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True Crime/Cold Case Files     EAR Crime Index

The Case of the East Area Rapist AKA The Original Night Stalker

261 Rape/187 Murder

Victim 1-62

June 18, 1976 to May 4, 1986

N/A

Rancho Cordova, Placerville, Carmichael, Fresno

California

Person of Interest--RAP

  He is the real life Michael Myers. He looked like the average teen, except for his morose eyes. Yet he is the No. 1 serial offender in history. He was so careful, he is known only by his DNA. The East Area Rapist, as he was known, struck California communities for 10 years— 1976-1986. Toward the end he became a murderer now known as the Original Night Stalker. He has 50 rapes and 12 murders to his record. Then he vanished. He would be about 58 years old now, living what appears a normal life. These are the files on his crimes.

EAR/Original Night Stalker

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Narrative

 

RAP

     In continuation of those comments in the Introduction page, we proceed:

       . . . Of those youth who had grown up in Carmichael, in the area where EAR/ONS had concentrated, there is the curious case of RAP. Since this page constitutes a working hypothesis, the information that follows is not complete. Further investigation may confirm or eliminate him. Those things that place RAP as a solid person of interest can be classified as general and specific. We will introduce the general first.
     After years of this present writer investigating EAR/ONS’s stalking pattern and the possible association with auto wrecking and/or towing, a number of persons of interest rose to favor. Most seemed unlikely with some investigating, but they each seemed to be within a network that appears a necessity for EAR to have worked within in order to have pulled off his crime spree. However, RAP suddenly shot to prominence when the map of EAR’s strikes was reinterpreted “outside of the box.”
     Kindly study the map below in depth before continuing.      

East Area Map-2

     By marking each location where EAR struck a victim, the map brings to light his areas of concentration or “comfort zones.” At the time of the crime spree this revealed to profilers that EAR concentrated in the Carmichael area in a unique way. This area was deep in the East Area and was not grouped in a cluster near a highway and therewith a quick escape out of the area. This indicated that EAR knew Carmichael well. This also indicated that EAR lived in this area; the other attacks, all grouped near to highways, indicate areas where he expanded his crime spree.
     At the time there was little reason to dispute this deduction. However, with time and the fullness of EAR’s crime spree his pattern in other areas became undeniable. When he expanded his crime spree and hit Davis, Stockton, the Contra Costa corridor and then So. Cal, he always remained close, very close to the highways. It became obvious that EAR stuck close to highways in these communities because he did not know them well. He could not have been familiar with all these communities since his attacks ranged over a 100 mile stretch of highway in both Contra Costa County and southern California. He drove the highways and probed the communities only as far as needed to find a convenient neighborhood to his liking.
     While it was standard theory at the time to believe that in the beginning EAR lived in Carmichael or Rancho Cordova, in retrospect there is considerable reason to question this deduction. EAR’s Highway 50 attacks follow his pattern to stick close to a highway and a main thoroughfare from that highway, an MO which always indicated he was not very familiar with the heart of that community. In short, a quick escape was always a part of EAR’s stalking MO— Folsom Blvd or Highway 50 were never far from his RC attacks.
     EAR began in Rancho Cordova (1, 3, 6, 8, 15) and expanded quickly into Carmichael, not the other way around, and then he kibitzed back and forth, expanding into La Riviera (11, 18, 24, 27), which is at the juncture of Carmichael (Watt Avenue) and Highway 50.
     The Rancho Cordova attacks, in fact, indicate that EAR was coming to the East Area and not from within it. Moreover, a reexamination of the map above reveals that Rancho Cordova fits into the pattern of EAR coming to the East Area along Highway 50.
     Although RAP was already one of my persons of interest, he rose quickly to prominence due to this fact. He had grown up in Carmichael and his family had only moved in his early high school years to Placerville. This historic gold rush town in the foothills is up Highway 50 from Rancho Cordova. Work opportunities for a teen, however, would have remained back in east Sacramento areas and, indeed, his family maintained a lifelong connection to the area.
     Between Placerville and Carmichael is Rancho Cordova. The exact route from Placerville to Carmichael would be Highway 50 to the Watt Ave. cutoff, head north, cross the American River and you are there in the heart of Fair Oaks and Carmichael. A couple of exits short of Watt Avenue is the Mather Field Road cutoff in Rancho Cordova. Paseo Drive is simply the other side of Mather Field Road. Here on Paseo EAR strikes first on June 18, 1976.
     In this case, the victim reported to the sheriff detectives that she had a definite feeling that she had been stalked for about a month prior to the attack. She even noted an older midsize dark American car cruising by a couple of times. This is consistent with someone driving in the area for work or detouring when coming and going between home; for the sake of argument here, coming and going up Highway 50 between Placerville and some other obligation or work in the East Area.
     It can be argued that the pattern above still supports the original theory, that is, that EAR already lived in Carmichael. He can simply be viewed as having commenced his crime spree in Rancho Cordova with his strategic and tactical plan already thought out.
     However, and far more crucial to the point here, there is the pattern of EAR’s outlying attacks. There are only 2 attacks (25, 28) north of Highway 80. They constitute the northern perimeter of EAR’s crime field. He strikes close to the highway, an indication he only knew the skin of Foothill Farms. It is the paucity of his strikes here which catches our attention. For someone who lived in Carmichael this area would be easily accessible. Yet it seems far for EAR. This same pattern and paucity is reflected in his two attacks in South Sacramento (22, 32). They are right off Highway 99 (22), and in Little Pocket (32) close to Highway 5. If based in Carmichael, none of these locations would be far for EAR. Curiously, these attacks come later in his crime spree and are very few.

