Although the last confirmed murder attributed to the Zodiac was the slaying of taxi driver Paul Stine on October 11th 1969, the killer continued his onslaught towards the citizens of Northern California and beyond in the form of threatening and taunting letters, the like of which authorities had never experienced previously, driven by an overwhelming desire to keep the fear factor well and truly alive in the psyche of everyday people.
Driven by the art of humiliation and misdirection, he lead the investigative bodies on a piece of string, complimented by an inordinate amount of good fortune, to elude capture throughout his manifesto of evil during the late 1960's and early 1970's.
Although his correspondence to the newspapers eventually dwindled away, it may be that two of his later letters, despite being shorter by comparison held the biggest key to unraveling, or at the very least taking us into the very footprints of a killer.
The Exorcist Letter sent to the San Francisco Chronicle on January 29th 1974, was closely followed just over two weeks later by the SLA Letter and both letters seemed to offer very little in the way of clues, that is unless you know where to look.
Kevin Robert Brooks steps into the mind of the Zodiac killer, believing he is slowly drawing his suspect out of the shadows and into the light, as one and the same.
On the face of it little can be gleaned from these two short messages, but that is until you compare these two letters, along with others, and place them alongside articles sent by Donald Lee Bujok
to the Billings Gazette in the 1970's.
On a previous post it was shown that Donald Lee Bujok sent numerous literary observations, on various social issues of the day, thereby giving us a tantalizing glimpse into the psyche of what drove him, or as possibly the author, luring us into a game of 'cat and mouse', toying with authorities, seeing if they could connect the dots between the Billings Gazette articles and the Zodiac paraphernalia that had streamed from the pen of a killer for virtually half a decade.
# One of the most interesting letters he sent to the Billings Gazette was his reference to the Exorcist film dated June 2nd 1974, approximately four months after the Zodiac sent the Exorcist Letter to the San Francisco Chronicle on January 29th 1974, and in the article he ridiculed the idea of possession and thoughts of the supernatural, not unlike Zodiac's statement at the top of the Exorcist Letter where he states 'I saw and think the Exorcist was the best satirical comedy that I have ever seen'. In the Billings Gazette he opens up with the statement 'I have been reading and hearing all about the Exorcist in Billings', very similar to his superfluity of words in the Exorcist Letter.
On March 22nd 1974 in another letter to the Billings Gazette he seemed irked by a Dick Tracy horror strip apparently promoting poor moral values, mirroring the Badlands/Citizen Letter
sent by the supposed Zodiac on May 8th 1974 just one and a half months later, in which he chastised the running of advertisements for the Badlands movie in similar poor taste, as well as parallels to the attack on columnist Marco Spinelli in the Red Phantom Letter
on July 8th 1974.
In another article he moralizes over the issues of hunting and the rights of landowners. All these articles can be viewed here
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But there is another, more revealing piece of correspondence he sent to the Billings Gazette, dated Monday March 17th 1975, entitled ' It could be the octane rating
' and provided further and more interesting parallels to the Zodiac case, as well as to the apparently insignificant SLA Letter, that will now become the centerpiece of our focus.
The Zodiac presented us with symbols at the foot of the Exorcist Letter, thought to be the words 'To Kill', as Kevin Robert Brooks surmised this was the most reasonable assumption, based on what we knew about the killer. He then, as a form of prompt to the police, sent us the SLA Letter
shortly thereafter, and in trademark Zodiac style continued his art of toying with authorities by stating
' Did you know that the initials SLA spell "sla", an old Norse word meaning "Kill". a friend ', even stylizing his K in the Mikado fashion.
The SLA Letter was postmarked February 14th 1974 and just over one year later on March 17th 1975 came more high octane correspondence, in the form of an article Donald Lee Bujok crafted on the subject of a haunted Volkswagen, that was headed
' It could be the octane rating
', but in the article he placed two interesting features that spiked interest.
