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The Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Exclusive Serial Killer Revealed
     

The Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Exclusive Serial Killer Revealed

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by Robert Graysmith
 

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The San Francisco Chronicle hailed Robert Graysmith's Zodiac as "provocative...the taut narrative brings the horror back jolt upon jolt."

And that wasn't even the whole story.

When the Zodiac killings began in 1968, Robert Graysmith, employed at the San Francisco Chronicle, became fascinated with the case. Before the murder spree was over

Overview

The San Francisco Chronicle hailed Robert Graysmith's Zodiac as "provocative...the taut narrative brings the horror back jolt upon jolt."

And that wasn't even the whole story.

When the Zodiac killings began in 1968, Robert Graysmith, employed at the San Francisco Chronicle, became fascinated with the case. Before the murder spree was over, Zodiac claimed 37 victims. His mocking notes to authorities dared them to catch him. They never did. Now after following the clues for thirty years, Graysmith provides the final chapter-with hundreds of never-before-published photos and the only complete reproduction of the Zodiac letters.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425183328
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2002
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.46(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Graysmith is the national bestselling author of Zodiac, The Sleeping Lady, and The Murder of Bob Crane

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Zodiac Unmasked 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Shamus1 More than 1 year ago
This ebook edition is marred by the fact that the extensive photo and illustration section featured in the printed edition are not included. That section is of major importance to the book.
sunnieskye More than 1 year ago
Graysmith is hung on the idea that Arthur Leigh Allen was the Zodiac, despite ANY hard evidence to back that up, despite 20+ years of evidence gathering and investigation by various police forces and agencies. I got seriously weary of his statements such as "The girl had gone swimming...ALA was also a swimmer." The book jumped around so much in time that it was difficult to follow, and Graysmith is just not a writer. I will give him kudos for his tenacity. I also read part of his book on the murder of the Hogan's Heroes star, and it was as puffy and poorly written, just as unconvincing. I give up on Graysmith. Some mysteries are just that, and the Zodiac will go down in history with Jack the Ripper. I truly wonder if either of those sprees could have been solved with today's criminology tools...but I doubt it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure who reviewed this book first, however, the person appears to be a child in hopes of getting attention. Unmasked has been a good reading so far. It mainly focuses on the behind the scenes aspect of what was going on durring the Zodiac era. In order to really understand this book you should have a fairly good understanding of Graysmith's other book titled 'Zodiac'. I personally enjoy reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Arthur Leigh Allen fingerprints, handwriting, and DNA do not match the Zodiac. This does not stop Graysmith from trying to make a buck off him. Writing is terrible and sections are repeated 2-3 times. Don't waste your money like I did. Do some research on line first.
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I did like the book, but it was hard to read because of the repeats of information. There was a couple times I felt was reading the same chapter over. The book was fair and much too long. All the information in the first part was repeated in the second part. Some people may like this book but I am not one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great follow up to the original book!
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Amazing
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juluiscaesar More than 1 year ago
A GREAT INFORMATIVE BOOK THAT COULD BE WRITTEN BETTER---- MEDRIOC AT BEST!
Guest More than 1 year ago
a must have for poeple like me that love a good book about killers and who they were u will love is book i could not sleep most night till i got to the end if u are looking for a book to remmber this would be it :)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What do you think about Banana Joe's* latest investigative cook&crime book? (*names were exchanged in order to protect the identity of the person, since we don't know where nor who Zodiac is!) Btw, what was the title of his book again....ahm, right....'Bug Al and Zodiac Unasked - But I Solved It!' So, in case you¿re into good comedy go right ahead and buy three copies of one and the same book! One for marking all the facts which he misquoted or misconstrued. Another one to indicate all the lies and fairytale stories regarding several persons he wrote about. And last but not least, you'll need one additional example to underline all those inconsistencies when it comes to either the prime suspect ALA, or the real Zodiac. Only far greater comedians, like for example Stan&Ollie with their www.Zoodiackiller.foam fanpage, are debile enough to top Joe Bananas work in its entirety. By the way, not only did Banana Joe `solve¿ the ¿Zombiac¿ but also 'Dumbo, The Clipper' case. He participated in the investigation of the famous 'UHTbomber' case as well. Actually, given some time he'll probably present himself as the man who cracked the J.F.K. case too. Release date: 1. April 2012 Working title: 'Who Really Shot Him In His Left Toe and Why This Caused Rigid Mortise ¿ Now for first time solved!' So, will you guys out there still continue to take these kinds of 'true crime' books that seriously? Yours truly, Comedian¿s Tractor P.S. Maybe we would be more inclined to understand what the hell Joe Banana ment with his work if we were to record his entire book, in one session, into a 'reverse speech' sound file? Kind of a `book on tape¿ - kind of Dr. Herold¿s bluffstuff.