In 1975,former Vallejo policeman and Zodiac investigator,Lyndon Lafferty,uncovered information at the JFK Library Vallejo,and the Civic Center Library Fairfield,that suggests that the Zodiac was a regular visitor to both libraries,impersonating Fairfield resident,William Joseph Grant.
On February 5th 1968,an unknown man opened up a borrowers account,at the JFK Library Vallejo.The librarian typed up the name and address of William Joseph Grant,and got the man to sign for these details.The unknown man then elected to borrow a double LP recording of ''The Mikado'',a well known light opera by Gilbert and Sullivan.
On February 13th 1968,the same unknown man opened up a borrowers account,at the Civic Center Library Fairfield,again in the name of William Joseph Grant,and elected to borrow the book,''The Code Breakers'',a cryptography work by expert David Kahn.
Lyndon Lafferty was to find that,neither the double LP,nor the book,had been withdrawn before the unknown man's decision to borrow them.In addition,in 1975,when Lafferty uncovered this information,no one had since borrowed them.
''The Mikado'' double LP,had been finally returned to the JFK Library Vallejo,on March 17th 1970.This represented a total borrowing period,of 2 years and one month,for the unknown man.
''The Code Breakers'' book,had been finally returned to the Civic Center Library Fairfield,on August 20th 1969.This represented a total borrowing period,of 1 year and 6 months,for the same man,who was impersonating William Joseph Grant.
When Lyndon Lafferty first uncovered the information,both he and the respective librarians a the time,were astonished to realise that,the signatures left by the unknown man did not actually indicate ''William Joseph Grant''.Though adopting the surname ''Grant'',the unknown man had employed a different Christian name to ''William''.
Before handing this information over to the FBI,Lafferty took the signatures and already garnered handwriting from Mr.Grant,to a handwriting expert,for an opinion.The expert concluded that Mr.Grant's handwriting was ''not'' a match to the signatures.
Hence,we can be reasonably confident that the library visitor,to both the JFK Library Vallejo,and the Civic Center Library Fairfield was in fact,impersonating William Joseph Grant.
Lyndon Lafferty provides evidence of the unknown man's ''library activities'',in his book ''The Silenced Badge''.More specifically,photographs of the two library cards,representing the unknown man's ''checking in and checking out'' details,in order to retain the double LP and book,for an extended period.
It is interesting to note that,on the library card,that represents dates with regard to ''The Mikado'',a librarian has left two comments : ''No bag'' and ''Poor Condition''.
Given that we know that the unknown man was the only borrower of the double LP ''The Mikado'',then ''Poor Condition'' is the judgement of a librarian,on the state of the double LP,after 2 years and 1 month,in the care of the unknown man.
Clearly,the unknown man had ''thrashed it to death'',by playing it so much...and may have been prone to ''Cack Handedness''.
Post by Rubislaw32 on Nov 24, 2018 10:19:28 GMT -8
The following details,represent the various ''checking in checking out'' dates,by the unknown library visitor,in order to retain custodianship of ''The Mikado'' double LP and ''Code Breakers'' book,from the JFK Library Vallejo,and Civic Center Library Fairfield,respectively.
I have added ''Days of the week'',for greater specificity.
The Mikado double LP,JFK Library Vallejo. --------------------------------------------
February 5th 1968 [Monday] - The unknown man opens up a borrowers account,and withdraws ''The Mikado''.
February 17th 1968 [Saturday]
April 2nd 1968 [Tuesday]
May 23rd 1968 [Thursday]
....3 months elapse...
August 17th 1968 [Saturday]
September 3rd 1968 [Tuesday]
....5 months elapse...
February 19th 1969 [Wednesday]
March 22nd 1969 [Saturday]
....9 months elapse...
December 22nd 1969 [Monday]
....3 months elapse...
March 17th 1969 [Tuesday] - Final deposit of ''The Mikado'' double LP,to the JFK Library Vallejo.
