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Old 07-06-2016, 08:18 AM
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Default Why is There No Definitive Book on the Zodiac Case?

I have always been surprised and frustrated that there is no definitive, or even competent, book dealing with the Zodiac case.

I think that most people would agree that the case is probably the most famous unsolved crime in American history (the JFK assassination excepted), so why is there no book dealing with the case that matches up to those of Paul Begg and
Philip Sugden, not forgetting the very many excellent books by other authors relating to the case.

The Zodiac case has spawned two hugely unreliable books by Robert Graysmith
and a few others approaching the case from the point of view of, "my dad did it", "my neighbour did it", "a rogue cop did it".

In a case where many of those directly involved in the zodiac case are still alive, it is a mystery why a writer of proven ability, relying on contemporary documents and statements has never tackled the case.

That's it off my chest, I'm feeling much better now.
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Found this thread on another forum discussing the same question, Barnflatwyngarde. Might be of some use to you?

https://www.reddit.com/r/serialkille...zodiac_killer/
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By the way, a Google search for "Zodiac Killer" brings up hits about former Presidential candidate Ted Cruz possibly being the ZK! All sorts of bizarre declarations can be found in Internetland...
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Found this thread on another forum discussing the same question, Barnflatwyngarde. Might be of some use to you?

https://www.reddit.com/r/serialkille...zodiac_killer/
Thank for this Pcdunn.

It just amazes me that no author sees the possibilities in writing a well researched factual account of this incredible case.

The Graysmith book is still probably the best of the bunch, but he does play fast and loose with some elements of the case.
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I may have to read Graysmith's books. I saw the 2007 movie called "Zodiac" which was based on them. It seemed very well done, as historical serial killer movies go.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443706/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
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I consider Graysmith's book decent enough for a start off. Zodiac does have two good movies (the 2007 film and the 2005 Alexander Bulkley release) based on the crimes. I'm not sure any other case can say that.
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I consider Graysmith's book decent enough for a start off. Zodiac does have two good movies (the 2007 film and the 2005 Alexander Bulkley release) based on the crimes. I'm not sure any other case can say that.
Hi sdreid.

As a rough overview of the case, the first Graysmith book "Zodiac" is ok, but it does contain some worrying errors, and there is evidence that Graysmith did in fact play fast and loose with some elements of the case.

I attach a link which goes into greater detail about these errors and omissions.

http://www.zodiackillerfacts.com/graysmith.htm
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Graysmith maintained that he knew who "Zodiac" was in his first book (I have not read the second) on the Zodiac killings.. I'm not sure I buy all of what he's selling, but as barnflat states above, Graysmith is a good starting point. Will Zodiac be the 1960s version of Jack the Ripper? Only time will tell.
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