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(twenty-five at the time of the murders) to be Zodiac. My hope was that if he had been watching Darlene, he might have seen the older man named

“Lee” who was watching her.

“We were real close . . . friends,” Robbie told me, “and that was it! She didn’t share the names of her friends with anybody. Each was sort of. I didn’t pry. . . . I was just into her. These little games she played with different people were like you could see on TV or in a movie. Athat was going on and on. Darlene was petite. Ful of devilment. She was on Wal ace Street and flying a kite one night. But I remember thatcal ed me another night from the Coronado Inn to come out and pick her up. She didn’t trust this guy—an older man. The guy I saw was stocky.the time I wasn’t paying too much attention to him because she told me she wanted to come home right away.” Robbie could recal no more.year after this encounter, a Val ejo resident, Marie Anstey, vanished from the Coronado Inn parking lot on Friday the thirteenth. Anstey,, then drowned, had not been sexual y molested and was found near water—like the Santa Rosa victims. I believed Robbie Lee hadZodiac unmasked.Al en could be linked to Darlene through the painting party and her friends who knew of a shadowy figure named “Lee.” Could he now beto Darlene on the night of her murder? I had sought Lynch’s advice. He was not total y unaware that a man named “Lee” might be. He had searched out tips on a variety of men with the middle name Lee. One owned a .22-caliber gun, a .45, and a 9-mm gun. “There wasguy here who thinks he’s Zodiac, a local nut,” said Lynch. “He’s been in and out of Napa. In fact I knew him. I didn’t think I knew him when I got thatby letter from out of state by his ex-wife. He was a sadistic two-hundred-pounder, six feet tal , with a fetish for leather. He told his wife, ‘You wilmy slave in the hereafter, ’ a phrase similar to Zodiac’s ‘slaves in the afterlife’ remark. You can’t real y pin anything down with those guys. Nonethem wil ever talk to you.”

“Who tipped you to Leigh Al en as Zodiac?” I asked the last time we spoke. “Was the informant anonymous?”

“I think the information came through the local sheriff’s office . . . Les Lundblad, he’s dead now. I think the information came through him. Yeah,was coming second-hand. You could never talk to anyone directly.”

“You talked to Darlene’s sister, Linda, in San Jose.”

“I did talk to her—many times.”

“Did you ever speak to this ‘Lee’ from the painting party?”

“No.”

“They dug a perfect bul et out of the car,” I said, “one that wasn’t smashed. It probably went through the fleshy part of Darlene’s body and had justmomentum to penetrate the upholstery. That copper-coated ammo was pretty new. It had only been out for six months. Did you ever get aon that?”

“No,” said Lynch. “I admit I don’t know much about guns. A guy on Skyline Boulevard south of San Francisco was firing his gun and he had thatof ammo. I had that guy in, trying to find out out how he got that. Nothing came of it. I never thought that Zodiac chased Darlene and Mike toRock Springs. I believe that guy just came upon them at random. He was just out there to shoot somebody and he found them.” I disagreedthat. Zodiac had to have stalked them to some degree. At last I came to that fatal Fourth of July.

“It was an exceptional y hot Fourth,” Bobbie Oxnam told me. “Everyone was down by the waterfront.” The sky was fil ed with a spectacular displaypyrotechnics. The staccato pop-pop-pop of firecrackers was like gunfire. The smel of gunpowder was in the air. Earlier in the day Darlene hadhood up by a bowling al ey when she had an altercation with a man driving a white van. He was later described to police as thirty years old, sixtal , 180 to 185 pounds, with hair “the color of champagne combed straight back.”