Firstly he mentions 'Mr Kolchak', the lead character from the television series 'Kolchak the Night Stalker', the first episode of which, is about a serial killer who writes to newspapers, entitled 'The Ripper' ( view on Youtube
) and aired by ABC television on September 13th 1974. The storyline is about a killer who preys on women in Chicago, with Carl Kolchak played by Darren McGavin, strong of the opinion this was not actually a copycat, but the actual Jack the Ripper himself, who murdered five women in the Whitechapel district of London, England in 1888. He was an intimidating, fast talking character, strong willed, with a dark sense of humor, who worked as investigative newspaper journalist for Chicago's Independent News Service, going to any lengths to nail down a story.
SENT TO THE BILLINGS GAZETTE ON MONDAY MARCH 17TH 1975
A rival reporter Jane Plumb was also pursuing the story and after receiving a letter from the killer, felt she could arrange a meeting with 'The Ripper' for an exclusive
Two pilots were made in 1972 and 1973 based on an unpublished novel, called ' The Night Stalker
The series also included 'They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be' released on TV September 27th
1974, 'Firefall' released November 8th
1974, 'Horror in the Heights' released December 20th
1974, 'Legacy of Terror' released February 14th
1975, exactly one year after the SLA Letter and ended with ' The Sentry ' after twenty episodes on March 28th 1975, just 11 days after Donald Lee Bujok's most recent correspondence with the Billings Gazette.
The second interesting piece of the article is contained in only one word, he signs the foot of the letter with the word 'Skoal '
, which is Danish Old Norse meaning cheers
or good health, reminiscent of the SLA letter's unusual footnote, stating 'an old Norse word meaning "Kill".
On the face of it these articles to the Billings Gazette appear insignificant, that is until you bear in mind their close proximity to known Zodiac correspondence and the subject matter involved.
This article is courtesy of Kevin Robert Brooks
and this is the 'Montana Connection'.
Driving through the dark lanes and highways from Montana to the fringes of Vallejo may have seemed a daunting journey for many back in December 1968, especially having just been released from Old Montana State Prison near Deer Lodge, but Donald Lee Bujok was no ordinary man.
Possibly fuelled by his mission to exact his revenge on the police and authorities and gripped by the psychosis that shaped his very nature, the thousand mile long journey began, before he would reach the dim flicker of the California skyline, driven by a disorder that few understood but many would fail to forget.
Did this journey of Donald Lee Bujok ever take place, one cannot be certain looking in from the window outside, but Zodiac researcher Kevin Robert Brooks takes a passenger side view of a man he believes is none other than the Zodiac Killer.
Donald Lee Bujok was marginalized early in his fledgling life and suffered from a form of bi-polar disorder in which mania is a common trait, manifesting itself in distraction and behavioural changes that include aggression, invincibilty and sometimes rage in which the subject may feel they have been chosen for a higher purpose.
The journey from Montana to Vallejo back in 1968, considering Donald Lee Bujok was released from Montana State Prison on December 17th 1968 to reach Lake Herman Road by December 20th 1968 would not have been an easy one, but he possibly had one advantage in the face of adversity and that is people that suffer from manic episodes experience euphoria and increased levels of energy, with a reduced requirement for sleep.
But if indeed he did complete part one of his agenda, was part two ever a consideration.
Kevin Robert Brooks remains convinced of the
'Montana Connection', despite many researchers having written Donald Lee Bujok out of their thoughts as a viable suspect, installing their own prime suspects, however, what must remain sacrosanct, is that everybody is entitled to an opinion.
But without being privy to the complete Donald Lee Bujok story, we can extract some interesting processes from the mind of Bujok from several letters he sent to the Billings Gazette in 1974/5 and draw some interesting parallels to the Zodiac letters, although nothing new, it is interesting none the less, to highlight once again this comparison, ably described here
by contributors to Opordanalytical.
