Maggiore Double Murder–40 Years Ago

Tonight is the anniversary of an horrific double murder– Brian and Katie Maggiore. Sadly, there have been many of those in history, but the cold blooded double murder of a young couple simply out walking their poodle in an average middleclass community is particularly confusing. It is because the East Area Rapist was very active at this time that suspicion was cast upon him as the killer. He had attacked in Rancho Cordova before, though not in the neighborhood where the young couple was gunned down. These, however, are generalities, and they do not explain the circumstances and the killer’s murderous rampage to make sure these newlyweds were dead.

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There is a page up on Q files detailing the events of that tragic night February 2, 1978. I don’t need to go into details here. But what I would like to express here is that the case should not be forgotten . . .even if the case of the EAR/ONS is soon solved and the murders turn out to be unrelated.

There are those to this day who ardently believe he was responsible for the murder of the young couple. As to motive, there is disagreement in the discussions. But the popular view that EAR/ONS was to blame dominates. Yet quite frankly there is no evidence he did it.

Early-on, some have tried to fancy a link to EAR by saying that one of the ligatures found at the scene had a diamond knot in it. A picture of the ligature has been released– a shoelace– and it most certainly has no such knot in it. Others note that it may just be folklore that EAR ever used such a knot. I am one of those. Therefore the picture does not dispel the theory EAR was responsible. He actually used very simple knots when tying his victims.

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These arguments aside, the circumstances are still cause for caution. EAR did not strike people in the street, but was a very cautious housebreaker. My argument was that Brian Maggiore may have known him and recognized him in a compromising situation that would indicate he was EAR. The result was that EAR had to make sure both were dead in order to protect his identity. Perhaps. But this scenario could apply to anybody that Maggiore knew. It doesn’t mean the killer was EAR.

One man was seen fleeing the scene and another man was seen in proximity to him before-the-fact. Of the sketches made, one is said to resemble other sketches made of EAR. The rub here is that these other sketches were of young men seen in the neighborhoods before an EAR attack, unknown to the residents and hence considered suspicious after-the-fact. None of them need be EAR.

There are others who believe that EAR worked with a partner sometimes, for reasons of theft. He usually stole small items, but on a few occasions stole quite a bit. A set of china is a case in point. It is ponderous to consider how an individual could take all that dinnerware.

Nevertheless I deeply share the concerns of others that EAR had nothing to do with the Maggiore Double Murders. I’ve mentioned it many times before. His spiral into murder is quite clear. It began with the Offerman/Manning murders in Goleta. He got a taste of it and continued undaunted thereafter. This was in December 1979. Between the Maggiores’ murders and then he had killed no one. He stood statuesque when taken by surprise in Danville (No. 48). This was the closest he had come in a long time to a fight with victims. If he had killed the Maggiores a year and a half earlier, he hadn’t acquire a taste for murder.

Still, all is conjecture.

But if it should turn out that the real EAR is exposed and by no means fits the features attributed to him in these old sketches and in the stats he’s been given, we will have to accept that neither of these two suspicious young men (around 20-22) seen around the murder scene on La Alegria and La Gloria can be made to fit EAR. It may even turn out that his whereabouts on that night could be ascertained, and he is then solidly eliminated.

It would be tempting then to forget the double murder. It would stand as a separate and unconnected crime to any known serial killing spree. On the face of it this makes the Maggiores a loose string in an old cold case file. Such cases are hard to pursue. We cannot let popularity inspire us and the lack thereof hinder us from trying to solve such a bizarre and unexpected suburban slaying.

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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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Looking for Playboy Johnnie– The Sacramento Nurse Murders

Over 1967-68 Carol Hilburn had lived in Sacramento while studying as an X-Ray technician. Carol was a lively strawberry blonde, with a definite sparkle in her eyes, as an old friend remembered. She got a job at the 40 Grand on Del Paso Blvd as a waitress and paid for her way through her tech classes in hopes of finally becoming an assistant nurse.

