Janelle Cruz worked as a cashier at Bullwinkle's Restaurant, which was located at 14100 Culver Drive in Irvine (off the I-5 on-ramp).
Let's assume, for a moment, that the EAR-ONS first encountered Cruz at Bullwinkle's while patronizing the restaurant, perhaps with his family. This assumption is not necessary to consider the following, but it makes it more compelling.
The linear (not walking or driving) distance from Bullwinkle's restauant to the Cruz residence is 1.28 miles. The linear distance from the Cruz residence to the Witthuhn residence is... 1.28 miles. The linear distance of Bullwinkle's to the Witthuhn residence is 1.11 miles.
The three points are almost equidistant, forming an almost perfect equilateral triangle.
Did the EAR-ONS reside somewhere within that triangle?
- Mr. SpeakelOfEngrish
This is one of the most important posts on this message board in recent times.
To get a better image of this triangulation, visit the map that Mr. Akwilks posted
at this link:
What is so special about this triangulation?
What makes it different from the other Original Night Stalker crimes... some of which
were close together?
I think the answer to this question has to do with that strange 5 year gap.
Mr. EAR-ONS killed Ms. Manuella Witthuhn in IRVINE on February 5, 1981... then
followed it up with the Sanchez/Domingo murder over in Goleta on July 27, 1981....
He took the next 5 years off....
As everyone knows, after 5 years he killed in IRVINE again... and then back into
hibernation he went.
I feel Ms. Janelle Cruz's murder.... where she lived..... where she worked..... and
Ms. Witthuhn's murder and place of residence..... all these elements hold the
key to getting as close as anyone can ever hope to get to Mr. EAR-ONS.
The Cruz/Bullwinkle Restaurant/Witthuhn Connection has 3 very special elements
that represent THE LAST KNOWN EXISTENCE - in terms of crimes, anyway - of
These 2 murders have a strange anomalous quality to them.... a quality that
would not have caught my attention if Mr. EAR-ONS had not decided to kill
there after 5 years.
If he had struck in Goleta in 1986 and ended it there, I'd have thought Goleta was
the place to look....
The fact that he chose to kill Ms. Cruz in IRVINE.... and chose her after those 5
years had elapsed tells me that there is something about IRVINE.... something
different from all that came before it.
I think Mr. EAR-ONS was living in very very very very very very
close proximity to Ms. Cruz and, consequently, also very near to
I repeat, IRVINE would NOT stick out in my mind if Mr. EAR-ONS hadn't waited
5 years to strike there again.
Why there after 5 years? Why IRVINE? Why not Dana Point again? Why not Goleta?
What is so special about IRVINE?????
Perhaps after July 27, 1981.... his raping and murdering became sidelined by
something to do with employment, family, disability, or a combination of some
of those things.
As other posters mentioned.... Ms. Cruz's murder was probably spurred on by
some "stressor".... something in Mr. EAR-ONS life triggered him and compelled
him to do "it" one more time.....
Let's say that's true... don't know if it is, obviously, but let's say it is for the sake
of this post....
What if after 5 years, Mr. EAR-ONS became a little rusty with his old methods of
surveillance... following a potential victim.... the time and dedication it would
take to ascertain how many other people lived in the potential victim's house....
what their schedules were, etc., etc.
What if those 5 years made him a bit uncoordinated?
Well, how about this........
Maybe Ms. Janelle Cruz was chosen because she was an "easy" target, i.e., she
lived close enough so that he didn't have to travel a long distance.... she lived
right in Mr. EAR-ONS backyard, so to speak.
Is it possible that Mr. EAR-ONS didn't live in IRVINE and was merely passing
through on some business back in 1986 and decided to do another a murder for
old time's sake?
I don't know.... I don't think so..... the time it would take him to familiarize himself
with Ms. Cruz's residence and also with how many people were living in the house
and whatever other important information he would need in order to know he could
strike and get away with it makes me think he had a permanent residence in
IRVINE.... or was in IRVINE in 1986 for a prolonged period of time even though
he wasn't living there... although, I don't know if I believe that....
