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

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

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by Robert Graysmith
     
 

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After painstaking investigation, and more than 30 years of research, Robert Graysmith finally exposes infamous Zodiac killer’s true identity. With overwhelming evidence he reveals the twisted private life that led to the crimes, and provides startling theories as to why they stopped. America’s greatest unsolved mystery has finally been solved.Includes…  See more details below

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After painstaking investigation, and more than 30 years of research, Robert Graysmith finally exposes infamous Zodiac killer’s true identity. With overwhelming evidence he reveals the twisted private life that led to the crimes, and provides startling theories as to why they stopped. America’s greatest unsolved mystery has finally been solved.Includes photos and a complete reproduction of the Zodiac’s letters.

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bn.com
Author Robert Graysmith has been tracking the Zodiac killer ever since the taunting West Coast criminal first entered public consciousness in 1968. First as a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and then as the author of the 1986 bestseller Zodiac, he examined evidence, leads, and red herrings. What began as hypothesis has been now fleshed out into assertion. In Zodiac Unmasked, Graysmith identifies the ghoul behind the manhunt, the murderer behind the notes and ciphers. He attempts to answer questions about the publicity-seeking Californian: Did he really commit the 37 murders he took credit for? When did he start and why did he stop his murderous skein?
Publishers Weekly
Rarely have the crimes of a serial murderer captured the imagination and fears of the entire country as did the unsolved "Zodiac" killings in the Bay Area in the 1970s. Close to the investigators and long obsessed with the case, Graysmith reputedly knows more about the killer than anyone else. His popular 1986 Zodiac offered such a thorough account that even a lead investigator used it as a reference. In that book, , seasoned true-crime author Graysmith identified the most likely suspect though only under a pseudonym, Richard Starr, hoping the book would trigger a reader to come forward with incontrovertible evidence. The suspect died in 1992, and in this follow-up to Zodiac, Graysmith now identifies "Starr" by his real name, Arthur Leigh Allen, a terrifying sociopath and convicted pedophile whom police long considered the prime suspect. Culled from official records and new interviews conducted in recent years, the latest book excavates the still burgeoning 30-year history of investigations into the Zodiac murders six confirmed and dozens of others that the killer claimed to have committed, and who spawned a score of copycat killers, most recently a 15-year-old from Kobe, Japan. The Zodiac case is convoluted at its heart and though Graysmith's evidence against Allen plays solidly, the narrative often gives way to unexpected segues and jumps in time. To keep track of this case that has more facets than a diamond, readers will need a scorecard. Photos and other supporting material in the book were not seen by PW. (Apr. 2) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440678127
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/02/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
63,518
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Graysmith is the New York Times bestselling author of seven true crime books including Zodiac, Zodiac Unmasked, The Sleeping Lady, Auto Focus, and Amerithrax. He was a San Francisco Chronicle Journalist and cartoonist for twenty years, during the time of the Zodiac killings. In addition to being a bestselling author, he has been a Foreign Press Club Award winner, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, a prize winning syndicated political cartoonist, and a gold medal illustrator. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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