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.
Plus, if I read the article correctly, it’s saying he has a “hood” with the Zodiac’s symbol. I believe the symbol, as described by the survivor, was on the chest plate, not the hood.
Even though he’s supposedly been ruled out by DNA on an envelope, I still like Arthur Leigh Allen. (It’s been speculated that Allen had others “seal” his envelopes, saying the taste of the glue made him sick.
Kaufman is well known in Zodiac circles as a nut job.
He was also in the first "Hell Raiser" movie.
Yup, it’s worth reading the whole article.
I think it was in 1972, I was walking home from the bus stop after school, and someone stopped to offer me a ride. He’d pulled his car off the road and was leaning across the front seat to open the passenger door. I looked at him, stammered some excuse about my house being very close by, so I didn’t need a ride, and backed away. A look of incredible, absolute rage came over his face, and he slammed the door and pealed out, kicking up dust and rocks behind his car.
A few days later, a picture was printed in the newspaper, asking if anyone had seen a particular car. A 15 year old girl, hitchhiking, had gotten into the car and no one knew where she was. I don’t know why someone had taken a picture, but it was the same car I had seen. Her body was found about a year later.
I told my friends at school that I had come face to face with the Zodiac... but in truth, I don’t know. I do know that the guy I saw was never caught.
So, is Jack Tarrance alive or dead and, if the former, where is he?
Really!!! I guess there is some sort of resemblance. I've seen the first (and best) Dirty Harry flick at least ten times if not more. I'm always amazed at people who refuse to see a good movie more than once.
"Jack Tarrance died in 2006".
“I got’s to know”
He also thinks his father and his circle of friends maybe be responsible for other killings as well.
The house that he alleges the murder took place in is a very famous house in LA called, "The Franklin House." It's in a ton of movies and commercials. The contestants on America's Next Top Model lived there for a season. Now every time I see it, I think, "That's the murder house!"
I'm not that familiar with the Zodiac case, but from what I do know, he seemed to be a terrific fit. It's just too bizarre that they could never pin it on him.
I suspect that those in "Zodiac circles" may be a little unbalanced themselves.
While I wouldn’t say that”Dirty Harry” is one of my favorite movies, I do agree that it is worthwhile to view good movies again. I see so much more, and get so much more out of the dialogue of good movies on the 3rd or 4th time seeing them.
Hint: It wasn't Jack Tarrance!
The cops never found him but told her in all likelihood it was the Zodiac killer and that she was a very lucky girl.
Great movie! One of my favorite Dirty Harry movies. The guy was a total creepazoid.
I wonder if it was the limp? ;-)
I'm now pretty much convinced this story is totally bogus and I'm very sorry I ever posted it (see word_warrior_bob's post #9). Damned liars! What a waste of time.
If he didn’t die, they speculated that he was a type og killer known as a sexual sadist, and they often stop killing in middle age, because their inclination to do so dies.
Thanks for posting this. I just watched the Zodiac movie with Robert Downey last week, and this article is pretty intriguing.
I’ve followed this case very closely and have studied numerous police reports and read both books on the subject; seen the interviews of the surviving principles. In my opinion, this case ended when Allen died in 1992. The ONLY conclusive proof of the real Zodiac was at the Lake murder and only Allen weighed enough to have left the boot print. If anyone wants further proof, see the “Director’s Cut” of the film of last year.
Virtually all of the Zodiac cultists are out of their ever loving minds. They are in my view mentally ill and have no life outside of their obsession. Every week, some new suspect is trotted out. It’s pure craziness.
Ha, ha—wasn’t that smooth. I do want to know though.
That must be truly scary to know you came face to face with evil like that.
What a house!
The RCC slaying of Cheri-Jo Bates in '66 has been a close interest of mine for many years and I'd always wished that the Zodiac investigators would have established a connection to her case.
I have to read Graysmith's book again.
Yes, his name is Steve Hodel and he is amazing. He was a decorated LAPD detective, now retired, who saw some photos in his late father’s possession of a woman he thought might be the famous Black Dahlia. As it turns out now, it is entirely possible that the photos never were of Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, but Hodel’s inspiration to find out more about the famous unsolved murder, as well as his father’s AMAZING underworld and prominent life in 1940s L.A., makes for the absolute best true crime story ever written.
And he has solved the Black Dahlia case. It really was his own father.
If any of you like true crime, you must read this book. (The Black Dahlia Avenger - and get the latest version with the most facts. Steve is working on the second book.)
I remember there was a young girl picked up by the Night Stalker (or was it the Hillside Strangler - one of the serial killers of the 1980s in L.A.), and he had her captive in his car and went looking through her wallet. She had a photo of the actor Peter Lorre in her wallet because he was her grandfather. When the killer asked her about it and she said it was her grandfather, he threw her out of the car.
Her late grandfather saved her life.
Sadly Albert Popwell, who played the bank robber, died recently. Eastwood used him in a number of his Dirty Harry films.
Steve Hodel, that’s it! His dad was George Hodel. It was a great book. I read a lot of true crime, but I had to put that one down a few times because it freaked me out so bad.
About a year or two ago there was an American Express commercial filmed in that house. Every single time it was on I thought of the depravity that went on there. Even if there weren’t multiple murders, the nasty “parties” were enough to churn anyone’s stomach and make them uncomfortable.