A little sneak peak from HorrorScope, Chapter 17 “The Iota of Omicron” (some names redacted at this point).
It is that one stroke; that one download into space, into nothing but space. It gave me the Omicron Suspect. It is a link to the legend.
With all the publicity that surrounded the ‘Zodiac’ Killer crimes I found it hard to believe that there was not one viable clue that came in to the police from at least one citizen. This instinct drove me to pursue Dave —- ‘s [redacted] lead for —– [redacted] Wilcox. The coincidences I uncovered looked good, enough for me to take it a step further and try to get handwriting samples.
As it stood, however, there was a great irony, one that was sewn into the fabric of the legend. It was one that should give pause to any investigator faced with coincidences, but it was also an irony that was hard to accept as merely coincidence. There were many more incriminating coincidences in the life of No. 1 Zodiac suspect Arthur Leigh Allen than in Wilcox’s case. The difference was that Allen had been exonerated by the applicable evidentiary tests— handwriting, fingerprints, and eventually posthumously even by DNA lifted from more than one stamp on more than one of the letters sent in by the Zodiac. Wilcox had not been pursued and exonerated at all. Allen had been, but the exoneration didn’t explain how so many coincidences could possibly exist, far too many coincidences remaining to be statistically believable as mere coincidence.
Instinct, and perhaps nothing more but nagging instinct, has kept Leigh Allen alive as a viable Zodiac suspect, and for those who continue to believe him to be guilty it is the only thing that causes them to deny the fingerprints, doubt the handwriting tests, and to question if somebody else licked his stamps.
It is necessary to look into the investigation into Arthur Leigh Allen to pursue the coincidences to the one logical compromise— that he was a link to the real ‘Zodiac’ Killer. In fact, all the evidence and coincidences together not only suggest this more than anything else, the actual link stands quite apparent as a giant loophole.
The investigation into Leigh Allen was one that created loose strings. To begin with, John Lynch didn’t bother to get the names of those witnesses that Allen said he had met at Salt Point Ranch on the day the Lake Berryessa crimes took place. Apparently, John Lynch had no interest in Allen after hearing his story and seeing he was bald. Verifying his account, however, would have terminated interest in Allen permanently.
When Leigh Allen emerged two years later in July 1971, perhaps knowledge of a solid exoneration for Allen would have inspired the investigators to pursue him as a link rather than as the suspect. Instead the investigators were bent on the same process of elimination, only hampered now since two years had gone by. As a result they would give us another frustrating loose string after they uncovered the most tantalizing lead they had into Zodiac.
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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.