Arthur Leigh Allen is/was probably the best known Zodiac suspect. He was neither arrested, nor cleared.
While there was never anything to arrest him on, there was a mountain of circumstantial evidence that linked him to the Zodiac.
- Zodiac appeared to have a navy influence. Allen's dad was in the navy.
But at the same time, there were things that pointed away from Allen or were just inconclusive.
- Zodiac had a crew cut, Allen was balding and did not really match the
composite. No wig's were ever found in Allen's home(s).
A colorized image of Allen's mugshot
Towards the last few years of his life Allen began giving interviews. Sometimes choosing to hide his face. He denied that he was the Zodiac, even weeping in an interview. Did Allen know that he did not have much time left? If he wasn't the Zodiac then perhaps he wanted to clear his name in a slowly dying, deathbed confession. But Allen had no kids, very little family members, not many friends and a convicted pedophile. So he had very little family to want to protect from being associated with the Zodiac. Allen was already looked upon as scum for being a pedophile, his denial of being the Zodiac would not do much to make him look better. So there did not appear to be much of a reason for Allen to lie. However if he was the Zodiac, perhaps his denial was a final stab at police. You never caught me and you never will.
Arthur Leigh Allen died in 1992.
If Allen was the Zodiac, then his legacy will be someone who was smart, but
lucky. He danced on the fine line that separated him from getting caught.
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