Gary Stewart Answers Questions

The Most Dangerous Animal of All - Gary StewartActive Zodiac-community member Richard Grinell ( recently interviewed Gary Stewart, the author of The Most Dangerous Animal of All - Searching for My Father ... and Finding the Zodiac Killer.  The conversation is interesting because Stewart specifically addresses the question of the online Zodiac community and its various forums. Let's just say he's a tad bit critical. Additionally, we haven't heard the last of Gary Stewart - read the article and find out why...

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Richard Grinell
1 year 10 months ago

Thanks Michael for covering the article, I am sure Gary Stewart probably knew going into this what sort of reaction he may get from certain quarters, nevertheless it was worthwhile from both our perspectives. He was happy to address certain issues and from my point of view the amount of feedback he gave far exceeded my expectations and I can only thank him for that. More importantly though it made me think twice about the way we treat people on the internet. There is a complete difference between criticizing somebody and disagreeing with a standpoint or theory, but it is quite another throwing vile abuse from the protection of a computer screen. When you have a discussion with somebody on a more personal level you tend to separate the man from the book and although, probably like you, I stay pretty independent regarding suspects, you tend to leave the discussion with more respect, even though you may not agree. The anonymity of the internet allows us to throw stones from the shadows with impunity, and what this contact with Gary Stewart taught me above all else, is that politeness is a much stronger virtue than unsavory rhetoric, especially when two standpoints differ greatly. As you have probably experienced down the years, the Zodiac community has itself created enemies within and often lost sight of the real injustice in this case, that a senseless murderer has still yet to be identified and the families still need answers. This case has moved on little in 50 years and doesn’t appear to be coming to an end anytime soon, but the answers they yearn for, doesn’t lie in five lines of filthy text. Right I shall get off my soapbox now, cheers Michael.