Probably the most interesting letter he sent to the Billings Gazette was his reference to the Exorcist film, dated June 2nd 1974, approximately four months after the Zodiac sent the Exorcist Letter to the San Francisco Chronicle on January 29th 1974. Within the article he ridicules the idea of possession and thoughts of the supernatural, not unlike Zodiac's declaration at the top of the Exorcist Letter, where he states 'I saw and think the Exorcist was the best satirical comedy that I have ever seen'.
On March 22nd 1974, in another letter to the Billings Gazette, he seemed irked by a Dick Tracy horror strip apparently promoting poor moral values, mirroring the Badlands/Citizen Letter sent by the supposed Zodiac on May 8th 1974, just one and a half months later, in which he chastised the running of advertisements for the Badlands movie in similar poor taste, as well as parallels to the attack on columnist Marco Spinelli in the Red Phantom Letter on July 8th 1974.
But certain inferences in the letters fly in the face of the Zodiac's tendency for threats and humiliation of law enforcement, when Donald Lee Bujok attempts to take the moral high ground. Unless of course you believe the 1974 Exorcist Letter marked the end of Zodiac's reign of terror and the address to the Billings Gazette, culminating with the Badlands Letter marked a new dawn for Donald Lee Bujok and the day when the mask of the Zodiac finally slipped from the face of a killer.
Kevin Robert Brooks has taken this journey alongside Donald Lee Bujok, it has been a long one, but was the destination Vallejo on one dark December night back in 1968 or was the road map just another twisting diversion of dead ends......
Thanks to: http://www.opordanalytical.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=114&t=599Kevin Robert Brooks
Donald Lee Bujok was born in Roundup, Montana on July 6th 1936 and it was to become a long and tortuous road from boyhood to manhood, for a child that never grew familiar with the concept of fair play from the outset and due to circumstances beyond his control was moulded into a future, that even he may not of dared to comprehend, wiling away his time near the banks of the Musselshell River and in a state synonymous with mountain peaks, the fall circumventing the young Bujok was about to become dramatic to say the least.
Donald Lee Bujok was inflicted early on in his life with a pronounced speech impediment and schoolchildren were not the forgiving type, resulting in persistent bullying, that only served to marginalize him on his first tentative steps towards the fringes of society and an isolation and rejection that would eventually manifest itself in the most brutal way.
With his court appointed attorney John D Gillan, standing beside him, Bujok, now 21 years of age, received a murder in the first degree life sentence from District Judge C B Elwell, for the unprovoked and senseless killing of Undersheriff Otto S Fossen (65), gunned down by five bullets to the neck and chest as he was beaten to the draw near Joplin, Northern Montana, on October 5th 1957 at 9.30am, when he stopped a hitchhiker over an abandoned car.
Bujok then attempted his bid for freedom in Fossen's car, after which an intensive, yet brief, manhunt ensued, before the suspect was finally cornered by a group of law officers hiding in a restroom north of Chester and with no possible exit and heavily outgunned, his days of freedom were about to come to an end.
Donald Lee Bujok former army veteran and railroad worker, uttered the words "Guilty your honor" before being led away to serve his time in Old Montana State Prison, that became forever etched in the public psyche for the infamous Jerry's Riot that took place on 16th April 1959.
Deep inside the Montana walls of correction, it appeared that the young adolescent Bujok was learning little of value, becoming a disciplinary problem, having been sent to the hole several times, surrounded by hardened criminals of an even less forgiving nature than the schoolchildren that preceded them. But it was the writings of another prisoner, Ed Edwards, that etched a belief, that the man who started life ridiculed on an almost daily basis, was starting to forge his own manifesto of evil, for an afterlife, that would now take fair play to the next level, but this time he would become its orchestrator.
Donald Lee Bujok served only eleven years of a life sentence, being released from Montana Prison on December 17th 1968 and three days later the Zodiac announced his arrival to the world, as the lonely pullout on Lake Herman Road would testify to one dark night in Northern California.
Kevin Robert Brooks believes that the young boy sculpted as a child, hardened in the walls of confinement and further isolated from the clutches of reality, had now embarked on a mission of evil from which their was no turning back, as his collection for the afterlife was now underway.
