The Zodiac Killer

Zodiac killer
A sketch of the Zodiac killer

There has been several serial killers over the years that haven't been identified like the popular Jack the Ripper (most fascinating), Atlanta Ripper, Boston Strangler and Charlie Chopoff. In the next  post i'll be summarizing the stories of some of these horrible people as most of them are lengthy reads and majority of us don't like long articles (like me) as it tends to get boring at times, that's the main reason i started this blog so, here's the details of the Zodiac Killer.

Simply known as Zodiac because of the taunting letters he sent to the Bay Area press, the zodiac killer was a serial killer whose identity still remains unknown till today. He started killing in North California in 1960s to 1970s then continued picking his victims from Benicia, Vallejo, lake Berryessa and San Francisco around December 1968 and October 1969. His known murders were four men and three women which two victims survived, he claimed to have killed 37 people but only these seven were known to be related to him others were abducted or killed but they don't have any evidence linking them back to the Zodiac killer but was later proved to be the victims murderer in a letter he wrote because he provided evidence in it that wasn't disclosed to the public. The Zodiac sent several letters to the San Francisco Police Department, among these letters ( the letters had a sign at the bottom of the body which he uses as his logo and also to count his killings to the SFPD) were four cryptograms and only one of them was fully solved.

Zodiac killer symbols
The Zodiac killer logo
August 1, 1969 the zodiac killer sent three letters to the San Francisco chronicles, San Francisco Examiner and the Vallejo Time Herald. The letters were examined by a psychiatrist which noted that the Zodiac killer was isolated and brooding, in those letter were a one-third of a 408 symbol cryptogram which he claimed was his real identity and also took credit of two shootings, the killer also demanded they print the letters to the public or else he would go around the town killing in the night till he kills up a dozen people. In one of the letters he wrote:

"I like killing people because it is so much fun it is more fun than killing wild game in the forrest because man is the most dangeroue anamal of all to kill something gives me the most thrilling experence it is even better than getting your rocks off with a girl the best part of it is thae when I die I will be reborn in paradice and thei have killed will become my slaves I will not give you my name because you will try to sloi down or atop my collectiog of slaves for my afterlife ebeorietemethhpiti"

The meaning, if it had any, of those eighteen last letters is still unknown. Even mere looking at the errors in those letters its obvious he was sick. Few days after the letters were released to the public, the Vallejo Police Chief Jack E. Stiltz said the letter wasn't enough because it was written by a murderer and demanded a second letter with more facts to prove his identity and evidence that he actually killed most of those victims, the killer replied by writing another letter. In it was evidence of the murders which wasn't released to the public with a code that was later cracked and it said "they will have me" 

August 8, 1969 Donald and bettye Harden of Salinas, California cracked the 408-symbol cryptogram, it contained a message saying that the killer was collecting slaves for his afterlife (like i said Sick guy) and by giving out his identity it would slow down his slave collection. No name was found in the decoded letter.

April 2014 the SFPD marked the case Inactive due to caseload and resource demands automatically closing the case but later reopened it around march 2017. The case is still active in Napa county and city of Riverside. In may 2018, the vellajo Police tried to collect the Zodiac killer's DNA from the stamps he used for letter correspondence. It was a new advanced technique used by a private laboratory to separate DNA from the glue at the back of a stamp. Still awaiting results people but so far what do you think?

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