'My Dad Was the Zodiac Killer'

Californian claims to offer proof that her father was '60s serial killer
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2009 2:45 AM CDT
Deborah Perez, left, and her attorney Kevin McLean, right, speak at a news conference in front of the San Francisco Chronicle building in San Francisco, on Wednesday, April 29, 2009.    (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Liz Hafalia)
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(Newser) – A Californian real estate agent came forward yesterday claiming to offer proof that her late father was the serial Zodiac Killer who terrorized the Bay Area in the '60s, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Her carpenter dad took her along to murder sites where the 7-year-old sat in the car unaware, said Deborah Perez. But her father told her he "killed many people," she said. Her evidence includes a pair of glasses taken from a victim, according to Perez.

She said she also wrote a letter in the Zodiac's name to an attorney seeking help. Perez first heard of the Zodiac killer in an America's Most Wanted episode in 2007, and began to make connections. She called her dad a "Jekyll and Hyde" personality. Detectives said it was the first time they heard of the real estate agent's claims, and promised to investigate.