“Darlene was al excited when she came into Caesar’s that evening,” Carmela Leigh told me. Caesar’s stood at 1576 Vervais Street, near ElmerSchool, where Leigh Al en worked. “Al I knew was she was going to get to ride on a boat in the parade. When Darlene left at 7:00 P.M., she, ‘I’m going to have a party,’ and wanted me to come. I said, ‘Yeah, OK, OK,’ but she knew I wouldn’t be there.”and her sister, Christina, went out to Mare Island for a ride on a decorated and lighted boat, the General French Genora. Leigh Al en’sreportedly was also in Val ejo’s Traditional Boat Parade on the channel. “A friend of hers had a boat,” Mulanax told me. “There were two guysa boat and two guys flying that Darlene knew.” At 10:00 P.M., after the Mare Island parade, Darlene and Christina stopped by Caesar’s again.had planned a smal party at her house after the restaurant closed. Fifteen minutes later she cal ed her sitters and learned Bobbie Ramosto talk to her. At 10:30 P.M. Darlene and Christina arrived at Terry’s, and Darlene went inside to talk to several waitresses. “Darlene did notto anyone other than some of the girls who work at Terry’s before she took me home,” Christina recal ed.outside the restaurant Darlene had a second confrontation. She argued with a man in his “thirties or forties” in a blue car with out-of-state. Earlier in the evening, Deputy Ben Vil areal had seen a blue 1967 Ford sedan sitting out at Blue Rock Springs. Christina (the “most stablehonest member of Darlene’s family”) said she “sensed a tension in the air and in the conversations.” Darlene came away “very upset.” SheDarlene, “What’s going on?” “Don’t worry about it,” Darlene answered, “you’l read about it tomorrow in the papers.” Only a day or two before,had told her the same thing. “Real y, something big is gonna happen. . . . I can’t tel you yet, but it’s going to be this week.” Christina laterthe out-of-state car, the stranger, and her sister’s odd remarks—none of which appear in the final VPD report—to a detective:



“DEE and CHRISTINA went to Terry’s Restaurant where DEE talked with several waitresses and, outside the restaurant, talked to a man

(nfi) parked outside in a blue car with out-of-state plates (nfi). CHRISTINA claims to have sensed a tension in the air and in the conversations reportedly asked DEE what was going on to which DEE al egedly replied, “Don’t worry about it—you’l read about it tomorrow in the.” Her description of the car was later modified in a notation made by Lt. Jim Husted in the left margin: The car was “1) al white. 2)than Dee’s Corvair. 3) Older than Dee’s Corvair (1963).”also confirmed the argument in Terry’s parking lot. “Al I know was when she came back to the car,” she told me, “the story I got was that heto take her out. She didn’t want to go out with him because she was married . . . he was between thirty-five and thirty-eight years old.” Onehad been in daylight; the other an hour and a half before the shooting at Blue Rock Springs. Investigators had confused the nighttimewith a morning confrontation. Just like Robbie and Lee, they were two different things at two different times. At 10:45 P.M. DarleneChristina off at the family Val ejo home. The sitters, Janet Lynn Rhodes and Pamela Kay, were anxious to go. They had been sitting sinceafternoon. Janet Lynn had sat for Darlene only that Fourth of July. The girls told Darlene “an older-sounding man” had been cal ing her. Darlene changed from her patriotic jumpsuit of red, white, and blue stars. Quickly, she donned blue shoes and a white-and-blue flower-slack dress, a pattern Zodiac would later describe.

“Dee knew the teenagers kil ed out on Lake Herman Road,” Janet Lynn confirmed to me. “She had said that. ‘He’s back from out of state. I oncehim kil somebody.’” Later, from his hospital bed, a heavily sedated Mike Mageau told police what happened next.