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  Attack No. 22 mapped in comparison to the closest East Area attacks in La Riviera. To get to No. 22’s location it requires heading into Sacramento on Highway 50 and then south on Highway 99. From Carmichael it is really not that far. Everything west and north of the East Area seemed far for EAR, indicating he came from the east, but probably further east than even the East Area.

     It cannot be denied that Carmichael and Citrus Heights stand out as communities that EAR must have known quite well already, since he ventured so far from the highways. But does it mean he lived there at the time? The map also reveals that within Carmichael EAR followed a similar pattern as he did by the highway strikes. He remained close to the central “T”, the main thoroughfares of Manzanita and Madison avenues that service the heart of Carmichael and Citrus Heights. These, in turn, are framed by the main thoroughfares of the East Area— Watt Avenue (blue), Sunrise Blvd (bright red), Greenback Lane (in the north) and Folsom Blvd (in the south) both in crimson. All of these are a quick route to Highway 80 or, from the pattern of his comfort zones, more certainly to Highway 50.
     If EAR lived within Carmichael, then it must be viewed as ponderous that he began in Rancho Cordova and then when expanding his crime spree consistently expanded only toward Highway 50 and not Highway 80 until a year and a half after he had begun.
     But since this is a working hypothesis, we can view EAR as coming from Placerville along Highway 50. Working under this presumption, so many things fall consistently into place.
     Presuming Placerville as the abode, it would not be wild conjecture to speculate that consumed with the new thrill of conquest, EAR returns to the East Area and expands his prowling to the area he knew best— Carmichael. After all, there is little opportunity in Placerville and the outlying “one horse” rural hamlets. (At that time there was, in fact, little opportunity on Highway 50 other than Watt Ave., Mather Field Road, or Zinfandel.) EAR strikes in Del Dayo, Carmichael, on July 17, 1976, and then back in Rancho Cordova for Victim 3 on August 29, 1976. He is tacking back and forth between two communities close to Watt Ave. and Mather Field Road and Highway 50.

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  Placerville = star on the right, and star on the left = Rancho Cordova. Rancho was not far down Highway 50 from Placerville. Back then Rancho Cordova was also the first city encountered along the highway when coming from Placerville. Today Folsom and Cameron Park are built up in between.

