The Zodiac Killer

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Bonnie M. Wells

Zodiac Killer's Identity And Weapon Uncovered?

Reporting: Kris Pickel SACRAMENTO (CBS13)

September 2008

The Zodiac Killer murdered several people, terrorizing the Bay Area and taunting police in the 60's and 70's. The FBI confirmed to CBS13 on Thursday that they are now running laboratory tests on some items that may link a suspect to the killer.

The evidence was given to the FBI by a Pollock Pines man who also claims he recently found the disguise worn by the Zodiac Killer during one of his attacks.

"The identity of the Zodiac Killer is Jack Tarrance. He's my stepfather," said Dennis Kaufman.

Eight years of Dennis Kaufman's life has been consumed with attempting to prove the only father he's known since he was five-years-old is none other than the Zodiac Killer.

"This is a handwriting comparison I did," Kaufman said, showing handwriting samples of what he claims to be his stepfather's and the Zodiac Killer's. He claims the samples are too similar to be coincidence.

"The composite is a dead ringer," Kaufman said, showing composite sketch of the killer next to his stepfather's -- a resemblance that is undeniable between pictures of Jack Tarrance and descriptions of the zodiac.

Kaufman also claims his stepfather, in a taped phone conversation, indirectly admitted being the zodiac killer.

Jack Tarrance died in 2006. Kaufman said that while going through Tarrance's belongings, he made some disturbing finds. One piece of evidence he plans to turn over to the FBI is a knife still covered with what could possibly be dried blood.

"It could be a knife he barbecued with or a knife he murdered someone with," Kaufman said.

Jack also left behind rolls of undeveloped film which will also be turned over to the FBI. On the one roll Kaufman did develop, there were gruesome images.

"[It] appeared to be people who were murdered," he explained.

Just recently, Kaufman remembered his stepfather asking him several times about an old PA system, which led him to take it apart.

"When I first opened it up that did affect me. My heart skipped a couple of beats when I saw it," he said.

The material folded and tucked inside, Kaufman believes, may unmask the zodiac killer.

"It was a black hood with a zodiac on it," Kaufman said.

It's similar to the hood worn during the vicious 1968 Lake Berryessa attack, which could be key evidence connecting his stepfather to the killings. He also believes there are dozens of additional victims which were never linked to the Zodiac, including Kaufman's own mother, who he claims was suffocated.

"She sat there and told me Jack was trying to kill her and I didn't listen. I can only imagine how she felt. Imagine how scary that would be. That is what kept me going this whole time," he said.

The FBI confirmed they are running DNA tests on items that Kaufman gave them.

Kaufman said there are letters sent to him by his stepfather, and authorities are trying to get DNA profile of Jack Tarrance to compare to the Zodiac Killer. The FBI told CBS13 they could get those results back any day.

Common Denominators & Unanswered Questions

By: Bonnie M. Wells

I know how Dennis Kaufman must feel after spending eight years of his life trying to gather enough evidence and information to get something done with a serial killer. I've now spent fifteen years of my own life attempting the same thing! It has been a nightmare here in Washington County Ohio because authorities here either don't believe in serial killers, or just don't give a hoot in hell who they kill as long as it's not one of their own family members.

"too similar to be coincidence," - How many times have I said these exact words? Take the Ronda Manley case for example.

Ronda was murdered on my husband's birthday {August 25th} in 1992.

Immediately, a report was released to the public about a white, dolled up Toyota or S-10 pickup truck that had been seen racing from the cemetery where Ronda's murdered body was found. I knew a man who drove a white, dolled up Toyota truck at that time, and he wasn't home the night of Ronda's murder.

This same man had come to me precisely eight months earlier and told me that another man {whom I was involved in a dispute with} told him to tell me -- "If I catch you out alone, I'm going to kill you. I will cut your guts out."

I took the threat pretty seriously and went to the Belpre, Ohio police department where I reported the threat to Sgt. Bradley Harper. He refused to let me file a report, and told me there was nothing that could be done because a lot of people make threats like that.

When Ronda was murdered a mere eight months later, I thought Bradley Harper would surely remember me coming to him and telling him those exact words. But he didn't -- or if he did, he chose to stand in silence. Even when he surely must have realized that Ronda had been stabbed to death, and that brought forth the 'I'll cut your guts out' portion of the threat, he said nothing.

And then, when the news released the information that Ronda Manley had actually received a warning phone call from a man on August 6th - just 18 days before her brutal murder - and was told "If I catch you out alone, I'm going to kill you," even then Sgt. Harper said not a word.

