve these cases or contribute significantly thereto.

HorrorScope must set it all in order and present the case from the beginning, in its context, and then present the solution. The solution must simply not be some hype on the cover.

The solution is threefold– hand printing, fingerprints, and then a spot card from the coroner to compare DNA with the stamps on Zodiac’s envelopes.

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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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The Audience vs Toxic Fandom– EAR/ONS Style

I’ve been getting feedback that EAR/ONS as a case has ebbed yet again, back into the shadows. If this is merely a perception based on being in the audience then perhaps it is true . . .and quite welcomed for those involved in the case no doubt. But since EAR left so much carnage behind him, there are many in the audience who have a connection to the case, and they should be reassured now. There is a great difference between publicity and substance. What the audience hears about the case is only the tip of the iceberg. The names the audience hears represent only a sampling. There are many investigators on the case. I’ve recently been introduced to one detective, whose superior praised him as the best detective he’s ever supervised. He’s now firmly on the case.

Your friendly neighborhood Q is not going away. If you do not quit, you do not fail. I never quit.  For 27 years I’ve investigated many mysteries, often high profiled ones. I’ve developed a thick skin. I don’t notice when lots of publicity comes to a topic or when it ebbs. I continue on. I have an open door in the case of EAR/ONS and I intend to use it.

I’m not being pretentious. It is a statement of fact. I do not give up. I’ve always admired the British bulldog grip. I carefully investigate my POIs and I am allowed to submit my dossiers.

But most people interested in this case aren’t directly involved in the investigation. The audience has been rocked by bad information and at times, sadly, toxic fandom. Let’s take this time to reiterate some basics and make some qualifications.

There is one purpose to any investigation of any topic whatever the case may be. It is solution. All things distill to that point. Living on a fake narrative created to entertain oneself is not the purpose. This creates the subject into a real life comic strip. In a previous post I have had to warn about the 3 steps of toxic fandom.

  1. I love this.
  2. I own this.
  3. I control this.

This does not just apply to TV show plots but to the world of real life drama. This happened really bad in The Zodiac Killer case and it is happening now in the EAR/ONS case.  The internet has allowed some dabblers, which seems the politest word, to actively involve themselves in a superficial way with such topics as cold cases. They can even get attention. The internet is its own world. The controversies created on it invariably remain on it. But for a cold case this can be disturbing, as there really isn’t any other conduit to remain abreast of a case.

So let’s qualify a few points. The pot has been stirred claiming that Ann Marie Shubert, the DA of Sacramento County, has been spending lots of money on the case. However, this was couched in a negative light merely by some internet troll. I do not know her personally, but her reputation is one of being very, very keen on cold cases. If she is spending lots of money on the case, I would guess it is over DNA.

Context always destroys trolling criticism. So let’s venture some deductions on context.

There is still some doubt in many people’s mind if EAR/ONS did not have an accomplice at times in the Sacramento crimes before he went on alone into Contra Costa County and then So. Cal. The DNA that links EAR to the Original Night Stalker comes only from CC County. So you can deduce that DNA from Sacramento attacks would be vital. If it turns out there was an accomplice, such a person might already be in the database, or one already turned in. Identifying an accomplice is an obvious link to the man who turned murderer, and a very quick route to uncovering his identity. DNA is vital. So if Sac County is spending lots of money on EAR, it is spending it well. . .

Apparently, mud has been slung at a DA investigator in Orange County named Erika Hutchcraft. Again, I do not know her either personally or by reputation. But the claim has been made that her “progress” on the case is not impressive. A member of the audience cannot grade “progress.” You either catch or do not catch the culprit. To grade progress, you must also have a goal. In a case where there is no suspect, there can be no progress. Process of elimination continues and you either get the culprit or not.

The comments directed towards a few members of the investigation reveal those making them to merely be very ignorant members of the web audience. They may turn themselves into big players there, but their comments reveal they haven’t a clue as to what is really going on and how things work in the real world. A few investigators’ names have crept out into the public forum, and to the trolls and toxic fandom these become the focal point of the discussions. They alone get worked into the narrative. But these few names are only the tip of the iceberg. Many, many, work on the case and their names remain unknown in the public.

