Skip to comments.Zodiac Killer's Identity And Weapon Uncovered? Local Man: Zodiac Killer Was My Stepfather
Posted on 08/29/2008 3:23:39 PM PDT by LibWhacker
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) Exclusive; The Zodiac Killer attacked at least eight people, terrorizing the Bay Area and taunting police in the 60's and 70's. Thursday, the FBI confirmed to CBS13 they are now running laboratory tests on some items that may link a suspect to the killer.
The evidence was given to the FBI by a Pollock Pines man who also claims he recently found the disguise worn by the Zodiac Killer during one of his attacks.
"The identity of the Zodiac Killer is Jack Tarrance. He's my stepfather," says Dennis Kaufman.
Eight years of Dennis Kaufman's life has been consumed with attempting to prove the only father he's known since he was five-years-old is none other than the Zodiac Killer.
"This a handwriting comparison I did," says Kaufman, showing handwriting samples claiming to be his father's and the Zodiac Killer's, which bear a striking similarity. Similarities Dennis says are no coincidence.
"The composite is a dead ringer," says Kaufman, showing composite sketch of the killer next to his stepfather's -- a resemblance that is undeniable between pictures of Jack Tarrance and descriptions of the zodiac.
Dennis also claims his stepfather, in a taped phone conversation, indirectly admitted being the zodiac killer.
"If I wrote a book and said I think my stepfather is the Zodiac Killer they wouldn't believe me," says Kaufman.
Jack Tarrance died in 2006. Dennis claims that while going through Tarrance's belongings, there were disturbing findings including a knife still covered with what could possibly be dried blood.
"It could be a knife he barbecued with or a knife he murdered someone with," says Kaufman.
Jack also left behind rolls of undeveloped film. Dennis plans to hand over the film to the FBI. On one of the rolls Dennis did develop, there were numerous gruesome images.
"Appeared to be people who were murdered," explains Dennis.
Just recently, Dennis remembered his stepfather asking him several times about the old PA system which led Dennis to take it apart.
"When I first opened it up that did affect me. My heart skipped a couple of beats when I saw it," he says.
The material folded and tucked inside, Dennis believes, may unmask the zodiac killer.
"It was a black hood with a zodiac on it," Dennis explains.
Dennis holds up a black hood with the zodiac sign on it. It's similar to the hood worn during the vicious 1968 Lake Berryessa attack, which is the possible key evidence connecting his stepfather to the killings. He also believes there are dozens more victims which were never linked to the Zodiac, including Dennis' own mother who, he claims, was suffocated.
"She sat there and told me Jack was trying to kill her and I didn't listen. I can only imagine how she felt. Imagine how scary that would be. That is what kept me going this whole time," says Dennis.
The FBI confirmed they are running DNA tests on items that Dennis gave them.
Dennis says there are postage stamps sent to him by his stepfather. Authorities are trying to get DNA profile of Jack Tarrance to compare to A DNA profile of the Zodiac Killer. The FBI told CBS13 they could get those results back any day.
Would be great to get some closure on this. The Zodiac is one of those cases I thought would never be solved.
Big News day
I was watching something on Most Evil the other night where a retired policeman was trying to figure out who murdered the Black Dahlia. The conclusion he finally came to was that it was his own doctor father. He also thinks his father was the Lipstick Murderer in the Chicago area. Currently a man is serving life for the lipstick murders that happened more than 60 years ago. The guy was just 17 when implicated and he may be innocent. It was interesting and incredibly sad to contemplate that an innocent man may have been sent to jail all this time and had his whole life ruined.
Back to the Zodiac, I wonder why this Zodiac guy quit or did he continue but just not as the Zodiac? Will be interesting to find out if all this is true.
Speaking of unsolved mysteries, whatever happened to that guy in Canada that claims to be John Kennedy's love child? Never heard more on that.
A couple of weeks ago some guys found Bigfoot.......I’ll wait for the test results on this one...........
Looks like this guy is a long-time nut-job hoaxster looking for cash.
From the zodiackiller.com website.
That brings back memories. The teachers got real serious about telling us kids what to do if we encounter a bad guy like this, such as writing down his license plate #. I still look at license plates of almost every car that I encounter, almost 40 years later. Ferinstance: The license plate number of our VW van 40 years ago was RXB 259.
If true, I hope they throw his butt in jail for a good long time!
"...a retired policeman was trying to figure out who murdered the Black Dahlia. The conclusion he finally came to was that it was his own doctor father. (also)...the Lipstick Murderer in the Chicago area. (snip)...an innocent man may have been sent to jail all this time and had his whole life ruined. ...I wonder why this Zodiac guy quit or did he continue but just not as the Zodiac?".
Speaking of unsolved mysteries, whatever happened to that guy in Canada that claims to be John Kennedy's love child?"
Congratulations, you've won the Incredible Segue Of The Year (ISOTY) award given out only on special occasions by someone who has absolutely no authority to do so.
Very interesting, thanks for posting.
Andrew Robinson did such a superb acting job in that movie that he basically typecast himself out of any other roles for years. I remember reading an interview where he said that people used to cross the street when they would see him walking towards them!
To bring closure ... I hope they discover it is this man. If it is this man, he’s paying for these crimes when his soul left this earth.
” was watching something on Most Evil the other night where a retired policeman was trying to figure out who murdered the Black Dahlia. The conclusion he finally came to was that it was his own doctor father. He also thinks his father was the Lipstick Murderer in the Chicago area. Currently a man is serving life for the lipstick murders that happened more than 60 years ago. The guy was just 17 when implicated and he may be innocent. It was interesting and incredibly sad to contemplate that an innocent man may have been sent to jail all this time and had his whole life ruined.”
I saw a show on that some time ago. It might have been the same one. Do they have any DNA to see if it could be him? Even though the guy is dead, it would bring closure.
Andy Robinson, who played the psycho killer in the first Dirty Harry said the role severely typecast him and virtually shot down his acting career. He played his role so well he was always asked to be a psycho killer. He did have a co-starring role as Walter Matthau’s criminal sidekick in “Charlie Varrick.”
35 year old undeveloped film?
Did his stepfather have a Bigfoot costume and some opossum entrails?
Nah this is way to convenient. I agree with the poster about the bigfoot costume. Oh. He just happened to find items with the zodiac symbol on it and a bloody knife. Right. Give me a break.