MysteryQuest examines the San Francisco's Zodiac Killer who murdered at least five people and then disappeared. It looks at a new suspect in the murder and offers audio evidence of the Director: P. Documentary, Crime. TV 44 min Crime, Drama, Mystery. Meanwhile, Reid wonders what he's done in his life as he reaches The Zodiac is the most notorious serial killer in California history and for forty years his identity has remained unknown. Now, crime writer Aphrodite Jones follows his bloody trail to try to find the killer's true identity.
Documentary, Mystery. Sign In. IMDb user rating average 1 1. The Zodiac also was apparently very careful about minimizing helpful clues in the form of saliva, fingerprints or blood. So, many investigators believe the chance of a useful hit turning up in the profiles is slim at best. Not Zodiac. We have crumbs, and not good ones. He believes the killer is not Allen, but a deceased San Francisco businessman.
Or he could be dead. His top suspect: a long-dead Martinez newspaperman. The two inspectors were assigned to the Zodiac case. Of all the Zodiac evidence, the three things seized upon most by detectives and amateur sleuths are the handwritten letters, the ciphers and the sketches generated by the two survivors.
But all are so open to interpretation that new tips are made to investigators and The Chronicle every month or so from people claiming to have solved the case. Among the many theories: The Zodiac was the Unabomber, a gang of demented cops, the crazy uncle upstairs, the edgy neighbor, and so on. Two weeks later on October 11, , a white male passenger entered the cab driven by Paul Stine at the intersection of Mason and Geary Streets one block west from Union Square in San Francisco requesting to be taken to Washington and Maple Streets in Presidio Heights.
For reasons unknown, Stine drove one block past Maple to Cherry Street; the passenger then shot Stine once in the head with a 9mm , took Stine's wallet and car keys, and tore away a section of Stine's bloodstained shirt tail. They observed a man wiping the cab down before walking away towards the Presidio , one block to the north.
Fouke estimated the white male pedestrian to be to years old, 5'10" tall and with a crew cut hair, somewhat similar but slightly older than the description of the teenagers who observed the killer in and out of Stine's cab as a toyear-old crewcut white male at about 5-footinch 1. The police radio dispatcher had however initially alerted officers to be on the lookout for a black suspect, so Fouke and Zelms drove past him without stopping; the mix-up in descriptions remains unexplained.
A search ensued, but no suspects were found. This was the last officially confirmed kill by the Zodiac Killer. The Stine murder was initially thought to be a routine cabbie-killing, a robbery that has escalated.
However quickly, on October 13, the San Francisco Chronicle received a new letter from Zodiac containing a piece of bloody shirt and taking credit for the killing.
The three teen witnesses worked with a police artist to prepare a composite sketch of Stine's killer; a few days later, this police artist returned, working with the witnesses to prepare a second composite sketch of the killer. Detectives Bill Armstrong and Dave Toschi were assigned to the case. On October 14, , the Chronicle received another letter from the Zodiac, this time containing a swatch of Paul Stine's shirt tail as proof he was the killer; it also included a threat about killing schoolchildren on a school bus.
Lee Bailey or Melvin Belli , appear on the local television show A. San Francisco , hosted by Jim Dunbar. Bailey was not available, but Belli did appear on the show. Dunbar appealed to the viewers to keep the lines open, and eventually, someone claiming to be the Zodiac called several times and said his name was "Sam". Belli agreed to meet with him in Daly City, but the suspect never showed up. On November 8, , the Zodiac mailed a card with another cryptogram consisting of characters.
The character cipher has never been decoded. On November 9, , the Zodiac mailed a seven-page letter stating that two policemen stopped and actually spoke with him three minutes after he shot Stine.
Excerpts from the letter were published in the Chronicle on November 12 including the Zodiac's claim;   that same day, Officer Don Fouke wrote a memo explaining what had happened the night of Stine's murder. On December 20, , exactly one year after the murders of David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen, the Zodiac mailed a letter to Belli that included another swatch of Stine's shirt; the Zodiac said he wanted Belli to help him.
