ZODIAC Taunts — South By NorthWest

My own personal opinion after wading through the ‘Zodiac’ Killer case is that, at least to begin with, ZODIAC wasn’t too good with directions. His directions to Blue Rock Springs Park were lousy, including his estimate of the mileage.  Nevertheless, one can’t be cynical with a clue.

In ZODIAC’s letter of November 9, 1969, he boasts that he was in Presidio during the search. He says the dogs didn’t get near him. They were 2 blocks away.  Then he said the motorcycle cops passed him 150 feet away going from south to northwest.

There was really only one viable place for ZODIAC to have parked in Presidio, and this was on Rodriguez or Liggett. Behind Liggett is the little Clark Street and the wooded area between Presidio Blvd. I wouldn’t say it’s a great place to hide for long, if the cops got off their choppers. But . . .


Clark Street and the walking path and woods behind Liggett.

Was ZODIAC in the woods? I doubt that. But this was the only area nearby in Presidio where the road heads from south to northwest. He may not have been there, but had he parked here for the attack? If he knew how the road aligns he must have had a compass in his car. Not too many had that back then. But by now in his crime spree he was fully entrenched as the astrological assassin. Did he have a compass in his car?


All speculative. But it doesn’t require ZODIAC was telling the truth to ponder this. It only requires that he had parked around here initially. He had to have parked somewhere. Unless he parked on Jackson further down, then he had to have parked somewhere in Presidio. I doubt he could have made it out of West Pacific in time before Fouke and Zelms went down that way, so it seems he continued on through the dark grounds of Presidio to the roads that accessed the old brick cottages on Rodrigues or Liggett.

Maybe yes; maybe no. But Liggett is the only one that is South by Northwest.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

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