FAIRFIELD (CBS 5) – A former California Highway Patrol officer claims he knows the identity of the Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer who terrorized the Bay Area decades ago.

According to Lyndon Lafferty, who penned a new book titled The Zodiac Killer Cover Up, the killer is still alive and living Solano County.

“No doubt in my mind at all. I would say that I am 95 positive we have the right man,” said Laferty, who claims the 92-year-old lives in Fairfield. “I know for a fact that he does.”

Lafferty said a the suspect was never arrested because of a cover up by District Attorneys, Sheriff’s Department officials and one particular judge.

“The judge (was) having adulterous affairs with the suspects wife,” Lafferty claimed.

Lafferty, 79, does not name the suspect or the judge in his 440 page book. The former CHP officer was on patrol for 16 years. In November 1970, he claims he came face to face with the killer in the parking lost of the Hunter Hill rest stop off of I-80 in Vallejo.

“(It was) like I was looking into the eyes of death,” said Lafferty, who claimed that no law enforcement agency would take him seriously. “Their attitude is, unless the suspect is their own, they don’t want to talk to you,” Lafferty said.

For decades, Lafferty and six other former cops and investigators tracked the Zodiac Killings suspect through Solano County, watching him marry and even attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

“I’ve gone through 40 years of frustration,” said Lafferty.

Lafferty said he won’t release the name of the suspect because he doesn’t want to put a target on the back of a 92-year-old.

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