In this newly revised and expanded third edition of "Corroborating
Evidence," William Rasmussen, author of three previous true-crime
books, continues his investigation into famous, unsolved criminal
cases by focusing on two separate, unrelated stories. The first
zeroes in on the Cleveland Torso Murders committed between 1934 and
1938, where someone killed and expertly dismembered at least twelve
victims in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1938, a letter by someone claiming
to be the Torso Killer was mailed from Los Angeles to Cleveland's
Chief of Police Matowitz. Approximately eight years later on
January 7, 1946, six-year-old Suzanne Degnan was killed and
expertly dismembered in Chicago. A seventeen-year-old by the name
of William Heirens eventually pled guilty to the Degnan murder and
two other murders. In July, 1946, Elizabeth Short (the Black
Dahlia) was in Chicago "terribly preoccupied with the details of
the Degnan murder." Less than six months later the Black Dahlia was
killed and expertly severed in Los Angeles. Was the Cleveland Torso
Killer also responsible for the murders of Suzanne Degnan and the
Black Dahlia? "If so, then is William Heirens wrongly incarcerated
for crimes he did not commit?" the author asks. "I think he was."
The second investigation turns the spotlight on the Zodiac Killer,
who was responsible for at least six murders in California between
1966 and 1969. On October 30, 1966, eighteen-year-old Cheri Jo
Bates was brutally murdered in Riverside, California. On December
20, 1968, sixteen-year-old Betty Lou Jensen and seventeen-year-old
David Arthur Faraday were killed near Vallejo, north of San
Francisco. Someone who identified himself as the "Zodiac" claimed
to be the killer. He sent taunting letters, notes, greeting cards,
codes, secret messages and hidden clues to newspapers and the
police, and the killings continued. To this day the identity and
location of the Zodiac remain unknown. The author says, "I think
there is a high probability that the Zodiac is still alive and
currently incarcerated for some other crime." In this edition
Rasmussen presents further evidence that may link the Zodiac Killer
to other famous unsolved murders. The fascinating and highly
documented information contained in this new illustrated third
edition of the book could well be a significant development in the
Zodiac case as well as the Torso Murders of the 1930s. WILLIAM T.
RASMUSSEN, attorney at law, was born and raised in northern
Michigan. He graduated from Central Michigan University and the
Detroit College of Law. After graduating from law school, he
attended George Washington University in Washington, DC.
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