|Corroborating Evidence II||William T. Rasmussen||Amazon|
|Most Evil: Avenger, Zodiac, and the Further Serial Murders of Dr. George Hill Hodel||Steve Hodel and Ralph Pezzullo||Amazon, Kindle eBook|
|Sleep My Little Dead: The True Story of the Zodiac Killer||Kieran Crowley||Amazon, Kindle eBook|
|This Is the Zodiac Speaking: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer||Michael D. Kelleher and David Van Nuys||Amazon|
|Zodiac||Robert Graysmith||Amazon, Audible.com, Kim Cantrell Review|
|Zodiac Killer Cover Up, The: The Silenced Badger||Lyndon E. Lafferty||Amazon|
|Zodiac Killer: Terror and Mystery||Brenda Haugen||Amazon|
|ABC News Primetime: Zodiac Killer||Amazon (DVD)|
|Cold Case Files: The Zodiac Killer|
|True Crime with Aphrodite Jones: Zodiac Killer (Episode 1x05)|
|Zodiac||Amazon (DVD), Amazon (Blue-ray)|
The Zodiac Killer’s known murder series began in 1968 and ended in 1969, though some believe it started in 1966 ended in 1972. There was no preference for the sex or body type of victims. The first confirmed victims of the Zodiac Killer were 2 couples who were shot to death while parked at different areas, which were considered to be lovers’ lanes. In one instance, a male, Michael Magneau, survived the attack after being shot more than 4 times. Magneau described the Zodiac Killer as heavyset male, was around 5″8 in height and claimed that the shooter was driving brown car. It is thought that the murderer would use a bright light so that it would be difficult for victims to see his face. Most of the Zodiac Killer’s victims were shot to death, but in one instance a couple, who were picnicking, were stabbed. The female, Cecelia Shepard, died but the male, Bryan Hartnell, managed to survive. Although most of the victims were couples, the Zodiac was also known to have murdered a taxi cab driver.
On August 1, 1969, after 2 attacks had taken place, the Zodiac Killer began to write letters to the Vallejo Times Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Francisco Examiner. These letters claimed that the person who was writing them took responsibility for the attacks and murders. In each of the letters was one-third of a cryptogram, in which the killer demanded be printed on the front page of each paper. On August 7, 1969 the killer wrote a second letter and referred to himself as the “Zodiac”. He gave many details about the murders which were unknown by the public.
In total, there are 5 known victims and 4 suspected victims of the Zodiac Killer, though he claimed to have murdered 37 people. Although detectives have a small list of potential suspects there have been no formal charges pressed against anyone. The case was marked inactive in 2004, but reopened in 2007. Much of the evidence, which has been brought forward against suspects since 2007, has been deemed inconclusive.
Blog PostsLaw Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Pop Culture, Psychology, Serial Killers by Brian Combs | 2 Comments
Charles Albright removed the eyeballs of his victims. The Zodiac Killer signed his letters with a distinctive mark that included a cross and a circle. Richard Ramirez drew Satanic pentagrams on the walls of his victims’ homes, and sometimes on their bodies. The Boston Strangler tied his ligatures into birthday…Continue reading...
Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Unsubs by Brian Combs | 7 Comments
I’d like to apologize for not having a full-blown episode this week. I spent ten days touring the United Kingdom, and brought home some sort of Welsh head cold with me. Fortunately, it didn’t hit me until the last night we were there, but I have to say, that a…Continue reading...
Unsubs by Brian Combs | 2 Comments
The serial killer dubbed Zodiac sent several encoded messages to San Francisco area newspapers. Most have been cracked over the years, but his most infamous message, sent November 8, 1969, has never been decoded. Corey Starliper, an amateur codebreaker from Massachusetts, believes he has cracked the code. His solution reads:…Continue reading...
Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Serial Killers, Unsubs, Victimology by Brian Combs | No Comments
The Violent Criminal Apprehension Program is a unit of the United States FBI responsible for the analysis of serial violent and sexual crimes. It is located within the Critical Incident Response Group’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. At its core, ViCAP is a database where records of…Continue reading...
Law Enforcement, Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by Brian Combs | No Comments
Ronald M. Holmes and James Deburger developed a system for categorizing serial murderers in 1998. Stephan T. Holmes joined them in developing later versions. The system is now referred to as the Holmes Typology. It was based upon the analysis of case material and interviews from 110 serial murders. Their…Continue reading...
Serial Killers, Unsubs, Victimology by Heather Whitney | No Comments
The Zodiac Killer is known to have murdered five victims, is suspected of murdering another four victims and has claimed to have murdered thirty-seven people. Although there are some suspects, no one has been charged for these murders. We currently have information on all of the Zodiac’s known and suspected…Continue reading...