This blog post is more or less just an update of an update of an update. I know many have been waiting for the release of HorrorScope— my tome on the Zodiac Killer. It was delayed for a variety of reasons– my obsession with EAR, but mostly the inability to get contemporary hand printing on my suspect in order to confirm the results of my investigation. This is necessary in any investigation. Since 2012 I have had but one suspect– I called him Steve Beard– but I refuse to play the game of “Solved” when in essence only greater suspicion could be directed at him . . . at that time. Later, I obtained enough to satisfy myself on his candidacy. Yet I wanted contemporary hand printing. It is needed for more than just presentation in a book.
The belief that Zodiac left DNA is fiction . . .sorta. He left no DNA in perpetration, and that is what counts. If he did lick those stamps on the letters to the Chronicle then he left DNA in a roundabout way. Technically, it proves he licked those stamps. If DNA were removed from the stamps and it led to the licker of the stamps, even an official investigation would have to confirm him as The Zodiac Killer based on two points of evidence: hand printing and fingerprints. SFPD still believes in those bloody prints in Stine’s cab, and the printing on the paper of those nasty notes to the Chronicle are in perpetration, wherein he is confessing and threatening more mayhem.
The Zodiac intentionally chose the type of murders that leave little evidence behind that can lead anywhere– ballistics, and that’s basically it. In the case of Lake Berryessa it is also footprints. It doesn’t take a genius to do this. He may also have known that blood type can be secured off saliva on the back of a stamp. I really don’t know if those stamps were licked. According to a later report the first lifting of DNA was actually from the edge of a stamp and therefore maybe it wasn’t even his.
In any case, the legal evidence is hand printing and fingerprints. DNA can only direct one to a suspect and then the other evidence must be obtained before he can be definitely declared the culprit.
Independent of my own investigation, people following the case have been waiting on official updates. In 2018 due to the success of genealogical DNA tracing the case has essentially been reopened officially and DNA was sought from more stamps Zodiac had mailed to the Chronicle. Last May there was the announcement they are seeking more DNA in order to confirm the stamps were licked.
A couple of things we can deduce since the big news reports of May. They have Leigh Allen’s DNA on file, so if they lifted better DNA they could immediately match to him if he had been Zodiac. That would not have taken long. So Leigh Allen seems removed (yet again!) from being Zodiac.
I proceed on my own independently. By Spring 2019 I hope to have finally secured the last bit of evidence I want and thereafter there is no impediment to publishing HorrorScope. I’m sorry for the repeated delays.
In my next post I will share an outsert where I state the my reasons in far more concise and thought-out language than I can ever manage in a blog post.
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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.