     The fact remains that throughout his crime spree EAR hit in a tight area of Rancho Cordova around Paseo and Malaga. But he spread throughout the East Area far from Highway 50. While this can support the theory that EAR lived in Carmichael, the continuing attacks highlight a possible journey from an area along Highway 50, in the case of RAP from Placerville. These include the attacks in Orangevale (16, 19), which are largely separate from the East Area attacks, but the area is accessible from Hazel Blvd. off Highway 50 (traced in pink in the main map above). The same can be said of attack 12 and 20. They are right off Sunrise Blvd, which is directly connected to Highway 50. In like manner so is the Stollwood Park area (10).
     EAR also followed the same pattern for La Riviera. He remains close to Highway 50, as he did in Rancho Cordova. But he does not strike just a couple of times as he did in Foothill Farms. He strikes a number of times, equal to the number in Rancho if we accept he is the suspect in the Ripon Court shooting. If the Highway 50 attacks reflect an expansion of his crime spree, why did he not spread out to Highway 80 far sooner than 25 and 28?  Yet the Foothill Farms attacks are late in his game and he limits himself to only 2 victims.
     Put together, the pattern suggest Foothill Farms was quite too far for him, so was South Sacramento and Little Pocket, but that the communities along Highway 50 and the heart of Carmichael and Citrus Heights were not. This indicates a perpetrator coming not from within the East Area but coming to the East Area along Highway 50. Someone coming from Placerville could do this. Rancho Cordova is only about 35 minutes away, with La Riviera only minutes beyond that and then depending on traffic Carmichael is only minutes more away.
     It is a fact that EAR later drove long distances to Modesto, Stockton, Davis, and along the 680 Highway in the Contra Costa corridor. It was not suspected, however, that he may have begun his crime spree in the same manner.
     These generalities establish that the perpetrator known as EAR could come from Placerville. Before we get into specifics, another generality supports the idea that EAR came from outside of the dragnet. Of the thousands of suspicious persons turned in, nothing led to EAR currently living in the East Area. No one in Placerville would have been suspicious of a neighbor. It must be noted that when RAP’s family moved to Placerville they lived on a country road, with no real immediate neighbors.
     Specifically now, RAP grew up on Agate Way in Carmichael’s Crestview area. Around nearby Del Campo Park in Crestview EAR struck Victim 4. This was his first strike in the heart of Carmichael. This is where EAR came back for two more strikes (13, 17). It is also in proximity to other reports of stalking across Madison Avenue in the Templeton Drive area. Just up Dewey is where Victim 5 and 9 were attacked. Also, it is not particularly far from the Stollwood Park area, which had a similar layout to Del Campo Park, the area where EAR concentrated his early attacks in Crestview.
     However, something curious is encountered here. EAR struck only once in the Stollwood Park area, though its topography and layout fit EAR’s prowling requirements perfectly. One explanation may be that RAP’s family had moved from Crestview to Lincoln Avenue, which is right by the Stollwood park area. Here RAP grew up into his early teens. Only a few years later he would still be recognizable to the neighborhood. EAR struck only once here and apparently never even prowled the area again in anticipation of striking another victim despite the area’s ideal layout.
     Exclamation points in the main map above mark the areas where RAP grew up.
     It also seems that EAR did drugs. His first two strikes in Carmichael reflect knowledge of the local drug trade. Del Dayo was turf of a ‘known doper,” a 20 year old who catered small time to the local youth. This trade did not match that in Del Campo Park. Back then it was the central pass off area for drugs in Carmichael and Citrus Heights due to its secluded nature. EAR’s second victim in Carmichael was next to Del Campo Park, where he claimed Victim 4, indicating perhaps he knew the areas from more recent contact in drug trade.
     Taking up specifics again, EAR was often associated with older cars, that is to say, some older car was seen cruising a neighborhood days or weeks before someone in that neighborhood fell victim to EAR. But most often EAR was associated with a Volkswagen “Baja Bug.” Such a Volkswagen with wide rear wheels and fenders was seen more than once. A Volkswagen was heard starting up after an attack more than once. Tire tracks in a field after more than one attack suggested a Volkswagen could have been used. RAP’s father was a mechanic for Snider’s Volkswagen in Carmichael. RAP grew up with a knowledge of Volkswagen engines. RAP’s family also had job connections within auto wrecking and towing.
                   BajaBug2
     Every suspicious older car seen in neighborhoods where EAR had struck could not be traced. If traced, the license plate proved to be traceable to a distinctly different car that had been wrecked or was in an auto wrecker’s yard. Once a plate was traced to an auto wrecker located far up Highway 101 in Windsor, California.
     This is not the only indication that EAR drove long distances and had connections with wrecking yards. However, so far as it concerns RAP, the family connections were there for both auto wrecking and Volkswagens. One incidental would be wise to inject here: EAR traveled long distances when striking. He must have had auto mechanic knowledge to be sure his car would not encounter some trouble and was fit for the trip. He could hardly afford to have his car not start after an attack. RAP had this knowledge. One of the occasions where a Volkswagen was heard to start up afterward was after Attack 23 in Stockton.
     RAP looked like the composites. Taken on a curve of all the composites attributed to EAR, it is clear that a long face and hair parted on the right become repeating attributes. Sadly only one “artist conception” was released to the public at the time, and this did not represent any real person of interest. Despite RAP looking like the composites and sketches, no one contemporarily would have associated RAP with EAR since it is only with hindsight that these features have become apparent as repeating themes in EAR sketches.
     These sketches or composites are:

