It’s been too long since I’ve written and for that I apologize. There has been such a flurry of activity from the continued interest in The Most Dangerous Animal Of All that I’ve just now had a chance to sit and gather my thoughts. I am so appreciative of all of the opportunities to share my story with readers across the country, from libraries to book festivals, to fairs and charity organizations. Thank you for your warm hospitality.
One highlight early on this month was the 11th Annual Louisiana Book Festival, held Nov.1 at the Louisiana State Capitol. To be an invited guest in the company of such notable authors as Ernest Gaines, Cokie Roberts, James Carville, and Mary Matalin was an honor of a lifetime. This month, I have the privilege to speak and participate in the King’s Daughters Festival in Columbia, Missouri, Nov. 21 to 23. What an honor to be invited to help in this great event for a wonderful cause. On Nov. 11, I’ll be speaking at the Gonzales Louisiana Rotary Club. On Nov. 5, Susan and I will be speaking to the English students at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, and we will be featured speakers at the Livingston Parish Book Festival Nov. 15.
Thank you for your continued positive reviews of TMDAOA! Nothing pleases me more than reading the reviews and finding that the overwhelming majority of the readers across the nation are “getting it.” The Most Dangerous Animal Of All was never intended to be simply a true crime book. It is first and foremost a memoir of my journey to find my biological father. At the beginning of my search for the man who gave me life, I only wanted to meet the man so that he would know that I turned out okay. I wanted him to see that his abandonment of me was the best thing that could have happened in my life because the Stewarts adopted me as a result. I had no idea what I would find, nor did I ever begin my search to prove my biological father was a serial killer. As one reviewer stated, he wishes I would address the negative “jabs” by those online Zodiac Killer websites that are fixated on their own persons of interest and are “damned and determined” to disprove any credible suspect that comes along.
I will say this, and for the record, loud and clear—my story, my memoir, the search for my father did, in fact, conclude with me being completely convinced that my father is the Zodiac Killer. In my memoir, I presented overwhelming evidence as to why I am certain that this near half-century’s mystery is now solved. My evidence includes many things that have fit no other suspect. The overwhelming majority of traditional suspects seem to be missing one important piece of critical evidence against them—motive. I have delivered for the first time in this case’s history a rock-solid suspect with a very clear motive. In all of the compelling evidence I’ve presented, for me, the most important outside of motive, are his humiliation at the hands of Paul Avery of the San Francisco Chronicle, the variations of his names spelled perfectly in multiple ciphers (something that’s never been done before, regardless of what the online ‘Zodiac experts’ claim), and the matching scar from the fingerprint taken from the Paul Stine crime scene.
However, the virtual gumshoes have selected one piece of evidence that they say is “not significant nor critical” when it comes to including their own pet person of interest, but say it’s ‘completely critical’ when it comes to eliminating anyone else’s suspect. That is handwriting. The Most Dangerous Animal Of All was well on its way to publication when the ‘handwriting evidence’ first came up. In fact, it was a last-minute find that we chose to include. While Questioned Document Examiner Michael Wakshull utilized four exemplars of my father’s handwriting to compare with the Zodiac letters, the online executioners select only one that Wakshull used and completely discount the findings of the remaining three. Those exemplars, plus two additional samples of my father’s handwriting, contain reinforcing evidence that my father was the author of the Zodiac letters.
There are two things that need to be stated here, thanks to the reader who suggested a response to those online critics. First, every one of those amateur inspectors have a favorite suspect who they will “fight till the death” to prove that they have solved the Zodiac case. And absolutely none of those suspects’ handwriting is a match for any of the Zodiac letters. Yet they very publicly dismiss my father based on handwriting, while ignoring the mountain of other overwhelming evidence I’ve presented. Perhaps these guys should take a look at their own suspects and shoot them apart because they don’t have a handwriting match or any other real evidence, including a motive for their suspect. I do find it interesting that all of the Zodiac amateur sleuths with skin in the game have so readily dismissed my father as a suspect, and yet not one has considered all of the compiled evidence, forensic and circumstantial, which anyone who has ever sat through a murder trial can tell you combine to convict a suspect. Yet, the one with the most ‘skin in the game,’ at the present time is not at all interested in trying to dismiss their pet persons of interest. I feel like I have presented a compelling argument that my father is indeed the best suspect in the history of the Zodiac Killer case, but more importantly, I have been blessed with the opportunity to share a story about a man searching for the father who abandoned him, which is really what this book is all about.
Stay tuned for more to come …