Toxic fandom is a terrible thing. It enjoys the ride merely for the ride’s sake and stirs up lots of trouble along the way. It installs new issue after new issue in the real life comic strip into which it creates the topic. Investigators’ names, their financial expenses, the many loves of Martha Ivers, do not matter in the distilling process toward the solution.

Those who fancy they are contributing to a case merely by giving themselves a web presence must remember that the substance of a case as it appears on the web is not the substance of the case in real life. By stirring up trouble within a web narrative they are not touching the real case as it plays out boots-on-the-ground.

You all know my introduction to toxic fandom. We won’t go there. I quickly learned how many bizarre people made claims behind alias names and obsolete clipart icon profile pictures. Obviously, I never acquired any trust for what was reported on the web in those circumstances.

I venture to say that the reasons there are such toxic fans in this case is because there was little publicity to the subject for so long. Those who stirred up trouble on the web thought they were a big deal. Discussions were so vitriolic on the A%E message board that A&E asked Michelle McNamara to look into the case in 2011. My understanding is that she soon realized kooks dominated the message boards and distanced herself. Then a couple of years later I was targeted. A number of alias names fancied the substance of what was discussed on the web was the substances of the case. They couldn’t stand being upstaged by anyone. They tread on my reputation. They tread on law enforcement in general when it was learned I was reached out to. Then when some pearls of great price in the official investigation started getting press coverage, they were soon tread under foot–Shubert, Hutchcraft, Holes.

The recent display of toxic fandom appears just a higher notch of trolling. As the real life investigation is jacked-up higher, and the fame of the villain reaches higher into the popular forum, the trolling rises to the occasion, more than seen before, and in this case to dangerous levels. Few are capable of the audacity. If this continues, officialdom better take this seriously.

But so must those sincere members of the web forums. I’ve heard nothing but wilting flower excuses why some do not defend their reputations. They are doing nothing good. They are, in fact, abetting these trolls by allowing them to crop a web image entirely in their own image.

There is a difference between standing up and declaring yourself and in feeding trolls.

“An attack unanswered is an attack believed. Speak out and let people know what you stand for.” Senator Alan Simpson.

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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.

Canvassing EAR/ONS

I have spent untold man hours canvassing the streets and cross streets where EAR had struck in Sacramento’s area. The purpose was to establish the occupation of all occupants at the time of an attack, plus identify the homes that were vacant. This had brought to light a fascinating pattern, one which I feel reveals how EAR/ONS stalked a neighborhood. I have never been able to show the results of this because in my graphs I must identify the victim’s house. I suppose I can do it without naming the streets and Victim Number and thus very few can deduce which case is involved. But for now I have not shared the information.

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Nevertheless, some things can be shared. There is almost always a teacher, perhaps more than one, on a block where EAR struck. In the case of Thornwood, there were 4 teachers and a principle. There is almost always someone with the Air Force, active or retired. There is usually a government employee or more than one. There is often a connection with Aerojet. This is all to be expected. Aerojet is a huge employer. There were 2 huge Air Force fields up here, so the majority of military around here is always Air Force. This is the capital of the most populated State, so government employees are everywhere.

EAR could do and undoubtedly did what I have done, the only difference is mine has been historical and in retrospect. He could easily check the street index and see what houses were vacant, even sometimes know those that were under construction. There is always a vacant house on a street. Thus he could drive by and mark out the house for use as a base. Often, a vacant house indicates that it will be for sale when one comes driving by. Perhaps a For Rent sign will be out. A few times it might just have been sold but still vacant. He branches out from there. On a few occasions, I dare say, the house was already occupied (sold or rented) when he arrived to case it out. He left it alone as a base, but if the occupant was to his liking– he’d attack.

