For decades, many have tried and failed to figure out who was behind the unsolved "Zodiac" killings in the late 60's and early 70's. But one man thinks he may have finally cracked the code and figured out the identity of the infamous serial killer!
Author Gary Stewart recently released a book titled The Most Dangerous Animal of All where he reveals the identity of the Zodiac Killer, and strangely enough, he seems to think it's his father!!
The story all begins when Gary, who was adopted at a young age, set out to find the identity of his birth parents, and along the way he believes he found crucial evidence that links his biological father to the mysterious killings!
For example, he says his father's fingerprints matched prints that were found at one of the crime scenes! Also, a handwriting analyst claimed his father's handwriting was "virtually" identical to the writing found on Zodiac's mysterious notes!
Gary also says he was contacted by his birth mother Judith Gilford in 2002, and she told him she ran away with his biological father Earl Van Best Jr. when she was just 14 years old!
She gave birth to gary in New Orleans in 1963, but he was abandoned in a hotel because the couple was on the run from authorities. Earl was eventually arrested for raping a minor and fraud, and he spent several years in a mental institution for the criminally insane in San Quentin.
Earl was released in 1965, just three years before the first Zodiac killings, and Gary claims all of the victims resemble his birth mother, leading him to believe the murders were an act of revenge!
We guess we'll just have to wait and see if any of this evidence holds up, but we think it's pretty safe to say Gary was NOT expecting to find that when he began the search for his father!
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