Carol really enjoyed working at the lively and popular lounge, and she often stayed after work to dance with the men.  It is during this time that she met a man she would only call “Playboy Johnnie” to her friend. It was clear that she had a crush on him. Did she know his actual name? Nobody knows.

Then there occurred an event that is a reflection of the times and the culture of popular bar lounges. She danced with a black man and the owner personally fired her. She had no job now and had finished her nursing courses. The only choice was to move to Santa Rosa where her mother now lived.

But Carol liked Sacramento and the friends she had met. It was the new age and antiestablishment movement at full swing. She wasn’t wild, but she definitely had that type of character that was easy to like, and she lived and partied like the young did at that time.

About a year after being fired she called a Sacramento friend and asked if she could stay with her the next night. It was November 12, 1970. She was coming for a visit and she specifically mentioned she would be meeting with that mysterious Playboy Johnnie.

Her friend said of course, and told her to call her when she needed to pick her up the next day (she didn’t have a car). Carol never called.

A few days later Sacramento papers expressed their concern about yet another murder of a young woman. There was growing concerned about a serial killer afoot. A sweet court secretary Nancy Bennallack had been murdered in her own apartment on October 26, sliced up with a knife for no reason. Just across the street at another apartment complex nurse Judith Hakari had been abducted on March 7, 1970, and her body found buried near Weimar on the way to Lake Tahoe. There was that strange disappearance of another nurse in South Lake Tahoe named Donna Lass. That had happened on September 6, 1970.

Now on November 13, 1970, a body of a young woman had been found in North Sac at 4th and Ascot in a field that was a part of the Hansen Park, a huge undeveloped area bordered by old country homes and orchards. The body was almost nude. It had panties and a brown suede boot. The victim had not been sexually molested, but she had been beaten to death beyond recognition.

No one knew who she was, so the coroner had to have a forensic artist try and draw a semblance of what she had looked like. It was posted in the Sacramento papers on November 16, 1970, asking for help in identifying the victim. Articles brought up the Bennallack and Hakari murders and now wondered if there was a connection. Carol’s friend read the article but didn’t connect it to why Carol had not called her.

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Due to the description of the victim (boot most likely), someone called the sheriffs and suggested Carol. Finally she was identified. The newspapers wrote about how the sheriffs spoke to a man about her, but we do not know if this was the mysterious Playboy Johnnie. When the article identifying Carol was published, her friend was stunned that this victim had been her old friend Carol who was to stay with her that night.  She kept the newspaper editions of the Sacramento Union.

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To this day the case remains unsolved, as do the cases of Hakari, Bennallack and Lass. Was there one killer? Nothing really fits. Carol was having a lively time out visiting a couple of bars, from the rough part of West Sac to Del Paso Blvd in North Sac. Ascot and 4th was an easy drive north of Del Paso Blvd on Rio Linda Blvd. It seems she met someone here and afterward went with them and eventually ended up alone with them.

The murder scene was never found.  But whoever drove her body to the dump site must have known the area. It all depends on which site is correct. Both 4th Street and a few blocks away West 4th street end at Ascot Avenue. 4th is the first street into the community from main the road Rio Linda Blvd. It would make for an easy and quick site. But West 4th is much further in by an old olive orchard. If West 4th is the site then the killer drove much further into the country community than necessary to dump a body. Presumably because he knew the orchard made the road a lonely, dark place here at night.  He drug the body across the street into the open field that is now the very northern perimeter of the country park.

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Ascot Avenue and the field beyond, as seen from West 4th through the orchard at the possible dump site. Taken on February 11, 2013.

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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.

HORRORSCOPE– Bringing to Life The Zodiac Killer

Above, the aerial is situated over Blue Rock Springs Park. From this angle we can see Columbus Parkway traced by the tall canopy of eucalyptus trees as it wends on its way to Springs Road and Vallejo.

