Brief History On The Zodiac Killer --
Between December 1968 and October 1969 a serial killer was active in San Francisco, the killer claimed the life of five people plus two others whom
survived, although some people think he may of killed up too 37 people. To taunt the authorities he sent four Ciphers to three high-end papers in San
Francisco; only one of his ciphers has been solved the others have still to be decoded.
The Zodiac Killer was an active murderer, he killed in four locations; they where Benicia, Lake Berryessa, San Francisco and Vallejo. His known
victims consist of four men and three women. Other crime scenes are thought to belong to the Zodiac Killer but they is yet to be any evidence to
confirm this. Without any leads, clues or anything along the lines of the aforementioned the case was marked as inactive in April 2004; the case has
since been reopened, possibly due to the movie release.
The Zodiac Killer: Cracking The Codes of A Madman -- Time Line.
Arthur and Betty: Lake Herman Road.
-- It is believed that the first murders of The Zodiac Killer was that of David Arthur Faraday and Betty
Lou Jensen; which was on the 20th of December 1968. It is thought that Arthur and Betty where out together on there first date. They had some food and
then went up to Lake Herman Road* at around 10:15pm. At approximately 11pm another vehicle pulled up behind them, a gentleman got out of the gun and
ordered them to exit the Rambler vehicle. The tale goes, Faraday opened his door and was half way out when The Zodiac shot him directly in the head,
at this point Jensen made an attempt to run away at which point she was gunned down by the Zodiac, postmortem shows us that she had been shot 5 times
in her back. Stella Borges found there bodies minutes after this had happened and informed the police, although nothing happened because they're
where no leads to follow.
Darlene and Michael: Blue Rock Springs
-- This crime is believed to be the Zodiacs second murder spree. Around midnight on July the 4th 1969
murder struck. Darlene Ferrin and Micheal Mageau where in there car when another vehicle parked up beside them but them almost instantly drove off,
naturally they thought nothing of it. But then about 10 minutes later it returned, a man got out of the car flashed a flash light in there faces and
then unleashed a hail of bullets, he shot then in the face and chest; but when he heard Mageau moan in pain he walked back and shot him in the face,
neck and chest again; then drove off. When they were found it was too late for one of them. Ferrin died at hospital of her wounds although Mageau
Shortly after this a man rang up the sheriffs department and claimed he was responsible for this horrible crime, they traced the call to a pay phone
only a couple of blocks away from the station, no one was there when they arrived.
He Spoke: Ciphers and Letters Began
On August 1st 1969 the Vallejo Times Herald, San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner each received a letter from the Zodiac. He had
sent 3 ciphers in total to them, The Zodiac Killer then demanded that all of the ciphers where published in all three of the papers on the first page
or he would go on a all weekend kill spree. Only one of the papers decided to publish it and even they only put it on the forth page. There was no
murder spree after wards for this direct contradiction to his request/order. A police cheif said they needed more proof, so Zodiac write another
letter with proof and then his ciphers where all published.
It was not until August the 7th 1969 when he called himself the Zodiac. The titles of the letter that was sent said... "Dear Editor This is the
Zodiac speaking". On August the 8th 1969 Donald and Bettye Harden cracked a cipher that he had sent. A picture of the cracked cipher is available
Bryan and Cecelia: Lake Berryessa
-- It was later, it was September 27 1969 when the next killing happened. Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard
were picnicking at Lake Berryessa on a small island** connected by a sand spit to Twin Oak Ridge. After a little while they noticed a man approaching
them wearing a black hoodie with a white 3"x3" cross-circle symbol on it. He walked up to them and drew his gun and then made a claim that they did
not expect to hear, he told them that he had escaped from a near prison. He had brought precut lengths of plastic clothesline and told Shepard to tie
up Hartnell, before tying her up himself. The Zodiac checked and tightened Hartnell's bonds after discovering she bound him loosely. He then
proceeded to stab them both numerous times and then went back to there car where he wrote with a black marker pen the white symbol and then wrote
beneath it "Vallejo/12-20-68/7-4-69/Sept 27-69-6:30/by knife". They where found later by a father and son fishing near by, Cecelia Shepard was
conscious when Collins arrived and gave him a detailed description of the attacker. Hartnell and Shepard were taken to Queen of the Valley Hospital in
Napa by ambulance. Shepard lapsed into a coma during transport to the hospital and never regained consciousness. She died two days later, but Hartnell
survived to recount his tale to the press.
Paul Stine: Presidio Heights.
