WHen author Garrett Kubic began searching for a zodiac killer for a book during the pandemic, not wanting to become just another amateur detective claiming to have finally solved a case that has gripped America for decades.
However, this is what happened one way or another. Quebec encounters Paul Doerr, a San Francisco Bay Area man who died in 2007, believes he is likely responsible for the murders and is the subject of his book: How to Find the Zodiac.
“There was no intention of doing one of these books where [I’m] As Kubic told the Guardian, “I found the Zodiac.”
But unlike other suspects brought up in recent years, his search for Doerr — an abusive father and prolific writer who shared with the Zodiac remarkably similar interests — is gaining momentum.
Los Angeles Magazine View Kobek’s results in a recent cover story, and SF . portal Doerr was described as “the most convincing suspected zodiac killer in decades”. Paul Hines, researcher and co-author of I’ll Be in the Dark, which chronicles the long-unsolved Golden State killer case, described Doyer as “the best zodiac suspect that ever appeared.”
In the more than 50 years since the Zodiac terrorized communities across the Bay Area, killing at least five people and sending encrypted messages and graphics to the news media, interest in the cause has grown. The murders, which the police continue to investigate, have been the subject of several documentaries, the 2007 thriller Zodiac, and several books.
Even amid the true crime boom that has spawned countless documentaries and podcasts, Zodiac has the attention it garners. The unresolved case continues to attract new theories from people claiming To uncover the killer once and for all. Haynes points out the role of the Zodiac’s extensive body of written work in fueling the fascination with the cause.
He concluded that “the Zodiac was someone who created myths about himself and created this superreal world that seems to be inspired by fantasy and comic books.”
Kubik is aware of his work as part of the frenzy over the killings. “It’s annoying. Zodiac as a subject is kind of stressful.” “I think everyone is haunted by the fact that there’s another sign every week.”
But the story found him nonetheless. Kubik’s journey into the zodiac began while he was searching for a completely different book he had hoped to write about California in the 1970s. The project’s ideas changed and eventually led him to consider the culture of speculation that has characterized much of the zodiac search. The author began by examining the murderer’s case, closely studying the Zodiac’s writings, noting his cultural references that he was a fan of pulp novels and picture books. This path eventually led Kubik down a rabbit hole to the local Bay Area fan zens where he discovered the writings of Paul Doerr, a writer of naval documents from Fairfield. As more and more frightening clues emerge about the similarities between Doerr and the Zodiac, the focus of his book has shifted.
Doerr shared specialist interests with the Zodiac, such as how to make a bomb out of ammonium nitrate and fertilizer. Kubic found that Doerr and Zodiac both outlined the formula for such an explosive in their writings, instructions containing the same error.
The author also learned that the formula for this technique was published in a newsletter by a right-wing group called Minutemen, an organization of which Doerr was a member that sometimes used a gun symbol similar to the one used by the Zodiac in his writing, writer Aaron Gill Observed in L.A. magazine. Zodiac and Doerr both used feathered directional arrows in their charts.
Doerr worked at the Vallejo Naval Shipyard at the time of the murder and his age, height, and physical appearance all matched the Zodiac’s description. Some of the attacks took place in “teen hangouts” that Doyer’s daughter visited, according to Los Angeles Magazine. Like the Zodiac, Doerr was familiar with cryptography, the magazine noted, and each week crafted a puzzle for his daughter, which she had to answer to find her hidden allowance.
Doerr’s daughter was initially skeptical of the allegations and read Kubik’s book, which he intends to sue. But his findings, combined with the abuse she suffered in childhood at the hands of her father, convinced her that her father might have been responsible for the killings.
Although Kubik acknowledged that the evidence was circumstantial, he found it compelling. “After a certain point of really looking for this guy, I couldn’t really see what I was doing either,” he said. So he sent his findings to law enforcement, and turned them into a book.
“I think it’s a good shot at that. I can’t blame law enforcement if they ignore it, these guys get, say, 10 tips a day on how to cousin someone or whatever zodiac,” he said.
Kubik never heard a response from the police, but his work caught the attention of others. One of those is Hines, a researcher who has spent years investigating the Golden State Killer.
In a recent thread on Twitter, Heinz Developed The “disguised” evidence against Doerr that was compiled in Kubik’s book. Hines says its power led him to spread information through channels with direct links to investigative agencies, a point he never reached in his years working on the Golden State Killer case.
“I feel like there’s a higher chance it’s a Zodiac doer than anywhere else [publicly named] questionable,” given the data points presented in the book that have evolved since its publication.
Hines said that determining whether Doyer was in fact responsible for the crimes could be as simple as getting his fingerprints through military records and comparing them with those of the towers.
“It’s not an unsolvable issue,” he said.
San Francisco police did not respond to a request for comment.
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