Well, they say the Manley case is solved. Aubrey Davis confessed {after trying for 3 months to find an attorney to defend him} to the crime because they had his DNA and could prove he'd had sex with Ronda.

I said it then, and I'm saying it now - Aubrey Davis did NOT murder Ronda Manley. He confessed because they told him if he didn't confess, and they got a conviction on him they were seeking the death penalty. The man confessed to something he didn't do in order to save his own life - simple as that folks.

None of the confession matched the crime. Davis didn't even drive a white truck, and he didn't kill Ronda Manley.

Months after Ronda's murder I discovered the man who supposedly made the treat about me, didn't make that threat! Therefore it had to come from the man who delivered it to me - and it just so happens that he's the one who drove the white dolled up Toyota truck, and who wasn't home the night Ronda was murdered. Nothing was ever done with him. He was never questioned or anything, and Aubrey Davis wasn't apprehended for the crime until ten years after the murder. Authorities here had ten solid years - and all of my information - to work with and they never even questioned the man. Only after BCI&I made the DNA match did they go after Davis.

Dennis Kaufman told about pictures and rolls of film that could possibly be victims of the Zodiac Killer.

My suspect in the Manley case {as well as many other cases} has shown several pictures of unconscious women to other women, who came and told me about the pictures. One woman asked him why the women in the pictures were 'unconscious' and he reportedly told her that he picks the women up at bars [or wherever he can find them] and gets them drunk and waits until they pass out and then rapes them. When asked why he wants to have sex with unconscious women he reportedly said that - 'that way he doesn't have to listen to their damned mouths.' Personally, I don't think the women are 'unconscious.' I think they are dead. Regardless, no one has ever cared enough to investigate, so it looks as if he can brag all he wants to.

Dennis Kaufman tells about finding the disguise worn by the Zodiac Killer.

Many times I've reported to local authorities that my suspect has wigs, and that he wears them on occasion. Some of these wigs appear to be women's wigs, which would change his appearance dramatically - especially if he was clean shaven. This of course reminds me of the McCrady case, and how a 'dark haired woman' tried to kidnap one of the McCrady children eleven months before their mother was murdered. Oh yeah, the McCrady case is solved too. They locked up her husband Trooper Jackie D. McCrady. McCrady is an INNOCENT man. He did NOT murder his wife.

Other items which have been found in my suspects possession [or hidden by him] have included - a woman's silver wrist watch {and I'm still wondering what color Jenifer McCrady's missing wrist watch was!!!} women's underwear; girls clothing, including panties and bra [looks like they would fit a 9-12 year old girl - I think of Jennifer Short} handcuffs, duct tape, and other items that look pretty suspicious to me, but which apparently have never concerned anyone in law enforcement.

Dennis Kaufman told the FBI and reporters that his mother - "sat there and told me Jack was trying to kill her and I didn't listen. He claims his mother was suffocated.

This is no stranger to me either. I remember Bonnie Hickman, who lived with my suspect for a few years. He beat Bonnie and choked her on several occasions, and one night tried to smother her to death with a pillow! Had her sons not been home and managed to drag him off Bonnie she would have died that night.

The paramedics came and worked feverishly on Bonnie, while Sgt. Bradley Harper listened to her attacker's side of the story. He told the cop that Bonnie had failed to complete the chore list that he'd left for her that day, and so it was her own damned fault that he'd had to try to kill her!

Apparently at that point Sgt. Harper told him he might want to quit talking because if she died he could be charged with attempted murder!!!

In my opinion he should have been charged with attempted murder right there and then. He'd just confessed to a Belpre {Ohio} police officer - but, once again, he walked away unscathed.

Kaufman said there are letters sent to him by his stepfather and the FBI is trying to get a DNA match - well guess what guys - I too have cards and samples of my suspects handwriting -- AND at least one envelope that was licked and sealed by him! I know they have DNA in some of these unsolved cases - and even in some of the solved ones that will match my guy -- so why is no one interested?

What are they going to do - wait until he's dead and then identify him? Just like the Zodiac Killer, huh? Don't think so folks. Not this time. I'm not Dennis Kaufman, and I'm not waiting until he's dead before telling everyone what he's done, and making it very plain that he could be apprehended any day of the week, and should have been stopped as far back as 1992.

There's no blood on my hands, no guilt on my conscience - never has been - never will be. The man is a serial killer, and this web site is filled with the cases of his victims.

Sincerely,

Bonnie M. Wells

bmw_fastasu@yahoo.com



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