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.
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
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.