Context is everything, and it is something that is often missing from the repeated rehash of cold cases in popular literature. Yet reenactment of the crime is an essential step to investigating it. It is the “French” method. I rely heavily upon it before I write anything on any case. I must know what the layout of the land was like. After all, we are tracking the human predator. We are on a hunt for the hunter.

This is so clear in the ‘Zodiac’ Killer case. Like with Jack the Ripper, economic rehash dominates. It is used merely to quickly get through the crimes in order to introduce an unlikely suspect.

The longest I ever spent on trying to re-visualize a case was on trying to reconstruct Blue Rock Springs Park parking lot– the scene of Zodiac’s second strike. Since July 4, 1969, Columbus Parkway has been greatly altered. The park’s parking lot was once a wide spot in a two lane road. Now the parking lot has been extended inward to the country park, and the road is a couple of meters higher than the parking lot, not lower as it used to be, and a 4 lane busy thoroughfare.

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The crime scene as preserved in the Vallejo PD report. This is as the parking lot used to be– open to Columbus Parkway and narrow.  The parkway was only 26 feet across!

The lot used to angle up from the road, and it even had a stand of trees on one side of it around which the cars parked. It was truly a country park, carved out of the natural topography. That atmosphere is gone. The clutching canopy of eucalyptus that used to line the parkway is gone. I’m trying to bring it all back in HORRORSCOPE so the reader can understand what things were like back then.

I want to give you a little taste here, with pictures and blow ups of photo blocks in the upcoming release.  This is made possible by Vallejo Historical Museum. As you might imagine few people go to a park to take pictures of the parking lot. But the parking lot exists as an incidental in the background of pictures centered on other events held at the park.

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In this blow up above from 1963 we see the angled parking lot and narrow Columbus Parkway behind it, then the white line marking the gutter and the extended parking on the other side. Dee Ferrin had parked at an angle near where those two white cars are parked. One of the two lamp posts can be seen.

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This blow up from 1961 shows the other side of the parking lot and the stand of eucalyptus noted on the crime scene illustration. Columbus Parkway was so narrow that you can distinguish it only from the painted crosswalk. The furthest row of cars are actually parked in a dirt area on the other side of the road.

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This photo, taken in the 1970s, is centered at the crosswalk, and it shows Columbus Parkway in the direction from which Roger, Jerry, and Debbie, came from I-80. The cars in this shot are parked on the other side of Columbus Parkway. The parking lot is actually on the right of the photo, off frame.

With the photos above– the header showing the parkway traced by the tall eucalyptus back to Vallejo– and the others of the lot and road, we can begin to visualize this very rustic area back late night 1969.

Columbus Parkway terminated at a major highway at both of its ends, and in the middle it connected with Lake Herman Road, which also terminated at a major highway.  These were hardly your basic country roads. They were backroad arteries to 3 major highways and two local towns. They held two major attractions– Lake Herman and Blue Rock Springs Park. Zodiac did not have to be a local to know this. These were easy roads in and out in many directions. Perfect for the drive-by killer.

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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.

The Night Predator–EAR/ONS– and Circumstantial Evidence

My last dossier on a person of interest for the case of EAR/ONS was about 13 pages long. In all that there was no circumstantial evidence against him. In the 3 dossiers or theses I have submitted there has been no circumstantial evidence. This may surprise the reader, but if it does it is only because the term “circumstantial evidence” is flippantly used in popular parlance.

Circumstantial evidence is evidence that links the person of interest, suspect, accused, to the commission of the crime. A fingerprint on a smoking gun, for instance, is circumstantial evidence. It is not direct evidence. If you saw the person point the gun at the victim and fire away it is direct evidence. But a fingerprint on the murder weapon is circumstantial. Most people get sent over on circumstantial evidence. It is very powerful. I have stressed that before.

But to help in the search for EAR/ONS– a 40 + year old case– I thought I’d accentuate that you must have rational and valuable suspicion. Unless you have stumbled upon the stash of things he had lifted from his victims, all you are going to have against your POI is suspicion. It is best to hone this so you understand why official investigators will or, very often, will not react with any zeal against your person of interest.