             EAR-76   EAR-Composite5    

       EAR1977composite EAR-rare

        
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     Specifically, RAP had a significant cross or under bite, which gave him a noticeable lower lip and hollow features in his chin. These features are seen in a couple of the composites. EAR also went out of his way to disguise his voice; subjectively this could indicate that there may have been something unique to the way he naturally spoke that could identify him easily if he was ever suspected and questioned.
     At the time of the crime spree, it seemed definite EAR was not in college though college age. He devoted an inordinate amount of time to prowling, far in excess of what even his prolific number of victims suggest. RAP never attended college, not to any degree worthy of note.
       In a very clear way, RAP enters the records long after the EAR’s crime spree reached  crescendo and faded away. In 1989 he took out a license to become a security guard. Now at 31 years of age, this tells us a few things in itself. RAP never had any kind of robust career prior to this age. The records of BSIS are clear that he never took out a license before this year.
     Curiously, a security badge was found in the wake of the No 38 attack in Concord, having been found on the neighbor’s lawn. This may have been one of EAR’s disguises years previously.
     RAP occupied himself off and on with this occupation, taking or preferring the graveyard shift for a trucking company’s hub in West Sacramento. He was also associated with a rather lonely place in San Ramon up Bollinger Canyon Rd. He appeared to like lonely vigils and graveyard shifts. EAR was obviously a night person, and one at home during these hours.
     This career essentially game to an end in the early morning hours of March 1995. In an accident, which even the company and CAL/OSHA could not entirely explain, he “somehow” got caught between a semi and the trailer it was towing. When the driver started, the semi drug RAP 300 feet. The injuries were multiple. They reduced his vitality and mobility. They were of such a nature they were attributed as the cause of his death, though this came 13 years later.
     Certainly the last 13 years of his life were years fraught with health problems and obesity due to the lack of being able to be as energetic as before. But RAP’s life was never a dynamic one in the records, and those few glimpses we have from afar only underscore that his early years (late teens to 30) were not filled with a career that led him ever on to prosperity.
     RAP never married. He was never in the military.
     Curiously, on his Death Certificate it lists his years in the security service as only 3. Yet by the time of the accident it had been 6 years, and again in 1998 he took out a license but it was canceled in 2000 only 2 years later. Either he led a pampered life and only worked 3 of those 6 or potentially 8 years or it is a typo and it should read “13” years or “30” years. (He died in 2008.) If the latter, this places him back as a security guard in 1978. Nevertheless, BSIS states no records exist prior to 1989. Other evidence suggests a pampered life.
     Contemporary theories about EAR’s real life occupation centered around construction and real estate. EAR often struck a newer home in a community under construction, and just as often he struck a home for sale in an older community. Leads, however, led nowhere. The most consistent lead always ended in a frustrating dead end. This was the tracing of license plates on the jalopies frequently seen in the neighborhoods. This led to expired plates or to plates that could be traced to wrecked cars. The wrecking yards stretched from Lodi to Windsor, California.
     Thus EAR could have been in auto wrecking and towing. RAP, once again, definitely had these connections. EAR seemed unusually aware of police band transmissions, something possible if he had a scanner with him during work.
       In regards to being in a profession in which he would receive calls over a radio, there is the note paper that was found in the aftermath of EAR’s botched and aborted Danville attack on Victim 48. He fled. The bloodhounds traced his scent to the location where he must have parked. Here, skipping with the breeze, was note paper. The writing on it suggested some old school work. It was on lined paper. One piece of paper was not lined. On it was drawn a map of a lake community (still not identified). But it was marked in areas to suggest it was a tactical map EAR had drawn of a prospective community to assault. The second house from the corner was even blackened, indicating it was the target house. EAR often struck the corner house or the house next to it.
     The back of the map has proved of greater interest. Notes, often just a word, were jotted. He seems to have idly doodled. The largest and most sinister scrawl is “UNSHMENT.” Before we develop this here, we must assess one of the jottings.
     On the top right corner there is scribbled rather crudely what appears to read either “Teachers Leasing” or “Teichert Leasing,” with “Reno” lined-out underneath it. Teachers Services Corp. had managed a huge auto leasing program, centered first in Southern California in 1969. By 1980 it was soon to be dismantled. Teichert is a major northern California construction company, with HQ in Carmichael by Watt Avenue. As a highway builder, they have several aggregate quarries and field offices throughout northern California. Curiously, except for Reno, these locations are where EAR struck— Davis (Woodland), Modesto, Stockton, and Contra Costa County (San Ramon).
     The scribbling of “Teichrt” appears hasty and on paper not held steady. The final letter appears almost a big looped “L” or even “o” but there is an attempt to put a crossbar on it. “Leasing” is written legibly enough but in very small, hasty writing.

