Robert Graysmith

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Robert Graysmith
Robert Gray Smith

(1942-09-17) September 17, 1942 (age 76)
Pensacola, Florida, United States
ResidenceSan Francisco, California, United States
  • Author
  • former cartoonist
Known forThe Zodiac Killer case

Robert Graysmith (born as Robert Gray Smith, September 17, 1942) is an American true crime author and former cartoonist. He is best known for his works on the Zodiac Killer case.


Graysmith worked as a political cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969 when the Zodiac Killer case came to prominence. He attempted to decode letters written by the killer and became obsessed with the case over the next thirteen years. His marriage to his second wife Melanie 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 film Auto Focus (2002).[1] The critically acclaimed[2] movie Zodiac (2007), directed by David Fincher, was based on his books and featured Jake Gyllenhaal as Graysmith.[3] Graysmith now lives in San Francisco.[4][5]


  • Zodiac: The Full Story of the Infamous Unsolved Zodiac Murders in California (February 1, 1986)
  • The Sleeping Lady: The Trailside Murders Above the Golden Gate (April 15, 1990)[6]
  • The Murder of Bob Crane: Who Killed the Star of Hogan's Heroes? (May 18, 1993)[7]
  • Unabomber: A Desire to Kill (November 25, 1997)[8]
  • The Bell Tower: The Case of Jack the Ripper Finally Solved (May 1, 1999)[9]
  • Chapin, William (Editor); Graysmith, Robert (Illustrator) (1999). Maleficus. Morris Publishing (NE).CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  • Ghostfleet (1999).[10]
  • Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer (April 2, 2002)[11]
  • Amerithrax: The Hunt for the Anthrax Killer (November 12, 2003)[12]
  • The Laughing Gorilla: The True Story of the Hunt for One of America's First Serial Killers. (October 6, 2009)[13]
  • The Girl In Alfred Hitchcock's Shower (February 2, 2010)[14]
  • 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)[15]


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