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 The old “No trespassing” sign with the Zodiac symbol painted on it by some enthusiast has been replaced by a new one with no symbol (yet) painted thereon.
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.
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.