It is interesting to note that,3 of the 10 dates,fall on a Saturday,and not one on a Friday.Perhaps indicating that this unknown man worked a 5 day week,using the JFK Library of an evening,after work...but had better things to do with his time,on a Friday evening [?].
There are many clues,suggesting that the Zodiac was a resident of South West Vallejo.The JFK Library resides at 505 Santa Clara Street,Vallejo,and may only have been 600 yards away,at most,from the Zodiac's residence.In effect,a '' 5 minute walk ''.
The time elapses,between certain concurrent dates of ''check in check out'',would represent ''time penalty'' fines,for the unknown man.But,of more significance,perhaps,do they represent periods of time,when the unknown man was simply not in residence [?].
That,perhaps,the unknown man had a second home,not even in Northern California,much less the Bay Area,nor Vallejo vicinity,specifically [?].
Post by Rubislaw32 on Nov 24, 2018 11:43:03 GMT -8
.....and further to this,the dates details,at the Civic Center Library Fairfield,in order to acquire the ''Code Breakers'' book,for the unknown man :
''Code Breakers'' book,Civic Center Library Fairfield ----------------------------------------------------------
February 13th 1968 [Tuesday] - to open up a borrowers account,and withdraw ''Code Breakers'' book.
....3 months elapse...
May 20th 1968 [Monday]
June 12th 1968 [Wednesday]
July 12th 1968 [Friday]
August 13th 1968 [Tuesday]
October 14th 1968 [Monday]
October 23rd 1968 [Wednesday]
....4 months elapse...
February 10th 1969 [Monday]
February 25th 1969 [Tuesday]
March 12th 1969 [Wednesday]
April 1st 1969 [Tuesday]
....4 months elapse...
August 20th 1969 [Wednesday] - Final deposit of the ''Code Breakers'' book,at Civic Center Library Fairfield.1150 Kentucky Street,Fairfield.
There are no Saturday visits,for the Civic Center Library Fairfield,and only 1 Friday visit,for the unknown man.
Again,some significant time lapses,between visits,and library fines no doubt,as a consequence.
To compare two time gaps,in particular :
October 22nd 1968 - February 10th 1969 - From the JFK Library Vallejo September 3rd 1968 - February 19th 1969 - From the Civic Center Library Fairfield
Interesting,perhaps,that the Lake Herman Road murders of David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen,were on December 20th 1968.The ''unknown man'' [..Zodiac [?]...] didn't make another library appearance,until 7 weeks after the LHR murders,when he turned up at the JFK Library Vallejo,to check in and out ''The Mikado'' double LP,again.
Also of interest,that the ''Code Breakers'' book was finally handed back to the Civic Center Library Fairfield,on August 20th 1969.Just three weeks after the Zodiac's submission of the ''408'' cipher,to local newspapers.The ''408'' cipher being the Zodiac's first cipher submission.Had the Zodiac presumed,now,that he had learned,all that he needed from David Kahn's book,and that the ''408'''s accomplishment,was proof of this,to the Zodiac [?].
The Zodiac's ''Little List'' letter,didn't materialise until July 20th 1970...where he quotes ''The Mikado'' lyrics extensively,but not always accurately.This would be 4 months following the final depositing of ''The Mikado'' double LP,to the JFK Library Vallejo [March 17th 1970].Having retained custodianship of that Mikado recording,for over 2 years,and,seemingly playing it to death....it would not be surprising that the unknown man [Zodiac] might believe that he knew all the words from the song,''Little List'',off by heart [?].
Indeed....this is what it comes down to,really....that the ''unknown man'' and ''The Zodiac'' are one and the same person.
Lyndon Lafferty is well known for having believed that ''William Joseph Grant'' and ''The Zodiac'' were the same person.But even Lafferty was honest to admit that he could not explain the contradiction between Mr.Grants details having been submitted to the two libraries....and signatures that did ''not'' match Mr.Grant's handwriting.
