The Zodiac Killer was an American serial killer who operated in Northern California from at least the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The killer originated the name in a series of taunting letters and cards sent to the San Francisco Bay Area press. The Zodiac murdered five known victims in Benicia, Vallejo, Napa County, and San Francisco. He targeted young couples, with two of the men surviving attempted murder.
About Zodiac Killer in brief
The Zodiac Killer was an American serial killer who operated in Northern California from at least the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The killer originated the name in a series of taunting letters and cards sent to the San Francisco Bay Area press. The Zodiac murdered five known victims in Benicia, Vallejo, Napa County, and San Francisco, respectively, between December 1968 and October 1969. He targeted young couples, with two of the men surviving attempted murder. He also murdered a male cab driver. Although the Zodiac claimed to have committed 37 murders in letters to the newspapers, investigators agree on only seven confirmed victims, two of whom survived. They are: Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday. Darlene Ferrin and Michael Mageau. The California Department of Justice has maintained an open case file on Zodiac murders since 1969. The case also remains open in the city of Valle joe, as well as in Napa county and Solano County. On August 1, 1969, three letters prepared by the killer were received by the San. Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Times, and The San Examiner. The letters included four cryptograms. The meaning, if any, of the final eighteen letters has not been determined. They were written by a psychiatrist who described the killer as a white male with short, brown, curly hair, short, light, light-colored eyes, and a brooding, brooding demeanor.
The final letters were written in the 408-symbol cipher, including faithful transliterations of spelling and grammar. The first murders widely attributed to the Z.odiac Killer were the shootings of high school students Betty Lou. Jensen andDavid Faraday on December 20, 1968, on Lake Herman Road, just inside Benicia city limits. The caller also took credit for the murders of Jensen and Faraday six and a half months earlier. On July 5, 1969,. a man phoned the ValleJo Police Department to report and claim responsibility for the attack. The call was traced to a gas station at Springs Road and Tuolumne, located about three-tenths of a mile from Ferrin’s home and only a few blocks from the Valljo Police Department. The. killer apparently exited the second car and walked toward the couple, possibly ordering the couple out of the Rambler. The couple were shot five times, and several bullets had passed through Mageau and into Ferrin. Mageau survived the attack despite being shot in the face, neck, and chest. The man was described as a 26-to-30-year-old, 195-pound, white male, 5-foot-8-inch-tall, possibly even more, white, short-haired, brown hair, and short-light brown eyes. He was described by Mageau as 26 to 30 years old, with short curly hair and short, short brown, light brown hair. He said the killer was a ‘loner’ and a ‘brooding, isolated’ man.