The ZODIAC’s Subtle Connections

Since 2012 I have been fairly convinced that my suspect was The ZODIAC. Over that period of time, though I was waylaid by my EAR/ONS investigation, I have refined the suspect’s qualifications to be the infamous braggart, The ‘Zodiac’ Killer. I then went straight for handwriting comparisons.

Little things emerged from the shadows. They infer. Like all inferences worth anything they point us toward the next step. They are not an end in themselves. Some of the most interesting facts are within the group of people he was around. It is not surprising clues are contained here. Had they been overt in ZODIAC’s life he would have stood out more as a suspect. The fact that such a publicized crime spree has gone unsolved tell us, of course, that it was in and of itself quite complex behind-the-scenes.

For example: victim Darlene Ferrin seems to have been a carbon copy in many respects of his own mother.  By the time she was 45, she had one son (illegitimate; him obviously) had been married 3 times, divorced once, the other died within weeks of the marriage, married a third, though still using her first husband’s surname on the license rather than the name of her second and quickly-dead husband’s surname. Considering that she had met her second, short-lived husband through her first husband, then he ends up dead after a secret marriage in Missouri, it is not surprising that she fled Kansas society with her teenage son.  To San Francisco she came. She soon married a draftsman in Nevada.

By the time her son, the object of my interest, went to college, he had been raised around Air Force and aircraft, then as a teen, saw the complexities of a draftsman’s work– the inks and pens used, the paper, the slant of the draftsman’s board. After a somewhat disappointing Air Force career was cut short,  he returned to a San Francisco his mother had now left. He didn’t stay long. The Summer of Love was in full swing and it was not a San Fran he would know. It was a promiscuous, bizarre place. Lake_Berryessa_Suspec sketch

He moved east, but he still needed to drive through the east bay area in order to visit momma. This marriage wouldn’t last. She would eventually divorce yet again and  marry another. Where she met them, I do not know. She was a beautician. She had been that since she was a teen. She never wanted another kid, and her son was a bit of a surprise. The father was a doctor’s son, and it seems she wasn’t from the right side of the tracks for the doctor’s family.

Such clues are indeed curious.

Her husband during her San Francisco sojourn had been a draftsman for the steel companies. He worked on drafting east bay projects, and for all I know he may have been involved in the new Humble Oil Refinery in Benicia. If so, he would have been drafting all the piping. How many times he visited the area while it was under construction I do not know, if any. But it is another possible connection with the area and ZODIAC. He also liked to hunt in the foothills.

Such things lead me on in a difficult case. A solution for such a case cannot be so simplistic as “daddy did it.” ZODIAC altered his handwriting. He took care to hide clues, but the sum total of research on my suspect reveals many sources for inspiration– for his poison pen paper, sketches of bombs, locations of attacks, and perhaps even a motive for vengefully killing the female victims but quickly dispatching the male victims. Perhaps also for why he shifted his MO and attacked only a lone male cab driver in San Francisco.

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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 or Q Man. “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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Vallejo Today– ZODIAC Sites

I had a reason to be in Vallejo a couple of days ago and decided to stop by a couple of the ZODIAC sites to see how they stand today. Lots of tree trimming going on Lake Herman Road. The turnout is basically being used as a dump. The old “No trespassing” sign with the Zodiac symbol painted on it by some enthusiast has been replaced by a new one with no symbol (yet) painted thereon.

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To me this isn’t a big deal. There are Jack the Ripper tours in London to this day. If someone wants to mark a famous attack spot in one of the most documented crime sprees in American history, that’s the way of it. It reminds me of the kids in The Great Race scribbling on Professor Fate’s gate: “Fate Loves Fate.” There’s always going to be pranksters. You can’t put a fig leaf on a statue and say something isn’t there.  The famous cases are unsolved and they need to be remembered.

What happened on Lake Herman Road on December 20, 1968, happened. You cannot condemn  people even for their most impeccable attributes– curiosity. The Zodiac Killer crimes were mentally intriguing, and his boasting provocative. It has inspired more than one generation to hunt him. History has happened here, and history isn’t always nice. But this is what happened and this is where it happened.

Columbus Parkway is a nightmare of traffic. It bears little resemblance to back in 1969, but the park is still relatively quiet. It has certainly lost its rustic atmosphere.

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I was in Vallejo for another reason, and the hopes I can find the strike point of NorCal Rapist. But no luck as yet. Many more cases need probing into. Let’s hope they do not go unsolved and come to symbolized diabolical mystery and the ingenuity of dark minds.

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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 or Q Man. “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.