The allusion is set up that he knows real estate operations when, in reality, he need have no connections whatsoever. He merely checked the directory and first prowled the vacant homes. If empty, they were a base. If just occupied, the new owners or renter were viable targets. Either way, the appearance indicates he knew real estate operations.  But it is only appearance. Days, weeks of investigation wasted on trying to find a real estate connection.

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He was too shrewd to ever be seen. He didn’t knock on doors and pretend to be agents. He had no need. He just needed the same references I can still use.

This method was especially revealed in the Casilada Way attack. The house across from the victim was vacant, and the house behind where she babysat down the street was vacant. Her home had been receiving the hang-up calls.  They had experienced all the signs EAR had been watching them. Yet she is attacked at the neighbors at the other end of the block. How did EAR know? She was called last minute to sit the kid. I suspect EAR was across the street, in the vacant house, or in its yard, watching. He saw her walk down the street and must have come out far enough to see where she went.

Every phone number was at his disposal for everyone on each block in town. I wonder if he even used the phone of the vacant homes to make some of his hang up calls, especially the rentals where the phone line was still in commission. He carried a satchel with him on occasion. Did he sometimes have a phone in there he could plug into the jack? The calls couldn’t be traced to him. It is something to be considered. More than luck made EAR such a success. It took simple cross referencing and lots of dedication to bring it about, and he seems to have spent a lot of time prowling.

As the process of elimination continues, it is becoming evident that a new portrait of EAR/ONS can be drawn from the details. The requirements of his actual movements on a block fall into place, the man hours it required, the time it required, and the ability to do it. Those who insisted EAR was much older may have been the best witnesses.

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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.

Holiday Mode– Not a Time for True Crime

As many of you know, I do not like the genre of True Crime. I like to crack mysteries, and the identity of some of the worst serial predators is a tantalizing mystery to crack indeed.

And as you all know, HorrorScope is delayed, thanks largely to my need to delve into the background of my other primary POIs in EAR/ONS. Two of those are now going through the official process. And I must say I am happy that I have an open door through which to submit my investigative material.

I’ve had terrible eyestrain, but I have restarted Then Came the Dawn, which is now slated to come out before HorrorScope. This is the story of the search for Amelia Earhart. It is not an attempt to solve it, but to put in place in one volume all the data and let the reader decide the next steps. It should be an all-in-one companion to the topic.

Then Came. .

In holiday mode, while relaxing my eyes and what is left of my brain, I have put to task to set in order all the exact streets where EAR struck. Questions remain only on a few, so I am getting the actual street addresses (will not post online, of course), and maybe I will do a special page on the Attack No 11.

There was some real confusion up here about the La Riviera strikes because locally it was said that one occurred on Grand Rio Circle. I hesitated to accept the claim that one occurred on Glenville Circle, believing that a memory corruption of the Grand Rio Circle attack. Like others I believed 2 occurred on La Riviera. I have the addresses now, and Glenville, Grand Rio and La Riviera, are the 3 correct streets.

As for Grand Prix in Modesto, we shall see. I’ve had pictures of the inside of the house where it supposedly happened for a while, but there is no authoritative source that confirms it.

Still tapping away on NorCal, but it is slow. With such little information, there isn’t much yet to sew together and analyze how he stalked his victims.

I wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving!

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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.

Amelia Earhart and the Psychic Spot

Jacqueline Cochran was one of if not the greatest and most famous women pilots of her time.  Yet she was able to keep something largely secret about herself: she believed she had psychic powers– a “strange gift.” She was dear friends with Amelia Earhart, and through a demonstration she proved to Amelia that she could, in fact, see across time and space. Amelia had come to her with the problem of a missing airliner that had crashed somewhere en route to Los Angeles.  Jackie retired and considered. She called Amelia back in an hour as promised. She described the area and even the direction the crashed plane was facing. She turned out to be right.

From this startling demonstration Amelia was certain that together Jackie could help locate her if she had to go down at sea on her planned ’round-the-world flight. Jackie agreed.

