Robert Graysmith

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Robert Graysmith
Born Robert Gray Smith
(1942-09-17) September 17, 1942 (age 71)
Pensacola, Florida, United States
Residence San Francisco, California, United States
Occupation Former cartoonist, Author
Known for The 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. 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]


  • Zodiac (1986)
  • Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer (2002)
  • Unabomber: a Desire to Kill (1997)
  • The Sleeping Lady: The Trailside Murders Above the Golden Gate (1990)
  • The Murder of Bob Crane: Who Killed the Star of Hogan's Heroes? (1993)
  • The Bell Tower: The Case of Jack the Ripper Finally Solved (1999)
  • Amerithrax: The Hunt for the Anthrax Killer (2003)
  • The Laughing Gorilla: The True Story of the Hunt for One of America's First Serial Killers. (2009)
  • Serial Killers and Their Victims Boca Raton: Universal Publishers, 2004
  • The Girl in Alfred Hitchcock's Shower (2010)
  • Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-Era San Francisco, 2012


  1. ^ Booth, William (March 1, 2007). "A Killer Obsession". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ "Just the Facts: David Fincher's Zodiac". 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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