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
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......
Kevin Robert Brooks