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     The person who jotted that on the back of the map, presumably EAR, sounds as if he is working for some supply or some business which would need to be called to a major construction company.
     There is nothing to suggest that EAR was particularly gainfully employed, but in towing or wrecking or similar circumstances he may have needed to make a stop at one of Teichert’s field offices. It would seem odd that EAR would need to jot Teichert’s name down if he worked for the company. Moreover, a top earning construction worker would not shift to the lower paying and largely sedentary occupation of security officer. . . unless, that is, he had suffered some terrible injury.
     EAR was rather agile, had lots of guns, knives, and equipment to indicate a love of outdoors and commando tactics. He perhaps enjoyed hunting and fishing. It is interesting to note that EAR’s one strike off Highway 5 in Little Pocket was by a well-known fishing spot called Wood’s Hole. RAP had these outdoor hobbies. In fact, his Bollinger Canyon address was a compound also shared by the Boy Scouts.
     One thing which I would not put in a thesis for formal submission can, however, be inserted here. On the whole I do not like this type of subjective “cloud reading,” but it proves curious here.

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     Doodling lines, perhaps while contemplating his next attack. Before he wrote “UNSHMENT in big scrawling cursive, EAR had doodled calligraphic lines. He later went back and put in a stroke and a swirl, creating “RP.” It is this “P,” though it is out of sequence with “UNSHMENT,” that readily strikes the eye as creating “PUNSHMENT. The circling loop cuts off “N” and makes it appear there is an “I” in order to create PUNISHMENT more clearly. It is indeed curious, if not for musing sake. Others have tried to promote the final “T” and box-like scrawl as representing TB or “Terry Boyer.” Thus the reason why I offer “RP” gingerly.
     In this general assessment here, the factor most against RP’s candidacy as a viable person of interest is the fact that during the first year of EAR’s crime spree, RP was a Senior in high school. He was a Junior in May 76 when Victim 1 had the sense she was being stalked. School session does not complicate the attacks in the summer of 1976, however, as school was not in session. EAR’s summer strikes were June 18, July 17, then August 29, and finally September 4, 1976, the Labor Day weekend holiday.
     The other dates and times he struck present a problem with the school year. Monday October 18, in which EAR struck twice, was not a holiday, though it may have been a school holiday. Tuesday October 5 was not a holiday. Wednesday November 10 was not a holiday. But October 9 was a Saturday, and this presents no problems, and December 18 was also a Saturday, which commenced Christmas vacation.
     However, it must be noted that all these autumn attacks occurred at relatively normal hours except for the first of the Monday October 18 attacks. The second October 18 attack was around 11 pm; the October 5 attack at about 6:45 am; the November 10 attack at 7:30 pm; December 18 attack at 6:30 pm. The October 9 attack in Rancho Cordova was also an exception, but this was a Saturday morning.
     This pattern of striking in the late PM continued into 1977. Wednesday January 19 EAR struck around 11 p.m. in La Riviera and retreated back toward Folsom, the main road to Highway 50. Monday January 24 was a little after midnight. Monday February 7 it was once again at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday March 8 was at 1:45 a.m. Friday March 17 at 10:45 p.m. On Saturday, April 2 at 2:30 a.m., closer to what would become his favorite time period. Friday April 15 between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Tuesday, May, 3, at 4:30 a.m., again within what would become his favorite time period. Thursday May 5 at 12:15 a.m.; Saturday May 14 at 4:30 a.m.; Tuesday May 17 at 1:30 a.m.; and Saturday May 28 at 2:30 a.m.
     Although it does seem as if EAR stuck to more reasonable hours during school days, we must recall that sometimes he spent hours in the house, so that even if he struck early he didn’t necessarily leave until the early morning hours of the a.m. However, his autumn attacks were largely those of accessible times and of short stays in the house.
     If these were the routines of a Senior in high school, then he was able to increase his attacks significantly during May, the final month of school before graduation. One would think this would be a burden during a time of finals. Moreover, we must remember that EAR appears to have done extensive reconnoitering of a neighborhood prior to attacking. This takes time and repeat visits, so that his schedule of attacks does not reflect the large amount of time he put into his crimes. He spent many, many hours, so it would seem, tactically assessing his potential target(s).