“Dee came [via Georgia Street east] to MAGEAU’S home at 864 Beech-wood [west of Hogan High where Betty Lou Jensen had attended],”the official statement. “At approximately 11:30 P.M. . . . and picked him up in her car. Since both were hungry, he said, they headed down Road and went toward Val ejo. However, at approximately Mr. Ed’s Restaurant, Dee said she wanted to talk with him about.”eerie paral el here—Betty Lou and David had stopped at Mr. Ed’s Drive-In too just before being shot. The teenagers had visited Sharon, a, on Brentwood Avenue at 8:20 P.M., and remained until 9:00 P.M. At 10:30 their Christmas concert was over and they went from there to Mr.’s, then Lake Herman Road. Mr. Ed’s phone number was later found scrawled on a photo envelope in Darlene’s purse along with the words

“hacked,” “stuck,” “testified,” and “seen.” Had Zodiac, December 20, 1968, mistaken Betty Lou for Darlene? Betty Lou Jensen bore an uncannyto Darlene Ferrin at age seventeen (I had two photos of them at the same age). The odds of Zodiac happening upon two women whobe twins in pitch blackness and in widely separated, remote areas were incalculable—unless he trailed them. On several occasions Bettyhad cautioned her older sister, Melody, to close the blinds. On occasion, their mother found the gate leading to the side of the house open andin the garden.Zodiac mistake the teenagers for Darlene and her friend Steven Kee, whose parents lived on Cottonwood one street over from Jensen’s, Sharon? Did he trail them to Mr. Ed’s, Darlene’s hangout? Or was Betty Lou’s murder meant as a warning to Darlene, who claimed to know?

“They turned around and at his suggestion,” continued Mageau’s report, “drove east on Springs Road to Blue Rock Springs where theytalk.”

“The minute they drove off, Mike told Dee they were being fol owed,” Linda said. “Just that phrase, ‘We’re being fol owed.’”

“How did you hear that?” I asked.

“I heard that through Sergeant Lynch and Sergeant Mulanax. Darlene started just going down any side streets and this car just kept fol owing. . . . I don’t know what made her go toward Blue Rock Springs.” Linda had also spoken to Mike in the hospital after Zodiac shot him, and I wasto hear what else she had learned.

“They knew they were being fol owed?” I asked her.

“Yes.”

“And Darlene thought it was someone named Lee.”

“Yeah.”

“She did say that?”

“Yes.”

“Did the police understand that Zodiac’s name was supposed to be Lee?”

“I don’t think so, but Mike knows who Zodiac is. He does.”agreed. “Zodiac knew Darlene,” she told me, “because he cal ed her by name . . . she was known by ‘Dee’ and he called her ‘Dee.’”

“He did this when he shot her?”

“Uh-huh.”

“And this is something Mike told you.”

“And this is something Mike told me in the hospital.” His acute tongue injury had prevented him from providing a description to police for two.

“One unconfirmed source states that MAGEAU claimed they were fol owed from the time they left his house by a similar suspect car.”this true? Sue Ayers, a legal secretary and friend, talked to Mike in the hospital. “Dee and the shooter,” he told her, “had an argument at’s on July 4. They drove away and the man fol owed them to Blue Rock Springs where the argument continued and shooting fol owed.” Theof the caretaker at Blue Rock Springs reportedly witnessed the argument in the lot, and seconds before shots rang out told her fatherwas going to be trouble. Mike’s offical statements continued the story:

“After five minutes there,” MAGEAU said, a car [reportedly a 1958-59 brown Ford Falcon with old California plates] pul ed in from Springs, the driver turned off his lights and pul ed around to the left of their car (east of their car) some six to eight feet from Dee’s car. The carthere for about one minute.said he asked Dee if she knew who it is and she stated, “Oh, never mind. Don’t worry about it.” Mageau said he did not know if this meantknew who it was or not. The car left after one minute at terrific speed, hurtling toward Val ejo on Springs Road, and they were left alone in thelot overlooking the golf course. About five minutes later the man returned. He parked on the passenger side and to the rear of their car,stil on. A man came up to them carrying a flashlight with a handle on it. Were Darlene and Mike fol owed to Blue Rock Springs? I asked. “I wouldn’t have that feeling because my thought is these Zodiac kil ings are not planned,” he said. “They’re opportunity things. That’s my.”

“But Zodiac did describe what Darlene was wearing and it was pretty dark.”

