Robert Graysmith

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Robert Graysmith
BornRobert Gray Smith
(1942-09-17) September 17, 1942 (age 71)
Pensacola, Florida, United States
ResidenceSan Francisco, California, United States
OccupationFormer cartoonist, Author
Known forThe Zodiac Killer Case
 
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Robert Graysmith
BornRobert Gray Smith
(1942-09-17) September 17, 1942 (age 71)
Pensacola, Florida, United States
ResidenceSan Francisco, California, United States
OccupationFormer cartoonist, Author
Known forThe Zodiac Killer Case

Robert Graysmith (born September 17, 1942, as Robert Gray Smith) is an American true crime author. He was working as a political cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969 when the Zodiac Killer case came to light. Graysmith attempted to decode letters written by the killer and became obsessed with the case over the next thirteen years, finally confronting the person he suspected, Arthur Leigh Allen, at Allen's workplace. His second marriage ended in divorce, which he directly attributes to his intense interest in the case. Graysmith wrote two books about the case, eventually giving up his career as a Pulitzer prize-nominated cartoonist to write five more books on high-profile crimes, one of which became the basis for the 2002 film, Auto Focus.[1] The 2007 movie Zodiac, directed by David Fincher, was based on his books and featured Jake Gyllenhaal as Graysmith.[2] Graysmith now lives in San Francisco.[3][4]

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  1. ^ Booth, William (March 1, 2007). "A Killer Obsession". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ "Just the Facts: David Fincher's Zodiac". stopsmilingonline.com. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  3. ^ Sign Language New York Post February 14, 2007
  4. ^ From cartoonist to ‘Zodiac,’ author Robert Graysmith has prominent role in film, Army Times, March 2, 2007

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