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Cold Case Files: The Zodiac Killer [2004] [DVD]
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on 10 May 2014
The Zodiac Killer
Who was He? to this day never caught. this is the 45 minute story of his crimes
Survivor interviews and the investigation of the prime suspect who died in the early 90s
Modern DNA has since cleared him so its back to square one.
its been 40 years, i doubt we'll ever know now.

Gary Ridgway, The Green River Killer
Eluded Capture for Decades Until DNA finally caught up with him
Again this is the 45 minute Documentary exploring His Brutal Crimes
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 May 2011
This Cold Case Files look at the Zodiac Killer does something of a rush job of summarizing the unknown killer's murders, serving mainly to bring the viewer up to date with the current standing of the case all these years later. It could easily have been called Was Arthur Leigh Allen the Zodiac Killer? Allen was probably the leading suspect in a case all but devoid of strong suspects, a man supposedly identified in 1992 by Blue Rock Springs survivor Mike Mageau as the killer - but he could never be linked to the actual killings by the circumstantial evidence against him. This documentary describes how authorities sought to link the late Allen to the murders using forensic technology unavailable when the Zodiac Killer was committing his crimes and taunting the police with letters and cryptograms - primarily using handprints and DNA evidence off of the verified Zodiac letters.

The time spent updating this cold case comes with a price - there really is no in-depth examination of the murders themselves to be found here. Personally, I have long considered the Zodiac Killer the most frightening of all serial killers. Bryan Hartnell's firsthand account of the attack on him and Cecelia Shepard at Lake Berryessa on September 27, 1969, is probably the most chilling thing I have ever read. This documentary presents the facts in a matter-of-fact way, greatly diluting the psychological impact this particular murderer had then and continues to have today. What really bothers me about this documentary, though, is its failure to refer to any but the first cipher the killer delivered to authorities -even the cipher of April 20, 1970, in which his name is supposedly hidden within thirteen cryptic symbols, is never mentioned.

If you're still wondering if Arthur Leigh Allen was the Zodiac Killer, you'll get a pretty definitive answer in Cold Case Files - The Zodiac Killer. Armchair detectives and those already familiar with the case will really find little else of substance here, and those unfamiliar with the dark legend of these crimes would do well to look elsewhere for a more comprehensive summary of this most infamous of unidentified human monsters.
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on 10 May 2014
Who was He? to this day never caught. this is the 45 minute story of his crimes
Survivor interviews and the investigation of the prime suspect who died in the early 90s
Modern DNA has since cleared him so its back to square one.
its been 40 years, i doubt we'll ever know now.
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on 9 October 2016
two interesting stories a out two of America's worst serial killers,it was only scientific advances what helped catch both killers,worth watching
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on 18 August 2014
Brilliant sevice. Brilliant dvd. I'd forgotten that they never actually solved the case.
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on 3 April 2015
EXCELLENT
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on 21 June 2015
Very good
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