     It seems hard to believe that a high school student could achieve this. It doesn’t seem, however, that RP had lots of friends.
     However, RP did have family. It would seem unusual that he as a Senior could be out so late at night and so often and not raise alarm with his parents. There are nevertheless factors involved here which must be soon considered.
     First to be considered are some specifics of his pattern which indicate EAR underwent a major move in the summer of 1977, the time just before he began expanding his crime spree. This could be fitted into RAP’s life as it stood in late 1977, as a newly graduated Senior now free of the high school schedule.
     RAP’s father bought a nice parcel of land outside of Placerville in 1971 and finally commenced construction on a house there in 1974, with the proceeds of having sold the house on Lincoln Avenue. It was about 1974 that the family had moved out of Carmichael and had to be renting elsewhere while the remote house was under construction.
     The country house was not a grand place, though it was designed with the lovely appearance of an old country farm house. Unusual for California, it had a half basement. This no doubt became RP’s room. The house only had 2 bedrooms upstairs, and with more than one sibling it seems unlikely that RP, the eldest child, would not get his own room in the basement. After graduation from high school, however, in June 1977, how long would RP want to remain in the country house in the basement? The cramped nature of the dwelling would indicate the eldest would want to leave soon.
     After Victim 22 and the summer of 1977 in which EAR was completely missing, EAR’s crime spree takes an interesting turn. He hits Victim 23 in Stockton. Back in the East Area, he hits Victim 24 in La Riviera. Then he finally strikes for the first time far north in Foothill Farms (25). Victim 26 is in the heart of Carmichael. Victim 27 is again in La Riviera. Victim 28 is back in Foothill Farms. Victims 29 and 30 in the heart of Carmichael again. The pattern is obvious. He is kibitzing between La Riviera and Foothill Farms, with the interim strikes in new places in Carmichael. The pattern indicates that he is now living in Carmichael.
     This is further supported by his next pattern. He strikes 31 in Stockton. No. 32 is in Little Pocket, another new location. No. 33 is in Modesto. No 34 is in Davis. No. 35 in Modesto. No 36 in Davis again. He is kibitzing again. No. 37 is in Davis again. No 38 is in Concord, in the east Bay Area.
     The pattern is clear. EAR can concentrate in the East Area in a unique way after the summer of 1977. From there he expands to Foothill Farms, and even the cities south of Sacramento are no longer too far. Neither is Davis to the west. Soon he expands to the east Bay Area, and largely he is viewed as out of Sacramento except for a much later attack in Rancho Cordova off Highway 50.
     RAP’s graduation from high school in the summer of 1977, a possible vacation as was typical then for a graduating Senior, and then moving into a new apartment in Carmichael, could explain the EAR’s mysterious disappearance from the crime scene during the entire summer.
       When EAR returns, he seems more independent. He also begins shifting to more early morning attacks. No 23 was around 3 a.m. day after Labor Day (September 6). Except for the September 6 and November 10, 1977 (Thursday), attacks, all were on Friday or Saturday. The December 2 attack was at late Friday night, at 11:45 p.m. This was the only time he struck prior to midnight in all of the remaining months of 1977. This is the only real difference in the Fall of 1977 with his previous pattern. He had shifted almost entirely to early morning attacks, though the preceding school year he had struck before midnight several times.
       If RAP is to be considered a very possible candidate for EAR, a few other things must be considered here. His life and circumstances at the time help explain EAR’s use of ski masks as though they were disposable. At home he could hardly be caught with a number of ski masks. He could also not risk wearing the same one over and over again. He might be seen and a composite might show a ski mask which his family or friends could recognize and associate with him. The same rings true for his assumed apartment in Carmichael. He could not afford that it might be searched or attract attention. A stash of ski masks would be a giveaway.
     Although the exact location and dates of where and when his family rented are not traceable, it is possible that RP did not live his entire Senior year at home  but nearby in a trailer.
     More important to confirming or eliminating RP than a minute uncovering of the timetable of his life, jobs and movements during the gap of his youth would be the uncovering of his handwriting to see if it matches the handwriting on the note paper found in Danville. This present writer has been seeking to do that, as yet without success.

