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Solving the Zodiac: The Zodiac Killer Case Files Paperback – April 22, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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!