There is NO circumstantial evidence against any person of interest ever submitted.

DNA alone constitutes circumstantial evidence. Has anybody out there submitted DNA to the task force? No? Then you haven’t submitted circumstantial evidence. The reason for turning in a POI is to establish suspicion, to give the investigators probable cause to pursue this particular POI.

This is why I call those “reports” I submit dossiers or theses. This is what they are.

EAR’s height, hair color, and other particulars are in dispute, as is his age. His eye color is known along a spectrum, but like the definite size of his size 9 shoes tens of thousands of people have these features. They don’t go anywhere. They may help refine, but they don’t lead.

How and why then can anybody suspect a person? How can you then convince the official investigators to pursue him? Well, they’re really quite broadminded because they can verify location, etc., for your POI, then if necessary pursue DNA testing. So I am not discouraging anybody. I just want the reader to understand that there is no circumstantial evidence against any person of interest. You must present rational suspicion.

This is why I said in my last post the entire case hangs upon the thin strand of DNA.

If you think about it, EAR could probably not have been brought to trial 30 years ago. There was no DNA testing. He left no fingerprints. If he destroyed his masks, got rid of his guns and his shoes, he was basically just a little guy against whom the law had suspicion. Had he not raped some of his murder victims, there would have been no link even today to pursue.

So what can cause one to be suspicious of a person? For me, you all know what clues I pursue. “Clue” is basically the word. There are lots of clues– MO, patterns, repeated descriptions of size and proportion, houses for sale, schools and canals nearby,  moving over the state, apparently at will, etc. Who could have fulfilled all the requirements?

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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.

The Night Predator– Assessing the Target

No one is to underestimate their enemy. A first year cadet at any military school is taught this. It is a fundamental principle of the hunt. Every hunter knows never to underestimate his quarry. When it comes to the hunt for EAR/ONS there may have been an exception– an innocent one but an exception nonetheless.

Everybody who has examined the case in detail, and this includes official investigators, has expressed their amazement that EAR was never captured. And considering that about 650 people have now been DNA tested and eliminated, it seems certain he was never an original person of interest.

The amazement is justified. But I think we must qualify it. We have to go back and take things chronologically. In the last few years EAR/ONS has become the No. 1 supervillain in cold case. But contemporarily he was a housebreaking sexual terrorist who largely set only the Sacramento East Area on the edge. As I’ve reminded many times, it took 20 years to even link him to the murders down south, thus notching him up to the most deadly predator in California history.

EAR’s career in crime evolved so slowly that it was impossible for anyone to see the potential of the supervillain that he would become. Some original detectives have been explicit that “every asshole in Sacramento was turned upside down.”  It was standard procedure. Round up the usual suspects.

Time and only time would prove that the East Area Rapist was not the usual suspect.

It was unavoidable to categorize him as the sadistic rapist type back then. But the danger today is to overestimate his intelligence. We are overwhelmed by the enormity of the scope of what he did and continued to do over the length of time he was active. Add to this the fact there never was a prime suspect and we become even more impressed. After all, EAR’s MO was a hands-on MO. He carefully prowled many neighborhoods and spent hours in the home of his chosen victim. There are over 50 of them. Yet we have no one reliable composite. Nothing definite on age, even hair color. There is no definite fingerprint. There is DNA, but so far it has been traced to no one. The case hangs thinly upon DNA. Had this breakthrough in forensic science not come about, it would be impossible to ever out the worst serial predator in history.

Altogether this astounds all who study the case. But this should also cause us to be patient. It is going to take time to test the usual and unusual suspects. We– and I speak in terms of the collective of public knowledge– have no more evidence today than back then. We have his DNA and his pattern. A few clues have turned up, and this leads me personally on.

There are those who think he was the most intelligent serial predator in history. Some think he was the luckiest. I disagree with both.

