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New Book Claims to Have Unmasked the Zodiac Killer

Scott Lucas | May 13, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

According to New York magazine, in a new book released today the father of the vice president of a cleaning company in Baton Rouge was, in fact, the notorious Zodiac Killer. It's an explosive allegation by the man, named Gary L. Stewart, but one that's coming up lacking in concrete evidence—at least what's been made public so far.

All we know is this: The book, titled The Most Dangerous Animal of All, has been kept under tight wraps by HarperCollins since it purchased the proposal fifteen months ago. The book is the outgrowth of a ten year (or twelve?—New York gives inconsistent numbers) search that Stewart has embarked on to find the identity of his birth father. The publishing house teamed Stewart up with veteran true crime writer Susan Mustafa and vetted the final document by their legal department.

New York managed to snag an early copy of the book, which is to be released today, and according to what they cited in public, Stewart hasn't yet offered much in the way of verification of his claims. (We hope there's more to go on in the book.) The only pieces of evidence we have so far are that "Stewart’s father had a criminal record in San Francisco ('forgeries, bad checks'), and there was a strong resemblance between his father’s mug shot and the police sketch."

If you believe that evidence is enough to finger Stewart's dad as the Zodiac Killer, you'd better watch out this Father's Day. That profile—white dudes with glasses who were up to some skeevy stuff in the late 60s and early 70s, could apply to millions of people in the Bay Area alone. Could it really be Stewart's? Maybe. But it could be yours. Or ours.

We also know that this time isn't the first that someone has claimed to have been fathered by the Zodiac Killer. Nor is it the first claiming to have solved the mystery.

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