New Suspect in Zodiac Killer Murders

Discussion in 'The Zodiac Killer' started by Casshew, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    January 26, 2004 -- A new suspect in San Francisco's notorious "Zodiac Killer" case was discharged from Vietnam and returned to California just three months before the unsolved serial murders began, The Post has learned.

    Convicted hit man William Mentzer saw heavy combat in Vietnam when he was just 18 and 19 years old - and suffered from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder when he returned in 1968.

    In prison interviews with The Post, Mentzer, 54, said he liked to taunt enemy North Vietnamese soldiers by taking pictures of their dead comrades.

    The new revelations come in the wake of a Post report that the San Francisco district attorney found "compelling" links between Mentzer and the police profile of the never-caught Zodiac Killer - who taunted cops in letters as he brutally murdered five people and severely wounded two others in the Bay Area in the late '60s.

    Mentzer is serving life sentence without parole for the 1983 Los Angeles murder of New York theatrical producer Roy Radin and the 1984 slaying of prostitute June Mincher.

    Full Story from the New York Post
     
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  3. JDB

    JDB Tybee you will never be forgotten

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    OMG this brings back memories for me. I had frogotten they never caught anyone in these cases.
    Thanks cass
    :blowkiss:
     
  4. kline

    kline New Member

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    Wasnt there some pretty well founded suspicions(mostly from Maury Terry's research) that he may very well have played a role in some of the Son Of Sam killings as well?
    I for one wouldnt be at all surprised if the Zodiac and Sam cases werent periphally connected through occult weirdo channels.
     
  5. kemo

    kemo Active Member

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    Maury Terry had some interesting information on the Son of Sam case but he totally trashed his credibility by going of on the tangent of trying to link Mentzer, who was hired to kill Ray Rudin, to Son of Sam, the Process Church and various other evil occultists.

    From what I read, the Mentzer-Zodiac ling was based on nothing more than "profile". There was nothing to actually tie him to the crimes.
     
  6. kline

    kline New Member

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    I beleive the Son of Sam killings were indeed carried out by Berkowitz and a group of Satan bent cultists but I too doubt the size of the conspiracy he was suggesting.
     
  7. CanManEh

    CanManEh New Member

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    This is the only case I have ever seen that is solved like once every few months. lol What Happend to the last guy that found his dad's stash .Didn't he find a bloody knife a pair of glasses and the executiner's mask / hood . Where did he go ?
     
  8. morf13

    morf13 Ver. Insider Golden State Killer & Zodiac Killer

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    Sadly, there is no shortage of people claiming the Zodiac case is solved,and many of them are pretty shady people. If you are interested in Zodiac case discussion regarding suspects, victims, clues,etc, check out the site at:
    http://zodiackillersite.forummotion.com/
     
  9. Dr. Doogie

    Dr. Doogie New Member

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    Actually, you have combined two different "My Step-daddy was the Zodiac" claimants.

    Deborah Perez made a big media splash when she claimed that her step-father Guy Hendrickson was the Zodiac. She claimed to have a pair of glasses that belonged to cab driver Paul Stine, but the glasses she had were different than the glasses worn by Stine on his cabbie license taken just a couple of months before his murder. More damning was the revelation that Perez had also claimed to be the illegitimate daughter of JFK. Needless to say, she quickly faded into well-deserved obscurity, but not before her publicist who also was part of a consortium of Hollywood folks who had bought the rights to her story threatened to sue anyone who repeated this claim. However, two well-respected Zodiac researchers told the same story, so she was effectively exposed as a loon. Hendrickson was not the Zodiac.

    Dennis Kaufman made the claim that he had found Zodiac's hood stored in a PA amplifier. He claimed that his stepfather Jack W Tarrance was the Zodiac. There is an entire website dedicated to exposing the flaws in Kaufman's claims - just google "Dennis Kaufman Exposed". (Full disclosure: I am a mod there.) The problems with Dennis's claims are legion. One quick example is that the "hood" was actually one of at least three hoods seen by Kaufman's brother-in-law and the B-I-L says that he knows for sure that Kaufman made the first two. Also, the hood does not match the description of the hood given by Bryan Hartnell. Tarrance was not the Zodiac.
     
  10. Lera213

    Lera213 New Member

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    Has this guy in the picture ever been identified?

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    From AMW, female is one of the victims and the guy closely matches the sketch of the Zodiac.
     
  11. Dr. Doogie

    Dr. Doogie New Member

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    Although he denies it, the general consensus is that this is Darlene Ferrin's first husband, Jim Crabtree. He says it is not him, but several friends of Darlene identified him. I suspect that he doesn't want to admit it because the next step would be for people to accuse him of being Zodiac and he was investigated and cleared early into the investigation.
     
  12. Lera213

    Lera213 New Member

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    I just don't understand why they cannot solve this case. They must have DNA from the stamps, a partial print. You cannot tell me that a SK has never been in trouble with the law before. Then again we had the BK killer. Wonder if the BK killer use to live in California.

    I believe the SK is dead. His ramblings or reported ramblings make me think he was a satanic worshiper. I kept going back to the cab kill and were he got off. He must have lived or was visiting someone in that area. I just cannot believe that LE hasn't solved this.
     
  13. tmacirish1

    tmacirish1 New Member

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    I think hes very similar to the son of sam.
     
  14. TimeCop

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    I have uncovered a possible suspect. I never ever even thought of the Zodiac intil one day my brain said ALERT:
    I have a name of someone who mathces the sletch to the 'T' and also was there in SF, that i was told of by him, in 1972 (I think he mentioned being there in the 60's as well) but a discussion we had leads me to believe he was there in 1972, (he was 18 in 1968-69)
    This suspect of mine uses many things in language that the zodic did and I am almost 100% the handwritting matches.
    What should I do?
    WHos an active investigator?
     
  15. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    TimeCop Former Member

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    Thanks.
    I spent last night making a document on all of the connections,then forgot to save when I shut the power button off on my comp. So I have the day cut out for me. I appreciate your help.
     
  17. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    Man have I been THERE! Good luck in your recreation-I hope it goes smoothly.
     
  18. Dewey2Me1MoThyme

    Dewey2Me1MoThyme Have clue will sleuth!

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    Many word processing programs have an automatic save that runs every 5 mins, you may want to check and see if yours does. It will save it as un-named if you didn't intentionally save any of it earlier.
     
  19. mhoward48

    mhoward48 New Member

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    I was growing up in Vallejo at the time. I knew Darlene, and her sisters from school. One of her sisters was a friend. Every where we went, someone, thought his or her brother,uncle,dad, or next door neighbor was the Zodiac. I recall all kinds of people came forward either to confess they did it, or let LE know about who they suspected. Mostly, they all just had peculiar relatives, or neighbors.
     

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