Wednesday, April 29, 2009

i am not paul avery *UPDATED*...

I got an email from Eve this morning, including some mention of a noon press conference on Zodiac. To know me is to know that I’m fascinated by all serial killers, but Zodiac holds a special place in my sick, cold heart because it’s local, it’s unsolved and my beloved grandfather was once partners in the SFPD with the guy Mark Ruffalo played in the movie. That is basically all I need to be obsessed with Zodiac for the rest of my days.
Anyway, I kind of blew off Eve’s mention of this press conference because it didn’t make much sense and was happening in the middle of the day. I have a job-job. I can’t run off for a couple of hours because someone’s talking about a 40 year old killing spree on a sidewalk. It’s not in my contract.
Then Zoë sent me a message, something about Zodiac happening on the sidewalk in front of her office at the Chronicle. That’s another thing I love about Zodiac. He wrote letters to the Chronicle. You guys? I write a blog for the Chronicle’s website. OMG!
Finally, I received a panicked missive from Brock. “Are you following this Zodiac thing?!?!?!?!”
So I hopped on over to SFist and read all about it.

Basically, a woman named Deborah Perez and her attorney, Kevin McLean claim Deb’s dad, Guy Ward Hendrickson is Zodiac. Apparently, Guy took Little Debbie along on his killing spree and let her stamp the taunting letters to the press and authorities. He confessed on his deathbed and appears NOWHERE in the movie, Zodiac, which is awesome and you should see.
Please check out SFist’s comments section for various opinions on the legitimacy of these claims. They’re all aces.

*UPDATE: Kevin McLean was disbarred by the Supreme Court. You guys can thank Jim Herd at SF Citizen for sending me that snippet. Disbarred, folks. But let's come back to that.*

I’ve always agreed with Robert Graysmith (Jake in Zodiac) in believing that Arthur Leigh Allen was Zodiac. Click HERE to find out why. And I have it on good authority that Kevin McLean is nuts. Anyone who holds a press conference on a murder in front of the place where said murderer taunted the press is a little too Geraldo for me. Why hold back? They should've held the press conference at Washington and Cherry.
And uh, where’s the evidence? Hey, guess what? My dad’s Jack the Ripper! Jimmy Hoffa’s buried under my cousin’s garden shed! And Helen Keller could totally see and hear. She was faking. Now, I can’t prove any of this information and really, nothing on Earth would lead anyone to believe any of this is true. But I have a kooky lawyer and I’m on a sidewalk, so you know, I might be on to something.
Not only is this woman claiming to have some repressed memory of her father being one of the 20th century's most prolific serial killers, but she saw the whole thing and apparently hired central casting's most obvious "Sleazy Lawyer" type to represent her.

The "I'll Flip You" legal team has done further research on Mr. McLean's credentials. Check this shit out! According to my analysts, "The court concluded that Mr. McLean 'is not entitled to be recommended to the public as a person worthy of trust, and accordingly not entitled to continue to practice law.'" Awesome. They found this amazingly legal looking document (pdf) charging Kev with 10 counts of professional misconduct, including multiple acts of moral turpitude!
According to SFGate, McLean is referred to as one of Perez's attorneys. "One of her attorneys, San Francisco lawyer Kevin McLean - a former associate of the flamboyant Belli - laid a hand on her arm and jumped in to say he is convinced the Zodiac mystery is now over." Um, my legal team (don't you just love them?) says if he's calling himself a lawyer, that act alone is illegal. A disbarred attorney can't refer to himself as someone's attorney. He's also giving us gems like this: "Melvin Belli is reaching from the grave to solve this crime."
Not to belabor the point, but McLean had Perez checked out for craziness. Who'd he hire to confirm she's playing with a full deck of cards? Dr. Jack Singer who's motto is "Have couch, will travel." McLean musta been swayed to hire Dr. Jack by his "GUARANTEE that you will get an amazing return on your investment and he will deliver exactly what you desired." These people are shadier than...something that provides a great deal of shade.

In brief, I think this whole thing is a bunch of baloney.
Anyway, I know I'm not alone here. My strange soulmates agree...

"She knew he was killing people, but she lived in Santa Ana" ~ Brian Devine's favorite line from the press conference...

25 comments:

Eve said...

Let that teach you a lesson about blowing me off.

Spots said...

Seriously. I shoulda called in sick...

Be_Devine said...

I'm convinced more than ever that you and the I'll Flip You Legal Team could crack any case.

Brian P. Lowery said...

This is from Wikipedia. I hold no special knowledge about this case.

"Arthur Leigh Allen (December 18, 1933 – August 26, 1992) was a prime suspect in the "Zodiac murders", although he was never charged in the case.

While being investigated, Allen passed a polygraph test, had his fingerprints compared to those at the murder scene of known Zodiac victim Paul Stine and had his handwriting examined. In 2002, a DNA comparison to a sample found on one of the stamps of the Zodiac letters did not match Allen's."

I say that the Police should thoroughly investigate this person's claims to find the TRUTH.
After all, this should be a search for the TRUTH, not your bravado.

kwk said...

It's obvious that the name Deborah Perez is some kind of Zodiac cryptogram/ anagram/ pentagram that if properly worked out will become:

Perez Hilton

Be_Devine said...

@Lowery - This isn't at all about whether or not the police should investigate. Of course they should investigate all leads. This is about two buffoons who staged a "press conference" for no reason than getting themselves publicity.

I guess after you've been disbarred and declared bankruptcy, like McLean has, you might as well try to get a reality show.

lacadaz said...

Shows you how far the Examiner has fallen if this was their front page story over Swine Flu or Specter.

Anonymous said...

