The American serial killer who dubbed himself “Zodiac” began his reign of terror in 1968 and was never officially identified or captured. 50-years later, the mystery and the allure of the Zodiac crimes remains the white whale for many professional and amateur investigators alike.
The obsession over the case is the centerpiece theme to the 2007 film “Zodiac” from film auteur David Fincher. You may remember Fincher from such films as Fight Club and Seven (“Alien 3 doesn’t get enough visual love.” -Matt), but Fincher takes his first bite of (mostly) non-fiction in this Police/Journalism procedural. From Fincher’s take on the obsession surrounding the case, from Robert Downey Jr.’s worst case scenario performance in Paul Avery, to Anthony Edwards’ Bill Armstrong escaping the case with his soul, we see a complicated and woven tale. Not only about an enticing mystery, but about the price tag that comes with trying to solve it.
In solidarity with our Hello Sweetie Podcast Network sisters over at “This is the Place,” the Nighthawks bring you this extra-long True Crime special. Much like Zodiac is about obsession, the Zodiac episode is also about the grander phenomenon of True Crime as a societal interest. Why is this particular genre doing so well in this day and age?
It’s a hot take, right off the griddle and onto the blue plate special, at the conceptual Nighthawks Diner. Pull up a spot in the booth, get comfy, and lets talk about movies and True Crime.
This is the Zodiac Speaking Documentary (this isn’t our video or our channel)-
In the episode, I mention my trip through Holcomb, Kansas; the backdrop of Truman Capote’s seminal “Non-Fiction Novel” In Cold Blood.
In Cold Blood covers the crime, investigation, incarceration, and execution of two men convicted of murdering the Clutter family, of Holcomb, in 1959. A brutal crime that shook the community to its core, and still seemingly serves as a bitter, albeit prominent chapter in Kansas history.