The story was the basis for 2007 film Zodiac, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jnr. Picture: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures Source: news.com.au
An old artist's depiction of the killer. Picture: San Francisco Police Department Source: news.com.au
THE notorious Zodiac Killer - who terrorised San Franciso in the late 60s - is still alive, a new book claims.
The Zodiac Killer Cover-Up, written by former highway patrolman Lyndon Lafferty, alleges infamous serial killer is 91 and living in California.
It's believed the Zodiac Killer was responsible for five murders in northern California in 1968 and 1969, and earned fame by goading police.
"The police shall never catch me, because I have been too clever for them," read a letter, supposedly from the killer, sent to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Lafferty claims he knows the killer lives in Solano County, but his leads were burned by "power brokers" in the area during the 70s, according to the LA Times.
He says the Zodiac Killer's spree was triggered when his wife had an affair with a prominent judge.
"Mind and body ravaged by years of severe alcoholism, his blood-lusting revenge turned him into the most shocking and vicious killer in our 20th century," Lafferty writes in the book.
"Through his tauntings of the police, his codes, ciphers, and letters, he was on a mission to redeem his shattered ego, to prove that he is better, smarter, and more clever than all the judges and police put together."
The only ever named suspect, Arthur Leigh Allen, was cleared by DNA testing, and died in 1992.
The case was closed in 2004 with no arrests, but reopened in 2007.
The same year, the famous story spawned the Hollywood film Zodiac, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jnr.
The Zodiac Killer also loosely formed the basis for the villain Scorpio in the hit Clint Eastwood crime classic Dirty Harry.
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