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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442130849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442130845
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Of the two reviews currently online, I agree with "Alex" in his
summary of the book.

The lack of an editor during the brief writing of Symons is apparantly obvious. The spelling errors, poor phrasing and poor research should be obvious to anyone who has a good education.

Symons further displays his poor research in his opening remarks
about "films and books which are myth." Using the example of the Kathleen Johns case, Symons states that during her encounter with
the (alleged Zodiac) abductor, there was never a statement made
about killing her or "throwing her baby out of the car" and uses the police reports as evidence. However, if Symons actually read Mr. Graysmith's book "Zodiac," he would have discovered that Mr. Graysmith interviewed Ms Johns and she stated that those phrases did occur, whether or not the police reports included them.

The two questions to consider about this book are (1) "Should I buy it?" and (2) "Is it worth the price?"

The first question is a subjective one - I would say "it depends."
The book is a valuable source to have all the offical supporting
documentation, but all this is available on Tom Voight's excellent site, [...] plus a lot more information. Symons' book is helpful for research use, although the FBI and police reports contain many more pages than what is in Symons book.

As to the second question, I would say that the [...] price plus shipping outweighs the information available in the book. I recommend waiting until a used copy in good condition appears and
buy it for a fraction of the price.

I rate this book as a "1.
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Everyone looks for the obvious but this was a person born in the 20's was an adult in the 40's and he was close to his mother so its hard to attribute crimes to him is why he was under the radar. By default they chose the Graysmith selection. All one has to do is to look at the Charley Chan movie "Treasure Island" its obviously he lived vicariously off of media and he fancied himself Dr. Zodiac who wore a mask in the movie to cover his identity. In one scene its shown Charley Chan holding up a book with the author named as Kahne which is similar to his name of Kane or Cane. He emulated that movie and the identity of Zodiac at the end was Cesar Romero or his stage name in the movie The Great Rhodini. That is the linchpin because he carved initials rh in the desk in Riverside showing the same correlation of him being Rhodini the revealed Zodiac. Everywhere he went a body turned up Vegas Reno Riverside all can be correlated to Cane the person who was highlighted on Americas Most Wanted and the one Harvey Hines verified also. His low keyness is what kept the different jurisdictions from agreeing but this movie correlated it all with the witnesses Hanna the state patrol officer in Nevada, Harvey Hines, Barbara Johns in a photo six pack. The whole thing speaks for itself but no one solved the rh mystery and the Treasure Island movie does that so that one bit of evidence no one else has come out with differentiates this review from everyone else.
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The author either wrote the other review him or herself or had someone do it; clearly it paraphrases the books foreward and is not genuine. This book can only be described as a poor practical joke. From the typos in the foreward that continue throughout (claims Arthur Allen Leigh was an "escape goat"?), lack of any editing whatsoever, and mistakes throughout, it leaves one wondering whether the author's retyped police reports are accurate at all (did Darlene Ferrin's sister really refer to her as "Charlene" in a police interview?). At times it is a direct plagiarism of Graysmith's book, then falls into simply being a supposed representation of photos and police reports. Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy, I really can't believe anyone published this thing. Wait, there is no publisher, no mention of who this author is, this book is nothing but a second rate waste of time. I am really shocked Amazon wouldn't have standards in place to prevent readers from buying this on the basis of a phoney review.
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Evidence is the core basis for solving any homicide and ensuring a conviction. Without strong evidence, the prosecution will never accept a case because they know a jury will never convict. As an investigator it is your responsibility to research, locate, analyze and tie physicial evidence to a suspect. In the case of The Zodiac, this has never been accomplished. Instead, there have been dozens of suspects, many who have been tried in the court of public opinion, yet none whom have been tied to any physical evidence. Conspiracy theorists, amateur sleuths, reporters and even law enforcement authorities have named suspects as the killer, but nobody has ever been able to bring The Zodiac to justice.

Perhaps with this book you can take the foray into the evidence, by reading the police reports (typed up and yes, even redacted properly) perusing the crime scene photographs or perhaps even solving the 340 symbol cipher (good luck on the 340 cipher)

All of the information in the book is readily available elsewhere, like on Tom Voigt's site, however it's quite nice to have the police reports in a typed form and to have the letters and ciphers all in one handy and elegant book.

A full scale reproduction of the letters with the envelopes, because the envelopes have a story to tell and are also very important evidence. Also a more verbose bibliography and index would have been welcomed.

If you're familiar with the case, this book might not be for you, but for the beginner I can't recommend this book enough!
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