Many suspects have been touted as the infamous Zodiac Killer, and most have been effectively eliminated from ongoing scrutiny. However, recently another name has emerged, that of Donald Lee Bujok, promoted from previous obscurity to the forefront of the discussion, by some detailed and extensive research by Zodiac enthusiast 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 thought processes the killer used in the design of the Halloween card.
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 are inextricably linked by the word "kill".
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. If we believe that his 'tally' was progressive, who and where are all his victims, and why the three year period of inactivity in correspondence. 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.
However, there is an alternative, in that 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 by Kevin Robert Brooks to reveal the words 'To Kill !'.
Kevin Robert Brooks has lived with dyslexia, which may have provided a unique perspective on the Exorcist letter, enabling him to 'decode' the characters at the foot of the correspondence.
This unique perspective may have been shared with the Zodiac Killer.
In his follow up S.L.A letter, postmarked February 3rd 1974, 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 beset with problems. He suffered from a bi-polar disorder, a form of depression punctuated by mood swings, along with 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
Determined to lay claim to some meaning in life, Donald Lee Bujok joined the army, where in 1954 he was stationed at Fort Ord on Monterey Bay. This posting, according to Kevin Robert Brooks, effectively became pivotal in his later correspondence, manifesting itself in the construction of The Halloween card and envelope, detailed by Kevin Robert Brooks in a Youtube video and 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 may 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.
Kevin Robert Brooks, crafted by careful research, is steadfast in his belief that his suspect is the Bay Area murderer, and is now more confident than ever, that the breath of his killer, is the one that condensed in the chill of the Lake Herman Road air on December 20th 1968.