Jack the Zodiac

Zodiackiller.com Message Board: Other Suspects: Jack the Zodiac

By Clark (Clark) (slip-32-102-174-190.or.us.prserv.net - on Friday, January 05, 2001 - 10:11 pm:

Years and years ago, there was a book by William Beeman called "Jack the Zodiac." Beeman speculated that his brother Jack was the Zodiac, but he apparently changed his mind a couple of years ago. Has anybody who frequents these messageboards ever read this book? I'm wondering why Mr. Beeman felt this way. I've never seen any information on this suspect, presumably for good reason, but I am curious...

By Ed N. (Edn) (spider-ntc-tc021.proxy.aol.com - on Friday, January 05, 2001 - 10:32 pm:

Clark: Beeman found much circumstantial evidence against his late brother, but nothing solid at all. There is better evidence against him, however: first and foremost, Jack was too old (51), out of shape and suffering from emphysema, as I recall. Beeman mentioned that it was so bad, you could her Jack wheezing from half a block away; no witnesses or surviving victims have ever described Z as wheezing (surely they would have mentioned it if it was that loud!), but that didn't seem to deter Bill Beeman from accusing Jack. Also, he didn't resemble Z in the least (either composite), and so suggested that he used prosthetics and makeup of some sort to disguise himself, but that seems a little farfetched to me.

In any case, once I get the timeline done on my site, I had considered including a profile of Jack Beeman, since he's not very well known. But it'll be a while before I can get to that.

By Pamhuckaby (Pamhuckaby) (spider-tl063.proxy.aol.com - on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 - 01:23 am:

Hi, I was at the meeting Mr. Beeman held on Halloween, he had two books, part one and two. I meet Mr. Beeman before he made his announcement. He use to be my father's attorney, and Jack worked in the liguor store sweeping floors when it was called the Barrell Club, my Dad took a part time job there running the liquor store while my mom was a waitres in the resturant. And no Zodiac there. Was entaining reading, with alot of cartoons. Someone is sure doing there homework, the resturant was the first Terry's


By Jake (Jake) (spider-tr033.proxy.aol.com - on Friday, June 01, 2001 - 03:53 pm:

I could swear that I read a disclaimer for Beeman's book that stated "The following is a work of fiction," or something like that. I tried to look it up in order to answer an email, but I've been unable to find the transcription I'm sure I saw.

Anyone remember? Can anyone name the source?


By Ed N (Ed_N) (spider-ntc-tb082.proxy.aol.com - on Friday, June 01, 2001 - 10:24 pm:

Jake: I believe Beeman himself made the disclaimer in his own book, as I recall.

By Jake (Jake) (spider-tr064.proxy.aol.com - on Saturday, June 02, 2001 - 02:26 pm:

I know -- I don't own the book, and I was looking for the newspaper article it appeared in.

Thanks to Clark for providing me with it.


By Scott Bullock (Scott_Bullock) (spider-ntc-tc012.proxy.aol.com - on Tuesday, June 04, 2002 - 12:21 am:

Beeman's actually a pretty interesting guy. Apparently, he still works fulltime as a lawyer (in Vallejo) and is in really good health. Not bad for a guy who's in his eighties! I recently obtained both volumes of Jack the Zodiac, and I got to admit that they are rather interesting reads. Granted, I don't buy the premise that Jack was in fact the Z, but this guy led one hell of an interesting life in his own right. Honestly, they're a pretty good read and a must have for all hardcore Z enthusiasts, though a little pricey.

For those who are interested, these books can be obtained on Ebay at: Jack the Zodiac

Also, unless I am utterly mistaken, Beeman didn't add the disclaimer until he introduced the Zodiac angle into the mix of the books, and he apparently didn't make the connection until he was 80% done with the books. Just FYI.


By Sylvie (Sylvie14) (spider-ntc-tc033.proxy.aol.com - on Tuesday, June 04, 2002 - 07:00 am:

I agree he is interesting. And he's the only guy that actually COULD also have been involved in the Texarcana murders and Bob Lord.

By Ed N (Ed_N) (acc24fcd.ipt.aol.com - on Tuesday, June 04, 2002 - 09:58 am:

Robert Hunter Jr. is also old enough for that, but it's pretty clear that he's not in any way, shape or form, Z.

By Howard Davis (Howard) (dsl-gte-10407-2.linkline.com - on Tuesday, June 04, 2002 - 11:34 am:

You know that Hunter owned RCC and the Bates home!I hope he doesn't sue you guys for entering his property!Worse yet,he owns Riverside/California(the state that is!)so all of us may be hearing from his lawyer.

By Ed N (Ed_N) (acc14959.ipt.aol.com - on Monday, June 10, 2002 - 01:07 am:

Last week, I got my copies of Jack the Zodiac, Parts I & II, and they were delivered promptly and were brand-spanking new. It's been a while since I read them, and, as I recall, there were a lot of odd things about Jack that lead little brother Bill to suspect he was Z...

By Howard Davis (Howard) (ont-cvx2-16.linkline.com - on Monday, June 10, 2002 - 11:00 pm:

I got mine for free for three weeks through inter- library loan!For those non -collectors this is the best cheapest way to read this and other books.Three weeks should be plenty of time and you can get more time by request.Xerox the most important pages and ya got it!
You can get most newspapers,like the Vallejo Times Herald,S.F.Chronicle/Examiner,etc., on reel the same way.
Ed,our in house expert,has the Z articles from the Chronicle and needs someone to type each article.Any takers?If I spoke out of turn,then cancel/cancel!

By Howard Davis (Howard) ( - on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 03:51 pm:

I guess everyone has seen Bill Beemans(82) site on My brother the Zodiac killer?Click Google and you're there.Get 49.00 dead prezs out for his book as you can order online.
I never thought he would give up the zhost.

By Alan Cabal (Alan_Cabal) (cache-mtc-af02.proxy.aol.com - on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 05:30 pm:

I'd rather hunt for the Living Elvis.