It turns out the case of the Zodiac killer is not solved but took a twist after a team of investigators they had solved the cold case. They identified the killer as Gary F. Poste who died in 2018.
The killer was responsible for the series of murders in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s and remains one of America’s biggest cold cases.
According to sources close to the team, apparent breakthrough was not so clear.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Taunting Letters including cryptograms or ciphers. Two of them are unsolved today.
- Claimed 37 murders total
- Case went unsolved
Despite the several calls made to law enforcement officers that the Case Breakers had solved the case, police now have said the investigation into the killings is still open. According to the San Francisco police, they “regularly receives tips about the case, including from people who believe they know the identity of the killer.”
As new theories continue to surface, the case has managed to consistently stay in the headlines for years. The newspaper outlet, “The Guardian,” reports that “despite the attention these past couple of weeks, police and some investigators remain skeptical of the alleged discovery.”
But The Case Breakers say they had new physical and forensic evidence as well as eyewitnesses who supported their theory; “I absolutely feel we solved this case,” Tom Colbert, a member of the Case Breakers, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The FBI and San Francisco police department declined to directly comment but said:
“The FBI’s investigation into the Zodiac Killer remains open and unsolved. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, and out of respect for the victims and their families, we will not be providing further comment at this time,” the FBI’s San Francisco office said in a statement.
In the late 60’s and early 70’s the Zodiac Killer caught the public’s attention after he began sending messages and ciphers to local newspapers, threatening to commit further violence if they weren’t printed.
In 2020, a team of experts solved a cipher the Zodiac sent to the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969.
The message was originally set with lined up symbols saying “I hope you are having lots of fun in trying to catch me.” The message continues; “I am not afraid of the gas chamber because it will send me to paradise all the sooner because I now have enough slaves to work for me.”
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