Crime The Zodiac Killer

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    The Zodiac Killer is one of the great unsolved serial killer mysteries of all time, taking only second place to Jack the Ripper.

    Even though police investigated over 2,500 potential suspects, the case was never officially solved. There were a few suspects that stood out, but the forensic technology of the times was not advanced enough to nail any one of them conclusively.

    This October, 1966 killing began a ghoulish series of murders that panicked the people of the San Francisco area. For years the Zodiac taunted the police with weird ciphers, phone calls, insulting and cryptic messages.

    Before it was all over, this clever and diabolical killer changed the lives of eight people, only two of whom lived to tell the tale.

    On the night of Sunday, October 30, 1966, long before anyone was to hear of the Zodiac, an 18-year-old student named Cheri Jo Bates was brutally murdered near the parking lot of Riverside City College's library annex. Neither rape nor robbery seemed to have been a motive, as her clothes were undisturbed and her purse was present and intact.


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    After disabling her lime green Volkswagen by pulling out the distributor coil and the condenser, then disconnecting the middle wire of the distributor, the zodiac killer had apparently waited for Bates to return to her car and try to start it, whereupon he made a pretense of unsuccessfully tinkering with the engine.

    After this ruse, and probably with the offer of a ride, he lured her into a dark, unpaved driveway between two empty houses owned by the college, where they spent approximately an hour and a half. Exactly what they did during this time is uncertain, but eventually the man attacked her, slashing her three times in the chest area, once in the back, and seven times across the throat.

    Police determined that the murder weapon was a small knife with a blade about 3 1/2" long by 1/2" wide, but the wounds to Bates' throat were so deep and brutal as to nearly decapitate her, severing her larynx, jugular vein, and carotid artery. She had also been choked, beaten, and slashed about the face.

    Found about ten feet from Bates' body was a paint-spattered man's Timex watch with a broken 7" wristband, stopped at around 12:23, which one source claims was later traced to a military PX in England. The paint was analyzed, and was found to be common exterior house paint. Also found at the scene were the heel-print from a shoe that appeared to be close to size 10, as well as hair, blood, and skin tissue found in the victim's hands and beneath her fingernails. Greasy, unidentified palm and fingerprints were also found in and on her car, about 200 feet away.


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    Although the library closed at 9:00 p.m. (and books found in her car verify that she had been inside before then), two separate witnesses reported hearing an "awful scream" at around 10:30, followed by "a muted scream, and then a loud sound like an old car being started up" about two minutes later. This time matches an estimation given by the coroner, and is generally accepted as the time of her death.

    Judging by these details, the murder of Cheri Jo Bates would appear to be nothing more mysterious than a particularly vicious crime of passion, committed perhaps by a spurned suitor, an ex-boyfriend, or a subject somehow linked to Miss Bates. Certainly, the simple fact that Bates spent over an hour in the dark with the man who murdered her suggests that she knew and trusted him enough to converse more than casually. It was not until almost exactly one month after the attack that the case approached a bizarre new level.

     
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    dawg you're on a roll tonight :up:
     
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    Is this the face of the Zodiac Killer?

    "A Louisiana man claims in a new book that his biological father was the notorious Zodiac Killer of northern California, who's still sought by authorities, publisher HarperCollins said Tuesday.The Zodiac serial killer is believed to have killed five people in 1968-69 and gained notoriety by writing several letters to police boasting of the slayings, with swatches of bloody clothing as proof of his claims. The serial killer claimed to have killed as many as 37 people and has never been caught."
    Published May 14, 2014
     
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    This is the Zodiac Speaking

    "Documentary covering every aspect of the investigation, including interviews with the original investigators and surviving victims. From the Special Edition DVD of Zodiac (2007) special features."
    Published on Jan 26, 2013
     
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    RAW: Finding the Zodiac Killer (full interview)

    "Gary Stewart sat down and explained to Graham Ulkins why he believes his father was the Zodiac Killer."
    Published on May 15, 2014
     
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    10 Things You Didn't Know About The Zodiac Killer

    "A serial killer who was never caught, but what do we know of him? Read on to find out 10 things you didn't know about the zodiac killer."
    Published on Oct 27, 2013
     
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    Zodiac Killer "13 Hole Punch Card" meaning revealed

    "Kevin Robert Brooks the foremost authority on the Zodiac Killer and author of a forthcoming book entitled 'Zodiac the Montana Connection' explains the true meaning of the infamous 'Zodiac 13 Hole Punch card' sent to the San Francisco Chronicle in October of 1970."
    Published on Dec 22, 2013
     
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    Tom Voight may take exception to that
     
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    Great info on that site too.
     
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    Forensic Expert Slams New Zodiac Killer Claims
     
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    Revealed: The true face of the Zodiac Killer - adopted man whose search for his real parents led him to discover his father's NAME in secret code that was sent to newspaper after killings

    After 12 years of painstaking research, adoptee Gary Stewart realized his father's true identity
    He claims antique bookseller Earl Van Best Jr was the serial killer who terrorized San Francisco in the 1960s
    The cypher that spelled out Van Best's name
    Details of the book, called The Most Dangerous Animal of All, were hidden by 'dozens' of staff at publisher HarperCollins before its release today
    Zodiac killer murdered at least five people and injured two more between 1968 and 1969 in the San Francisco Bay Area

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    That's the top site on the zodiac on the net IMO. I get lost reading up on things there.
     
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    There was an alternate site claiming that the Zodiac was a hoax and none of the murders were related. It was an interesting read
     
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    I always liked the Ted Kaczynski theory myself.
     
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    Richard Gykowski seems to be the prevailing favorite. The problem is that his DNA test absolved him but there's some damning evidence against him.

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    Thread made me go back and watch Zodiac. Good flick!
     
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    Real Serial Killers The Zodiac Killer NSFW Graphic Photos 2013
     
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    The evidence in Stewart's book is circumstantial, and police didn't appear to be looking at Best as a suspect in the killings. But Stewart is still convinced.

    Here's why:

    Best reportedly abused and abandoned Stewart as a child and enjoyed hurting animals, which are signs of a possible psychopath.
    The poem the Zodiac killer etched on the underside of a desk in a library near the scene of the first murder is signed with the initials of Best's alias — R.H., which Stewart says are the initials of two of Best's aliases, Richard Lee and Harry Lee.
    Judy, one of Best's wives (and Stewart's mother), whom he married when he was in his late 20s and she was 13 years old, resembles the female Zodiac victims.
    The San Francisco Chronicle reporter who wrote about their union and Best's subsequent imprisonment — dubbed the "Ice Cream Romance" — is the same reporter who was targeted by Zodiac letters.
    Best reportedly made frequent trips to Mexico, and one of the Zodiac victims who survived the killer's attack told police the attacker said he needed a car and money to get to Mexico.
    A cab driver allegedly killed by the Zodiac killer died near the apartment where Best was living at the time.
    Around the time the Zodiac killer re-emerged and sent another letter after being silent for three years, Judy got engaged to a police officer.
    Best's handwriting from a marriage certificate supposedly closely matches the handwriting of the Zodiac killer.
    There also might be similarities in their fingerprints — Best's fingerprints from police records show a scar on one of his fingers that Stewart says matches a bloody fingerprint supposedly left by the Zodiac killer.
    Stewart also has an explanation for why police won't investigate his findings. He says there's been a massive cover-up by police because a cop tied to the Zodiac case, Rotea Gilford, was married to Judy, Best's ex-wife. This would have been so embarrassing to the San Francisco police department that they covered up the identity of the Zodiac killer, Stewart contends.
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