David Van Nuys, co-author of the book 'This is the Zodiac Speaking', parallels the timeline of the Zodiac with ever increasing thrill and risk, apparent in many serial killers, from the use of a .22 handgun in the Lake Herman Road murders, to a 9mm Luger in the Blue Rock Springs attack, followed by the costume driven close quarter attack at Lake Berryessa and finally the murder of Paul Stine in the built up area of Presidio Heights, where the killer almost came into full view for the first time, but sadly since that day, that view has blurred to 43 years and counting.
The day the killer shuffled away from the scene of Washington and Cherry, was may'be indicative of a man whose failing health was to prove one step too far in his continued pursuit of souls, having taken one risk too many and now needed a different agenda.
Since that day the killer has bombarded the press with a multitude of letters, ciphers and postcards to keep his legacy alive, inherent of a man that yearned the attention, he so clearly lacked at some point during his life, but is that life that of Donald Lee Bujok ?.
Fingerprinting has since ruled out Donald Lee Bujok to ones held on file, after samples sent to the investigatory bodies by Kevin Robert Brooks apparently provided no match, as it had done so for previous suspects before him. But one has to ask the question, are the ones held on file that of the Zodiac, after all he was undoubtedly a ruthless killer, but was he a fool, as his misspelt letters had led us to believe.
It appears that DNA could be the final denominator for this 20th century crime, to eventually become a 21st century resolution and without doubt place the man firmly before the myth for the first time since that fateful day of December 20th 1968.
Four interesting letters Donald Lee Bujok sent to the Billings Gazette are shown here
, along with an extract from convicted killer Edward Edwards book, in which he mentioned another prisoner in Deer Lodge Montana as his 'most uncomfortable memory' while serving there.
Opordanalytical explains the correlation between Bujok's letters to the editor and the similarity to Zodiac correspondence around the same timeline
One of the key elements to any case is eyewitness testimony and although it is not always wholly reliable, it does provide certain indicators that cannot be overlooked, when matching a suspect to a particular crime and this is no different in the Zodiac crimes committed at Blue Rock Springs Park in Vallejo, where Michael Mageau survived a hail of bullets at point blank range to recount his experience of that dark night back on July 4th 1969, the Lake Berryessa Attack in which Bryan Calvin Hartnell managed to 'play dead', to relive his terrifying account of that days unfolding horror, and police details of the day they may have come closer than ever to apprehending the elusive killer, but for a critical error that allowed the murderer of Paul Stine to slip through their fingers and disappear into obscurity.
Here we will assess Kevin Robert Brooks suspect Donald Lee Bujok, searching for anything in the victims statements and perceptions of those fateful days, that give rise to for a credible link to this suspect and again let you decide on the merits or pitfalls of any association.
Initial statements can become elaborated upon in time, so we will take Michael Mageau's early description of his assailant where he described him as short, possibly 5'8'', heavy set, with a beefy build, but not blubbery fat of around 195-200 lbs and had short curly hair in a military style cut, combed up in a kind of pompadour, light brown almost blond. He was between 26-30 years of age and was not wearing glasses, but made emphasis to the fact that he could not recall anything unusual about his assailant other than he had a large face.
Donald Lee Bujok is pictured below in ninth grade and again here during his mugshot taken at Montana State Prison, note the curly pompadour style hair flicked up at the front, with shorter hair in the later picture yet still turned over at the front. When comparisons are drawn in the school yearbook, it can be noted the size of Bujok's face in regard to the other adolescents, as notably larger and when bearing in mind Michael Mageau's description was on a dark night, when shadows will inevitably make objects and faces appear smaller due to a lack of definition, this is an unusual observation.
Plus the mugshot, with applied glasses bears a striking similarity to the famous Zodiac composite sketch.
