Retired Vallejo officer, author, claims officials knew name of Zodiac killer
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#1 Jun 5, 2012
Retired Vallejo officer, author, claims officials knew name of Zodiac killer in 1971
The author is convinced that his suspect is the Zodiac serial killer, but he couldn't say so until he died.
The 91-year-old Fairfield resident, Vallejo resident Lyndon Lafferty said, died in February.
Retired CHP Officer Lafferty's recently released book on the subject says authorities have known since March 15, 1971 that the recently deceased man was the killer who terrorized the Bay Area in the late 1960s and early '70s. He said a few highly placed power players kept the killer's identity under wraps for decades through intimidation and other means for a variety of reasons.
Lafferty's book, the Zodiac Killer Cover-up, AKA The Silenced Badge, details the results of a 40-year investigation into the Zodiac killings by Lafferty and six other mostly law enforcement officials. Lafferty said he believes they can prove his suspect was the man who took credit for more than 30 slayings, including several in and around Vallejo, in strange, encrypted letters to authorities and newspapers, including the Times-Herald.
The book doesn't mention the man's name, because he was still living when it was written, and continued to present a danger to Lafferty and his family, despite his advanced age, Lafferty said.
In fact, just days after a 2010 Times-Herald story ran announcing his book, Lafferty said he got what he took to be a threatening letter in the mail, the author of which made it clear he or she preferred Lafferty's book not be published. The envelope contained some evidence that, the letter writer said, if tested, would match DNA from one of the Zodiac letters.
"I turned that over to the federal government," Lafferty said. "When I called them and told them about it, they said they'd be by to pick it up, and there were agents at my door within an hour."
The two Department of Justice special agents who Lafferty said picked up the letter, didn't return calls for comment. Dan Olson, a Quantico-based FBI agent who Lafferty says he's worked with on the Zodiac cyphers, said he's not authorized to speak to the press and wouldn't confirm or deny anything.
Lafferty said that though he was advised by officials at his self-publishing firm that he'd have to market the book himself, that has not been necessary. Since word of its publication spread, the Lafferty phone's been ringing off the hook, he and wife Yvonne said.
#2 Jun 5, 2012
This book is a load of horseshit. It's full of ridiculous mistakes, deceptive, manipulative statements and self-aggrandizing lies. The author is a prick hoping to make a buck and get some attention. He also badmouths people who have put far more work into the case than he ever has.
For him, working on this case probably consists of sitting around drinking and fantasizing.
The worst part is that he basically got obsessed with his suspect out of his own blatant homophobia. Perhaps that is why this long book contains NO convincing, real proof at all of his suspect's guilt. It's really apparent when you read the book.
Not worth it at all.
#3 Jun 5, 2012
Kinda what I thought...a traffic officer investigating a homicide.
#4 Jun 5, 2012
Cops do cover things up
#5 Jun 6, 2012
I think Lafferty has spent the majority of his life in the grip of homosexual panic. I bet he was a big hit in the gay leather bars.
#6 Jun 6, 2013
yea right, nver heard of this guy and why would they ahve a chp cop do an investigation on the zodiac? it's B.S.
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