Sorry for being so slow in writing up part 2. In Part 1, I explained Mike Rodelli’s theory that a Mr. X was the Zodiac Killer. I’m not convinced he’s right, but I wanted to see if I could at least figure out who Mr. X was.
A day or two after I started someone emailed me a big clue – Mr. X’s first name. At first I was disappointed – that was going to make it too easy, particularly since he had an unusual first name. Sure enough, thanks to that clue and Google I found Mr. X in a few minutes.
Once I found him, however, I realized I probably wouldn’t have found him without the extra clue. I confirmed my guess with someone else who emailed me.
Below are the original clues I was working with. The comments in parentheses are observations about the clues based on knowing Mr. X’s identity.
- He was a pilot in the Navy. (True. He also had an unusual experience as a pilot.)
- He’s a multi-millionaire. (True.)
- He owns “a high-end, image oriented retail business in the San Francisco market.” (True, but misleading. This clue tends to send people to one particular guy who owns retail clothing chains throughout the country. Mr. X owns a business in San Francisco, but it’s not what most people would think of when they think of a retail business.)
- He’s a member of the Bohemian Club. (True.)
- In April, 1970 he bought a company that has the same name as the surname of one of Zodiac’s victims. ZodiacKiller.com lists
the confirmed victims’s surnames as Faraday, Jensen, Farrin, Mageau,
Shepard, Hartnell, and Stine. The contested victims’ surnames are
Domingos, Edwards, Bates, Johns, Lass. (True.)
- He still owns the same Pacific Heights home he owned in the
1960s during the Zodiac’s reign. The home is near the site where Zodiac
victim Paul Stine
was murdered. Some of the Zodiac’s victims are disputed, but not Stine.
Zodiac removed part of Stine’s bloody shirt and mailed a piece with his
letter to the San Francisco Chronicle. (I didn’t confirm this part.)
- He’s approximately 85 years old, which means he was born around 1919. (That’s about right.)
Now that I know who Mr. X is, I tend to think he’s not Zodiac. There wasn’t much reason to believe he was, anyway, but based on his age and accomplishments he doesn’t seem like the type.
More Zodiac blogging on Wednesday.