The brutal stabbings at Lake Berryessa, were the only time the killer engaged in any known protracted dialogue with his victims and therefore created the scenario, whereby the murderer may unwittingly reveal key elements to his identity, during his close interaction with surviving victim Bryan Hartnell.
During his conversation with Bryan Hartnell the killer stated, " I just got out of" ......some prison in Montana". Later in an interview with Sgt John Robertson at the Queen of the Valley Hospital, just one day after the attack Bryan Hartnell tried to recall the name of the prison, "its some double name, like Fern Lock or something" and when aided by Sgt John Robertson saying " Its Lodge, Hartnell replied "Oh yeah,yeah at least we Know we're together on that" , to which the police sergeant said "Mountain Lodge Prison, or something of that nature" and Hartnell said "Yeah.You know he broke out and had to kill a guard getting out".
On December 17th 1968 aged 32 years, Donald Lee Bujok was released from Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge Valley approximately 3 and one half miles from the town of Deer Lodge, after serving 11 years for the slaying of Undersheriff Otto Fossen, and was this the moment in the dialogue with Bryan Hartnell that the impenetrable Zodiac killer became human for just a brief moment in time, to possibly reveal clues to his identity for so long promised in his complex ciphers and later correspondence with police, that always failed to materialize.
A later transcript of Bryan Hartnell's conversation with the Zodiac stated that the assailant said , "I'm on my way to Mexico, I escaped from Deer Lodge Prison in Montana, Deer Lodge. I need some money to get there".
Bryan Hartnell described his attacker as having brown hair, 225-250 lbs in weight and 5'8'' - 6'00'''' in height, but admitted he was a bad judge of height because he was so tall, nevertheless was similar to the description given by Michael Mageau.
Cecilia Shepard who was still conscious when Deputy Dave Collins arrived on the scene was told by Shepard that her assailant was "just may'be a little taller than you, may'be an inch". Deputy Collins was 5'10''.
At that particular time records held by Kevin Robert Brooks had Bujok at 5'10'', although his driving license records also held states 5'11'' , plus at the time of the attack Bujok weighed 225 lbs.
Hartnell also added that the man spoke with a drawl, a form of slow drawn out speech pattern, and later during the interview described the man's voice as a unique way of talking. Kevin Robert Brooks highlighted the fact that Donald Lee Bujok suffered from a pronounced speech impediment, he gained control of in time by speaking in a slow monotone form, which could be construed as a drawl.
Approximately 30 minutes after the attack at Blue Rock Springs Park, a call was received by the Vallejo Police Department, allegedly by the killer, from a phone booth at the gas station close to murder victim Darlene Ferrin's home, where the man claimed responsibility for the Lake Herman Road murders and the recent attack at Blue Springs.
The police dispatcher who took the call in the early hours of July 5th 1969 was 26 year old Nancy Slover, who described the voice as mature, without accent, who spoke even but consistent, soft but forceful, as if reading from a script. But possibly the killer may have been speaking the way he always did, applying control, in the monotone fashion, that was now as natural to him as the murderous rampage he had embarked upon.
These are the questions Kevin Robert Brooks has wrangled with in his conviction and search for the truth behind California's most hidden evil, and despite all the correspondence, cryptograms and cat and mouse games employed by the man labeling himself the Zodiac Killer, could the answer simply lie somewhere three and a half miles west of Deer Lodge, that fell from the mouth of a killer one fateful September afternoon.
The Zodiac Killer mystery retains an unfaltering allure, that has managed to captivate a worldwide audience for more than four decades and when people become entranced with the case, there are many times upon reviewing the postcards, ciphers and wording, that the breath of the killer can almost be felt for a brief moment, when you spot something you think is significant, before it is cruelly snatched away. But it does not stop you trying, to in essence close the book on years of torment for the victims families and friends, which has unfortunately sometimes been forgotten in the midst of this tragic affair.
