Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

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Publisher Description

A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder. His first victims were a teenage couple, stalked and shot dead on a lover’s lane. After another slaying, he sent his first mocking note to authorities, promising he would kill again. The official tally of his victims was six. He claimed thirty-seven. The real toll may have reached fifty. He was never caught.

“After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there is only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Since 1968 the hooded mass murderer has terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. Zodiac, in taunting letters sent to the newspapers, has hidden clues to his identity by using cunning ciphers that have defied the greatest code-breaking minds of the CIA, the FBI, and NSA.”—from the book

Robert Graysmith was on staff at the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969 when Zodiac first struck, triggering in the resolute reporter an unrelenting obsession with seeing the hooded killer brought to justice. In this gripping account of Zodiac’s eleven-month reign of terror, Graysmith reveals hundreds of facts previously unreleased, including the complete text of the killer’s letters—and his own theory of the Zodiac’s true identity.

Biographies & Memoirs
Stefan Rudnicki
hr min
January 1
Blackstone Audio

Customer Reviews

Texana ,

A True Crime Masterpiece

After watching the movie, I picked up this book to fill in the blanks that even a 2 hour + movie had to leave out of such a long investigation. Graysmith is an excellent storyteller. He manages to include every technical detail while at the same time managing to maintain an engaging narrative. Although the book is named after the killer, it doesn't just focus on him. Graysmith gives a lot of insight into the victims and the amazing group of investigators involved in this case. The only thing that could have made it better is, of course, a resolution to all of the suffering experienced by everyone that was involved. As usual, if you liked the movie, you'll love the book!

Nickname9 ,


It was amazing

Nystul ,

Good, but lacking in parts

I wish you could give half stars- I'm not entirely sure that 3 is enough but I think 4 may be too high. Let me say that I did enjoy this book. The writing was more often than not engaging and moved forward at a good clip. The story itself is a good one, as the killer is clearly one of the more bizzare sociopaths to take the nation's attention.

However, at times I think the author reached or made some questionable conclusions. I'd rather not list them specifically as it may ruin the book for others but there were several instances where I think given the opportunity to choose between a simple rational explanation or a more sensational explanation for a particular event, the author inevitably goes with the sensational even when it's apparent that it is either factually wrong or at the very least suspect. I think the story itself is entertaining enough and I didn't think these hyperboles were required.

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