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(New York Daily News)   Man writes book about his biological father, whom he believes was the Zodiac Killer   ( nydailynews.com) divider line
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2014-05-13 12:50:49 PM  
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Farkher: Why has no one been able to solve that cipher? It doesn't seem that complicated. Although I know nothing about cryptography, it's only 13 characters long.

Because it's only 13 characters long. Fewer symbols to work with, harder to crack. Of course, it could just be a red herring anyway. There's also a 350 character Zodiac cipher no one's been able to solve.
2014-05-13 02:47:13 AM  
2 votes:
Man has bills to pay; story to sell
2014-05-14 12:01:31 PM  
1 vote:
The book came out today and it's flying off the shelves despite the abscence of DNA comparison to the police samples.  I suspect that's what HarperCollins wants.  The book would get binned the instant a negative result is returned, and the chances of that aren't in the publisher's favor.

Fortunately for them, the accusation comes against a dead man by his son and ex-wife, so no slander case to follow.

This isn't the first time this scenario has played out.   It's a cottage industry in the true crime genre to go back and propose suspects for unsolved crimes.  The reality is that these are unprovable. For example, a few years ago a different man accused his father of being the Black Dahlia murderer in the same way -- by publishing a book.  (He also put forth his father as a suspect in the Zodiac murders.)  No less an author than Patricia Cornwell has been trying for years to get people to believe that the Ripper murders were committed by the artist Walter Sickert.  These theories make a good read, but they suffer from the same problem -- complete lack of actual evidence.

I get that these crimes are compelling, but publishing this kind of book is an ugly business.  The Zodiac victims still have living relatives.  This has to be painful for them.  It's not too much to ask the author and publisher to get their ducks in a row before they send to the printer.

But the author says "Oh, but I've tried to get a DNA comparison for years."  He, a random guy, shows up with another theory in a case in which hundreds of people have provided false leads, including full confessions. It's not surprising that the police wouldn't give resources to this. HarperCollins could have shown up with an attorney and requested a private test.  That might even happen now, but they are making sure the book pays for itself first.
2014-05-13 08:14:16 AM  
1 vote:
I thought they found the hood from the Lake Berryessa killings and a bunch of other Zodiac crap when they finally rounded up the Manson Family, it was one of Charlie's lieutenants.
2014-05-13 05:02:37 AM  
1 vote:
So how many other people have claimed their father/grandfather/male acquaintance was the Zodiac? Seems to be a fairly common thing.
2014-05-13 03:50:20 AM  
1 vote:
Another one of these? There's another guy who claims his step father was Zodiac. No details about the book? Didn't bother to check facts with SFPD? Seems legit.

Also, the pic used in the article isn't the Zodiac composite, it's a sketch of a "suspicious man" seen around Lake Berryessa the day Zodiac dressed up in his hood and stabbed those two college kids.
2014-05-13 01:49:44 AM  
1 vote:
Some guy, who's not named, writes some book about his 'biological' father (I'm sure there's no resentment or anything there) who's not named, with a crime writer ghost writer who's not named accusing him of being a murderer for reasons not cited.

The only thing that is more confusing than why this article was published anywhere is why Fark chose to greenlight it?
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