Vanderbilt’s screen story does not offer artificial solutions, nor does it provide answers to questions the 2007 film could not possibly answer.
Well, one thing is for certain: none of these books mention Ted Cruz. They come to a conclusion — but you’ll have to read the book to find out. Published in 1986, Robert Graysmith’s Zodiac was the first, and now most well-known, book on the Zodiac Killer, and is also the book that informed the film Zodiac .
This is so well-researched and detailed that its lead some readers to speculate whether or not Graysmith himself might be the Zodiac Killer — a seriously disturbing thought.
The each received letters with specific information only the killer could know, cryptograms that when deciphered revealed a feverish rant, and most signed with either the zodiac symbol (crosshairs) or his name (“Dear Editor: This is the Zodiac speaking…”).
Whether their author mocked the police’s inability to catch him, claimed to be collecting slaves for the afterlife, or promised to shoot children on a school bus, Zodiac’s published correspondence resulted in frantic reactions from authorities and the public.
From the late 1960s to early 1970s and beyond, Zodiac Killer hysteria rattled the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California.
With several confirmed attacks and numerous others attributed to his name, the self-titled Zodiac claimed to have 37 victims; however, just three men and two women died by either gunshot or stabbing, while another two were seriously injured but escaped.
The Zodiac investigation remained open without a single arrest or even conclusive suspect, and remains open still, a mystery that continues to consume investigators yet will remain forever unsolved.
An all-consuming need to disentangle an unsolvable mystery impels David Fincher’s masterful procedural, (2002).
And while using true crime as entertainment presents a moral dilemma for tons of readers (these were real victims, after all) there is something in particular about unsolved cases that leads to an insatiable desire to fill in the blanks.
Perhaps the numbered films and books about the Zodiac Killer are less a source of entertainment, and more a desperate, human desire to understand that which cannot be explained, and to answer the un-answerable. One of the primary reasons readers dive headfirst into true crime stories in the first place is to try and understand the inexplicable mind of a killer, right?