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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
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.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2014 7:07:14 AM PDT
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What lay people don't realize is that there are far more serial confessors than there are serial killers. I'm reminded of Henry Lee Lucas who confessed to more than 60 murders, which law enforcement was more than happy to attribute to him to close out cold cases. The problem is - false confessions are for more common than the public wants to admit - which is why confessions need to corroborated. When Lucas' confessions were checked against the evidence, it became quite obvious that it was logistically impossible for him to have committed the majority of the murders for which he had confessed.
Whenever I hear of preposterous claims like this one, I am skeptical. Extremely skeptical. I would hope that law enforcement people, who are human, after all, and just as anxious to grab their 15 minutes of fame, are meticulous about making sure there is real evidence to back up Mr. Edwards' claims. If history is any guide, the man very well could turn out to be a more prolific fraud than a prolific murderer. I'm NOT saying he has never killed anyone, I AM saying his victim count is extremely unlikely.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2014 7:09:05 AM PDT
The only "irrefutable" evidence is DNA. Unless there is DNA for all of these murders, I beg to differ with that claim. Understand that a lot of what we call "forensic science" has no basis whatsoever in science. (Even fingerprints).
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2014 7:16:13 AM PDT
Exactly! You voiced my own feelings perfectly. After viewing the clip on You Tube, I had serious doubts. I hate to say it, but this guy reminds me of Henry Lee Lucas who confessed to just about every murder he had ever heard of. Plenty of law enforcement people believed him, too. Along came the party poopers who checked into Lucas' claims. While he had murdered several people, he was certainly not the prolific killer he had made himself out to be. I would hope that taught police a very valuable lesson about the reality of false confessions.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2014 12:09:50 PM PDT
To be fair to the author, he's not claiming outright confessions by Edwards, but that Edwards left clues on web sites and in his biography that are tantamount to a confession. Edwards only confessed to 2 or 3 murders.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2015 4:40:22 AM PDT
Vicki W. says:
It seems to me this guy does like playing games, and he is a murderer, however it sounds like he was just having fun toying with Cameron and Neal. He probably got great enjoyment out of making this guy actually believe he was guilty of every murder in North America for half a century. He doesn't confirm nor deny, but relished the attention much like Lucas. If he would have kept it more simple, perhaps just made a case for the Zodiac (like so many others have claimed to "solve", it might be more believable. There is DNA off one of the letters in that case as well as a palm print and fingerprint that have yet to be identified. I think those are in CODIS and AFIS and haven't hit with Edwards. The Zodiac was way before anyone thought of DNA, and though Edwards may be smart, I doubt he was psychic.
The Jonbenet Ramsey murder has the DNA of an unknown male in 3 locations. It's in CODIS, therefore if it was Edwards it would have hit. Further, in 1996 DNA testing was fairly new, and they didn't work with touch DNA at that point (unknown male DNA found on both sides of Jonbenet's long johns around the waist band from touch DNA). I guess he's going to say that this guy was so clever he planted that. He kept saying something about Jonbenet being beheaded, and she wasn't. It was mentioned in the ransom note, but she was garroted and then suffered a blow to the head after or right at the time of death. I also doubt a 13 year old could have abducted, killed, cut in half and transported the body of Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia. Jimmy Hoffa was likely killed by the mob. He was meeting with several men, and some say he got into a vehicle with them. I heard the Iceman, Richard Kuklinski may have been involved in that. I haven't read it, and am intrigued, but these claims rise to preposterous levels. I was wondering if it's possible he could have been involved in the Colonial Parkway murders in Virginia, but don't know if he mentioned that. It just sounds like he is linking this guy to nearly every high profile crime there is. If Dennis Rader wasn't caught, the particulars of those murders would fit. Seems like he is trying to wedge square pegs into round holes. Sometimes he's using a hammer to do it.
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