Mr. EAR-ONS may have moved a long time ago or may still be IRVINE..... but I
think that Mr. EAR-ONS was definitely living in IRVINE sometime between
1981 - 1986.
A geographic profile should be commissioned based on Mr. SpeakelOfEngrish's
triangulation of -
1) Ms. Janelle Cruz's Residence
2) Bullwinkle Restaurant
3) Ms. Manuella Witthuhn's Residence.
There is something "telling" about these 2 crime scenes and that restaurant.
Has anyone focused any kind of intense research in IRVINE, specifically around
this triangulated area?
Furthermore, has anyone found any suspect(s) who lived in Carmichael or
Citrus Heights between 1976 - 1978 and then moved to IRVINE and remained
there between 1981 - 1986?
Nothing in this post is written in stone, of course.... but just something to think
about.... perhaps others have already thought about it and have come up with
some interesting suspects.
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Edited by watch, 3 years ago
Edited by watch, 3 years ago
Hello, Mr. Watch, sir.
When it comes to the tantalizing nature of this case and the elusivity of Mr.
EAR-ONS, never in a million would I ever be so bold as to say DEFINITIVELY
that Mr. EAR-ONS lived here or there or what have you.
I know that sounds like a contradiction given the nature of my above
post... but I try to be as confident in proposing a theory while paradoxically
admitting at the end of the day that.... I don't know if anything I propose
or theorize will be correct, you know what I mean, sir?
I ended my post by saying nothing I said in my theory is set in stone... all
I am trying to do with my IRVINE POST is do exactly what you said, Mr.
Watch... and that is to consider a possibility.
The problem with my above post is it sounds like I am saying everything in it
is factual... sorry to anyone who reads it that way... my enthusiasm
sometimes gets the better of me is all. But anyway, my above post is really
just one thing and nothing more - a consideration of a possibility among
a multitude of other possibilities.
This case is so frustrating for so many people and for so many reasons that
when one theory is presented, I can see how desperate other people can be
to be eager to include the other 10,000 other theories.... I feel that desperation
myself.... and, yes, at the end of the day everything I stated in my above post
may be 100% dead wrong. I'll be the first to admit that - and gladly. It's
good to be told that there are other ways of looking at things... it opens
up the doors of perception...
I apologize to all if my above post came off sounding like the Gospel Truth.
I was merely stating a theory with a lot of confidence behind it that can be
mistaken for fact... again, nothing I said in my above post is fact - ALL OF
IT IS CONJECTURE.
For future reference, if it should occur that I make another post that comes
off sounding like I am immovable in my theory, I apologize in advance...
I actually am in favor of including and talking about any and all other
possibilities about Mr. EAR-ONS.... the catch-22 is when you present one
theory you'll have numerous other posters reminding you of other
theories.... which is a good thing.... because all of those theories
are just as valid as anything else.
In any case, I just want you to know, Mr. Watch, that I am not a snob to
other theories or anything.... as a matter of fact.... if you stop and think
about it.... Mr. Akwilks and Mr. SpeakelOfEngrish kind of set the foundation
for 99.9% of what I wrote.... all I did was open it up to a new thread....
Anyway... I'm going to try to go back in time... look at whatever public
records I can look at... I am going to look for all persons with the following
- resided in IRVINE between 1981 - 1986... may still reside there
- WHITE MALE
- 28 - 35 years old in 1981
- Brown hair or Blonde hair
- Hazel Eyes or Blue Eyes
- size 9 shoes
- known to be athletic, maybe possessing a jogger's physique
- owned a German Shepherd
- ant-social, yet courteous.... introverted, yet always willing to lend a
By the way... I don't know how the hell I am going to find out some of these
particulars, but whatever... gotta try.....
And that's it.
