The Unabomber and the Zodiac
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The Zodiac Killer murdered five people between December of 1968 and October of 1969. The murders were followed by letters to the news media demanding publication of his threats and other written material, on pain of further killings. As the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski murdered three people and injured many more, over a period beginning in May of 1978 and continuing through April of 1995. His murders were followed by letters to the news media demanding publication of the letters themselves, and the so-called “Manifesto,” on pain of further killings. Their methods were different, but their madness was the same. This book highlights the amazing similarities between Kaczynski and the Zodiac, the two most enigmatic and cerebral killers in U.S. history.
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Jul 18, 2009"Unabomber and the Zodiac" Compelling and meticulously researched book detailing the connections between the infamous Unabomber and the Zodiac killer. The author has really done his homework regarding Kaczynski's movements in relation to the dates of Zodiac mailings, and the handwriting comparisons are also very intriguing. A must read for Zodiac sleuths.
Apr 28, 2009"A fascinating book!" I ordered this book through Lulu.com and it arrived about eight days later with standard postage. The book looks great and it's professionally produced. The binding is sturdy and the type is easy on the eyes. If you have any interest at all in the Zodiac case you must read this book. Not only is this the first theory in the history of the case that has made any sense, but in trying to connect these two killers, Douglas Oswell has also delved deeply and intelligently into the things that made the Zodiac tick, such as his motives, his intelligence and his psychological background. He has also done a damned fine job putting forth a case that Ted Kaczynski could have been the Zodiac, even though he admits that this wasn't his goal (something I have to admit is a bit disingenuous). This book will tell you things that most people may find surprising. Did you know, for example, that Ted K. tried to get a sex-change operation in 1966, just a few months before... More > Cheri Jo Bates was killed in Riverside? How many people are aware that both the Unabomber and the Zodiac killer used literary allusion to make hints about themselves, or that both of them made references to opera? These things are revealed in "The Unabomber and the Zodiac," along with a slew of fascinating details and some very clever interpretations of Zodiac's codes and ciphers. Bottom line: if you're a Zodiac enthusiast, and you have to make a choice between buying this book or missing out on a dinner, get the book. You'll be better off for it!< Less
Jun 24, 2008"A Very Compelling and Meticulous Analysis" I must confess that I began Doug Oswell's The Unabomber and The Zodiac with anything but an open mind. Having co-authored a book on the Zodiac case myself, the idea that Zodiac and the Unabomber might be the same person initially struck me as far fetched. From the very first chapter, however, Oswell's carefully reasoned, meticulous analysis put major dents in my skepticism. He reveals an amazingly detailed knowledge of both of these very complex cases. His reasoning is quite measured inasmuch as he does not assert in any final way that Zodiac and the Unabomber are one and the same. His analysis does succeed in revealing many startling and though-provoking similarities between Zodiac and the Unabomber. And, I must confess, his writing includes keen insights into the psychology of the Zodiac that I missed in my own analysis. While I'm still not fully convinced that the Unabomber is the Zodiac, I do now see the common threads in their... More > underlying psychodynamics and I am far more open to the possibility that the Unabomber may be the Zodiac. Oswell's book is extremely well written and thought out. I recommend it without hesitation. David Van Nuys, Ph.D. co-author, This Is The Zodiac Speaking: Into The Mind of A Serial Killer< Less
May 20, 2008"The Unabomber and the Zodiac" This book is an extremely well written and highly educated study of two elusive killers, one of whom (the Unabomber) was captured only when his writings were recognized by a family member nearly 18 years after his initial rampage began; the other (Zodiac), who has evaded identification for close to 40 years but who, by all accounts, shares nearly identical parallels in tactics, motive, writings, codes, threats and knowledge and movement of the San Francisco area. Theodore Kaczynski, aka Unabomber, terrorized the public beginning in 1978 until his capture in 1996 when his brother went to the police after he felt he recognized some of the writing style within the Manifesto of the then-unidentified Unabomber, who used the threat of further bombings if his writing was not published. Astonishingly, upon his capture, it was found that the Unabomber suspect, Ted Kaczynski, was an assistant mathematics professor at the University of California,... More > Berkley campus, during key Zodiac events. This book is a remarkable analysis of the shared similarities of the two killers; most particularly in their uniqueness for communicating through writing to the media, the police and their victims; their knowledge and use of code; their need for public attention and threatening the public. Letting the reader decide for him/herself, based on the evidence presented, whether or not the Unabomber and the Zodiac could be one-in-the-same, not only is this book an outstanding examination of these two elusive killers for those interested in the unsolved murders of the Zodiac, it presents itself as an exceptional tool for use in any classroom study of criminology or psychology. Highly recommended< Less
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- by Douglas Evander Oswell (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Douglas Evander Oswell
- May 5, 2007
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.93 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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