“He was also shining a heavy big flashlight in there too.”

“That’s true.”

“It’s a flashlight that has a handle on it like you’d use in a boat. The kind that floats.”

“MAGEAU said they thought it was the Police and they started to get some identification out of their purse/wal ets when suddenly the manshooting. MAGEAU said it sounded like the gun had a silencer on it.”was a fact never reported, something only Zodiac would know. In 1991, after the search of his home, Leigh Al en told a friend, “They missedfew things—like the silencer I had hidden in my socks in the dresser.” Had Zodiac turned away, not to reload, but to instal a silencer? Darlene,, and the stranger had already attracted the attention of George R. Bryant, twenty-two, a Selby Smelter employee and son of the Blue Rockcaretaker. “The groundskeeper’s son saw three people arguing,” Mulanax told me. “Bryant was in a two-story house looking out the windowtrying to get some shut-eye. Fifteen minutes later, he heard gunshots.” Bryant was some eight hundred feet from the lot lying on his stomachhe heard “one shot, a short interval, another shot, a pause, then rapid fire.” Final y he heard “a tire screeching as a car left the scene.” Bryant’s of the number of shots was insufficient. Zodiac fired a total of seven shots.

“After firing repeatedly the man turned to walk back to his car, but MAGEAU believes he cried out and the man returned and fired two moreat him & twice more at Dee.”, wounded in his neck, left leg, and right arm, was thrashing his legs when Zodiac fired a second time. “Mike got the door open,” Lynchme, “and fel out of the car, and the only time he even looked at the guy was when the guy got back into his car and he opened the door and hea clear profile view of him. You know, where some people kind of comb their hair up in a kind of pompadour and then back.” Mike describedas having “a large face, thirty years old, with short curly light-brown hair worn in a military-style brush cut. As for his build, he was beefy,without being blubbery fat, 195-200 pounds and had a slight potbel y.”Richard Hoffman, responding to the crime scene, took up the story from there. “I was working juvenile division as a plainclothesman inplain car when the cal came out that night,” he told me. “It was dark at Blue Rock Springs, elms swaying in the wind, the wild cries of struttingroaming the grounds coming to my ears. Roy Conway and I had been the first officers to reach Blue Rock Springs [four miles fromVal ejo and two miles from the site of the earlier Lake Herman murders]. Mike Mageau had original y been in the backseat, but I foundoutside on the ground on his back. His eyes were wide and he lifted his arms upward as if imploring me for help. When he opened his mouth to for aid, blood gurgled out. CPR had just come in, and the doctor removed Darlene’s sweater and began applying pressure to her chest. Withdownward pressure the little tag on her bra fluttered as air exited the bul et hole. The M.E. took this probe and put it in each of Mike’s wounds

—he was staring upward and ful y conscious—feeling every bit of it.”and his partner, Ed Rust, arrived next. “Mike was lying at the rear of the car, said Lynch, “and she was stil behind the wheel. I rememberwas trying to say something, and I put my ear over her like this to try to understand, but I just couldn’t.” “First came firecrackers, then gunshots,”added. “One patrol got there before us—around midnight. It took us ten to fifteen minutes to get there. She died at 12:26 A.M. She kept tryingtalk, but we couldn’t distinguish anything. In fact, we sent one of the officers with her in case she could say something. I think it was Dick Hoffman.was the patrol officer who was there first. Mike said he thought it was a police officer come up to check. He pul ed up behind them at sort of anline from their car. He said that he had been parked in the same place before, and Darlene had a police officer that came up the same way [atechnique] and shined a light just the same. It had happened before that way, and he had the impression it was a police officer when he firstup. Mike got out after the guy left, pushed out the right side of the two-door car. He said he had climbed over the seat trying to get away. Theshot him several times. This was the only avenue he had was to get in the backseat.”

“Shortly after, the ambulance arrived,” Lynch said, “and I helped the driver take her out of the car. Then Dick Hoffman fol owed the ambulance toemergency hospital.”

