The word "Chronicle" isn't entirely consistent among the seven samples. I would group the Eureka Card and Dragon Card together as being very similar, the Citizen Envelope and Examiner Letter together as being similar, the July 31 Envelope as being most unlike the others, and the Exorcist Envelope being somewhere in between the Exorcist Envelope and Citizen and Examiner samples.
After looking at some of the letters again, it appears that Zodiac had different writing styles. Some of the letters start with vertical handwriting but drift into handwriting that is slanted right, even on the same page.
The Pines Card:
C: Just a "C" and I don't see any distinguishing characteristics between any of them; I don't know.
h: Shaped similarly to the Citizen Envelope.
r: Almost exactly the same as Dragon, similar to Examiner and maybe Exorcist, and not shaped much like July 31.
o: Looks like a circle on all of them to me; I don't know.
n: Not much like any of the samples, except the right lower curl maybe like Citizen
i: Maybe similar to Eureka, except that there is a slight curl at the bottom
L: Maybe this is what you meant when you typed the letter "A"? Totally different from the others. Looking very closely... it looks almost like he started to write the letter "k," as if he was spelling "Chronickle" but then fixed it by writing a "L".
e: Very similar to July 31, and similar to Dragon.
Seems as though the thread has gotten off track. I think that I started it by talking about the skeleton and Donna Lass. Sorry about that.
I think that... saying that someone who has worked very hard on the case and who is not around to defend himself should be done very carefully. All we do is speculate on the site anyway, and speculation is good. I think that it is fun because the Zodiac case is such an interesting mystery. But I think that if anyone is going to suggest that someone who has worked so much on the case has engaged in fraud, that person should at least do a fair amount of research and find a connecting nexus between multiple facts first to support his or her theory. Sort of like how the government needs probable cause to arrest someone.
Otherwise we could all go around accusing each other of furthering our own interests instead of trying to work together to solve the case. That could stifle the teamwork atmosphere.
I also think that on one end of the spectrum, there are people who genuinely work really hard, selflessly and together with others without profit motive to solve the case. Like certain people with their own websites, for example. On the other end of the spectrum there are people who write books, have very little evidence, are totally full of it, and just trying to make money. The more I visit the site, the more I see the most knowledgeable investigators sort through the book writers and discuss where on the spectrum that they lie. There are a lot of different kinds of personalities too. The subculture of Zodiac hunters, to me, is almost as fascinating as the case itself!
I am just getting started with the case, and spend a lot of time with the 340. But I just think that at this point putting Paul Avery at the self interested end of the spectrum... is a bit premature. I wonder what other people think.
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