Many suspects have been touted as the infamous killer and most have been effectively eliminated from ongoing scrutiny, but recently another name has emerged, that of Donald Lee Bujok, projected from previous obscurity, to the forefront of the discussion, by some detailed and extensive investigation from Zodiac researcher Kevin Robert Brooks, who can claim to have felt the breath of a killer more than most.
But can Kevin Robert Brooks convince us that Donald Lee Bujok is the killer, well that is for you to decide.
As an introduction to this suspect, one must first acquaint themselves with the forerunner to this story, 'Donald Lee Bujok-Zodiac Suspect
, which details the intricacies and the psyche of the killer, along with his subsequent thought processes, when he is laying down indicators or clues within his letters. In this case the Halloween Letter and envelope.
Bearing in mind, the killer is approaching his writings from a rationale different from the norm. The key to cracking his codes, may lie in unconventional thinking, held naturally by very few individuals.
Kevin Robert Brooks also dissects the Exorcist Letter and subsequent S.L.A Letter, which he believes was designed to refresh the police, to clues held within the previous correspondence.
It is a widely held belief that the footnote of the Exorcist Letter stating Me-37 SFPD-0, is a reference to his murder count so far. So, if we are to believe, by progression that the Donna Lass disappearance from Stateline, Nevada on September 6th 1970, heralded the Pines Card, on which he wrote 'Sought Victim 12', followed by the 13 Hole postcard, denoting 13 possible victims and then the Halloween Card on October 27th 1970, inscribed with the number 14 on the skeletons hand, to possibly proclaim a potential 14th victim, we then we have to move forward in time, to the mailing of the Exorcist Letter on January 29th 1974, with the declaration at the foot of the letter stating Me-37 SFPD-0. And ask ourselves the question, where are all the bodies and why the three year period of inactivity in correspondence. Conversely, if the killer was incarcerated during this period, then murder on this magnitude is frankly implausible, if we are to believe the Exorcist Letter as genuine Zodiac material.
But there is an alternative, that is, the killer is revealing his age of 37 years, this time, attributing it to Me, and not the Zodiac symbol as in previous writings. Donald Lee Bujok was born on July 6th 1936, which meant he was 37 on delivery of the Exorcist Letter. The strange symbols the killer placed at the foot of the letter having been dissected to reveal the words 'To Kill !' . Remembering that Kevin Robert Brooks has approached this topic from the angle of dyslexia, to provide a unique perspective, out of convention, which again is key to unwrapping this mystery, because, almost certainly, the killer is not following a template viewed by most people.
In his follow up S.L.A Letter, just over two weeks later, he again emphasizes the word "kill", as a possible hint to the previous correspondence. Note the similarity of the letter K and its apparent detachment. The Zodiac was widely believed to have an affinity towards The Mikado
, a two part comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, which opened to the public on March 14th 1885, and was hugely successful running for 672 performances at the Savoy Theatre in London. The similarities can again be seen with the Asian style K. (see Mikado attachment above).
Donald Lee Bujok's early life was bedecked with problems, he suffered from a bi-polar disorder, a form of depression punctuated by mood swings and a speech impediment to which in later years he gained some control over by speaking in a slow calculated
tone, resulting in the young Bujok being bullied by other children at school, and ultimately withdrawing into his own insular fantasy world.
Determined to lay claim to some meaning of life, Donald Lee Bujok joined the army, stationed at Fort Ord in 1954, which effectively became central to influences, that later manifested themselves in the construction of The Halloween Card and envelope, detailed by Kevin Robert Brooks on a Youtube video and in a previous article on this site.
But another tantalizing clue lay in something Donald Lee Bujok could have retained from his brief spell at Fort Ord, before his medical discharge, this being the writing paper used at the military base.
This could possibly be the same paper used to author the Zodiac Letter, sent to the San Francisco Chronicle on July 31st 1969, described on page 446 of Robert Graysmith's 'Zodiac Unmasked'. That being, it was so thin, that the overleaf became visible, measuring exactly 7 and 1/8 inches by 10 and 1/2 inches, identical to the Fort Ord stationary Donald Lee Bujok would have had access to. But after his early contact to the newspapers, wisely switched materials, in order to protect his identity.
