Retired Vallejo officer, author, claims officials knew name of Zodiac killer in 1971 http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2078...
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he took to be a threatening letter in the mail, the author of which made it clear he or she preferred Lafferty's book not be published.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.