The Most Dangerous Animal of All by Gary L. Stewart
Published May 13, 2014 by Harper
Genres: Non-Fiction, True Crime
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Instead of a quote, here are the ciphers and letters sent to the police by the Zodiac killer.
Many who are adopted wonder about and seek out their past, but for most, the investigation into their biological father does not yield an elusive serial killer as a result.
There have been many television documentaries regarding the Zodiac Killer (America’s Most Wanted, Unsolved Mysteries), as well as the Jake Gyllenhaal movie, Zodiac (2007). (source)
I picked this book based on my love for True Crime, and I am so glad that I did! The Zodiac Killer brings back childhood memories (don’t worry, the good kind!) of watching shows like Unsolved Mysteries and America’s Most Wanted with my father.
Mr. Stewart had a growing curiosity as to who his biological father was after being contacted by his biological mother, Judy. Gary began to do his own research, and little by little, he started to realize why his mother either truly didn’t know much about his father, or was pretending not to know; signs were pointing to the possibility that Earl Von Best, Jr. was in fact the Zodiac Killer.
Mr. Stewart did an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged with his journey of finding out who he believes his real father to be with outstanding evidence; he most definitely did his research! I felt like I was walking through history with him, uncovering the lies and murders of a troubled man with a knack for getting under the skin of law enforcement.
Of course, there are some people who are skeptical of Mr. Stewart’s claims, but based on the evidence that he details in this book, I cannot see how or why this man would make such a claim. What would one get out of claiming to be the estranged son of one of America’s most notorious serial killers?
In an effort not to reveal too much, especially if the reader isn’t familiar with the Zodiac’s history, I will say that if you are a lover of True Crime reads, I would highly recommend this book!
At this time, Mr. Stewart is awaiting DNA results from police in San Francisco, but with so many back logged cases, his may never be tested.