The Zodiac Killer – 118 – Generation Why

The Zodiac Killer. His attacks were accompanied by phone calls & letters that taunted police and threatened harm on others. Just what do we really know about these killings? What evidence have investigators collected over the years? Does anyone truly know the identity of the killer as some authors have recently suggested? Is this case still being researched? Is the killer still alive? Joining us was Mike Morford. He runs a Zodiac killer website and has a lot to say on these unsolved crimes and the claims made by authors who say they have all the answers.

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9 thoughts on “The Zodiac Killer – 118 – Generation Why

  1. M Hamilton

    This was an excellent show. Mr. Morford, you were so well spoken, prepared, credible. I understand that some believe that the letter writer is someone, or some two, perhaps, who drew these cases together without actually being involved in the crimes. It is good to have your site to provide, as your host said, the canon, so that people who want to delve deeper have access to as much background information as possible. In terms of the ways many of us in the North Bay Area reacted at the time, if the “Zodiac” was just an invention to sell papers, that in itself would be, in my opinion, an additional crime. Keep up the good work and let us hope the truth will come out. You are certainly holding up your end of the effort.

    1. Mike Morford

      Thanks for the comment. I enjoyed being on the show, and sharing the case with the GenWhy listeners, it’s a truly fascinating case with so many clues, twists, and turns. There are many theories and possibilities. I hope the case will one day be solved.

  2. Sandy Priester

    This was an amazing show, a real eye opener, all of this information was new to me.
    Everything I knew about the Zodiac was from Robert Graysmith’s two books,
    so I apparently knew almost nothing.

  3. Brittner

    Great guest with Mr. Morford. Very well informed and he has a voice that makes listeners want to pay attention.

  4. zodiachoax

    Hi, everyone! Keep up the great work, Aaron and Justin! Gee, Morf, I wish I’d known I advance that you were going to be on the show. I don’t mean to “ambush” your episode, but coincidentally enough, the books are FINALLY done. And our discussion on a previous episode (Episode 82) before I got sick really helped me focus on which questions people needed the most information on, and which ones I could leave for the footnotes. So, in a way, it could be said that you (and Aaron and Justin) are partly to thank for helping people see the truth about the so-called “Zodiac Killer.” :-)

    Most people have heard of the Zodiac Killer. Many people are familiar with Robert Graysmith’s bestselling 1986 book ZODIAC, or with the 2007 film based on that book, directed by David Fincher and starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Every other film, book, or documentary about the Zodiac Killer is based primarily on Graysmith’s Classic bestseller. Graysmith claimed that he based his book extensively on the actual police department and FBI files pertaining to the murders associated with the Zodiac Killer. Over the past few years, those files have made their way onto the Internet—over 2500 pages worth. A comparison of the book ZODIAC to those files reveals that Robert Graysmith is a fraud and his book was a massive hoax.

    There is no doubt that Graysmith had access to most if not all of these files. He quoted from them extensively. And there is no doubt that he also lied about them extensively. He lied about the witness statements, he lied about the evidence, he lied about the suspects, and he lied about the authenticity of the Zodiac Killer letters mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle, where Graysmith worked. He even lied about his name, and his job at the Chronicle—for shocking reasons.

    I first became aware of serious credibility issues with Graysmith’s book when I was researching The Myth of the Zodiac Killer. I dedicated the next three years of my life to unraveling the full mystery of the Zodiac Killer. As result of my efforts, more documents were released by the FBI and others. The conclusion is inescapable—there was no mystery, there never was a mystery, there was only a massive fraud perpetrated by a graphic artist turned devious con artist.

    The worst part is, none of these victims or their families ever got any justice. And Robert Graysmith is responsible for interfering with investigations and confusing witnesses—and even victims. Now, the shocking truth about Robert Graysmith and his massive deception is revealed for the first time in The Great Zodiac Killer Hoax of 1986.

    According to the actual police department files from the original murder cases, there was no “Zodiac Killer,” only some phony letters to the SF Chronicle claiming credit for some unrelated murders, followed by an exploitative book full of falsehoods by Robert Graysmith (real name: Robert Smith, Jr). The Great Zodiac Killer Hoax of 1986 is a thorough debunking of Robert Graysmith’s classic 1986 “true” crime book, ZODIAC. The book not only exposes Graysmith’s lies, but also reveals which employees of the San Francisco Chronicle—including Graysmith himself—were most likely responsible for the creation of the “Zodiac Killer” myth.

    Thanks to everyone for their interest, support, and patience! Comments from readers and from people who have tuned in to my interviews on the radio and my debate with Mike Morford were VERY helpful to me in writing these books in a way that I believe will make all of this clear to most readers. I promise it was worth the wait!

    Thomas Henry Horan Saint Louis, MO

    The Great Zodiac Killer Hoax of 1986 is available for pre-order now. It will be delivered (and available in the Kindle Lending Library, etc) no later than May 27, 2015.

    The Great Zodiac Killer Hoax of 1969 exposes who created the original Zodiac Killer Hoax that Graysmith later exploited. The final, complete edition of that book is available on Amazon now. (Note: if you already bought a copy of the book, you do NOT have to pay for the second edition. Simply download the new edition onto your Kindle device or app. Amazon was SUPPOSED to email previous customers of this book to download the new edition, but they changed their minds. If you have your Kindle device or app set to automatically download revised editions of books you’ve purchased, it should have downloaded by now. If you borrowed the book from the Kindle Lending Library, you’ll need to “check out” the book again. Thanks to everyone for their patience! I promise that the updated, final version was worth waiting for!)


    If you’d like read and discuss these documents for yourself, you can start here:

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