A man claiming to be the long lost son of the never-identified Zodiac Killer has written a book about his discovery.
Gary L. Stewart, a vice president at a Baton Rouge, La. cleaning company, wrote “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” about his decade-long search for his biological father, who he believes was the Zodiac Killer. Here is the book’s sparse description:
An explosive and historic book of true crime and an emotionally powerful and revelatory memoir of a man whose ten-year search for his biological father leads to a chilling discovery: His father is one of the most notorious-and still at large-serial killers in America.
The Zodiac Killer infamously killed at least five people in Northern California and sent cryptic clues about the murders to local newspapers in the late sixties. He was never caught.
The murders and search for the killer were depicted in David Fincher’s haunting and underrated 2007 movie, “Zodiac.”
According to New York Magazine, HarperCollins has sat on the book for a year without ever mentioning it before its May 13 release date.
This is not the first time someone has claimed to be a relative of the Zodiac Killer, but Tina Andreadis, a publicist for HarperCollins, told NY Mag that the claims in the book were checked out by lawyers and were determined to be “legally sound.”
When asked if the publishing house had contacted the San Francisco Police Department about the veracity of the book, Andreadis said that it had not because according to “The Most Dangerous Animal of All,” the police knew more about the murders than they ever made public.
Andreadis said that Stewart’s father’s criminal record in the Bay Area point to strong evidence that he was the serial killer. She also said that Stewart strongly resembles the iconic police sketch of the Zodiac Killer.
“If you look at Gary’s photo next to the sketch of the Zodiac next to his father’s mug shot, you can see that there is very clearly more than just a passing resemblance,” she said.
“He didn’t want to believe,” Andreadis continued. “I don’t think most people want to know that their father is a notorious serial killer.”