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