Edited by AaronTimones, 3 years ago
while it may seem too obvious that he lived in irvine or too simple, is it really? would it have been then? before dna? before le had linked the crimes? i am sure le interviewe
Edited by hubertj2, 3 years ago
Hello, Ms. Breccia, ma'am.
Thank you for your wonderful post, Ms. Breccia.
Looking at properties going all the way back from 1981 - 1986.... yes, that's going
to be very, very nerve-wracking.
I wish Mr. Kim Rossmo or Ms. Pat Brown would come and look at the triangulation
on Mr. Akwilks map and then make a more detailed geographic profile based on
Mr. Rossmo has a formula for geographic profiling... I tried looking at it, but it
gave me a headache. Here's the link to his formula:
And another thing.... what if Mr. EAR-ONS was living in an apartment in IRVINE?
Perhaps we should try to find apartment complexes that allowed tenants to
have dogs.... we'd be concentrating on apartment complexes between 1981 - 1986.
Finding apartment complexes that fit this criteria would be no less tedious than
the houses angle... but someone somewhere between 1981 - 1986 has got to
remember an anti-social fella who always went jogging with his German Shepherd
dog in IRVINE.
Mr. Akwilks, sir, thank you for posting that map. It is my humble opinion
that the answer to this case is embedded in that map, a key to unlocking this
whole thing... I don't know what that answer is yet... more research for the
Edited by AaronTimones, 3 years ago
What if they never obtained a license, never applied for utilities,
Not that I am disagreein
Edited by Arbed, 3 years ago
I think some very interesting points have been brought up.
However, I'm not too sold on the triangle angle yet. This is because a lot of discussion has been made about Bullwinkle's. What's the big deal with Bullwinkles anyway? I know that Janelle worked there, but besides that, why is it significant? I'm not saying that ONS didn't frequent there, I'm just saying that other points in the triangle could be plotted in Irvine. For instance, didn't Manuela Witthuhn work at a bank? Where is the point for that on the map? Didn't Patrice Harrington work at a hospital in Irvine? Where is the point for that on the map? Didn't Keith Harrington attend UC Irvine? Where is the point for that? How about the pool that Janelle was at where a previous poster mentioned that he saw her talking to the Kitten Man. Do you see where I am going with this? I'm not saying that the triangle angle is not interesting, I'm just saying that the shape can be manipulated based on different Irvine locations. I just don't see any real significance with Bullwinkle's yet and I am wondering if I'm missing something. Besides, it does seem a little cliche that ONS, whether deliberately or accidently, would commit crimes within a triangle and seems more fitting in a Hollywood movie plot ("The Triangle Killer").
My question for a long time has been why ONS traveled all the way back to Goleta in July of 1981? I thought Conquistador offered great insight on this:
"I think one of the main clues that EAR lived in Irvine was both killings in 1981 and 1986 were single homicides. EAR had a habit of attacking couples and he knew that LE knew that as well. The murder/rape home invasion of a couple is extremely rare and would create a lot of undue attention from other out of county agencies (an MO Sacramento or Contra Costa County might be looking for..However, the homicide and or rape of a single woman is far more common. I think that one of the reasons for the lack of attacking couples was another way to throw off the police. EAR did not want to anyway come on the radar of any LE agency that might try to link crimes. Goleta had couples attacks, Dana Point couples attacs and Verntura County had couples attacked, but not Irvine? Coincidence, I dont think so."
I don't think so either.
As far as the TV in the Witthuhn case being up against the fence, many have said that this was signs of ONS staging the crime scene. This could be the case, but I don't understand on why would he try and make it look like a burglary by removing the tv, when it was easily spotted in the backyard? I feel that the TV served more of a practical purpose by allowing ONS to use it stand up on in order to boost himself over the fence.
I do feel that ONS lived and possibly still lives in Irvine. I'm just not sure about the triangle yet, but it is an angle worth looking into (are you all getting tired of my puns yet?). I think that all the above plots I mentioned should be posted on a map - this might give us a more detailed picture and one odd shape at that.
Edited by lawstudent1, 3 years ago
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