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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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.
The Zodiac is the most notorious unsolved serial killer investigation in U.S history. Mr. Lafferty's has taken 46 years of Zodiac investigative history and condensed it into 445pages of reading, which is complex and with many twists and turns. So much so that I had to go back a few times to make sure I was connecting and understanding the same dots, as Mr. Lafferty moved forward in making his case regarding his suspect. In addition to Mr. Lafferty, the Manadmus Seven team included several individuals with credible investigative backgrounds and professional integrity. While reading the book it is evident that they dedicated a large amount of time and effort in pursuing their suspect, which is much more than can be said of the cities and counties having jurisdiction in these cases. Whether you agree or disagree with Mr. Lafferty's investigative conclusions, anyone who is captivated by the Zodiac case will appreciate his experiences, insights and frustrations in trying to bring justice to the Zodiac's many victims. I have no regrets adding "The Silenced Badge" to my personal collection of Zodiac books.
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