Who/What is Rodiac?• Zodiac literally:• A band around the sky about 18° wide, centered on the ecliptic, in which the Sun, Moon, and planets move. The band is divided into 12 signs of the zodiac, each 30° long, that were named by the ancient Greeks after the constellations that used to occupy these positions
Beginning--- Lake Herman Road attack• High school students Betty Lou Jensen & David Faraday on December 20, 1968, on Lake Herman Road, just inside Benicia city limits.• At 11:00 pmDied!
BLUE ROCK SPRINGS PARK - Vallejo, California• Flashlight into Mageaus and Ferrins eyes before shooting at them, firing five times. Both victims were hit, several bullets passing through Mageau and into Ferrin.• The killer walked away from the car but upon hearing Mageaus moaning, returned and shot each victim twice more before driving off.• At around 12:00 pm Died on the spot!
Riddle, Code, or just nonsense?• On August 1, 1969, three letters prepared by the killer were received at the Vallejo Times-Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, and theSan Francisco Examiner.• One-third of a 408-symbol cryptogram which the killer claimed contained his identity.• The killer demanded they be printed on each papers front page or he would "cruse around all weekend killing lone people in the night then move on to kill again, until I end up with a dozen people over the weekend."
Lake Berryessa attack• Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard were picnicking at Lake Berryessa on a small island connected by a sand spit to Twin Oak Ridge.• A man approached them wearing a black executioners-type hood with clip-on sunglasses over the eye-holes and a bib- like device on his chest that had a white 3"x3" cross-circle symbol on it.
Lake Berryessa attack• Cecelia Shepard was conscious when Collins arrived, providing him with a detailed description of the attacker.• Shepard lapsed into a coma during transport to the hospital and died two days later• Hartnell survived to recount his tale to the press.• Napa County Sheriff Detective Ken Narlow, who was assigned to the case from the outset, worked on solving the crime until his retirement from the department in 1987.• One die, another survive
Paul Stine• Twenty-nine year old Paul Stine was a husband, student and cabdriver until he picked up the Zodiac on the night of October 11, 1969.• The San Francisco Chronicle received a letter that began with a familiar introduction. "This is the Zodiac speaking. I am the murderer of the taxi driver over by Washington & Maple St. last night. To prove this here is a blood stained piece of his shirt."
More Letters• On October 14, 1969, the Chronicle received another letter from the Zodiac, this time containing a swatch of Paul Stines shirt tail as proof he was the killer;• It also included a threat about killing schoolchildren on a school bus. To do this, Zodiac wrote, "just shoot out the front tire & then pick off the kiddies as they come bouncing out."
More Letters• On November 8, 1969, the Zodiac mailed a card with another cryptogram consisting of 340 characters.• The 340-character cipher has never been decoded. Numerous possible "solutions" have been suggested, but none can be claimed as definitive.
More Letters• On November 9, 1969, the Zodiac mailed a 7- Pages letter in which he claimed 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
Modesto attack 1. Was gutted and torched!!!!! 2. Died On the night of March 22, 1970
A sketch of the Zodiac Killer based on witness testimonies
Prime Suspect---Arthur Leigh Allen• Arthur Leigh Allen was the only suspect in the Zodiac murders to be served search warrants by police.He was never charged with any Zodiac-related crime and his fingerprints did not match those left by the killer of taxi cab driver Paul Stine.• In 1991, 22 years after the shootings, survivor Michael Mageau identified Allen as the man who shot him, from a photo lineup of 1968 drivers licenses.• Mageau stated he had never been shown a photo line up prior to that appointment in 1991.Allen, who suffered from diabetes, died on August 26, 1992 from kidney failure.
Confirmed victims• David Arthur Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16 on December 20, 1968• Michael Mageau Renault, 19, and Darlene Elizabeth Ferrin, 22 on July 4, 1969• Bryan Calvin Hartnell, 20, and Cecelia Ann Shepard, 22 on September 27,• Paul Lee Stine, 29: shot and killed on October 11, 1969
Suspected victims• Robert Domingos, 18, and Linda Edwards, 17: shot and killed on June 4, 1963• Cheri Jo Bates, 18 on October 30, 1966,• Donna Lass, 25 on September 6, 1970,