I have seen probably every episode of all those crime reenactment shows on A&E. I am endlessly fascinated with the whats/whys/hows of crimes. I am not interested in doing them myself, but I am interested in what makes people think it’s OK to do it. (Watch “God Bless America” on NetFlix to get an idea of what I am meaning if you don’t understand. Watch it anyway, it is amazing.) The Zodiac Killer interests me because of the desire for notoriety, the need to prove intellectual superiority over the law enforcement attempting to catch him.
Below is just one of many letters sent to the San Fransisco Police Department by the self-titled Zodiac Killer, a person whose identity is still unknown. This particular taunt was received June 26, 1970. 5 deaths have been officially attributed to the Zodiac Killer whilst the killer claimed to have actually murdered 37 people. The case is still open.
This is the Zodiac speaking.
I have become very upset with the people of San Fran Bay Area. They have not complied with my wishes for them to wear some nice (symbol) buttons. I promised to punish them if they did not comply, by anilating a full School Buss. But now school is out for the summer, so I punished them in another way. I shot a man sitting in a parked car with a .38.
The Map coupled with this code will tell you where the bomb is set. You have untill next Fall to dig it up.
The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in Northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The killer’s identity is still unknown. The Zodiac murdered victims in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa and San Francisco between December 1968 and October 1969. Four men and three women between the ages of 16 and 29 were targeted. The killer originated the name “Zodiac” in a series of taunting letters sent to the local Bay Area press. These letters included four cryptograms (or ciphers). Of the four cryptograms sent, only one has been definitively solved.
Numerous suspects have been named by law enforcement and amateur investigators, but no conclusive evidence has surfaced. In April 2004, the San Francisco Police Department marked the case “inactive”, yet re-opened the case at some point prior to March 2007. The case also remains open in the city of Vallejo, as well as in Napa County and Solano County. The California Department of Justice has maintained an open case file on the Zodiac murders since 1969.
- World’s Biggest Unsolved Mysteries #7 (zokimag.wordpress.com)