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Postby greeney2 » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:18 am

True or publicity to sell a book? She said she wrote letters to Melvin Bellie for her father, so if that is the case they said her DNA would be on the letters. She also claims to have the glasses from one of the victims.

Californian Says Father Was Zodiac Killer (and She Played a Role, Too)
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Published: April 29, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO — In the pantheon of unsolved mysteries, few can top the Zodiac, the shadowy killer blamed for five Bay Area murders in the late 1960s and untold numbers of stranger-than-fiction theories ever since.

Add to that roster the tale told Wednesday by Deborah Perez, who announced to a skeptical crowd of reporters and Zodiac aficionados here not only that the killer was her adoptive and long-dead father, Guy Ward Hendrickson, but that she had been present at at least one killing and had even scribbled some of the taunting notes the Zodiac sent to the press and the police.

“I was a child and just thought I was helping my dad,” said Ms. Perez, a 47-year-old real-estate agent from Southern California. “I didn’t know.”

Neither did the San Francisco police, apparently, until Wednesday morning when Ms. Perez’s lawyer, Kevin McLean, called to announce their claims, which were also splashed across the front of Wednesday’s San Francisco Examiner.

“We’ll listen,” Sgt. Lynn Tomioka, a police spokeswoman. “Just like everybody else.”

Claims about the Zodiac’s identity are a regular occurrence around the Bay Area, which is still fascinated by a case whose last confirmed murder, of a San Francisco taxi driver, was in 1969, though coded letters apparently from the killer continued to turn up for several years after.

On Wednesday, several Zodiac enthusiasts, some toting astrological maps, others with snapshots of their favorite suspects, shouted pointed questions at Ms. Perez. “The police will just laugh at this,” said Sandy Betts, an amateur sleuth, who did not buy the story. Ms. Perez said she had been oblivious to the Zodiac case until 2007, when she saw an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” about it and started to think her father was involved. But she offered little concrete evidence on Wednesday.

Mr. McLean said that Ms. Perez had passed psychological exams — “I know that everybody’s going to say she’s nuts,” he said — and that her handwriting claims had been confirmed by Bart Baggett, an “expert document examiner” from Los Angeles, who, as it happens, is also an executive producer and narrator of a coming documentary about the case.

Mr. Baggett did not return calls for comment, but Robert Graysmith, a former San Francisco Chronicle reporter who has written two books about the Zodiac case, said he was doubtful of an “entirely new suspect” like Mr. Hendrickson, who Ms. Perez said died in 1983.

Mr. Graysmith said he thought he and other Zodiac investigators had come close to pinpointing the killer. “I believe the case is probably already solved, but I never say never,” he said via e-mail. “That’s what last chapters are for.”
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Postby chiselray » Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:14 pm

Just another wanna be ...

Once the cops clean her story up she will fade aaawwayyy.
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Postby greeney2 » Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:07 pm

I'm not so sure if she has the glasses the father took off one of the victims, and if her DNA matches from the letter she wrote Melvin Bellie. Her story seemed credible to me. The Zodiac murders were a very well know crime in California.
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Postby chiselray » Sun May 03, 2009 3:40 am

Experts on handwriting agree and disagree all the time though greeny..

The story is interesting at least,i find it fun to read but i still decide given history and crime to see nothing more than conjecture at the moment.Her lawyer is no one credible , he doesnt supply real,or any proof ,he supplies claim..just like all of his cases ..
Handwriting professionals work on a probability when they cant discern ..When she says "she thought she was just helping her dad " i cant help but immediately raise an eyebrow ,it sounds like the typical adolescent clincher that a bad liar would expect anyone to believe as a matter of fact sort of statement.

I could be wrong..anyone could be ..
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Postby greeney2 » Sun May 03, 2009 10:28 am

The Zodiac period had the entire state in fear. I'm surprized this story was no more than a evening news 10 minute into the show story. It seems to have already died, so make me wonder if she had any credibility at all. She did sound convincing to be honest, but why would she go public with this, other than a money making scheme? Bood deal coming next week?
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Postby chiselray » Mon May 04, 2009 4:21 am

All these unsolved crimes really get people talking about them ,the mystery is a powerful thing.
And i reckon nothing feeds someones ego for attention than a claim that gets the whole world talking about You..History is full of them..People who stand in and take advantage of situations that havnt yet had a good factual base about them.No one can refute their claims before they get their 15 minutes ,or some cash for a quick story or two.
Some people ,especially a clever psychopathic personality can be convincing to the bone if they want to be.
Im not saying she is one of these types,in fact i doubt it.Maybe she wants to be counted for a change,and all the while she strings the readers along no one is getting hurt here.

btw its been what 2 years ? since Madeleine McCann went missing...That is another case that makes an interesting story..
Unsolved and still ticking along that crime is long from being solved.So ,maybe the next attention seeker will make claims she actually looked after the child for months after the abduction , before she was then moved and out into hiding ect ect..

I personally dont understand where these people get off,i couldnt imagine in the most extreme circumstances actually doing such a thing myself.
But as you well know ,the world is full of people with very different priorities..Sometimes its all about ME ME ME..nothing less will do !
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