There is only one possible solution,to the ''Library Conundrum''.
The unknown man ''was'' impersonating William Joseph Grant.
And,that it appears compelling,that the unknown man was The Zodiac,himself.
The question that really remains is :
Why would the Zodiac choose to select William Joseph Grant,as the person that he wished to impersonate ? ? ?
Post by Rubislaw32 on Nov 26, 2018 11:35:02 GMT -8
Thank you for your comments,and interesting information.
Though I did not know Lyndon personally,I enjoyed some correspondences with him,having been introduced,by SF Chronicle journalist,Kevin Fagan.
It was at a time when Lyndon's book ''The Silenced Badge'' was not long published,and I was grateful for the time and interest,that Lyndon set aside for me.I had only read his book once,by then,and was still coming to terms with its content,and pertinence to the case of The Zodiac Killer,in general.Lyndon knew that my views on the case,differed slightly from his,but that was not a problem to him.In true diplomatic style,if I raised any questions,that did not sit comfortably with his viewpoint,Lyndon would start talking about the case of ''Jack the Ripper''.So,I knew where ''boundaries'' sat.
Having read his book,about 8 times now,I am beginning to understand the breadth and depth,of the investigative work,that he achieved.And,the information that he uncovered,at both the JFK Vallejo and Civic Fairfield,is potentially,of great value to the case.Even Lyndon was at a loss to understand how it was that someone would choose to impersonate WJGrant,including Grant's name and address offered,and borrow ''The Mikado'' and ''The Code Breakers'',from those libraries.In addition,sign for a name,slightly different to Grant's full name.
As an honest and law abiding person,naturally Lyndon handed this information over to the appropriate authorities.But,because Lyndon had to employ ''cover names'' in his book,we the readers,are still unaware of the precise name,that this impersonator used,to make good on his claim of Grant's name and address,at the libraries.
It seems to me,that Jerry Johnson,Lyndon's best friend,and investigative assistant,would know the answer to this [?].
And perhaps,those that clearly know Mr.Johnson,might ask this,of him [?].
To me,Lyndon Lafferty was as a complete gentleman,as anyone might be privileged to meet.A determined investigator,who contributed valuable information to the case.
I think that,just to be clear on this matter,with regard to Lyndon Lafferty's uncovering of an unknown person,impersonating Fairfield resident,William Joseph Grant,in order to withdraw a double LP of ''The Mikado'' and ''The Code Breakers'' book,from the JFK Vallejo and Civic Fairfield libraries,respectively.
In his book,''The Silenced Badge'',Lafferty was forced to employ cover names,to identify real individuals.....for legal reasons.
Not ideal....but,Lafferty would not have been able to publish his book,without this necessity.
For Fairfield resident,William Joseph Grant....the name ''George Russell Tucker'',was employed by Lafferty.
From his book,Lafferty writes the following :
'' The next step in this quest was to find out if our suspect had a library card.What I discovered was hard to believe.In perfect alphabetical order,I found our suspect's library index card.The card was typed by the librarian,which was the routine procedure in those days.Clearly typed was the last name [surmame] and first name [Christian name],in that order : Tucker,George.
Wow! I thought.What a stroke of luck.
When I looked at the signature on the bottom of the card,I was first confused,surprised,and then bewildered.The same did not match the cardholder's name at the top of the index card.The signature was Tucker,Floyd.
I took the card to the librarian and asked what was the story was on the card.She opened her eyes widely,and tilted her head commenting :
''I have never seen anything like this before.''
I asked her :
''Do you have any idea why this person would sign a different name ? ''
She said :
''I cannot imagine why anyone would do anything like that.''.
To be succinct,the name '' TUCKER,GEORGE '' [ GRANT,WILLIAM ] had been typed up,by a librarian.
The name '' TUCKER,FLOYD '' [ GRANT,------ ] was signed,by the impersonator.
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