-- Paul was killed on the 11th of October 1969. A white male entered Mr. Stine's cab near a intersection of
Mason and Geary streets located in San Francisco, the male asked to be taken to Washington and Maple Streets in Presidio Heights. No body knows why
but for some reason he asked to be drove a block further to Cherry Street, this is where Paul was shot in the neck and robbed of his wallet, car keys
and some fabric of his shirt. The whole time this was done it was being observed by three teenagers peering out of a window across the street. The
children then called the Police at around 9:55pm. For some unknown reason the police started to look for a black male, although the witnesses are on
record saying white. A police car on it way to the crime scene passed a suspicious looking white male making fast walking pace away from the scene a
few blocks down; it is now believed that the white male they passed was the Zodiac Killer.
He Speaks Again: More Letters and Ciphers.
-- The Zodiac sent another round of letters on the 14th of October 1969; in this round was a letter,
cipher and a piece of Paul's shirt as proof that he was the killer. This was also the trigger point for when they relised about the
white-guy-black-guy mix up days before. October the 22nd was a terrible mishap in the case, a man claiming to be Zodiac demanded two lawyers to appear
on TV, only one showed up, Belli. Someone claiming to be the Zodiac called several times and said his name was Sam. He wanted to meet and so Beli went
to place thy decided, unfortunately they later found out via a trace that Sam was a mental patient in a Mental Hospital. On November 8, 1969, the
Zodiac mailed a card with another cryptogram consisting of 340 characters; this**** code has never been decoded although many people has proposed ways
of doing it. On December 20, 1969, exactly one year after the murders of David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen, Zodiac asked Belli to help him.
Kathleen Johns: Modesto
-- there is so little evidence about this that i shall not mention it, if you wish to read about it Google it. All
accounts of this night by the abducted person, trucker and officer contradict each other in so many ways that it is so far considered the joke of the
-- Once again too uncertain, not enough proof plus Zodiac never took credit for this murder unlike all other ones where the
body was found.If you wish to read more then Google it
Donna Lass: Lake Tahoe
-- On March 22, 1971, a postcard to the Chronicle addressed to "Paul Averly" – intended for Paul Avery and believed
to be from the Zodiac, in which appeared to be the Zodiac taking credit for a murder of nurse Donna Lass whom was killed on the 26th of December 1970.
Made from a collage of advertisements and magazine lettering, it featured a scene from an ad for Forest Pines condominiums and the text "Sierra
Club," "Sought Victim 12," "peek through the pines," "pass Lake Tahoe areas," and "around in the snow." It is known the be the Zodiac because
of the Zodiac cross it bared and the position which the Zodiac always placed this cross. Donna worked at a hotel and casino; on the night of her
murder she worked until approximately 2 a.m; it is known that her last patient was at 1:40.a.m. She was not seen leaving the building, in the morning
they found her uniform and shoes in a paper bag in her office, for some unknown reason it had been soiled with dirt. Later that day both her employer
and her landlord received phone calls from an unknown male who falsely claimed Lass had to leave town due to a family emergency. Donna's
disappearance was treated such as one, no one suspected her of been murdered so she made the missing persons list, her body is yet to be found.
The Zodiac Killer: Cracking The Codes of A Madman -- Main Suspect.
Arthur Leigh Allen: Was it really him ?
-- Arthur is believed to be The Zodiac by many, and i personally believe he is/was. The thing is that
most of the evidence pointing towards him is enough for you and i to say "Guilty", but not enough for a judge too. his shoe size is 10.5 which
matches the boot print found at the scene of one of the many crimes; the glove print is the same as one of his gloves. The Zodiac symbol, a white
circle with the cross through it was only on one product in the world at that time; a Zodiac watch, Arther owned one and even wore it to the interview
they conducted with him. he lived across the street in Vallejo from Darlene Ferrin, whom was one of the first victims, plus that is near where one of
the first killings happened, he had many bloody knifes in his car and he loved the book and had numerous copies of 'The Most Dangerous Game", look
at the cracked cipher and you see what he says about the most dangerous game. Allen was the only suspect in the case whom police had enough evidence
against to execute not just one, but three search warrants: on 14 September 1972; 14 February 1991; and 28 August 1992, two days after he died. The
letters did not match his writing, but he was known to be ambidextrous and they only had one of two samples.
The Zodiac Killer: Cracking The Codes of A Madman --You.
So what do you think about all of this, who do you believe did it ? Do you think that Arthur is the real deal or not ?
*Which was a well known make out point.
**Island is know known as 'Zodiac island'.
***cracked cipher picture here.
****340 symbol cipher picture here.
# The Zodiac cross symbol here.
## The Zodiac symbol on a watch is here.
## E-Fit Of Zodiac here.