EARwriting
  

     Another way would be pursuing the prospects of an accomplice. At times in the EAR crime spree EAR was thought to have an accomplice. More than one victim felt someone else was around. This is, of course, subjective. However, EAR was then and is now considered a suspect in the double murder of Katie and Brian Maggiore. Two men were definitely seen on the streets of La Gloria and La Alegria in Rancho Cordova, where the crime occurred. One of these two men clearly resembles some of the other composites of those suspicious persons thought to represent EAR prowling in a community.
     This composite is as follows:

       EAR-Composite-1978-50%             maggiorecomposite

       For argument’s sake let us refer to him as “Suspect 1.” The sketch on the left is a copy of an original released in the newspapers at the time. It was humanized, right.
       It is a not outrageous to think that EAR had an accomplice now and again. It may not have been for rape, but he was also a skilled cat burglar. He seldom stole much, but sometimes he stole valuable jewelry and even electronics. He also stole drugs on occasion. Drugs are an expensive hobby. Unless he kept the stash of souvenirs somewhere (pictures and driver’s licenses of victims, jewelry), he would need a fence for the valuable stuff and a dope dealer. On occasion he may have been accompanied by the fence/friend/doper when he reconnoitered a house. On a few of his attacks he remained a surprisingly short time in the house. A fence outside would not necessarily know what he was doing inside.
     Chief among the theories to explain the brutal murders of Brian and Katie Maggiore is a theory I have promoted. This is that Brian Maggiore recognized EAR and knew him. This is to say, that Brian saw someone he knew in a compromising position indicating he was the notorious EAR; this may have been seeing this person coming out of a backyard or window of a house Maggiore knew he should not have been in. EAR had no choice but to kill the couple in order to maintain the secrecy of his evil identity.
     If EAR is the Ripon Court Shooter he reacted in the same violent way when young Rod Miller chased him.
     The circumstances of the double murder reveal that the Maggiores’ killer chased them, eventually into a backyard on La Gloria and, because the fence was down between homes, into the backyard of a house on La Alegria. He shot them both down in the dark. The circumstances underscore that their killer had to kill them. They had to die. They had simply been out walking their dog Thumper for an evening stroll. There was no reason why they should have been chased and gunned down.
     Two men fled the general scene of the crime. One jumped over the fence of the house in which the couple had been mercilessly gunned down. We know this because the young neighbor of the house two doors down was standing in his front yard and heard someone jump the fence and then saw this man run down La Alegria his way. When the man saw the neighbor, he stopped and turned around and ran the other way on La Alegria. The actions of this suspect with the neighbor is what is curious here. A stranger appeared to be no threat. He simply turned around and ran the other way. He did not kill the young man.
     This chain of events only further favors the theory that Brian and Katie were eliminated because at least one of them could recognize their killer. Brian or Katie Maggiore’s background thus could be a clue to possibly identifying EAR.
     Taking this theory to heart, one must accept a compromise. It may be that Brian or Katie Maggiore were able to recognize not “Suspect 1” above, but the other man. For argument’s sake we will call him “Suspect 2.” This is not the one who resembled EAR. This would still be fatal for them, since “Suspect 2” could most likely identify “Suspect 1” to the police. This is as true today as back then. This introduces the intriguing case of MRL.

