Robert Graysmith

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Robert Graysmith
Born Robert Gray Smith
(1942-09-17) September 17, 1942 (age 72)
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 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 (February 1, 1986)
  • The Sleeping Lady: The Trailside Murders Above the Golden Gate (April 15, 1990)
  • The Murder of Bob Crane: Who Killed the Star of Hogan's Heroes? (May 18, 1993)
  • Unabomber: a Desire to Kill (November 25, 1997)
  • The Bell Tower: The Case of Jack the Ripper Finally Solved (May 1, 1999)
  • Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer (April 2, 2002)
  • Amerithrax: The Hunt for the Anthrax Killer (November 12, 2003)
  • The Laughing Gorilla: The True Story of the Hunt for One of America's First Serial Killers. (October 6, 2009)
  • The Girl In Alfred Hitchcock's Shower (February 2, 2010)
  • Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer--and of the Mysterious Fires That Baptized Gold Rush-Era San Francisco, (October 30, 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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