The infamous burgeoning killer who christened himself the Zodiac and whose real identity still remains unknown, killed four men and three women in Northern California from the late sixties to the early seventies.
The Zodiac killer has inspired many books, movies and documentaries with even a website dedicated to him. The issue of his identity has continued to irk police officials and has been the subject of popular contemplation. The latest in these deliberations have been made by Peter Kagel in his book Advice, Trials and Tribulations of a Country Lawyer: Calistoga, California 1973-1983.
Kagel in his book recounts his experiences as the mayor of Calistoga and his various encounters with the city's quirky characters. But what makes the book even more interesting is his allusion to another lawyer in the city as being the Zodiac Killer.
In the book which is a memoir of his lawyer to mayor days ,Kagel describes his stand offs with the local newspaper's publisher and editor, a knife- wielding assailant and a bunch of ethically devoid lawyers reports the Weekly Calistogian.
In a bare it all revelation, Kagel recounts his embarrassing moments when he was picked on by the local media for urinating in an alley as well as escaping from an attacker who was knifing him and his girlfriend.
However, one of the more memorable character of the book is Homer Jones, whom Kagel calls the Zodiac Killer without giving any evidence.
Interlaced with humor and intriguing anecdotes there is never a dull moment in this 152 page extremely entertaining memoir.
'The book is an entertaining ride through the eyes of a young lawyer who became the mayor and went through several scandals as a result of holding his ground, Kagel told reporters. It is also a very good education about the legal system. It's a helpful guide to getting through everyday legal problems without realizing you're getting a very practical legal education.
Apart from its inherent merits, the book has garnered attention for its reference to the Zodiac Killer, whose cryptic messages to local newspapers during his killing spree has always been an attention grabber.