Keys to catching the Killer

Physical Description

According to various witness descriptions, the EAR/ONS would be a White Male approximately in his late 50's to mid-60's. (Best estimate: 18-25 years old in 1976). Suspect's estimated age range varied by as much as 10 years depending on the witness so he could be as old as 70 (if he is still alive). He would have blue or hazel eyes. He would be between 5'8 to 5'11 in height. Suspect was physically fit with a broad, muscular chest in the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Suspect wears a Size 9 shoe and has Type "A" Blood. Suspect additionally is a non-secretor.

Voice is higher-pitched than average male. When disguising voice suspect will attempt to make voice sound husky or gruff (see below).

Geographical Location

Lived in the Sacramento Area between 1976 and 1979.

Frequented or lived in Rancho Cordova, possibly near Paseo Drive, around 1976.

Frequented Costa Contra County in 1979

Frequented or lived in Goleta, CA in 1979 to 1980. Possibly had relatives or friends living there at the time.

Frequented or lived near Ventura County and/ or Irvine, CA in Orange County from 1980 to 1986.

Target Neighborhoods

Suspect primarily targeted middle-class to upper-middle class neighborhoods with homes on or near cul de sacs or homes adjacent to vacants fields, schools, parks, creeks or homes under construction. Several of the neighborhoods targeted by the suspect had "homes for sale" or homes recently sold. Suspect is known to have posed as a realtor, building inspector or prospective home-buyer.

Diamond Knot/Bondage

Suspect showed proficiency in tying ornate knots including the "diamond knot" (see photo).
Suspect most likely engaged in bondage-oriented fantasies with his female sexual partners and collected violent pornographic material which included bondage.


Suspect had access to a large collection of weapons and handguns and knives. Specifically, .38, .357 Magnum and .45 Caliber handguns and different knives. Suspect also had access to many different flashlights.

Possible Suspect Vehicles

As of 1977, the suspect possibly drove an older VW Bug of a nondescript color, slighted under varying lighting conditions and reported variously as dark green, gray or silver blue. It may have expanded rear fenders and wide wheels. Suspect also possibly drove a green Chevy Vega.

In Southern California, suspect possibly drove or had access to a white 1970's model Pontiac.

Military/College Background

Suspect possibly had some law enforcement or military police training. Suspect was possibly stationed at Mather or McClellan AFB in the mid to late -1970's.

Suspect was possibly a student at American River College or California State University at Sacramento in the late 1970's, possibly attending school on the GI Bill.

Construction Background

Suspect possibly had some background in home construction/roofing.

Suspect's Voice

Click on the image to hear what police believe is the actual voice of the
East Area Rapsit/Original Night Stalker, though possibly disguised.

Note: The above possibilities are based on earlier theories from the Sacramento Sheriff's Department
and my own personal observations on the EAR/ONS case and are only possibilities, not certainties.