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THE ZODIAC KILLER
The Zodiac Killers is one of the most famous serial killers of
all times. He hunted the Northern California region from the late
60ies to the early 70ies. He killed at least...
The Zodiac Killers is one of the most famous serial killers of all times. He hunted the Northern California region from the late 60ies to the early 70ies. He killed at least 5 people and claimed to have killed up to 37 people.
On December 28th, 1968, Lake Herman Road in Vallejo, California, David Faraday, 17 years old, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16-year-old, were shot and killed. Betty was found dead on the ground 30ft away from the car and David died on the way to the hospital.
On July 4th, 1969, Blue Rocks Springs Park, a person approached the car in which Darlene Ferrin, 22 years old, and Michael Mageau, 19 years old, with a flashlight. He shot them, walked away then came back and shot them again. Both the victims were alive when they were found but only Michael survived. He described the shooter as
A young white male
26 to 30 years old
200 LBS or larger
Light brown curly hair
Within an hour of the shooting, the police received a phone call from someone who claimed to be the killer.
On August 1st, 1969, S.F. Chronicle, S.F. Examiner and Vallejo Times received identical letters from someone who claimed to be the killer. The letters included details about the murder which was unknown to the general public. The letters were signed with a distinct mark, a circle with a cross through it. This mark became the symbol of the Zodiac killer. The letters also included 3 codes that were to be printed in the newspapers or the killer would kill again. He claimed that the cracked code would reveal his identity.
On August 4th, 1969, another letter was received that started with, this is the Zodiac speaking. This was the first time the killer was referred to as the Zodiac. On August 8th, the code was cracked by a couple in Salinas, California. It read,
I like killing because it is so much fun. It is more fun than killing wild game in the forest because man is the most dangerous animal of all to kill; something gives me the most thrilling experience. It is even better than getting your rocks off with a girl. The best part of it is that when I die I will be reborn in paradise and those I have killed will become my slaves. I will not tell you my name because you will try to slow down or stop my collecting of souls for afterlife.
On September 27th, 1969, near Lake Berryessa, Napa, California, Cecelia Shepard, 22-year-old, and Bryan Hartnell, 20-year-old, were out on a picnic when Cecelia saw a man hiding behind a tree, watching her. He came out, wearing an executioner styled hood and the Zodiac symbol on his chest. He had a gun and a knife and used pre-cut rope to tie them and stabbed them repeatedly. Cecelia died in the hospital but Bryan survived even though he was stabbed 6 times in the back. He described the attacker as
58 to 6 ft tall
Dark brown hair
A message was found in Bryans car with the dates of all the killings and by knife written on it.
On October 11th, 1969, in San Francisco, California, before 10 PM, on an intersection between Washington and Cherry, a cab driver, Paul Stine was shot by the passenger. A teenage girl heard the gunshot and saw a man wipe the cab and walk away. There were two more witnesses to this. The girl described that passenger as
25-30 year old
Reddish-brown crew cut
Heavy rimmed glasses
A police car which was nearby was immediately dispatched but in the chaos, the suspect was identified as an African American male. This was a huge mistake as the two officers in the car, Donald Fouke, and Eric Zelms, came across a white man but let him go as he didnt match the description. The zodiac later commented about this in a letter and confirmed that it was him.
They found a bloody fingerprint but in a letter the zodiac said that I was leaving fake clues for the police to run all over town. In another letter, the zodiac claimed the responsibility for the killing and also sent a bloody cloth as proof. A Zodiac task force was created so that different departments could share information.
The Zodiac killer sent letters till 1971 and then the final letter was sent in 1974 in which he claimed to have killed 37 people and also included his review of The Exorcist.
In 2002, the San Francisco police extracted a partial genetic profile from the saliva on the stamp but it didnt match any of the accused. It is believed that the zodiac asked other people to lick his stamps.
The real identity of the Zodiac killer is still a mystery and there are a number of theories as to who he was. The murders also inspired a number of books and movies. The murder and the identity still remains the biggest mystery in all the stories.