Robert Graysmith

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Robert Graysmith
Born Robert Gray Smith
(1942-09-17) September 17, 1942 (age 73)
Pensacola, Florida, United States
Residence San Francisco, California, United States
  • Author
  • former cartoonist
Known for The Zodiac Killer case

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


He worked as a political cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969 when the Zodiac Killer case came to prominence. Graysmith 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 movie Zodiac (2007), 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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