She was seven months pregnant and had her month-old daughter beside her. She pulled off the road and stopped. The man in the car parked behind her, approached her car, stated that he observed that her right rear wheel was wobbling, and offered to tighten the lug nuts.
After finishing his work, the man drove off; yet when Johns pulled forward to re-enter the highway the wheel almost immediately came off the car. The man returned, offering to drive her to the nearest gas station for help.
She and her daughter climbed into his car. During the ride the car passed several service stations but the man did not stop. For about 90 minutes he drove back and forth around the backroads near Tracy. When Johns asked why he was not stopping, he would change the subject.
When the driver finally stopped at an intersection, Johns jumped out with her daughter and hid in a field. The driver searched for her using his flashlight telling her that he would not hurt her, before eventually giving up. Unable to find her, he got back into the car and drove off.
Johns hitched a ride to the police station in Patterson. When Johns gave her statement to the sergeant on duty, she noticed the police composite sketch of Paul Stine's killer and recognized him as the man who had abducted her and her child. When her car was found, it had been gutted and torched. Most accounts say he threatened to kill her and her daughter while driving them around,  but at least one police report disputes that. Zodiac continued to communicate with authorities for the remainder of via letters and greeting cards to the press.
Brian McDonnell two days after the bombing at Park Station in Golden Gate Park  but added "there is more glory to killing a cop than a cid [ sic ] because a cop can shoot back. Zodiac sent a greeting card postmarked April 28, , to the Chronicle. On the back of the card, the Zodiac threatened to use the bus bomb soon unless the newspaper published the full details he wrote. He also wanted to start seeing people wearing "some nice Zodiac butons [ sic ]. In a letter postmarked June 26, , the Zodiac stated he was upset that he did not see people wearing Zodiac buttons.
He wrote, "I shot a man sitting in a parked car with a. Richard Radetich, a week earlier, on June Radetich died 15 hours later. SFPD denies the Zodiac was involved in this murder; it remains unsolved. On the image of Mount Diablo , the Zodiac had drawn a crossed-circle similar to the ones he had included in previous correspondence. At the top of the crossed circle, he placed a zero, and then a three, six, and a nine.
The accompanying instructions stated that the zero was "to be set to Mag. The cipher was never decoded, and the alleged bomb was never located. In a letter to the Chronicle postmarked July 24, , the Zodiac took credit for Kathleen Johns's abduction, four months after the incident.
The Mt. On October 7, , the Chronicle received a three-by-five inch card signed by the Zodiac with the and a small cross reportedly drawn with blood.
The card's message was formed by pasting words and letters from an edition of the Chronicle , and thirteen holes were punched across the card. Inspectors Armstrong and Toschi agreed it was "highly probable" the card came from the Zodiac. On October 27, , Chronicle reporter Paul Avery who had been covering the Zodiac case received a Halloween card signed with a letter 'Z' and the Zodiac's cross circle symbol.
Handwritten on the card was the note "Peek-a-boo, you are doomed. Bates was found dead the next morning, a short distance from the library, between two abandoned houses slated to be demolished for campus renovations. The wires in her Volkswagen 's distributor cap had been pulled out. She was brutally beaten and stabbed to death. A man's Timex watch with a torn wristband was found nearby. A month later, on November 29, , nearly identical typewritten letters were mailed to the Riverside police and the Riverside Press-Enterprise , titled "The Confession".
The author claimed responsibility for the Bates murder, providing details of the crime that were not released to the public. The author warned that Bates "is not the first and she will not be the last. It was signed with what were assumed to be the initials rh. During the investigation, Sherwood Morrill, California's top "Questioned Documents" examiner, expressed his opinion that the poem was written by the Zodiac. On April 30, , exactly six months after the Bates murder, Bates' father Joseph, the Press-Enterprise , and the Riverside police all received nearly identical letters: in a handwritten scrawl the Press-Enterprise and police copies read "Bates had to die there will be more", with a small scribble at the bottom that resembled the letter Z.
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