In “The Zodiac Killer Cover-Up, AKA The Silenced Badge,” Lyndon Lafferty, 79, presents 40 years of evidence pointing to a 91-year-old recovering alcoholic living in Fairfield, California as the Zodiac Killer.
“This was a story that I inherited. I did not ask for it,” Lafferty said. “I am the only person who can testify under oath that these things were absolutely true. My satisfaction is telling my story as it happened.”
During the time of the famous killings, Lafferty claims to have encountered the Zodiac Killer himself while on parole as a CHP officer in 1970. Since then, Lafferty has investigated the case together with six other law enforcement officers. In 2002, he began to assemble his notes from the past 30 years and began writing his own story on the case.
“This has been our experience of over 30 years of very dedicated and consistent investigation,” Lafferty said. “I have one chapter devoted to 156 circumstantial factors of evidence that related to the Zodiac case and our suspect.”
The murders, which took place in the late ’60s in and around the San Francisco area, got their name from the Zodiac Killer’s use of astrological symbols as his calling card on letters bearing cryptic messages sent to local newspapers. While the killer claimed he took the lives of 37 people, authorities were only able to actually link the suspect to five murders.
Lafferty claims the Zodiac Killer’s rage was fueled by jealousy after he found his wife having an affair. Why is he coming out with the story some 40 years later? Lafferty says the case was ignored by police agencies and repressed by a judge who Lafferty claims was having an affair with the suspect’s wife.
“The police departments in general were acting under the authority of the Solona County Sheriff, so they were instructed you do not investigate this man until you have permission from the judge,” Lafferty claims. “It’s been very traumatic, and it’s been frustrating beyond belief.”
Lafferty’s book isn’t the first written on the notorious Zodiac Killer, and there was also a movie inspired by the unsolved mystery.
No one has ever been arrested in the case.
Check out some vintage, unedited 1969 news footage from the Zodiac Killer case below.
- Alleged Zodiac Killer Unmasked in Book (abcnews.go.com)
- Zodiac Killer Is Alive And Living In Solano County, Says Former Cop (sfist.com)
- Book Claims The Zodiac Killer Is A 91-Year-Old Man Living In California (inquisitr.com)
- Former CHP Officer Says Zodiac Killer Is Alive, Living In Solano County (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)