Circumstance rarely means fact, but how many factors are required, before they reach inside of you, to form an utter belief that the suspect you have devoted hours of research into, is becoming more tangible with every passing day and the breath of a killer feels closer than ever, Kevin Robert Brooks certainly hopes so.
Kevin Robert Brooks has done extensive research into the Zodiac case and firmly believes he has identified the notorious serial killer as Donald Lee Bujok, with numerous interesting 'coincidences' between Bujok's life and the Zodiac Letters, but here we will concentrate on his findings regarding the Halloween Card mailed on October 27th 1970, to Paul Avery, a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle.
First of all Donald Lee Bujok had a military background, serving with the sixth infantry for approximately eight months in 1954 and while stationed there would have come across the California Veterans Association symbol which looks very similar to the symbol the Zodiac placed on the upper left of the envelope and at the foot of the card once opened (seen here on the left).
Kevin Brooks draws you in to the symbol on the left side, believing the lined section with four dots to stand for ZV4F, decoded to: Zodiac is a veteran with 4F, regarding the medical grounds to which Donald Lee Bujok was released from the army. The medical release records indicated issues of mental health, to which Bujok suffered throughout his life. Also the familiar Zodiac crosshair symbol could be found at the garrison during the time Bujok was stationed there (see below). It marked the spot for a helicopter landing pad and this is where he formulated inspiration, that he used in later Zodiac correspondence.
The author of the Halloween envelope also underlines the L, A and V of the misspelt name of Paul Avery, indicating he was a member of the Light Armored Vehicle Division, with the misspelling to Averley hinting towards his middle name of Lee.
The front of the Halloween card contains the message, 'I feel it in my bones, you ache to know my name, And so I'll clue you in' and once the card is opened it reveals the word BOO!, signifying his name BUJOK. The card was also 'sprayed' with multiple eyes, drawing the observer to another subtle hint left by Donald Lee Bujok, that he was a member of the sightseeing sixth infantry, which was used as their insignia.
Donald Lee Bujok was stationed at Fort Ord in the East Garrison close to where this emblem was located in the bottom left corner of the image.
He also served time in prison at Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge for 11 years. Incidentally the attacker of Bryan Hartnell and Cecilia Shepard claimed to have been an escaped prisoner from Deer Lodge, Montana, having killed a guard before tying up and brutally stabbing the couple at Lake Berryessa.
The skeleton positioning in the card was possibly portraying memories of his time in prison, in which prisoners were hung by their wrists to the cell bars, as a form of punishment and similar to how Paul Stine's body was laid out in the Presidio Heights murder scene.
The writing By Gun, By Knife, By Rope and By Fire represented methods employed by prisoners to taunt guards they had held captive during an uprising at the prison on 16th April 1959 which became widely known as Jerry's Riot. Another prisoner Ed Edwards, who had served alongside Bujok, later released a book called Metamorphosis of a criminal
. This book mentioned another inmate, who Ed Edwards described, as his most uncomfortable memory from Deer Lodge Prison, a prisoner who held the belief, that anyone being killed by him would become his slave in the afterlife. This is possibly where the inception of the Zodiac Killer, along with his inspiration gathered momentum, eventually to be realized during later communications, such as the Little List Letter on July 26th 1970.
Finally photographs of Donald Lee Bujok wearing military issue glasses, which he often wore in later life, bears an uncanny resemblance to the famous Zodiac composite sketch.
For the full analysis of Kevin Robert Brooks breakdown and theory, on why Donald Lee Bujok is a firm candidate for the Zodiac attacks, please visit here: http://www.youtube.com/watch
He is now waiting on news from the FBI and Napa County for results on the evidence he has submitted to see if his prime suspect matches DNA and fingerprints held in storage in the Zodiac case files.FOLLOW UP ARTICLES
Montana State Prison photograph of Donald Lee Bujok