This book is truly awful. It is rife with factual errors, misleading statements and convoluted prose. Lyndon Lafferty is a retired CA CHP Officer, so you would think he would take the time and effort to fact check his work. Instead, the book is full of mistakes regarding the facts of the Zodiac case. Lafferty expresses disdain for Robert Graysmith, but apparently used Graysmith's first Zodiac book as reference material, since most of the mistakes Lafferty makes are the same ones Graysmith made in his Yellow Book.
Lafferty's claim of a cover up is never convincingly proved. It seems ludicrous to believe that a judge knowingly let the Zodiac get away simply because the Judge was having an affair with Lafferty's suspect's wife. It also seems unlikely that if Lafferty had any credible evidence on his suspect, all jurisdictions, including San Francisco, would look the other way.
Lafferty makes many misleading statements. He claims his suspect CONFESSED. When you read the whole book, you see his suspect confessed in AA meetings to doing awful things, but never specified his transgressions and NEVER confessed to being the Zodiac. Lafferty states that his suspect's voice was identified as being that of the Zodiac Killer, when what actually happened is someone getting calls from a person claiming to be the Zodiac and asking for help listened to a recording of Lafferty's suspect and said the voice sounded a lot like the person who had been calling her. These are but two examples.
The author is often unclear as to what happened when, making it impossible to put together a coherent timeline of events. At times he contradicts himself, and in many parts of the book it is hard to figure out just what he is claiming.Read more ›
Patiently I have remained silent on the distorted views and outright lies about my book. The owner of a popular Zodiac website has committed slander against me personally and has trashed my book, even posting entire pages of my book on his website. His low character and lack of integrity borders on criminality. He is responsible for his website members writing terrible reviews about my book. His vendetta against me is that in the early years of this investigation I refused to share any information with him. He had no idea of a personal relationship I had with the Subject and it was critical that my name remained a most critical secret. My partner refused to talk to him also and in two days he pronounced the two of us dead on his website. While I never mentioned his name in my book I did refer to him as the, - "ultimate Zodiac whore". Then, he identified himself thusly on his own website. His animosity and hatred precedes his ignorance. He never knew one thing about our investigation, -- and neither did Robert Graysmith. Whoever wrote the review, -- "Peek thru the BS" - getting down to brass tacks is either a complete idiot or lacks the intelligence to comprehend the subtlety so obviously implied. The facts in my book are in total harmony, they are all absolutely true. It appears that the writer of this vitriol extended a great deal of effort to do so. Another critic who claims to be a Zodiac expert has even admitted he has not even read my book. These are the malcontents whose very lives depend on this case staying alive, -- it is their purpose for living. As I have said, -- my book is not the other side of the story, --- it is the real story. Lyndon E. Lafferty
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I had read some of the poor ratings that some individuals wrote and wasn't sure what I would find when I ordered the book. Yes the book was more expensive than some others, but it is well worth it to get and actually read the whole book from beginning to end. There was much thought and years of investigation put into this book by a group and not just the author. Having lived as a young girl during this time period and being personally affected by what the Zodiac Killer did to at least two of the individuals, I have waited a long time for a book that made some sense of the madness of the time. As I have grown older I have always been frustrated by what the times were between departments of the different police districts. To those that realize a more global sharing of information between police in different towns and counties and then a computer system of different departments in the FBI etc. this was not the climate at that time at all. You infringed on police and sheriff's egos even when people tried to report information. My husband lived in San Francisco and so was also a big part of that time as well. Later in his life he had an individual that worked for him that actually saw the Zodiac make the telephone call about the Berryessa murder and assault. The individual reporting the sighting was a very reliable individual and what she said was that no one wanted to be upped by another department so no one followed up on the lead right away. She kept attempting to give the information, but like so many other people of the time that saw things and tried to report them, she was not taken seriously, or they were too overwhelmed, or they said "That isn't our jurisdiction".Read more ›
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