Thursday, April 30, 2009
Was Guy Ward Hedrickson The Zodiac Killer As Alleged By Deborah Perez?
Has the Zodiac killer finally been revealed? Few mysteries are greater then the elusive Zodiac killer who killed five Bay Area people in the late 1960s. Fiction has exceeded reality. Now joining the fracas is Deborah Perez, age 47, who claims that the killer was her adoptive and long-dead father, Guy Ward Hendrickson. Perez even claims that she was present for at at least one of the killings. Furthermore, Perez claims that she authored some of the taunting notes the Zodiac sent to the police and press.
Ms. Perez is a 47-year-old real-estate agent from Southern California. Ms. Perez is represented by Kevin McLean. He arranged for a press conference for his client. Most claims about the Zodiac’s identity are the subject of rumors and tall tales. The last confirmed murder was of a San Francisco taxi driver forty years ago. Coded letters supposedly from the killer continued to turn up for several years. Most in attendance did not believe Ms. Perez story. Apparently Perez saw a 2007 episode of “America’s Most Wanted” and started thinking her father was the infamous killer. Perez offered little evidence her father was the killer at the press conference.
On the other hand, her attorney said that Ms. Perez had passed psychological exams and was competent. He also alleged that her handwriting claims had been confirmed by Bart Baggett, an “expert document examiner” from Los Angeles. Perhaps by more than a coincidence, Baggett is an executive producer and narrator of a coming documentary about the Zodiac killer. While the Zodiac killer is likely deceased, few currently believe Guy Ward Hendrickson was the infamous killer. I doubt the upcoming documentary will change many beliefs as to the killer's identity.