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"This Is the Zodiac Speaking": Into the Mind of a Serial Killer

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California was thrown into a paralysis of fear in 1969, distraught over the unsolved murders of the Zodiac killer. The Zodiac became the most elusive and frustrating adversary ever encountered by the law enforcement community in the San Francisco Bay Area. A series of letters, allegedly written by the murderer himself and published in local newspapers, only added to the my ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published December 28th 2001 by Praeger Trade (first published November 30th 2001)
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Jim Dooley
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Having been fascinated by David Fincher's ultra-intriguing 2007 movie, ZODIAC, this book immediately drew my attention. Writer Michael Kelleher teamed with psychotherapist, David Van Nuys, to take a look at the unsolved serial killer case from the late 1960's with fresh profiling techniques available in 2002. Initially, I was concerned that it might be overly dry and clinical. However, the writing is crisp and the speculation will please the armchair detective.

Rather than take a fresh look at t
Michael X
May 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book puts Graysmith's Zodiac to shame. Meticulously researched and written, this book does not hastily point fingers at the usual suspects but revels in the enigma that is the Zodiac case. Best Zodiac book out there. ...more
Wesley Jones
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very awesome read that dwells into the mindset behind the infamous serial killer. I feel that the authors make a very good attempt at a profile of the personality and character of the person that is the Zodiac. They don't just go off of pure speculation, but analyze the letters and crime scenes to come up with their conclusion on the matter. All in all, a very good read for anyone who is interested in the Zodiac's crimes and anyone who enjoys learning about the psychology behind human actions an ...more
I was very eager to read this book as it promised a completely different outlook on the Zodiac case, but I'm really not impressed at all by what I found on these pages.
The Zodiac murders are detailed out once more and in addition to that each and every letter he ever wrote to the SF Chronicle, attorney Melvin Belli or the SFPD are analyzed. gets repetitive after about three pages. For about 170 pages the author(s) keep beating on a dead horse: Zodiac might have been this or he might h
Jan 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Interesting, but a little too heavy on the psychoanalysis when all the authors had to go on was Zodiac's letters. ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have always been interested in serial killers and stuff like that. Even fake ones like Hannibal Lecter from “Silence of the Lambs”. This entire book was just like watching an episode of Criminal Minds. It is very well written and I love the details, like how they added figures of actual letters sent by the Zodiac Killer. It was interesting to see the two authors compare their thoughts on the different parts of writing when analyzing his letter. They didn’t go off of what other people have said ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the better true crime books out there. Written by two total professionals in their respective fields. van Nuys' analysis of the Zodiac's letters is particularly interesting. Occasionally draws some pretty far-fetched conclusions from the evidence pertaining to the Zodiac murders of the late 60s, but this can be forgiven, as the book overall is an excellent, well-researched and argued addition to the true crime genre. ...more
Richard Toronto
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've known about the career of Zodiac for many years, but never got into it in depth other than viewing the Zodiac film with Robert Downey Jr and the intrepid Paul Avery. So I decided to do so, and was glad I chose this book. It sticks with an analysis of Zodiac's letters to various newspapers, and chronicles the career of the killer from day 1. Mr Kelleher enlisted a psychologist to read each letter and extrapolate on the personality that wrote them. Then the author gives profiles his impressio ...more
Katia M. Davis
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this book because I didn't know a lot about the Zodiac murders and thought it would offer an interesting insight. It was an interesting, if somewhat repetitive read. The concept behind it being a psychologist analyses the Zodiac letters, initially unaware of what he is looking at, and tries to deduce something of the personality behind the person responsible for the murders. Whilst this book does not make much if any headway into identifying who the Zodiac might be, it was interesting to ...more
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Graysmith's book is still probably the best starting point for anyone interested in the Zodiac killer, but this is a good companion. The focus here is the Zodiac's letters, and what they can reveal about the man and his mind. Of course, it's all just theory and conjecture, but it's still interesting, and doesn't get hung up on trying to figure out who the guy actually was, but what *kind" of guy he might have been in real life. ...more
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better than yellow book.
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Very well-written nonfiction.

Best critical analysis of the facts of the case I have yet to read.
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