The Case• Killed from December 1968 through October 1969• A man who went by the name of the Zodiac Killer was terrifying the city of San Francisco• The Zodiac claimed 37 victims, although police agencies only consider seven to be definite Zodiac victims.
Facts• The notorious and very bizarre serial killer who called himself The Zodiac remains one of the worlds great unsolved cases.• In Oct., 1966, a girl was viciously murdered in Riverside, California when she permitted a man to help start her car up• that he had intentionally disabled when she was in her school library. This homicide began a ghoulish series of murders that panicked the people of the San Francisco area.• For years the Zodiac taunted the police with weird ciphers, phone calls, insulting and cryptic messages• Even though police investigated over 2,500 potential suspects, the case was never solved.• There were a few suspects that stood out, but the forensic technology of the times was not advanced enough to nail any one of them conclusively.
Letters• The zodiac sent the police and newspapers letters about his killings and of what how he did them.• The Zodiac sent at least 18 letters, usually to newspapers but occasionally to private citizens.• The first letter was sent July 31, 1969 and the last on July 8, 1974.• In 1966, 1967 and 1978, communications were received that might have been from the Zodiac.• However its not known for sure if he was the author.
Cryptographs• The zodiac killer also used cryptographs to send coded messages to the police.• The cryptographs were full of symbols and shapes that made up a message
Possible Suspects• Many different suspects were interviewed about the case and if they were involved• Suspects:•• Arthur Leigh Allen• Bruce Davis• Lawrence Kane• Michael OHare• Richard Marshall• Ted Kaczynski
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Betty Lou Jensen• 2nd Zodiac Victim• Age 16, was shot five times in the back and killed instantly. The weapon was a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol.• The ammunition was Winchester Western Super X copper-coated long rifle.
Details on the two murders• According to the police report, the victims were apparently approached while occupying Faradays station wagon. Shots were fired into the vehicle in an apparent effort to force them out. Jensen exited the front passenger door first, followed by Faraday. Faraday was shot as he emerged from the car, Jensen was then shot as she fled on foot. It was the first date Jensen had ever been allowed on and the crime shocked the community. The shooting could not be explained by Faradays family. Jensens family was equally dumbfounded.
Darlene Ferrin• 3rd Zodiac Victim• Zodiac victim• age 22• was shot five times• The weapon was a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. There was no indication of robbery or sexual molestation. There were no witnesses.
Details• Ferrin was married and worked as a waitress at Terrys Restaurant. Mageau was single and worked as a laborer. Ferrins husband, Dean, was initially a suspect in the murder, however was ruled out once it was established he was working as a cook at Caesars Restaurant at the time of the murder. Ferrins first husband, James Phillips Crabtree, was also briefly a suspect. According to surviving victim Mageau, he and Ferrin had parked at the isolated location to talk. A car, possibly a light-brown Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Corvair, pulled into the lot just a few feet away.
Paul Stine• Cab driver Paul Stine, age 29, was shot once in the head at point-blank range.• The weapon was a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, not the same 9mm used in the Ferrin murder.• There were three witnesses from a house on the southeast corner of the intersection.
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• The End The Zodiac killer is still at large today even though there has been no incidents currently• I think that the zodiac is either dead or old and not capable of doing anything else• I think that the best suspect would have to be Arthur Leigh Allen because of these things that he claims he would do if he was a killer:• He would like to kill couples at random.• He would taunt the police with letters detailing his crimes.• He would sign the letters with the cross-circle symbol from his watch.• He would call himself "Zodiac."• He would wear make-up to change his appearance.• He would attach a flashlight to the barrel of his gun in order to shoot at night.• He would fool women into stopping their cars in rural areas by claiming they had problems with their tires, then loosen their lug nuts and eventually take them captive.
How Were the Crime Scenes Processed in These Cases
Crime Scene From One Case• Use a poster board to show where evidence is placed.• Use Triangulation and Baseline measurements to show how math is used to recreate crimes• Use polar coordinates to show where evidence is placed.