In her 1954 memoirs (The Stars at Noon) Cochran brought up this previously unknown episode in her and Amelia’s life. She had to even ask the rhetorical question “So why didn’t I locate her?” Her answer: “I did, or at least I think I did.” She tells us that as soon as Amelia’s non arrival at Howland was announced, G.P. Putnam burst into her apartment and asked her to help find Amelia in that unusual way they both believed in.

Cochran wrote that she did help. She located Amelia in a certain area of sea that was being well combed. They had ditched here and were drifting in the Electra. Amelia’s navigator, Fred Noonan, had cracked his skull upon the ditching, but Amelia was all right. She told G.P. the spot, either by showing it on a map or by giving exact coordinates. We can easily assume this, for there is evidence this episode really took place.

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Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan at Bandoeng

 

The commander of the Lexington search group noted in his report that on July 17 G.P. Putnam made a request through the San Francisco Coast Guard to search an area around a precise coordinate. The Navy responded that they couldn’t do it. It was “impracticable.” This area was far west of the Gilberts, on the way to Nauru. The Gilberts had long been searched. There was nothing.

This area– 170 degrees east by 0. degrees 09 minutes north– was never searched.

Cochran’s memory made some mistakes in her recital. She never gave us coordinates. (Thanks to the Navy log we have them, however.) She believed the area was well searched and that the Navy searched it in response. It also wasn’t just after Earhart vanished. Putnam sent in the request on July 17, over 2 weeks after his wife disappeared.

As far as Cochran could remember, Amelia drifted for 2 days after she had psychically located her. Then on the third day, as Cochran writes, she went to the cathedral and lit a candle for Amelia’s soul, which “had taken off on its own long journey.”

Psychic spot

Far west of the Gilberts, far off course for Howland Island. A legend developed very early (during WWII) that Amelia had been seen on the Marshall Islands, but so far all the explanations for how she could have gotten there have fallen flat.

Balancing all this out, Jackie Cochran actually thought Earhart had survived not three days, but died on the 3rd day after she was asked by Putnam to help find her. Thus is seems Cochran believed Earhart lasted about 18 days after ditching at sea.

Coincidently this drift placed her south of the Marshall Islands, on the trade routes between them and the Gilberts. Cochran had psychically seen 2 boats involved in Earhart’s fate. One was the Itasca, which she named though she said she had never heard of it before. The other was a Japanese fishing boat, the name of which she had forgotten.

So much of the legend of Amelia Earhart is reflected in Cochran’s memory of her contribution to the search. According to the legend, the Japanese ship came and got Earhart and took her to the Marshall Islands, and from there she went to Saipan, the Japanese administrative center for the mandated islands. From there several legends have unfolded.

The purpose here is not to argue on the reliability of psychic powers.  The purpose is to put in place a coherent narrative that explains to us the actions of those involved in this real life drama. Many things came together, and for those who are actors upon the stage, they knew of this psychic reading and were influenced to a certain extent by it; G.P. certainly enough to ask that the area be searched.

But it goes beyond that one annotation, and in putting everything straight in Then Came The Dawn I have to pursue how it intertwines with several other bits of information. Together they give us an alternate view on the conspiracies that are said to have motivated some of Earhart’s inner circle.

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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.

Me, Mr. Adamant and I

Why am I so adamant not to adjust some things on Q Files as regards to EAR/ONS? The answer is easy. I need authoritative sources, not claims. I investigate cases where I can actually go to the crime scene. When this isn’t known, I have to work a lot of angles to deduce the exact location.

For example, there’s a dispute over some streets where EAR struck. In Modesto some said Grand Prix, although topos for 1978 prove the street didn’t exist, and any Google search will prove it is not to the northeast of Sylvan and Coffee. The only area that fits with all the reports is Atwood and Sylvan Meadows. The is the one area under construction in 1978 with a few houses already built and more in progress.

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One of the first houses I knew for certain was the attack on Casilada Way, the attack in Little Pocket. For some strange reason some say Piedmont, the cross street. I know a CSI who grew up on the street and knew the victim. I know another person who knew her who was from the general area. Not so surprisingly, Larry Crompton also said it was Casilada Way. Everybody knew it was Casilada Way.