EAR was a predictable mixture of repeating MO but unpredictable timetable. He struck in similar types of neighborhoods but he mixed up his timetable and expanded his turf— his ability to do so is one of the biggest clues.

Like a cat burglar he prowled quietly in the night, struck, and then disappeared back into the mantel of darkness. There really wasn’t much for the law at the time to do.  And lawmen reminded us that due to this MO there was no real way to catch him except in the act. And this was very unlikely. This would mean a homeowner had to get the jump on him. Thus EAR could be a successful wolf amongst the sheep.

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Instead of overestimating EAR’s habit as intelligence, we have to contextualize it. We have to put his success into perspective. It actually constitutes being a clue. We have to do this to distill to the true, primary clue that leads us on.

Success in this case doesn’t mean just not getting caught. It is the fact he has remained ethereal. At first glance this seems impressive. But what is comes down to is this: He wore gloves– thus no fingerprints. He bound his victims– thus giving himself time to get to his car and get away before the law arrived and started to comb the neighborhood.

Not very original or ingenuous. But it was effective.

EAR’s ingenuity lay not in the basics of attack and retreat, but in how he so ghostly reconnoitered the neighborhood before the fact. The only way he could have done that was to prowl at night. We have to take all daytime sightings of a “suspicious person” with reserve. But the nighttime evidence we must accept.  Yet how to stalk a shadow– something that is just a darker cutout in the already inky veil of night?

I won’t attempt to do so. But I will stalk the tracks he left. For me it is a personal dragnet. You all know that, paradoxical to what I just wrote, I’m tracking a daytime clue– my chosen path is auto-wrecking. And as I said all of the most famous clues pertaining to EAR have been gleaned in daytime, and these are all potentially bad leads. But there is one nighttime clue that merges with dawn, that sunrise of clues! Dogs traced EAR’s scent to tire tracks and to the location where a strange car had been seen repeatedly parked during the days previous to the attack. In each case the bloodhounds revealed EAR had a different car.

THIS is ultimately the thin clue that justifies me accepting the many daytime reports of old jalopies cruising the neighborhoods before-the-fact. It allows one to have some assurance that those few times the plates were taken down they were a valuable and tangible clue. They were traced to dead ends or to wrecked cars that had been towed to various and far removed wrecking yards.

As I eliminate more of the potentials on my list, and refine those I have submitted for official review, I feel I am getting closer to EAR. If anything, if all my POIs check out, I have removed auto-wrecking as a viable lead to follow. But I really don’t think that is feasible. I don’t think EAR worked in a body shop and used customer’s cars overnight. He knew his size 9 shoeprints could never lead to him. But he also must have believed that likewise tire tracks could never lead to him. This I hope was his one mistake. Even 40 years later this led me to my network of POIs. Three stood out the most. One is eliminated. We still wait rather anxiously for the other two.

If not, it is back to the old tracks and to the various yards they lead. . . “Nil desperandum. We try, try again. . .”

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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.

Phantom Family– EAR/ONS in the Gene Pool

Many have approached me, justly venting their frustration why no familial DNA profile has been done for EAR/ONS. It has always been presented to me as the shortcut to solving the Night Predator’s identity. This frustration has turned slightly conspiracy theory in light a public statement years ago (2011) in a Dork Forest podcast by one journalist who said there was an ethnic DNA profile for EAR. An ethnic DNA profile for EAR/ONS can easily be uploaded to all the databanks and show cousins, even 4th to 6th cousins, at least for those who have also had their DNA profile done.  There is a high probability, good probability, etc., rating for the relationships.

One of my cousin’s daughters recently did that and got her results. She showed me. I was surprised to see the links the ancestry databank made. In the 1st to 2nd cousins category I recognized all the names. There were two first cousins of mine (both of whom are in trouble for not telling me they had done this a long time ago) and the fourth name I recognized as one of these cousins’ daughter.  So, in essence, the relationship was determined perfectly. My cousin’s daughter who showed me her results was, in fact, the first cousin once removed of two of the names and the 2nd cousin to the other. In the 4th to 6th cousin category I recognized 2 more names by surname.

