I’ve finally had an opportunity to read Lyndon Lafferty’s book, cover to cover. In a nutshell, it just doesn’t work for me. He has not presented any evidence that works to my satisfaction and, therefore, I cannot recommend it to anyone interested in the factual side of the Zodiac saga. It does, however, hold some interesting moments as a kind of personal journey from the author. However, that just wasn’t enough for me. I was looking for something more factual, more tangible.
Two aspects of the Lafferty episode of the case stick in my mind. The first is the way in which the media presented his book to the public. This was a classic example of “creating news” instead of “reporting news.” I have yet to read (or hear, or see) an objective review of the book. It emphasizes a sad state of affairs among the media, but certainly not anything surprising, given the past several decades of media behavior. Media reliability is obviously a myth in our Country, sad to say.
The other disturbing aspect is the furor Lafferty’s book has created among the amateur community. He has been attacked with ferocity and viciousness that is stunning. This kind of reaction speaks volumes about those who enjoy the sport of personal attack without any need for objectivity or, often, good sense. It is a sad commentary on what was once a vibrant community in search of facts. That time has obviously passed and Lafferty is merely the latest victim. I have never seen such vitriol in my rather long life and it troubles me that the Zodiac story has degenerated to this level of behavior on such a wide scale. I can only imagine how others, perhaps with something important to say, will simply remain silent rather than face the kind of madness that Lafferty has encountered.
I suspect that Lafferty has sold a fair number of books, despite it’s high price. It’s no easy task to write a book and it’s not cheap to self-publish one. At least he has put his opinions out there for the rest of us to take or not take as we see fit. It’s shameful that his words, right or wrong, have brought such relentless personal attacks in their wake. He made a theory, it doesn’t hold together, and that’s pretty much the end of the story. The rest of this ugly chapter in the Zodiac saga is, in my opinion, far more disturbing than Lafferty’s work.
Your comments about the attacks on other theorists are very timely and well placed, imo.
The nature of the Zodiac case is such that it makes fools of fools, but it makes fools of intelligent folk, too. Personally, I would give at least a 60% probability that the key to solving to the Zodiac Killer case, if it ever comes, will be in the hands of a Gollum, not a Gandalf. It would likely be somebody that few respect, and most disregard. **
All this to say that we mislead oursekves if we think it helps to disrespect other Z-researchers, whatever we think of their theories. I, for one will try to do a little better.
** Hence, my theory must be the right one. ;D
Allen Leigh. He is the main suspect and checking the details on what they had today that would have been a strong case. As for the DNA letter. Leigh i believe could have easily made other people lick stamps etc. Now i am no brain merchant by any means but Leigh must be the Zodiac killer. From the Zodiac watch he once owed and his sick confessions of torture on people that did take place in areas that it did occur. Arthur Allen Leigh has very strong claims.
I can tell you first hand, that Lafferty did a good job writing the book, as my great uncle was the Detective talked about in the book, Sgt. Lundblad of Solano County Sheriff’s Dept. From what my family has told me, my Uncles suspect and Laffert’s story all are very true, and very very interesting.
I’m sorry you feel Lafferty book provides no facts, as an avid crime history reader I found it to be quite the opposite.
He is bluntly honest when he discusses things he had no evidence on as well.
As I said, my family has many stories of my Uncles investigation into Zodiac, and I have had the pleasure of getting to know Lafferty, he is very knowledgeable on the topic and has a very open mind about it all.
We are all entitled to our own opinions, and as we all have learned, when it comes to Zodiac opinions, every one seems to be a detective who 100% know who did it.
I am speaking from a point of history that my family lived through, was harrasses through by Zodiac himself, and will certainly never forget.
Keep searching for the truth, its out there. But I for one do strongly support Lafferys book, and opinion, not because my uncle was on the case, but from my research, I would have come to the same conclusion.