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  • #16
    Originally posted by APerno View Post
    I am not sure where we are disagreeing? -- Of course he was a serial killer, the issue I was replying to was the suggestion that he got a bigger kick out of taunting the cops then killing, which I agree and I believe Smith recognized.

    When they got close he had no difficultly shutting down operations and never killed again.That is something few can do.

    I agree he seems to hold a strong jealousy of couples but his style of murder, with a gun has less a psychopathic tint to it than most serial killers who use knifes or garrote, and who like to dominate/humiliate their victims. There seems to be less of that in Zodiac; his killing seemed less personal, more of a swing at the world at large, thus more joy from taunting.

    Guess we took away different opinions from the read.
    hi AP
    no big wup. either way he got a huge kick out writing letters, obviously, because he apparently continued to write them long after he stopped killing. it was a huge part of his motivation I agree.

    however graysmith believed that he did go on killing and tries to attribute many deaths to him-something I doubt. mainly because if he did go on killing he would be taking credit for it in his letters.

    also-just to point out that the Zodiac did use a knife in his killing-the couple at lake Berryessa he tied up and stabbed-very personal.
    "Is all that we see or seem
    but a dream within a dream?"

    -Edgar Allan Poe


    "...the man and the peaked cap he is said to have worn
    quite tallies with the descriptions I got of him."

    -Frederick G. Abberline

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Abby Normal View Post

      hi AP
      no big wup. either way he got a huge kick out writing letters, obviously, because he apparently continued to write them long after he stopped killing. it was a huge part of his motivation I agree.

      however graysmith believed that he did go on killing and tries to attribute many deaths to him-something I doubt. mainly because if he did go on killing he would be taking credit for it in his letters.

      also-just to point out that the Zodiac did use a knife in his killing-the couple at lake Berryessa he tied up and stabbed-very personal.
      Ah did not remember that he used a knife (it has been a while), I thought all the kills were by gun.

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      • #18
        I'd be surprised if the likes of Zodiac, Rader, Son of Sam, Green River, etc., knew anything about Jack the Ripper, outside of a passing comment.
        Though I do think the urge to taunt the authorities like Zodiac stems from a different motive than our Ripper seems to have had.
        Regards, Jon S.

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