Surprise, Surprise, Surprise: Holes Emerging in Woman's Zodiac Killer Claim

The carnival-like Wednesday press conference in which Deborah Perez claimed her father was the Zodiac Killer — alongside her lawyer Kevin McLean (disbarred this month), other lawyer William DeGarmo (who paid out $54,332 in a Securities and Exchange Commission settlement regarding insider trading) and a handwriting expert who also stands to gain as a producer of her pending documentary — certainly brings to mind the phrase “guilt by association.”

And never mind the fact that claiming one of your deceased relatives was the Zodiac Killer is apparently akin to shouting out “I'm Spartacus!” Those passionate about the Zodiac case have started to poke holes in Perez' claims. Steve Huff has been questioning Perez' validity since last year.

Huff edits the True Crime Report Web site — a branch of Village Voice Media just like the site you're currently reading. Huff says Perez pitched an author friend of his named M. William Phelps her story as a possible book project in the summer of last year. The author ran Perez' e-mails by Huff at the time; Huff was extremely skeptical then and continues to be today.

“On the surface, her story is compelling — but it doesn't hold water at all,” Huff said. He notes that, when peppered with tough questions, Perez broke off contact with Phelps.

You can read Huff's full refutation here, but these are among his key points:   

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