Read Count: Zodiac by J. Rockefeller Book Resume: Infamous names of serial killers have tainted history for such a long time. From all corners of the world, there is always someone who spreads terror like a disease and haunts the lives of many people. They terrorize people with reason or not, but it does not really matter. What matters is that the only things that leave in the mind of the people they have victimized are raw fear and death.

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This, of course, is no accident. For more than twenty years, Graysmith has seized every opportunity to exploit the tragedy for his own benefit. As the cartoonist-turned-crime writer is immortalized on film, audiences are entitled to know the true story behind the career and character of a Zodiac scavenger.

When the Zodiac crimes first began in the late s, Robert Graysmith was a political cartoonist employed at the San Francisco Chronicle. Graysmith was not involved in the case or the investigation. By , Graysmith obtained a copyright for his own book about the Zodiac case. In December of , Graysmith had said that his book would be published by Norton and available in Graysmith makes other, similar omissions throughout the book.

Graysmith claimed that investigators had escorted him to the crimes scenes to describe how the attacks had happened. As an amateur sleuth, Graysmith concocted many unsubstantiated theories, including the idea that Zodiac was killing according to some astrological pattern.

The boogeyman story began all over again on the other side of the continent when a man responsible for several shootings in New York began to send letters to local newspapers and claimed to be the Zodiac. Some critics argued that the crime spree might have been avoided had Graysmith not provided such a sensational and glorified portrait of the Zodiac as inspiration. Investigators did not question the suspect or the accuser about this possible motive to implicate Allen. The subsequent investigation by police in San Francisco and nearby Vallejo included the search of a trailer owned by Allen; however, investigators failed to uncover any evidence to link Allen to the Zodiac crimes.

Allen once again came under scrutiny when the California Department of Justice conducted a review of the original Zodiac investigation, but authorities found no evidence to link Allen to the unsolved murders. Police had arrested Allen and the accuser more than 30 years earlier during a fight between the two men. The informant had committed several armed robberies and hoped to avoid a prison sentence by implicating Allen.

In interviews conducted shortly before he died in , Allen repeatedly declared his innocence and complained of harassment from the police and others. Graysmith would later claim that a witness and his sister had heard Ferrin and her killer arguing just before the shooting occurred.

The witness in question never claimed to have heard such an argument and he told police a very different story. The witness did not have a sister. The character of Bob Hall Starr and the man known as Arthur Leigh Allen are two different people, yet, for years, the two have been synonymous to the public. Sam Shephard, and Dracula was not Vlad the Impaler, the difference between Starr and Allen lies in the gray area between fact and fiction. Robert Graysmith based his fictional character on a real person, yet the fictional character exists in a work of nonfiction.

Relying on Graysmith to be truthful, the reader learns about Starr, and therefore, Allen, through his words. As readers are introduced to Starr, they are led down a path that has been carefully constructed by an author who was willing to distort the truth in order to convince readers that the character, and, by proxy, the suspect he represented, was the Zodiac.

Several people claimed to have seen this man, but, in the decades since the crime, no one has identified this individual. He wore glasses.

Although there is no evidence that Darlene argued with such a man that night, Graysmith proceeds to tell readers that a Vallejo detective uncovered such information. This event occurred the afternoon before the midnight shooting, and the witness stated that the man and woman appeared to be talking about a vehicle, not arguing as Graysmith has claimed. The description of the man seen talking to a waitress in the parking lot does not match the description of the man who shot Darlene, although Graysmith continues to imply that the two men are the same individual.

The author appears to have had access to the police report detailing the investigation of this possibility, but neglects to mention that the same report states that police learned that Allen had most likely not used the car. This rumor eventually appeared as a verified fact in a book written by former FBI profiler John Douglas.

In an article for the website APBnews. Although initially deemed authentic, several handwriting experts subsequently concluded that the letter was a forgery. Graysmith claimed the letter was authentic and soon constructed an elaborate, though seriously flawed, theory to support this claim. It is unlikely, if not implausible, that the Zodiac used a projector on this occasion.

He used his elaborate projector theory to explain how Allen was able to disguise his handwriting and fool document experts such as Sherwood Morrill, who was only one of several experts to conclude that Allen did not write the Zodiac letters. Graysmith seems oblivious to this blatant contradiction. Until his death, Morrill stated that he was certain the Zodiac used his normal handwriting when writing the letters and the expert was unwavering in his belief that he could identify the killer using little more than a bank deposit slip.

The samples did not match. An odd statement, considering that Graysmith was one of the only individuals who had been claiming that the Zodiac had actually written the letter. Faced with handwriting and DNA evidence that excluded Allen as the author of the letter, Graysmith conveniently began to speculate that mysterious, unnamed accomplices might have written the Zodiac letters while Allen committed the actual crimes.

Graysmith has quickly embraced this theory since new DNA tests on other Zodiac letters have once again excluded Allen. By , Graysmith seemed to have lost track of his multiple if ever-flexible positions on the letter. Allen was released from Atascadero in August of Like its source material, the film presented a largely fictional version of the story and abused the facts in order to make Arthur Leigh Allen seem like the most likely suspect.

Like its predecessor, the book departed from the facts in order to convict Allen in the court of public opinion.


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Cecelia Shepard 22 , and Paul Stine Did the two Zodiac survivors want the movie to be made? As portrayed in the film, the suspect exited his vehicle and walked towards their car with a flashlight pointed in their direction. He then began shooting a 9mm semi-automatic pistol at them.


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Graysmith received assistance from police departments that fell within the jurisdictions of the murders, and especially from Inspector Dave Toschi from the San Francisco Police Department , who had worked the Zodiac case. Origin of the book[ edit ] Robert Graysmith was a cartoonist working for The San Francisco Chronicle in the s when the Zodiac murders started. The Zodiac sent letters to The Chronicle which he wanted published in the paper urgently. The letters included evidence that he was in fact the Zodiac; while committing one of his crimes, the "Zodiac" cut a piece of bloody cloth from one of his victims and attached it to several of his hand written letters to disable the thought of a fake "Zodiac" writing to the San Francisco Chronicle. Graysmith saw the letters arriving at The Chronicle and became intrigued. When asked why he began working on the book, Graysmith replied, "I saw it going into obscurity. Nobody is sharing all the different jurisdictions, and all this information.


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