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  • dixiedoggg15 August 2018
    Warning: Spoilers
    It seems all the History Channel's investigative reports rely on about four things... 1) Repeat yourself ten or more times. 2) Make every piece of evidence a huge or incredible 'discovery'. 3) Just plain copy what was already known and act like you found it. 4) Treat every piece of useless evidence as though it is the big break.

    Every time the guys in the field run into another big clue, I seemed to already know the answer from reading lots and lots of other stuff on the Zodiac killer. For example, when they 'discovered' that victim Paul Stine had drove about 3.2 miles from where he picked up the killer, I already had the answer, from the Theater District. This is not new material... The 'investigators' started bouncing around a few guesses and concluded it was, wait for it, the Theater District. And just like in the god awful 'Hunting Hitler' series, these guys would run off to anywhere with the smallest amount of evidence and of course, prove absolutely nothing. And of course the police stations and the FBI were more than happy to turn over evidence so these 'experts' could waltz out the door with it to read in their spare time. Are they crazy ? No one in their right mind lets evidence walk out the door like what was portrayed. On a still open case. The police acted like finally, someone was finally going to solve the case they couldn't solve for the last 50 years. I was waiting for these 'investigators' to get thrown out of the station. The 'investigators' said that one cop had been trying to solve the case forever, but he was only a patrolman who responded to the scene, not an actual police investigator like a detective. The local cop may have wondered I am sure to who did this, but it just ain't his job to solve crimes... And then you got the other crew at the small 'rent an office' playing around with a super computer that actually makes noises and stuff when working (sure it does), who feed in the most stupidest stuff so the computer can find the killer. And all it does is produce a stupid poem. It never does crack the 'Z340" cryptogram. One of the guys calls the office at midnight to tell someone there that he solved it. How did he know that anyone was there ? And you can tell it was staged because, 'thank the Lord', a camera crew was there to record the scene. Sure they were.... Any good camera crew would be at the local bar swilling away, laughing at these imbeciles they are told to film. And the other 'experts' with the super computer, mainly just sit around and agree with whatever the moron in charge has to say... The narrator has to tell us at least 150 times when and where the murders took place, we are shown at least 50 times the sketch made of the Zodiac killer, and after every commercial, and at the start of every episode, we are brought up to date on the 'investigation', ad nauseam ... Totally unnecessary. So the guy figures out the code and then can't tell us what it says until he contacts the CIA... Sure he does... A paid actor is the CIA agent and he almost immediately agrees that this guy has the answer. The CIA ? What in the hell do they care ??? And the truth be told, everything they cover in 5 episodes, at 42 minutes each episode, could have been told in about 15 minutes real time without all the repetition, idiotic drama, stupid film shots off the "investigator" lighting up another smoke or traffic around San Francisco... A totally useless documentary that should be avoided, look up Zodiac on the internet, read the book by Graystone, see the movie, you will get much more info than this ridiculous attempt by the History Channel to solve a case. It is really just an embarrassing laugh...
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    Ok, it's watchable, quite well made, particularly if you're a serial killer tragic (is that a wierd thing to be into?). Tenuous, very circumstantial 'evidence' has them virtually hang, draw and quarter the first suspect, despite ignoring some other rather obvious and glaring glitches in their suspicions (an English major spelling that badly?). Another laughable point has a 'sniffer dog' find a tree (wow, dog sniffs tree!) and one of the bozo's finds a spot that has been dug over (well, he reckons) - near a camp site. Er, it's not only bears that excrete in the woods bud. Campsite, hole in the ground - hello? Next oooh, man in the early '70's uses "what's your zodiac sign?" as pick up line. Must be a serial killer 'cause nobody else would ever do that then, right? Oh and hey, law enforcement guys, when on camera (or for that matter, talking to a member of the public) wearing your shades doesn't make you look cool & serious. It makes you look insecure and untrustworthy and is not camera friendly. Ooh, found larvae when digging for a body - OF A FIFTY YEAR OLD MURDER. Grubs don't eat bones boys! Oh and some earth has grubs just hanging out! Any time they get close to actual real evidence, they drop the ball and move on (why not give the San Fran theatre man a photo ID parade?) Maybe afraid they'll be proved wrong in their wild guessing? Honestly, if this is US investigation at its best, no wonder they resort to lynching and the death penalty. Git it done before questions can be asked.
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    Okay it's a complete load of crap just like all those shows of this formula That came before this show.. You see the show starts with a trailer, A trailer that is, So full of misleading crap its not funny it's pilot starts with the usual hype trailer, With clips of people talking about cracking the code, discovering the Zodiacs identity, claims they've solved the biggest mystery ever it's so misleading it's not funny. Then its just recycled already know information, And the end of each episode, You guessed it the show ends with a big cliff hanger that ends up being nothing, It's just there to get you to watch the next episode. Truth is nothing new happens they make out they have found a new victim they go all out by the way to convince you they have, And nothing there's no new victim they don't find out the Zodiac Killers identity, And they tease you with finding out his name yes his real name for what 2 episodes, Then guess what they reveal it, Drum Roll....... Richard Nixon.... Yes that's right, Look its well made yes but the repeated misleading crap is too much the show ends with the same thing as they all do, With the promises to keep searching, The speech about being so close to the truth, blah blah blah, Its basically identical to American Ripper but that somehow manage to not annoy you, As it never claims to solve the mystery it's more opinion, This however is totally misleading
  • This is one of the better History Channels Investigative shows although it drags at various parts with too many flashbacks and reviews. It seems to connect cases across jurisdictions that apparently had not been done before. The "solving" of the Z360 code looks interesting but is not accepted by other experts so far. Whether anything they raise truly takes a step towards solving the killings will only be proved if a case is ever brought or something fully conclusive.
  • manou-907987 February 2020
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    Don't waste you time watching the whole thing. The 5th episode is quite enough. No clue, no evidence of anything.
  • The show seems very promising at first, but as it continues on it seems more and more like things are being fabricated to add cinematic value. The cadaver part is very sketchy and seems completely set up (faked). Same with the bomb thing. Both seem set up and fake. The broken code is complete BS if you actually look at it and why wouldn't the "super computer" be used more than two or three times? Like I said, starts off strong and then it turns into a production. Nothing new really.
  • What this doc does is weave together strong circumstantial evidence against these two suspects, some that is very convincing. You always wish you could get deeper and live in the details and discoveries awhile longer, but for a History Channel doc, this one had a little meat to it. You can watch the other Arthur Leigh Allen docs, and get all the loose conjecture and summarization you can handle, but at least these guys gave us interesting leads, even if some of us kinda already knew.

    Not everyone is as obsessively wrapped up in the minutiae of this case, and have little more than a casual interest. I believe this documentary serves a great use for them.

    *However, "breaking" the cipher was interesting, but honestly, unsatisfying.

    Check it out.
  • Waiting for season 2 and hopefully we see programs like this in different cases.
  • chaitankrish2 February 2020
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    First 3 episodes was interesting because interesting reveal of zodiac killers history but the shows ending is disappointing because they can't solve who zodiac killer is!!
  • d_homen27 October 2018
    They've done a pretty good job up until now hope it returns.
  • argimlumani16 February 2020
    Dragged on for way too long didnt need to be 220 minutes I just barely managed to finish the 2nd episode and i can't go on had to quit because I was falling asleep at how boring this is they don't shut up about the code trying to decipher it heres a clue you morons if it hasnt been deciphered since the 60s its more than likely bs
  • It's 2020. Is a new season coming with answers or has this whole thing just been a load of bull?