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Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killers Revealed Kindle Edition

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A former "San Francisco Chronicle" reporter continues his account of the series of murders committed in California beginning in 1968 by revealing the final solution to the crimes, which baffled investigators for more than thirty years.

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A former "San Francisco Chronicle" reporter continues his account of the series of murders committed in California beginning in 1968 by revealing the final solution to the crimes, which baffled investigators for more than thirty years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2077 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (2 Jan. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEFF4O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the chilling true story of a mass murderer who killed many people in San Fransisco. Going by the name 'Zodiac' he wrote letters to San Fran PD and Press with taunting clues to his identity and his next moves. His demands to have ciphers printed in newspapers became trademark.
It was at one of these newspapers author Robert Graysmith worked at the time.
He gives a convincing account, using his first hand knowledge, of who he believes to be the Zodiac Killer, Arthur Leigh Allen.
This book details an overwhelming amount of evidence to back up Graysmiths theories, and includes interviews with families of victims, detectives who worked the case for many years, and the suspect himself.
Also included are the authors own collection of never before seen photographs dipicting crime scenes, all of Zodiacs correspodence and pictures of Allen.
This book is intense, but is made a lot easier if you have read Graysmiths first book on the subject, entitled 'Zodiac'. This book is best approached with an open mind as no-one has ever been convivted of these crimes, making the case one of the greastest mysteries of all time.
Graysmith does a great job of including every relevant piece of information, but leaves you to piece the evidence together in your own way.
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Over thirty years have passed since the notorious self-styled 'Zodiac' killer murdered at least five - and perhaps as many as thirty-seven - people in California. The case remains unsolved and is perhaps the greatest murder mystery since the case of Jack The Ripper. After the murders the Zodiac taunted both the police and the victims' relatives in letters and phone calls. Many of the letters contained ciphers which were designed either to give clues as to his identity - or perhaps simply to lead the police on a wild goose chase. The letters also warned of further attacks, including threats - which thankfully never materialized - to use bombs and to kill schoolchildren.

In 'Zodiac Unmasked' - the sequel to 'Zodiac' - Robert Graysmith, former political cartoonist for The San Francisco Chronicle, presents the reader with a summary of the case against the man who remains in many people's minds the prime suspect, Arthur Leigh Allen. Allen died of a heart attack in 1992 at the age of 58. He was a convicted child molester, a former schoolteacher and navy man, a skilled hunter, diver and marksman, and had a good knowledge of cryptopgraphy. He had an IQ of 136. He was present in the vicinities of each of the crimes at the times when they were committed. During a hunting excursion he had eerily suggested to friends shortly before the killings began that he might like to hunt human beings and that if he chose to do so he would call himself 'The Zodiac'. When police interviewed him they noticed he was wearing a Zodiac watch.

This is compelling stuff. Whilst the case raised against Allen is not decisive the evidence does strongly suggest that he was, in fact, the killer. No charges were made, however, and the case remains a subject of much speculation.
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I'm going to be bluntly honest - this book is 'ok' for the avid zodiac fan. I say that as the first book was magnificently written with great structure and was easy to follow despite the sheer amount of detail, detective/victims names etc.
however i think that the follow up - zodiac unmasked - lacked the flow the the first book won its acclaim on. i also think that many facts in the book could easily have been condensed {this book is in excess of 450 pages} and still maintain integrity. the second problem i had with this book is that it was very jump and often the reader had to presume the writter was talking about a topic and not reverting back to the old one.

in conclusion - though good, only a gem which real zodiac enthusiasts can appreciate. good work my robert graysmith - you dedication to the case is exemplified here.
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After watching a film about The Zodiac, I thought that I would purchase this book. It is a fascinating story and does seem to solve the mystery of who the Zodiac actually was. However, I did find the book dragged on at times, almost to the point where I gave up on it. I did stick with it though and found the evidence and the fact that a lot points to the main suspect very interesting.
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The Zodiac case is intriguing. There is a great deal of material on the subject, on the internet, along with a knowledgable 'community'. My advice would be to look to the internet first, and get acquainted with the basic premise of the case(s). You will
then be in a better position yourself, as to whether or not you want to buy this book.
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Without spoiling the book, I will say that Graysmith concentrates too much on his pet suspect. I do not believe that this suspect was the Zodiac and many people are of the same opinion, but it seems that the whole of the book seems to curve back to this suspect. If Zodiac calls a relative of a victim, Graysmith states that his suspect's home was so many thousand feet away from the callbox Zodiac used etc, and it becomes rather weary. I think Zodiac is still alive but probably infirm now, and wouldn't be surprised if he relishes all of this attention from the numerous books and films about him and his sinister work.
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