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Back to the Zodiac
They're making a movie about the Zodiac killer. And it's full of hearthrobs!:
The Bay Area's most notorious unsolved case has become the subject of many books, TV specials and Web sites. In his final letter to The Chronicle, April 24, 1978 -- whose authenticity some have called into question -- he wrote boastfully:

"This is the Zodiac speaking ... I am waiting for a good movie about me. Who will play me."

Now, 26 years later, David Fincher, who made "Fight Club," has taken up the challenge. Due late next year, the Warner Bros. film "Zodiac" will star Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo as the lead detectives and reporters. The $80 million film was shot on location last month in the Bay Area, and will continue its production for 85 days on Los Angeles sets.

Aiming for historical accuracy, the filmmakers hired witnesses, survivors, detectives and reporters as consultants to the film whenever possible.

"Authenticity is our main goal," said producer Brad Fischer last week on the set. Added scriptwriter James Vanderbilt, "We want to be as thorough as possible." The film crew began researching the case three years ago. Gyllenhaal plays Robert Graysmith, the former Chronicle cartoonist whose interest in the case led him to write a 1976 book, "Zodiac," upon which the film is based. With his help, the filmmakers claim they have discovered new, substantial evidence. "What we've learned from our research," Fischer said, "we want to keep for our film."

"Their investigation was deeper than anything I did at the time," said retired Vallejo Detective George Bawart.
Having interacted with the Vallejo Police Department on more than one occasion, I'm not surprised. Kim and I even had the pleasure of being "deputized" to perform a stake-out of the ground-floor apartment across the alley. When the man they were looking for showed up, we called. The police came thirty minutes later and he was long gone. When he showed up a second time, we called again. Once again, they showed up far too late.

The Vallejo Times-Herald used to run stories about the identity of the Zodiac Killer. Some claim that he has been living discreetly in V-Town the whole time. Given what we've learned about the BTK killer, that possibility seems as likely as any. Once Kim took me out to Lake Herman Road to go for a jog through the brush surrounding the lake. There was something disturbing about the place. I'm not easily scared by tales of death and dismemberment, yet felt a distinct chill out there in the surprisingly wild, wind-swept hills even though it was the middle of the day.

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From: _wwld_ Date: October 5th, 2005 06:19 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
omg i definitely think he was Guilty!
amnesiascope From: amnesiascope Date: October 5th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I caught a cable tv special on the Zodiac Killer that advanced the theory that Ted Kaczynski was the ZK. The four main pieces of evidence offered were: 1) Kaczynski was in grad school at Berkeley at the time; 2) The murders were intricately planned and patterned; 3) There was some passing resemblance between sketches of the ZK and the Unabomber; 4) Some serial killers evidently go on test runs before finding their favored method, victim, etc. There was also some discussion of the ZK's sly, evidently coded communications with the police.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 5th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Interesting. It doesn't make sense to me, though. There were lots of killers wandering around California in the late 60s. The Unabomber had a much clearer sense of mission, don't you think? I mean, the people and organizations he sent bombs to were all politically compromised in some obvious way. I remember one story that actually said he was an aging, blue-collar white guy living in an ordinary house in Vallejo.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 6th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
yeah, it seemed very much a product of unabomber hype rather than a hypothesis one could take seriously. what's more interesting to me is the whys of the thing: is it in some way a defensive move against the seemingly boundless novelty and ingenuity of radical evil? an offshoot of the paranoid style in american politics? a market logic of equivalence?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 6th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, I think it's the interest of the state to establish an unbroken continuum between individual acts of "random" violence and terrorism. So much of the discourse about the Weathermen and the SLA and even Tim McVeigh's crowd focuses on the individual eccentricties of the participants, their "madness," at the expense of any sense of rational collective action. Of course, one could argue that the problem with that sort of terrorism, from the perspective of more organized anti-statist activity, is that it does foreground individuals too much, that it glorifies figures instead of what they are supposedly figuring.
amnesiascope From: amnesiascope Date: October 6th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oops. Posted that last comment anonymously by mistake.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 6th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm replying to the anonymous one.
tpratt From: tpratt Date: October 5th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

this might actually not suck

If anyone can manage to make this not be shit, Fincher has a shot. Not that Alien 3 didn't, but you get the idea.
The Zodiac was a scary fuck indeed. If I'm not mistaken, the police sketch of him with gun and scary bag over his head was made from a description given by someone who was shot, at that exact location where you were jogging, in the middle of the day. Creepy.
kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: October 5th, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: this might actually not suck

Actually I think that description came from a survivor from a Lake Berryessa attack. But if it's any consolation, I took Charlie to that spot too and fucked him on a picnic bench. So it's all good.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 6th, 2005 04:06 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: this might actually not suck

And that leads me to raise the question, once more, of what constitutes "fucking." Does it count when a man performs oral sex on a woman? Inquiring minds want to know. . . :-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 5th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: this might actually not suck

Oh, yes. It's so rare for a killer not to be caught. The story suggests that the film will make new revelations, but I doubt whether they will lead to an arrest.
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