“We took Mike up to the Queen of the Val ey Hospital,” concluded Rust, “Lynch and I saw that out front of the hospital they’ve got a little monument

. . . it’s got a zodiac sign on it.”she was shot, Darlene had been reaching for her quilt-pattern leather drawstring purse on the rear floorboard. It was as if she was gettingout for the police. With the photo envelope inside her purse was a notebook with two names, “VAUGHN” and “LEIGH,” underlined. IDarlene’s three personal directories and, under M, found the fol owing entry crossed out: “MT. Shasta SK. Bowl Inc. (NRT) (VAUGHN)Code 916/ Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl NR 1.” Leigh was not listed. Police dismissed it as the name of Dean Ferrin’s employer, Bil Leigh.time of the murder concerned Darlene’s sitters. “What time did they say she was murdered,” Janet Lynn said, “12:05 P.M.? [Darlene wasat 12:00 A.M.] Because that was a big discrepancy. At one point we figured that she couldn’t have had time to even get to that parking lot. Wetel ing the police that she didn’t leave the house until then . . . ’cause we were watching some program that doesn’t come on until almostand she hadn’t even left the house yet. And then they are tel ing us she was murdered like five minutes later, when how could she get out toRock Springs in five minutes? And we kept tel ing this police officer [Lynch]. That was the biggest thing I never liked about that was the time. It was right before midnight and you just can’t get out there that quick. And we did mention that time thing again to them. I dothem asking us to come in. They didn’t even write it down.”

“I was at Berryessa that day [of her murder],” Steven Kee told me. “I was to meet her that night, but when I got home I learned that Dee was kil ed.”had Mike rushed out and left al the lights in his house burning, the television blaring, and front door standing wide open? In the aftermathasked themselves other questions:

“Why was Mike wearing three pairs of pants and three sweaters? What about the al eged argument in Terry’s restaurant parking lot shortlythe shooting and then being fol owed by the same man to Blue Rock Springs where argument continued and ended in shooting? Other: Did Mageau not, in fact, know the man who committed the attacks. Did he witness Darlene arguing with a middle-aged man eitherthe crime scene and/or earlier that evening at Terry’s . . . ‘There was an argument between occupants of DV’s car and another individual atRock Springs parking lot minutes before her murder.’ DV argued with likely Suspect in presence of SV several hours before her murder.

(SOURCE: SV [Mageau] as related to family friend.)”Blue Rock Springs that night, Officer Hoffman admitted he feared the kil er might return again any minute and shoot him too. But at 12:40 A.M.was busy elsewhere. He was cal ing switchboard operator Nancy Slover, VPD, from Joe’s Union Station (which closed at 8:25 P.M.) atand Springs Road to report what he thought was a double murder. “They were shot with a 9-mil imeter Luger. I also kil ed those kids last.” This booth was two thousand feet to the south from Leigh’s house.1:30 A.M., fifty minutes later, four phone cal s were placed through the operator from a booth at Broadway and Nebraska. This booth was threefeet northwest from Al en’s home. One cal was to Dean Ferrin’s parents, Arthur and Mildred. They heard “only deep breathing . . . no oneanything, we were certain someone was on the line.” The Dean Ferrin household got two phone cal s. The sitter answered and heard only