 

Files on the EAR/ONS

QQ

Preliminaries

Introduction

A Word About Rape

   Notes on Personal Investigation

Logic verses Instinct

The Folklore of “Copycat”

Updates

 

Prehistory

The Summer of ’76

Victim #1
— The Beginning—
Rancho Cordova

Victim #2
—Careful Selection—
Del Dayo

     Victim #3
— Foiled Attack—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #4
— Violent Improvisation—
 Crestview

   Victim #5
— Selected Target—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #6
— Curious Tactics—
 Rancho Cordova

     Victim #7
— Baring Down—
 Del Dayo 

     Victim #8
— Interrupted Arrival—
 Rancho Cordova

Analysis of First 8 Strikes

Victim #9
— Revealing Mistake—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #10
— Fair Oaks—
 Undaunted

  Living Dangerously
— The Year of the EAR—
1977

Victim #11
— Cats and Fields—
Sacramento

Victim #12—
 Blind Spot Reveals—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #13
— Unexpected Jogger—
Carmichael

Ripon Court Shooting

 Victim #14
— Over the River . . .
and Through the Woods—
  Sacramento

Victim #15
— Tactical Misuse—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #16
— Opportunity Knocks a Clue—
 Orangevale

Victim #17
— Unexpected Spoke in the Hub—
 Crestview

Victim #18
— Moving Upwards—
La Riviera

Victim #19
— Presentiment
 of
 Impromptu Danger—
Orangevale

Victim #20
— Blind Spot
 and a
Stop Watch—
 Citrus Heights

Victim #21
— Tactical 1—
Del Dayo

Victim #22
— Tactical 2—
South Sacramento

Panic!

  After the Lull—
1977’s Autumn of Fear

 

Victim #23
— Tactical 3—
 Stockton

Victim #24
— Switcharoo—
 La Riviera

Victim #25
— Follow Diablo—
 Foothill Farms

Victim #26
—  Dump Truck Biker—
 Carmichael

Victim #27
— Condo Commando—
La Riviera

Victim #28
— Tail of Diablo—
 Foothill Farms

Victim #29/30
— Assault!—
 Carmichael

Maggiore Double Murders
— Critical Clue—
 Rancho Cordova

   Yet Another Year— 1978

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       Witness in Charcoal

Victim #31
— Distant Roaming—
 Stockton

Victim #31B
— Back to Rancho—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #32
— Little Pocket, Big Clue—
 South Sacramento

Victim #33
— The Deep Dig—
 Modesto

Victim #34
— Co-Ed—
Davis

Victim #35
— Back—
 Modesto

Victim #36
— Forth—
 Davis

Silent Victim
— Lateral—
 Modesto

Victim #37
— Forth North—
 Davis

A New East—
 Contra Costa Corridor

Victim #38
—  Surreal Schedule—
 Concord

Victim #39
— Opportunity Kicks—
 Concord

Victim #40
— Cats and Fields Again—
 San Ramon

Victim #41
— The Way to San Jose—
 San Jose

Victim #42
— Sobbing in San Jose—
 San Jose

Victim #43
— Danville—
 Playing it Close

 

   No Stopping Him— 1979

Lacing with Ligatures— Thunderbird Place

Victim #43B
— Auld Lange Syne—
 Rancho Cordova

Victim #44
— Along the 680—
 Fremont

Victim #45
— Follow the Cats—
 Walnut Creek

Victim #46
— Sticking to Routine—
 Danville

Victim #47
— Walnut Creek—
 Dig and Retreat

Victim #48
— Shouted Out—
 Danville

Victim #49
—  The Unsuspected —
Goleta

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Murder
—Original Night Stalker—

Goleta
— Doctor Duo—
 Dec 30, 1979

Ventura
— Cats & Murder—
 March 13, 1980

Laguna Niguel
— Exclusive—
August 19, 1980

Irvine
— Home Alone—
 Feb. 6, 1981

Goleta
— Dig & Retreat Again—
 July 27, 1981

Irvine
— Epitome of MO—
May 4, 1986

 

         Phantom Predator—
  Analysis of EAR Crime Spree

       Analysis of EAR Prowling MO

Portrait of Terror

The Lair of an Arch Rapist

     The Mystery of the Silent Dog

Phone Calls

Thwarted!

 

Night Predator
Files on the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker

The Website of Gian J. Quasar

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