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  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: MANDAMUS (February 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982936303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982936306
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 75 people found the following review helpful By GettingDownToBrassTacks on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dottie sarantis on May 13, 2013
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I have followed the Zodiac since he first began his reign of terror and at the time lived in SF and rode the streetcars etc so looked about for him even had a suspect. I have never been satisfied with the findings of the departments involved since today we have DNA etc and could not see how they couldn't be certain. This book is much more thorough and includes multiple facts left out by others. I do hope it becomes a movie but even more so hope Zodiac owns up before he dies. I also hope that Lafferty writes another book so I can read it. I wanted to buy the book when it first came out but really could not fit it into my budget but finally aquired it and will keep it. I would like to have it signed by the author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dubearry on April 24, 2014
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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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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Bud O'Baer on April 19, 2012
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For the most part I enjoyed Lafferty's book about his involvement in the notorious Zodiac murder case as a highway patrolman and the suspect he believes was the evil man behind the mask. Some of the episodes Lafferty retold in his book are wierd and creepy enough to fit in well with the ever growing body of work that has become the Zodiac Saga. Lafferty's face to face encounter with his suspect in an empty parking lot and the story of a young man who was approached by a man claiming to be the Zodiac on the day of the gruesome Zodiac attack upon two young people at the Berryessa National Park are but two examples.

Lafferty doesn't appear to always have his dates & names straight. He alledges that the Vallejo police department was ordered away from the suspect )called George Russell Tucker) because a powerful judge in the area had had an affair with Tucker's wife. The judge, according to the author, was more worried about a scandal involving him than in protecting the lives of people. If that was the case then Lafferty should have gone the route of "Deep Throat" in the Watergate case, turning informant to other law enforcement officers working on the case in different jurisdictions.
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