Here Kitty, Kitty– Looking for the Cordova Cat

As more information comes out on the cat burglar and home invasion artist who operated in Rancho Cordova and the East Area over 1972-1973 and perhaps later, it becomes increasingly clear this guy had some issues beyond your normal burglar. As I begin to put it into sequence on Q Files, I thought I would highlight just one here.

Collectively, I have placed all this home invasion, ransacking, and cat burglary under the heading of the “Cordova Cat.” There are enough distinctions to differentiate, as the SSD does, between the crime sprees to label one The Cat Burglar and the other the Cordova Meadows Burglar, but there is also enough to suggest they are one and the same perpetrator who shifted his MO due to circumstances.

The “Cat Burglar” was an oddball, but he was an oddball whose MO was slightly different from the Cordova Meadows Burglar because technically speaking only the “Cat Burglar” was a cat burglar. The victims have to be in the house in the wee hours for the burglar to be considered a “cat burglar.” As such, he didn’t ransack. He didn’t pull the plug on the forced air furnace. But he said stupid stuff just like EAR did. When a homeowner awoke and sat up in bed, seeing him standing by the dresser in her bedroom, all he said was: “I took a dollar from your dresser.” The suspect in the Maggiore Double Murder (believed to be EAR) when seen lurking in a homeowner’s bushes, said: “Oh, I guess I’m trespassing.”  The Cordova Meadows Burglar entered a house when no one was home. As such he could afford to ransack and pull the plug on air furnaces (to maintain silence ostensibly).  He also hated little dogs and killed a terrier and little poodle by blunt force.

But both (if they were not the same) were odd, and among a number of similar oddities with EAR is the oddity of stalking a community from afar. The most notable time EAR was known to have done this was in the case of Victim No 11. He stole her car and drove it quite far away from Glenville Circle to Great Falls Way, implying this is where he had started his night prowling earlier and somewhere nearby had parked his own car. If you know the area, these two locations are far apart.

The Cat Burglar apparently did that on occasion as well. In his Birdcage area strikes (3 in one night), he walks south (apparently) on Primrose, crosses Madison Avenue, walks through a golf course (dark at night, of course) and then on a pathway (probably a golf cart pathway) connecting to the apartments south of the course (Fairway 2 Ave or Pineridge) dumps the purses, wallets, whatever he had rifled through. This is a long walk with stolen goods, and right back to an apartment building. EAR parked by the apartments on Great Falls Way. He had done that at other stalking locations, most recently revealed the apartments on Locust Ave. while stalking Haskell Avenue.

This is just another unusual specific clue within a greater corpus of a similar MO that links the Cordova Cat to EAR. The cat burglaries of that night, of course, were all within a block of houses that EAR would hit in the neighborhood a few years later.

As I now finish with the EAR-ONS section overhaul on Q Files, I prepare to put in order as much as I can of the Cordova Cat, the arguments dividing between two burglars, and those arguments supporting a single perpetrator; and, of course, how this links to EAR.

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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 Cordova Cat– EAR’s Prehistory

Why am I so hip for the Cat? Because I think it finally is the segment, the prequel to the franchise if you will, that can out the identity of EAR/ONS. As I have been hearing it, very coherently put, everything is pointing to this 1972-1973 crime spree being a mirror of EAR activity or, I should say, EAR is a mirror of this Cordova Cat’s activity.

As we all know a serial makes his mistakes in the beginning. So far, there is no mistake that EAR made early on that betrayed him. It took the entire crime spree in Sacramento to help me place his lair south of Highway 50. The EAR was not as prolific as the Cat. The Cat could strike 3 or 4 times a night, both in the East Area and in Cordova. Revealing all these hits may give us his pattern– and this can at least reveal his lair for the period 1972-1973.

The Cat becomes doubly important when you accept that EAR’s success can only be explained as the acts of a developed cat burglar. And the known MO of the Cat fits with the pattern EAR left over his known crime spree of 1976-1986. The Cat did things for his own demented thrill. He didn’t steal much of value. This thrill must  have gotten old and he slacked off, disappearing for the most part in 1974. But from what we know, he liked cars and he liked to drive. It makes perfect sense such a thrill seeker returns as a Cat Rapist. EAR steals of little value, but adding now a captive audience– ransacking, raping, terrorizing. He first rapes with gusto. He slowly loses this thrill but continues to assault of homes, ransacking and terrorizing. After 3 years the ultimate crime now offers itself. He carefully plans his murders down south, waiting months in between. He follows the same stalking pattern. He even adds an interesting bit of protection. He uses a blunt object around the house. He therefore arrives and departs without the murder weapon. Altogether he never left a clue that could lead to him.

This is an arrogant individual for whom the night and the sanctity of American suburbia was his yard to prowl in and do as he wished. All three stages above are linked by this one thrill factor, this one solid bit of presumption all things exist for his thrill.

As time has proven, between 1976-1986 there is NO one case that can lead to him. He made no mistakes in northern Cal at any crime scene. He made none down south. They didn’t even know they had a single murderer for 15 years.

There is only one chance he made a mistake and that is in the beginning. Practice makes perfect even for a serial rapist/murderer. This beginning could be the Cordova Cat.  At least  50 cat burglaries, and the bludgeoning of 3 small dogs, need to be considered.

Remember EAR used a gun when he had to. But a Cat knows to be quiet. He killed dogs by bludgeoning. When he turned premeditated murderer, he killed his victims the same way. He could kill a man with one blow. The Cat had hit a dog so hard he had disemboweled it.

Though I have POIs pending in the triaging process, I am prepared for negative replies. I am prepared to add the Cat. The Cat can only help refine the same process. He liked to drive. He used a plate from a wrecked car for cover once. The indications remain the same. He had links to auto wrecking.

This creep truly is the Bogey Man. And it is time we learn and accept his evil prehistory.

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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.