Investigators Identify The Zodiac Killer

( A specialized, independent team of investigators says they have identified the Zodiac Killer.

In the 1960s, the Zodiac Killer terrorized various communities in the area of San Francisco with slayings that were brutal in nature. He has been considered one of the most prolific serial murderers in the country’s history.

To this point, though, the murders have gone completely unsolved.

Now, The Case Breakers say they have finally identified who the Zodiac Killer is — a man named Gary Francis Poste, who died in 2018.

The Case Breakers is a group of more than 40 former investigators with law enforcement agencies, military intelligence officers and journalists. In the past, they have taken on other infamous cold cases — such as the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, the former labor union boss, and the D.B. Cooper hijacking heist.

Between 1968 and 1969, there were five murders that occurred around San Francisco that were attributed to a man that eventually became known as the Zodiac Killer. The Case Breakers now say they believe he’s also responsible for another murder that happened hundreds of miles away from San Francisco and was never linked to him.

The killer got his name because he taunted law enforcement by writing complex ciphers and sending them directly to law enforcement officials and to newspapers.

Many movies, documentaries and books have been written about the Zodiac Killer, and many professional and amateur sleuths have tried to uncover this case in the past.

While many potential suspects have been identified over the years, and have been investigated, now one was officially ever charged.

The Case Breakers, though, pored through photos that came from a darkroom Poste owned, and they say they have uncovered new forensic evidence. One of those photos shows scars on Poste’s forehead that match scars on a sketch of the Zodiac.

Jen Bucholtz, who once served as a counterintelligence agent for the Army, also said they deciphered letters the Zodiac sent that revealed Poste as the killer. On one note, for example, all the letters of Poste’s name were removed, which then revealed an alternative message.

She explained:

“So, you’ve got to know Gary’s full name in order to decipher these anagrams. I just don’t think there’s any other way anybody would have figured it out.”

The sixth killing that was never linked to the Zodiac Killer before occurred on October 31 of 1966, in Riverside, California. The victim in that case was 18-year-old Cheri Jo Bates. This murder happened two years before the first murder that was previously attributed to the Zodiac Killer.

Bates’ father called police to report her missing, but her body was found in an alleyway on the campus of Riverside City College.

The Case Breakers have been trying to get investigators to compare Poste’s DNA to Bates’, but they haven’t succeeded to this point. In 1975, though, the FBI did send a memo to police in Riverside that said they believed Bates was a victim of the Zodiac Killer.