You CAN call yourself an attorney as an attorney is simply a representative. What you cannot do, unless you're in the bar, is to call yourself an attorney-at-law.

Anonymous said...

Zoduiac is a very good movie. If you live in San Francisco, its a greast movie.

Melissa said...

@Anonymous - there's only one kind of attorney and that's an attorney-at-law. Both/either require a license to practice somewhere.

However, this guy holding himself out as an attorney (when he ain't) at a press conference isn't likely to get him into trouble - it's just ridiculous. If he tried to do it in court, or some other legal-type-setting, he could be subject to criminal sanctions.

oranckay said...

This lady's story is just too LA to fly in SF.

Nina said...

If you all want to read a whole lot more about this case, check out the OPORD Analytical website's forum on the Zodiac Killer: http://www.opordanalytical.com/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=87 . You can watch Ms. Perez's story unfold on the site. She started posting as "Gutsygal" on 11/21/2008 in the "The Zodiac Evidence Integration Part V" thread (page 20): http://www.opordanalytical.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=87&t=299&start=285 . OPORD Analytical is the website of Chris Farmer, who was mentioned a few times during the press conference. Farmer goes by Thermopylae in the forum. And if the Zodiac Killer case is really of interest to anyone, check out Farmer's 68-page (PDF) report on the Zodiac Killer which is either insane or brilliant: http://www.opordanalytical.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=87&t=214 . He came up with a different suspect, but how he came up with his suspect is seriously mind blowing.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry, but if she did "go on trips with dad" to shanghigh people then wouldn't she be subject to being an accomplice to the crime and be in jail???

OmG! shanghigh...man, my dad was boring

Anonymous said...

Melissa,
dictionary.com and wikipedia begs to differ. An attorney is someone who reresents another in business dealings.

Spots said...

Hmmm, I wonder who's going to win this one? Anonymous, who looked up "lawyer" on dictionary.com or Melissa, who graduated from Cornell Law School. Let's watch, shall we?!?!?!

Melissa said...

@anonymous - While I appreciate your enthusiasm and willingness to research, neither Dictionary.com nor Wikipedia govern the state of California's legal community. For the purposes of determining what is the unauthorized practice of law, there is no distinction between calling oneself and attorney and calling oneself an attorney-at-law. (Which makes sense - otherwise, anyone could hang out a shingle calling themselves an “attorney” and suffer no penalty.) California law clearly prohibits holding oneself out as an attorney by a layman or suspended attorney, even if no actual legal services are rendered.

Note that the sources you cite are talking about the distinction between an attorney-at-law and an attorney-in-fact. An AIF is someone who has been given the “power of attorney” to sign documents for another person - like an invalid relative or spouse. That’s not a distinction that is relevant here.

Be_Devine said...

@Anonymous - You've probably already learned: don't mess with Melissa. She is right and you are wrong. She's a whole lot smarter than you are and doesn't need to rely on dictionary.com to understand how California law regulates the use of the title "attorney."

Big jer said...

SNAP!
SNAP!
SNAP!

LOL I LOVE Lawspeak!

Thanks for the info melissa!

Anonymous said...

It seems to me it's a difference that is totally relevant, but you know what they say about arguing on the Internet.

Leslie said...

absurdity. I'll have the zodiac buttons made shortly. We'll rip this case a new ass.

Anonymous said...

What do you make of the eyeglasses she turned over -- allegedly a trophy from the murdered cab driver?

That one got me!

Anonymous said...

Those interested in the decipherment of the remaining Zodiac ciphers, namely: The 340; the 13-symbol "My Name Is"; and the 32-symbol "Button Letter" should visit the following site:

www.zodiacevidence.co.uk

My name is Robert Peter Ackerman and I have been attempting to no avail to get the word out to relevant authorities and the press for over a year now.

What must I do to get cameras and a dozen press microphones in front of me to hear the truth about my cipher solution discoveries? What if I told you that I'm the illegitimate son of the "Babushka Lady"?

[PS She still would like to remain anonymous--I can't get Ma out of the kitchen these days, but let me tell you, her gołąbki are to die for! I mean they still really hit the spot!]

Anonymous said...

So what is the latest on Ms. Perez and her claims? Do we wait more years? Decades? in the hope of a FOIA release? Does the FBI intend for the public's memory and concern to just fizzle out? Aren't there serious punishments for misleading the authorities in serial murder investigations and then profiteering (in money or 15 mins. of fame) on the victims? Be mindful that there are still 7+ cold cases of Santa Rosa Coeds who were brutally murdered in the 70s -- very possibly additional victims of the Zodiac. People, this isn't a joke! The FBI owes us a determination - to date - on the extreme claims of both Ms. Perez and Dennis Kaufman. IT'S TIME TO EXPLAIN YOURSELVES - PRODUCE THE VALID EVIDENCE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. Would the U.S. public have it any other way?

--RPA

Anonymous said...

This is to let you know that Deborah Perez is for real. Opord Analytical has solved the Zodiac's 340 cipher using info from Deborah Perez and also info from Gareth S Penn's book "Times 17". In the 340 cipher are found the names of hendrxson who is Deb Perez's adopted father, also the name Gareth Sewell Penn, also the name "debbie" and also the name Crabtree. Guy Ward Hendrickson and Gareth S Penn are Zodiac.

Anonymous said...

"Emil" You keep obsessively posting the same thing about Opord Analytical's so-called "solution" at boxofrain.wordpress.com under "Zodiac Killer’s Unsolved 340 Symbol Cipher" - Hey, the 80's just called: "WHERE'S THE BEEF?" (Related note: is Ms.Perez now getting the counseling help she desperately needs?)