“breathing or wind blowing.” Next a cal was placed to Dean’s brother, Gordon (who was in Thailand). Zodiac must have known Darlene in order tothese cal s to her in-laws. News of the shooting and who the victims were had not yet been either on the radio or in the papers.I made a map of Al en’s neighborhood I saw how close he was to al the Val ejo victims and how close they were to each other. ZodiacMike Mageau’s house was four and a half blocks from the home of another victim, Betty Lou Jensen. Since the murders, CriminalTargeting has become a valuable police tool. Geographical Profiling is based on the theory of criminals’ spatial behavior. Criminalsclose to home just as the average person chooses stores where he shops daily. They operate close to areas they are familiar with and havescouted. A murderer has a tendency to hunt prey in identifiable areas and the impulse to disguise his home location. Thus, the sites ofcrimes tend to radiate on al sides of the offender, like a spider in his web.Zodiac roared away from the Blue Rock Springs lot, he would have reached a fork in the road. Narrow Lake Herman Road to his left offeredplace to hide until he reached Benicia. Columbus Parkway (Leigh’s brother lived at the midpoint on Columbus Parkway) to his right led back intoejo, but offered the possibility of police cars coming at him on Springs Road. To avoid being trapped, I believe Zodiac took a smal road, just offParkway, so hidden I had to make an abrupt turn to reach the road. It led me in a dead straight line into the heart of Val ejo. At the end offour blocks I arrived at a familiar doorstep—the home of Arthur Leigh Al en.far as finding Zodiac’s weapons and hood—the opportunity had long passed. One reason Zodiac used a new weapon each time was that hediscarding them as he went. Surely, after each of the il -starred searches in different counties, he had destroyed his hidden souvenirs. But asBaker had reasoned, the things he had taken might stil be in plain sight, having a symbolic significance to Zodiac alone. Napa Sentinel’s Harry V. Martin long afterward speculated:

“Darlene knew a terrible secret . . . because of that secret she was murdered—not randomly, but deliberately . . . planned and executed by ashe knew very wel , a person who bought her gifts, a person who visited her place of employment and even her home.”Leigh, pregnant and due three days after Darlene’s murder, was so afraid she had a peephole put in her door. “We didn’t know if thiswas going to get rid of her husband, her friends,” she told me. “We didn’t know if it was one of her goofy friends. It’s too bad they never found. We were al afraid for a long time. We didn’t know whether this person knew Dee—that’s what everybody thought because she knew so many. Then we thought Dee knew something about a narcotics bust or something, and the person who kil ed her knew she knew and got herit al came out. And then we thought maybe she knew she was going to be murdered, and maybe some of the people in the occult, you know,’l sacrifice their life or something.

“Then we thought maybe she knew. Maybe she did. Maybe she knew the guy was going to kil Mike and that’s why she wasn’t scared. From whatsaid in the paper, she wasn’t a bit nervous.”

“There was the hint of drugs at the paint party—drug dealings there,” said Cheney. The sitters disagreed. “There were no signs of drugs in the,” they told me. “There’s no indication of drugs in any of the police reports,” said Mulanax. “Some of the people that she associated with were,think, involved in drugs, but there’s nothing in any of the reports that I have that would indicate that she herself was a user.” “I’ve had investigatorsout every year,” said Bobbie Ramos, “to see if I’ve thought of anything. They’d ask if she was sel ing drugs. Did she make more tips than? Sure she did. I might have made twenty, she might have made thirty-five. They were kind of maybe saying she sold drugs. . . . I’m not sayingdidn’t smoke pot or anything. Smoking and sel ing is different.”

“She might have taken marijuana once in a while,” Bobbie Oxnam told me, ‘but sel ing was strictly taboo to her. The implications that were putthe paper after she was murdered real y made a lot of us mad. People forget the good about Darlene. She was not a tramp. She was no angel,she was not a tramp either.”Lynch and his partner Rust later interviewed Linda at 400 Brandon Avenue in San Jose. As with many of Darlene’s friends, she haddifficult to find after the Blue Rock Springs shooting. “And they talked to me for over seven hours,” Linda told me. “Lynch thought there wereinvolved. He gave me a typed list and he said, ‘Any names that look familiar to you, circle them.’ Of course I circled al the names I’veto you as being at the painting party.”

“Was Lee’s name on there?” I asked her. “Yes, there was another name on the list spel ed different—‘Leigh.’ I circled the ones that Darlene knew.when I had circled this particular name they wanted, they go ‘mm-huh,’ as if they had already made up their minds. When I had circled the one,said, ‘That’s enough.’” Linda had circled the name of a middle-aged, round-faced local man who resembled Leigh Al en. And it was at thisthat the police went wrong. Lynch had yet to interview Leigh Al en.

