The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer

Review From User :

This is a fascinating book! The reviews are all over the place and I liked the parts that so many did not. Like the backstory of everyone and I especially loved the descriptions of the time period. It captured a time and place.

Gary Stewart was adopted as an infant and at the age of 39 his birth mother contacts him out of the blue. He is elated to know more about her. As their friendship grows he becomes increasinly curious about his father. Her memory is sketchy, but Gary presses on looking up newspaper articles, etc. until he finally finds his father's name and ultimately suspects he had a part in many killings. Trying to get DNA and handwriting analysys is an achingly long wait to prove that the Zodiac Killer is his father. It was suspicious to me that all the files on the zodiac killer were destroyed because the case wasn't closed and reeked of a cover up in the SFPD(in my opinion). Anyway, you have to read this yourself and come to your own conclusions. It's a well written and great read!


Category: Adults, Autobiography & Biographies, True Crime

Prologue – The ice cream romance – Signs of the Zodiac – The truth deciphered.
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Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world.

Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues – including forensic evidence – that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.

For decades, the Zodiac Killer has captivated America’s imagination. His ability to evade capture while taunting authorities made him infamous. The vicious specificity of his crimes terrified Californians before the Manson murders and after, and shocked a culture enamored with the ideals of the dawning Age of Aquarius. To this day, his ciphers have baffled detectives and amateur sleuths, and his identity remains one of the twentieth century’s great unsolved mysteries.

The Most Dangerous Animal of All reveals the name of the Zodiac for the very first time. Mustafa and Stewart construct a chilling psychological profile of Stewart’s father: as a boy with disturbing fixations, a frustrated intellectual with pretensions to high culture, and an inappropriate suitor and then jilted lover unable to process his rage. At last, all the questions that have surrounded the case for almost fifty years are answered in this riveting narrative. The result is a singular work of true crime at its finest – a compelling, unbelievable true story told with the pacing of a page-turning novel – as well as a sensational and powerful memoir.

Gary Stewart narrates in a light Louisiana accent, reflecting his Southern origins. He becomes emotional at times when describing his family and his personal history. A self-described fan of the “true crime” genre, Stewart conducts his own investigation into his father’s identity, presenting his evidence in the form of family history, reconstructed situations, and details from the Zodiac murders, which took place in California in the late 1960s. His findings are the latest twist in a case that has stumped investigators for decades.

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The Most Dangerous Animal of All - Part 9