Despite Crompton saying No 6 happened on La Loma (and from his description I found the exact house including the BBQ chimney in back) some insist No. 6 was on El Segundo, though nothing matches there.

There are those who dish out that rubbish that bloodhounds followed EAR’s trail from Rivendell in Davis to the private airport. I don’t think they fully understand how far that is. I refused to even walk it and film it while in Davis. I can’t imagine how long it would take.

Davis Airport Walk

It would be interesting to imagine that EAR had a pilot’s license and plane, but it seems unlikely. This is a long walk. At night, it offers no advantage. The police would already be out and about looking for a suspect.  

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The area in context. Back then it would have been like walking across half of the city.

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Here I am in front of the apartments, which are quite a walking distance from Rivendell. I am looking toward the tree lined walking/biking path. Do you see how far that is? Then the path leads on and on to the airport.

There are those who think EAR was flew into Modesto, took a cab to Sylvan and Meadows, and then walked across a huge field to Atwood to the crime scene. How would he get away? Call another cab?

There are those who think that EAR kidnapped Victim 9 and walked her under “a bridge” all the way down the canal until behind Meadowcreek. Dewey is not a bridge. It is the road going over the canal, and the opening underneath it is called a sewer which connects the canal on both sides of Dewey.

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Photos taken by another EAR/ONS researcher than me.

On the whole, without an authoritative source, until I have several points that merge together to confirm or deny, I don’t alter the data. Some may claim they are reading the actual reports. But if they are dishing this stuff out, there’s a big problem with credibility or memory.

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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.

There is No Golden State Killer

Yesterday for the first time in a long time I afforded myself a day off from the dark light of cold cases. I was introduced to the District Attorney’s official investigator of the DNA Unit and handed off so that my files will now go to him. You can interpret from this that everybody is past little vignettes and theorizing on the Night Predator. It’s down to identifying him. I worked one entire angle on my own– auto wrecking and things pertaining thereunto. So I suppose the door is open for me for this reason. Wesley has told me EAR/ONS is 4th on the FBI’s want list. Everybody wants him. No one wants him to become another Jack the Ripper.

But I must digress here yet again. There is NO Golden State Killer!!!!!!! People continue to call EAR/ONS that, but the truth of it is that there is no such serial murderer as GSK. Nor can there be. No serial killer has ever been given the honor, the distinction if you will, of meriting a State’s official nickname. Period. There is no Show-Me State Killer for Missouri. No Empire State Killer for New York. No Volunteer State Killer for Tennessee.  I don’t know how many times I have to say this.

I don’t care if EAR/ONS is a bad handle. You don’t reach out for a totally bogus handle that doesn’t reflect the killer’s MO or style and then elevate him to an official product or tourist attraction of the State.

Now that being said, in relaxing yesterday I did a little adjustment of a very unappreciated sketch purporting to be EAR. It comes from the CCC area, and it reflects other features reported elsewhere– except his eyes are not so close together as they supposedly were. There is only one witness description to his face, and the sketch is not a very concise one. So I mixed the witness sketch (which opens this post) with the San Ramon sketch.

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Roman nose rather than pug nose, darker features, leaner face, shorter neck. I adjusted only one eyebrow to contrast whether his brows were thin or thicker.

In the POIs that I have submitted, I must pivot between the two extremes of witness descriptions– a short guy in his 30s with dark hair and a young man in his late teens to early 20s with dishwater blonde hair. These two extremes are consistent. The  description of the older EAR is that of a shorter man– topping at 5 foot 6 inches, though taller probably depending on the type of shoe he was wearing. His hair is very dark brown. He is hairy. The younger guy is taller, less hair.

The adjustment of the sketch above is for the older, shorter EAR. His eyes are close together (in real life). He has a short neck. Hairy legs. He is mid 30s.

In the 2 POIs I have recently submitted, they represent both of the extremes above and one especially had the wherewithal to be responsible for every clue EAR left behind, including finally, the explanation for how he knew where the canals were.

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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.