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    Richard Shelby(Author)

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HUNTING A PSYCHOPATH chronicles the search by multiple agencies for a serial rapist/murderer who terrorized Northern and Southern California between 1976 and 1986. Known as the EAR/ONS, he remains unidentified. Retired Lieutenant Richard Shelby, one of the original investigators, speaks out for the first time. By opening new doors, this book may lead to the Final Chapter of this three decade long search.

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  • PDF | 478 pages
  • Richard Shelby(Author)
  • Booklocker.com, Inc. (March 27, 2015)
  • English
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  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By California Dreaming on July 9, 2016

    I am a fan of the show "Dark Minds" on the Investigation Discovery Network, with M. William Phelps and John Kelly. I like the show surely more than most, based upon the ratings on this site. I do believe that the show has probably been cancelled though, because there hasn't been a new episode in a while. I hope I'm wrong.But on that show, Mr. Phelps featured the crimes of "The East Area Rapist/The Original Nightstalker" (EAR/ONS) during one of the episodes, and I believe that's the first time that I had heard of the case, even though I now live very near where the EAR cases occurred. And then, I believe around June of 2016, the FBI "reopened" the EAR/ONS case. Sure, the case wasn't really reopened per se, as it has remained open and unsolved, but the FBI just released composite drawings of the killer, hoping to jog someone's memory. Personally, I think that the case has now become too cold to solve in this manner; I think that it will require some luck, by getting the DNA of the killer, or perhaps one of his relatives, and if this happens, it will most likely be by just a stroke of luck. And probably while pursuing some other investigation.But in reality, I believe that if EVERYONE in the United States were required to read this book -- "Hunting a Psychopath" (HAP) -- that someone would almost surely realize who the real ONS might be. After all, if you read this book -- and I give a pretty strong recommendation that you do -- you will learn many of the very strange idiosyncrasies of the serial killer, and it is almost surely the case that someone has seen some of these same idiosyncrasies of the killer when he's living his "normal" life, if any normalcy is possible. And from memory, during that "Dark Minds" episode that I discussed earlier, I think that Mr. Kelly gave this same opinion, in a roundabout way.But in reality -- even more so this time -- I believe that the ONS is actually dead. Why? Well, he stopped killing in 1986; he would've been somewhere between 30 and 35, maybe 40 tops, at that point, and serial killers rarely stop killing on their own. Supposedly, he made an "I'm going to kill you call" to one of his victims in the early 90s, but I'm not really sure that he was the actual caller. Assuming he wasn't, consider the following coincidence: in 1986, the first case in the world was being investigated using DNA technology. Surely, the ONS knew about this case, and more than likely, he was terrified of being caught, and it's possible that he was so terrified, that he maybe committed suicide around that time. (I know that some FBI profilers believe that he killed himself, and I think it's a very good theory. It explains many things, including why he stopped killing. The idea that he is in jail for some other crime is less likely, because there's a good chance his DNA would've been taken, especially in California, and a match would've been made.)If you're looking for a real barnburner of a true-crime book, this may not be for you. It is pretty much a just-the-facts-ma'am kind of read, a play-by-play account of the EAR/ONS's crimes. But still, the author is very funny, and I actually laughed quite a bit while reading. I read a book awhile back entitled, "In Cold Pursuit: My Hunt for Timothy Krajcir," and while the writing in that book is certainly better, I nearly panned it because the author -- Paul Echols -- who was the key detective in the capture of Mr. Krajcir, is seemingly so fearful of offending anyone that he almost never writes anything negative about any of his peers. In other words, I'm skeptical about many details in that book. Here, the author -- Richard Shelby -- has no problems discussing even his "worst nemesis" in the police department, which I think is very funny. And very real. After all, I don't know anybody who's worked anywhere who hasn't hated someone.Well, I'll recommend watching that "Dark Minds" episode, and then reading HAP. And like I wrote, if everyone were required to read it, I believe that there is someone out there who would say, "Hey, I know who this guy is!" even if the killer is now dead. It's almost guaranteed.

  • By Alice Wakefield on September 29, 2017

    This was a rapist/serial killer in California far worse than the Zodiac but not as famous. He started out in the state capital area, or maybe Visalia, no one knows for sure, but he became known as the East Area Rapist, or EAR. It's a terrible name and probably the main reason he isn't more well known.To make matters worse, his move to southern California and serial murder earned him the 'Original Night Stalker' nick, or 'ONS' (not to be confused with just plain 'Night Stalker' Richard Rameriz). Subsequent DNA testing confirmed that EAR and ONS were one and the same, which resulted in the unfortunate EARONS portmanteau. Well, it's just confusing and not catchy, so writer Michelle McNamara came up with 'Golden State Killer' for her upcoming book: "I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer".She died suddenly, (a woman in her forties..just sayin') but publication will go on, set for Feb. 2018.In the meantime I found this book written by Det. Shelby who was on the Sacramento EAR task force. It's self-published without even the benefit of an editor, that's how little interest there is. Shelby admits upfront that he didn't write it to entertain. He sticks to the facts and only to the facts of the case, which are chilling enough, but I can't help but wonder what Ann Rule would've done with it.What I learned only adds to the mystery of how this creep has managed to evade capture. He would target a neighborhood first, at least two weeks before the rape. Residents would report prowling, burglarizing, and crank calling several homes leading up to the assault. He risked being caught exponentially with all his creepy activity. One person did report pictures missing, and a police search found a length of rope under her couch cushions. He was laying in supplies and she was on his to-do list for that night.His list of crimes are textbook in escalation, from prowling, peeping, ransacking, burglary, rape, and homicide. It's doubtful he's been in prison, and his DNA has never surfaced elsewhere.Although Shelby refuses to name who he thinks it might be, his chapter on Carlos was interesting. The fact that Carlos moved to a boat off the California coast and *still lives here* is creepy as hell. It's a real murder mystery.

  • By Pamela S. Simone on May 29, 2017

    I enjoyed this book. It may not be to everyone's taste because the delivery seems dry. However, I was interested in getting the cases, timelines, and facts sorted out and this book did that for me.The author sticks to the facts and only speculates based on the known facts and does not go into rabbit-hole theories.Since the case on EAR/ONS is still open, he cannot provide names of suspects and POI. He was also sensitive in not revealing identities of surviving victims because of the nature of the crimes.I do recommend it to anyone looking for a comprehensive study of the case because it is well-organized and provides a compendium of the cases.I am looking forward to the publication of the book begun and nearly completed by Michelle McNamara before she unexpectedly died. Her researchers are working on completing the book from her notes and their research. It is due for publication in 2018.For additional information, her article on the case is available on-line. There is also an episode of 48 Hours devoted to this case that is interesting and speaks about Michelle's research and the upcoming book.This book is an excellent introduction to the case and Michelle's book sounds like an excellent extension of the investigation.


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