Geographically it was able to place my cousin’s daughter’s heritage during the right time spans in the Volga German colonies. My mother’s family (and hence my cousin’s family) was very prominent in the region. My Italian and Swiss ancestor went up to govern the land for Catherine the Great in 1786 and in 1787 wrote a book about his wanderings. He basically turned the Volga German colonies into a mirror of the Grisons, and with his family connections sustained the colony. In 1788 he had many prayer books shipped from Pressburg to be distributed throughout, and one copy is still in my possession with my grandmother’s entries in it. I was amazed to see how much my cousin’s daughter scored in percentage of Italian. I think we’re a bit inbred.

My point being is that DNA can really come down to some interesting nitty gritty, if you have the elements that allow you to interpret it.

Since there is Crime Scene DNA from EAR, we have his DNA. So why no profile? It would give us his relatives and this would narrow the field considerably. It wouldn’t be long to trace some and uncover his identity.

We have to deduce a couple of things. From my personal experience, there is no indication the task force operates under any prejudice that there is ethnic DNA for EAR. They do have DNA that proves certain physical features, and this remains restricted in order to prioritize tips. Had they an ethnic DNA panel, they could indeed upload it and find his family relations. And since they have his DNA, we must assume they would have done this years ago.

So what must we deduce: Well,

1, all the DNA was used to link the crimes and then identify crucial features.  Therefore there is no ethnic DNA profile.

2, they did do this and it turns out EAR/ONS is a phantom even in the human gene pool.

3, there is some legal restriction preventing them from uploading the DNA to an ancestry database.

The readouts I’ve seen divide people by groups of DNA profiles– Europe West, Europe East, Iberian, Europe South (Italy/Greece), Scandinavia, Asia South, Middle East, European Jewish, British, North Africa, etc. You get the idea.  A lot of Brits will carry the Iberian trace gene because the ancient Iberian Celts were thought to have colonized Britain. Europe West and Scandinavia are invariably linked with Germans, and lots of people get these hits.

My cousin’s daughter’s mother’s family is big time Bruce of Elgin, and they were stunned to see they were still essentially Norman and not Scottish. That was essentially a trace element.

I haven’t found a break-up of DNA that says “English-German.”

Of the 3 POIs that I have submitted for testing, it is unquestionable that the one with a French surname really excited some interest, though his heritage had lots of British names. His ethnic DNA would no doubt reveal Europe West, with the subcategory of French or Swiss, just as mine might show a heavy link to the Volga, Switzerland and Italy.

I also know that another investigator suspected someone with some heavy duty Italian heritage. When it comes down to it, an ethnic profile doesn’t seem to influence the official investigators. At least not the rumor of “English German.” There’s an awful lot of those.

Apparently, such an ethnic profile only influenced some amateurs who were trying to rule out some people’s POIs via ancestry.com pedigrees. I’ve already addressed that in a previous post.

We have to consider that EAR is a phantom in the gene pool. None of his close or even distant relatives have had their DNA profile taken and uploaded. For close relatives this is possible. But considering that 574 potential relations came back for my cousin’s profile, I would imagine that some 4th cousin could be identified. That’s a starting point at least.

We have one undeniable fact. EAR is not yet officially identified. This and experience tells me that ethnic DNA probably doesn’t exist or that it is so general that it really doesn’t help. Surnames don’t always indicate ethnicity. If there is a familial profile it has gone nowhere.

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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 Love of the Game

A magazine cover is on display today headlining with the ghoulish title “raised by a serial killer.” It is meant to cause that visceral reaction– people are to shudder and their scalps to tingle. A Hannibal Lecter raised a child. It seems in the popular press that serial killers have a definite stereotype and one with a kid is cause for alarm.

