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The most dangerous animal of all [sound recording]

by Stewart, Gary L.,

Format: Book on CD 2014
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Shaler North Hills Library Audiovisual CD 364.15 S [B-O-CD]
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Audiovisual
Call Number  CD 364.15 S [B-O-CD]

Soon after his birth mother 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 Killer for the very first time. Stewart and Mustafa 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.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "When an author purports to have uncovered the truth about a notorious unsolved series of murders, let alone that the killer was his own father, it's vital to establish credibility from the outset; unfortunately, Stewart's concession that the narrative "of [his] father's early life" is fictionalized gets things started badly. The unreliability of those sections is a significant drawback that engenders skepticism long before Stewart presents any evidence to support his claim that his biological father, who abandoned him as an infant, was responsible for the murders that terrorized San Francisco in the 1960s. And that evidence is far less impressive than Stewart believes-a resemblance between a wanted poster's image and a picture of his father, a tortured interpretation of a coded message, some ambiguous partial fingerprint, and handwriting evidence. The motive for the crimes-ostensibly the enactment of revenge fantasies on young women resembling Stewart's mother-is also unconvincing, as the author fails to even address the killing of a cabbie that could not have been so motivated. The kicker is the decision to publish before DNA test results are available that could significantly strengthen or weaken the theory. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Stewart, Gary L.
Adoptees -- United States -- Biography.
Birthparents -- Identification -- Case studies.
Birthfathers -- United States -- Identification -- Case studies.
Serial murderers -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher [Ashland, Oregon] :2014
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Mustafa, Susan D., author.
Harper Audio (Firm)
Blackstone Audio, Inc., publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by the author.
Language English
Notes Compact discs.
"Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking"--Container.
Description 9 audio discs (660 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781483004372 (library ed.)
1483004376 (library ed.)
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