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Interesting, but often Impossible to Believe,
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This review is from: IT'S ME, Edward Wayne Edwards, the Serial Killer You Never Heard Of (Hardcover)
I really go back and forth on this book a lot. On one hand, it is not very well written at all (Cameron isn't really a writer, so he should probably be forgiven for that). On the other hand, I found it intensely interesting and couldn't really put it down. Some of the primary materials, including letters written by Edwards, are curiously odd and sometimes terrifying. There is a lot in this book that seems impossible to believe (such as the Ramsey and Hoffa claims), but there are also connections that you can't really deny (such as the fact that Edwards actually did know Jimmy Hoffa quite well).
Most people who will read this book will be those curious about the case that Edwards was the Zodiac. I don't know if he was or not, but Cameron shows several similarities Edward E shares with Zodiac that none of the other "suspects" do: 1) We know Edwards was a serial killer who often targeted couples, 2) We know that Edwards liked to write letters to newspapers and the police and that he bragged about his crimes through media outlets, and 3) We have documentation of Edwards claiming to know the identity of Zodiac.
Other stuff seems more dubious. It's hard to say for sure that Edwards was even in California at the time when Zodiac was active. Aside from that, Cameron connects him to *so many* high profile cases that you can get the sneaking suspicion that it's over sensationalized to hype the book. I don't really know what I think, but it's worth a read, in any case.
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Initial post: Jun 2, 2014 2:15:50 PM PDT
B. Grandon says:
I havent read the book yet but the head the author on Coast to Coast , recorded this weekend. One thing that blew me away was his implication in the West Memphis 3 case, and that he managed to get into a frame of the HBO documentary where the parents of one the boys were crying over their son's grave, talking about Christmas...Edwards was in the background in a Santa like beard. He had managed to con the filmmakers into letting him in the scene. He had also done an almost identical type murder decades before. He would time his murders to certain anniversaries of his past 'deeds', and certain holidays. He was all about the cat and mouse and outsmarting law enforcement and framing people.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2014 9:44:27 PM PDT
John Werner says:
Like you, I haven't read the book, but heard the C2CAM show. It was so outlandish that, pragmatically, I had to listen with interest sans believability. If some of these crimes the author links to Edwards could, at least, be linked with some solid physical evidence the believability factor would have risen accordingly. Apparently, there isn't any "smoking gun" evidence that is, simply, irrefutable. So, what's left? A huge mystery, which is what these cases all have in common. If you go to the author's website, coldcasecameron.com, you can get a clearer picture as to how, in his investigation, he has linked Edwards to his claimed beliefs. While it is immensely interesting it still begs for some evidence to, at least, link these claims to even one of these landmark crimes. It does, quite effectively, invoke the need for further introspection and investigation which, may or may not, bolster the author's belief.
Posted on Jun 8, 2014 11:46:27 AM PDT
The authour SAID that Edwards was in the background of an HBO documentary. But how do we know for sure the man so-pictured (I have seen the clip he has loaded on YouTube) is actually Edwards?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2014 2:50:02 PM PDT
Whiskey Lover says:
Yep, you're right on here, lanlarga. That's pretty much the case with ALL the evidence Cameron offers. If any of it can be substantiated, it's very, very compelling. But basically there's no proof that the claims are accurate. In the case of the documentary, Cameron contacts the filmmakers and they basically say, "We have no idea who that guy is or why he's in the film." There's no credit for him. So Cameron assumes it's Edwards because it makes the case more compelling. But I can't see any other reason.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2014 9:44:59 PM PDT
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Magickal Merlin says:
I wonder if Edwards read E.A. Wallis Budge's book 'Amulets and Superstitions'.On page 415,there's a picture of the 'Sacred Heart and the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac'.John Cameron claims Edwards was involved in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey.On her palm was the image of a heart,made by a red magic marker.When Edwards was at Deer Lodge prison,he was immersed in Egyptian mythology and studies.How far is Deer Lodge from Boulder? Hart is a synonym for deer.Is this a clue?Budge's book is loaded with astrological Zodiac references.
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