In the Joe Bevilacqua’s military records apparently mailed from Saint Louis there are some useful information that could help the American Authorities to lead the truth on the Zodiac case.
Joe Bevilacqua admitted to me, indirectly but clearly, of being the Zodiac Killer.
His military records says Joe Bevilacqua joined the army in 1954, as he told me.
Bevilacqua spent his second decade in the Army as a CID agent of the Military Police, but his records doesn’t say the whole truth.
In the 1956 Joe was in Germany. He returned in Europe, eight years later.
He was reported for duty in Italy, Livorno, on 30th May 1963. One year later he started his training period as Assistant CID – said the page. He was under the direction of the chief of the 5th MP CID, Robert J. Colombo – Joe told me.
In the end of the 1965 Joe became a CID agent – said the page. After that, it appears evident the records stop to talk about the real job of Joe in the Military Police. Why? Because Joe, since the 1965 became a CID agent under cover.
A CID AGENT UNDER COVER
For his military records, it seems in the 1966 Joe stopped of being a CID.
On the 4th August 1966 Joe was enroute to the USA. In September he began to work as a “mess steward”. In December he became a “club steward”. Since January 1967 Joe worked maybe as a steward in some military club/mess in the Riverside area, where the Air base “Alessandro” is located.
Did Joe leave the MP and the offices of the CID for his passion for the club life? Of course not.
Luckily at the end of his career, it seems that for the CID it was not necessary hide the fact that Joe was of their agent. Moreover, in Livorno (Italy), in the 1973 Joe was the chief of a multi-national platoon of the MP, both Italian and American, so it doesn’t seem he left the CID.
The explanation of the apparently weird career of Joe is that he was effectively a CID undercover, as Joe told me in the summer 2017.
Joe’s real job in the Army, on the 4th August 1966, when he was “en route” to the USA – according to his military records – was not obviously the “steward”, but – as he told me – a CID agent under cover.
Joe’s task was having “direct contacts” with the exponents of the “Khaki Mafia”, a criminal organization composed of several NCOs which managed the major part of the military clubs of the US Army all around the world.
This is the reason why in his records appears he was a “club steward”.
ZODIAC AND THE KHAKI MAFIA
The “Khaki Mafia” was a criminal organization of NCOs. Their components were condemned in the early ’70s for having been managed several military clubs with a system of fraud and corruption.
When in the 1966, the 31 years old and CID agent Joe Bevilacqua was reported as a “club steward” in the USA, the investigations on the Khaki Mafia had been already started in Europe.
Like the Zodiac case, the Khaki Mafia scandal broke in the 1969, when the Congress opened a public enquiry against several NCOs and the head of the organization, the first Sergeant Major of the Army, William O. Woolridge, charged with corruption, fraud and several illegal activities.
The Senate Committee on Government Operations in October 1969 says the first detectives in charge of the investigations on the Khaki Mafia were CID agents of the MP based on the West Germany, just where there was the Headquarters of USAREUR.
“IN THE 1966 I WAS IN RIVERSIDE”
For his military records, Joe was en route to the USA on 4th August 1966. He was in the USA between 6th September 1966 and 6th September 1967, the document says.
Joe told me that in the 1966 he was in Riverside, California. So, according to Joe, in his “steward-period” he was in Riverside investigating on the Khaki mafia, even if the page says he was in New Jersey.
In the 1969 – the acts of Congress says – 20 CID agents all around the world were investigating on the Khaki Mafia.
When te Vietnam War began, the Khaki Mafia moved to the USA West Coast and Asia, following its interest and followed by the CID detectives as Joe.
The centre of the criminal organization at the time of the Vietnam War was the Maradem LTD office located in Los Angeles, California. It was not far from Riverside, where Zodiac committed the first of those he claimed as his crimes.
Joe didn’t tell what he was doing in Riverside in the 1966-67. Probably he worked as steward in some club managed by the Khaki Mafia, as CID agent under cover. His mission for the CID, at the time, was having “direct contacts” with the persons involved in the case.
When in the 1969 the Club scandal broke, Joe – told me – he was in Santa Rosa, Napa Valley. “But – he told me – I was formerly working in the East Coast”.
THE ZODIAC MURDERS PERIOD
Especially from the 1969 to the 1972, the page contains informations not compatible with the job of Joe and with what he told me, not only with the Zodiac Killer murders.
As Joe told me, his military records doesn’t say nothing about his “under cover” period of 16 months in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Only few persons of the CID – he told me – could know he was in California (Santa Rosa – Tahoe) in the years 1969/1970, where he investigated on the Khaki Mafia.
In that period, the headquarter of the CID should be Presidio Heights, San Francisco (as it was also in the 1977), but according to the document Bevilacqua was working in the East Cost, at Ft. Monroe, Virginia – as Joe told me.
IN VIETNAM IN THE 1968
Joe has a Vietnam Service medal W/4 (4 campaigns) and according to his words and his pictures Joe was in Vietnam with the 27th Infantry division. In Vietnam, Cu Chi, he worked also for the CID.
His military records says he was in Vietnam for sure from February to October 1968.
He was enroute to the USA in the February 1969. This doesn’t imply that he was not in December 1968 in San Francisco, where there was the Headquarter of the Sixth Army. Joe told me he worked for the CID in Vietnam, in the while he was in the Infantry. It’s possible that he returned to San Francisco in December 1968 to report the Kaki Mafia actvities in the Cu Chi base. If it’s true, the USACIDC could have some files on his movements.
There are at least three contradictions on the dates of the Vietnam period.
Joe told me – like his military records – he was in Vietnam in the 1968, but for one other source –Wolfhounds Alumni – Joe was in Vietnam in the 1969–70 and not in the 1968.
Then, the 5th MP Detachment for which Joe was working was activated in Vietnam only one year later, in the period 8th March 1971 – 15th August 1972, that it’s compatible with the absence of the Zodiac killer.
What is the truth?
On the basis of his awards, Joe participated to 4 military campaigns in the Vietnam War. If it’s true, Joe may be in Vietnam from February to November 1968 or between March 1971 and March 1972. But he couldn’t be in 1969–70, as the Wolfhounds alumni says. For this military records in the 1971-1972 Joe was in the 8th Log Comd USAREUR, and he should work for the CID on the Khaki Mafia. But where?
THE MISTERY OF THE 1974
The Joe’s military records end in December 1973. Where did he go in his 6 months in the army? According to Joe and this page, in the 1973 he was in Livorno. But there are no dates or indications from January to June 1974.
Joe told me he returned in USA before joining the American Monuments Battle Commission and starting to work on 1st July 1974 at the American Cemetery of Florence.
Thanks to Hugo Berkeley.