As you all know, I’m not a fan or follower of the True Crime genre. I find nothing interesting in it. And sometimes that’s been part of my problem with some who are quite loud about some famous cases I am investigating– ZODIAC but especially EAR/ONS. The latter has yet to evolve into a cutout narrative. It is on its way and many in the audience are hungry for new installments in the budding franchise, and many by virtue of chatting about it think they are a force in its solution. I personally want the case closed. A recent post of mine on “Things to consider” was one of my most popular. In this post I offered avenues we must take if the auto wrecking angle plays itself out. The idea that the case will go on and on along a road with never ending forks in it delighted so many.

But back to the magazine cover– I have studied enough true crime cases in my long pursuit to see the common thread in those cases that go unsolved the longest. Almost anybody can see. The perps represent the exception.  Bundy was handsome and educated. Green River Killer was head of his own bible study group. Gacy was a respected  man in business and a precinct captain in the Democratic Party. BTK was the dog catcher and a part of his church council. All of them were the exception, though Green River Killer was on the original suspect list.

I have stated repeatedly we are dealing with that in the case of EAR/ONS. Almost everybody who follows ZODIAC believes the same applies there. But instead of tempering themselves with the accumulated knowledge in the field they opted to buy into the legend that he was some towering evil arch villain. There is a difference between intelligence and ingenuity, and the latter is a poor substitute for the former.

Those old cold cases eventually solved represent exceptions to OUR stereotype of the dreg unleashed because we continue to have that stereotype rehashed in the public forum. The fact is there was something quite stereotypically odd about all the perps. It was their station in life that protected them.  Bundy was strange, even in high school. A cousin of a friend of mine went to school with him and he even left her a “semi creepy” message in the yearbook. The Green River Killer was suspicious enough to be on the original suspect list. Evidence was hard to get against them because their MO worked, but they weren’t your basic stalwart citizen.

None of them were particularly intelligent. They displayed enough ingenuity to pull off their thrill. When they fell into an MO that worked, they stuck to it. This is not intelligence. This displays a utilitarian zeal and blind-sighting expedience.

Gacy went un-apprehended for so long because he foolishly buried his victims under the floorboards of his own house. Chicago police had only a vague sense of missing migratory young guys. When he ran out of room and started dumping them in the woods– the usual disposal method of serial killers— Chicago started the hunt and began to narrow down the common threads in the victims. It really wasn’t very intelligent of Gacy to have ever buried victims under his house. It was expedient. Nothing more. It caught up to him.

The same can be said for BTK. He foolishly believed the police when he asked them if they could backwork a CD. They said no. He sent them a CD. They found his computer via this and went and scooped him up.

Bundy was a maniac with little unique MO. He was simply unsuspected. This emboldened him to go on a rampage. He was hunted down with everything but wild dogs like in Frankenstein.

None were truly successful or intelligent in any meaning of those words.

EAR/ONS . . .

The Night Predator has outdone them all. He never went on a rampage. He never got so self confident that he let loose like that. He was forgotten because most of his crimes weren’t murder. When he turned murderer he displayed far more caution, not rampage.

But I do not think EAR was particularly intelligent. He was shrewd insofar as it served his thrill. He may not be the quintessential dreg, but he was unsuspected. But like the others he was lulled into leaving clue after clue because his MO worked. He didn’t change it because it worked and he couldn’t foresee that eventually it would deadeye him, just like Gacy could never accept that he would run out of room under his floorboards and have a house that was the biggest witness against him.

EAR could not foresee that enough clues would amass that would eventually make auto-wrecking like Gacy’s house for him. This is why I continue to pursue this angle relentlessly. I have the scent and no hound let’s go of the scent once he has it. I don’t think this case will go on and on. I know my angle has captured some official investigators.

On my part we wait on the results of 2 more POIs. How many other potential POIs are being tracked (some I know were already on my list) by other investigators I do not know. If one of my POIs is EAR we should hear in Spring. If not, I feel it will still be this year.

The process of elimination continues. I will try and keep the reader updated as much as possible. The game will not go on. It will end.

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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.