“Then I helped the police prepare a composite of the man at the party,” Linda told me, “a middle-aged man with a peculiar stare, a cold stare. Ithere with the police and the artist did the drawing from my directions. I kept asking for them to show me photos, but they never did. When thewas done, Lynch asked, ‘Do you think she’s ready?’ I say, ‘Ready for what?’ And they open up this black real thin binder. It had cel ophaneit and it was another composite drawing. The only thing I had different from it was the chin. It just blew me away.”was a sketch prepared from Mageau’s description from his hospital bed. He had seen Zodiac’s profile clearly when he shot him, and wasto speak in two days after the shooting. Officer Baldino said it was “probably the same individual” who had been frequenting Terry’s, a man hepicked out of “a social situation.”

“Steve Baldino picked out a guy he saw at the restaurant,” Linda told me. “Steve was pretty shook up over al this. He knew the family and heto come by. I sat in the cop car one time and he let me feel his club, touch a gun. He was a real y good cop and when Dee died he kind ofoverboard. I think he might have made a mistake.” The man Baldino eyebal ed at an A.A. meeting admitted to visiting Terry’s, but he was notman at the painting party. Lynch had the right picture, but the wrong name. Zodiac must have felt invulnerable after this. He had grownbolder.

“But you know,” Linda continued, “I think Zodiac wears makeup, and has got to be from Val ejo’cause he knows how to get away. The strangeis everyone left Val ejo [Mike and his brother, Steven Kee, Robbie Lee, Linda herself, Christina, Darlene’s younger sister]. I would think if thewas from San Francisco they’d stay. They’d be a lot safer in Val ejo. But they al left the city and got effectively lost.”’s composite did some good. It was accurate enough for Cheney to later recognize it as his friend, Arthur Leigh Al en.

“Of course I’ve never doubted that Zodiac was Leigh,” Cheney told me. “And I’ve always been astonished that they never tripped him up. I couldn’tit. I kept waiting for something to turn up, to read that Zodiac was arrested. Nothing happened. I believe that the Lake Herman Road andBerryessa were just window dressing, but he kil ed Darlene Ferrin on purpose.

“When I final y read your book, Zodiac, and I had purposely not done so until now in order not to affect my recal , I got an idea. Darlene wasnot a lovers’ lane random kil ing. I think Darlene was kil ed on purpose. I suspect she was the target and he threw the others in for. There was the business about Darlene saw him kil somebody, or he just may have wanted to close her mouth. Darlene may have beenhim.”Bawart, at the Zodiac conference, stated he believed Al en to be Zodiac. Captain Roy Conway said in a published interview: “I believeI always have, that the Zodiac kil er was Arthur Leigh Al en.” I asked Toschi the same question. “There is no doubt in my mind,” he concluded,

“that Arthur Leigh Al en was, in fact, the Zodiac.” I had written the same in 1977 (when we had an army of suspects) because Al en had offered tocatch himself.recal ed the Zodiac Conference and a question Rita Wil iams had asked: “If Arthur Leigh Al en was the Zodiac, why didn’t he leave somebehind to let everyone know he was the Zodiac? If he was Al en, can you tel me why you think he didn’t?” I remembered that when policeAl en bomb plans on lined yel ow paper with a menu for making bombs, he said, “I’ve never seen that piece of paper before. . . . I’ve neverthese documents before.” And yet it was in his own handwriting.

“Did he leave some message behind to let everyone know he was the Zodiac?” repeated Conway thoughtful y. “Al en does leave a message bythat are in his basement and at the same time denying everything. From my point of view, he did leave that message. One of [Zodiac’s]talked about finding bombs in his basement. Wel , in fact, there were bombs in the basement of that house when we did the search warrant

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