October 18, 2021

Zodiac Killer: Authorities rebuff cold case team’s new lead

The Zodiac killer murdered at least five people in the late 1960s, he has never been identified.

Zodiac Killer: Authorities rebuff cold case team’s new lead

Zodiac Killer: Authorities rebuff cold case team’s new lead photo credit: BBC

Californian officials have said that the man identified by private investigators as the so-called Zodiac Killer is not currently a suspect in the case.

The Zodiac killer murdered at least five people in the late 1960s, he has never been identified. He also gained notoriety by sending letters to newspapers and the police in which he claimed to have murdered as many as 37 people.

On Wednesday, the Case Breakers – a group of cold case specialists – named a man who died in 2018 as the killer, however the FBI and local police force have pushed back against the allegations as they reportedly receive hundreds of tips each year concerning suspects in the decades old mystery.

The Case Breakers however are a team of over 40 volunteers from law enforcement, military, legal and academic backgrounds and they say that they have new physical and forensic evidence that connect a man named Gary Francis Poste to the Zodiac Killer murders.

The group – whose website boasts fresh leads on several high-profile cases – says that Poste is also “a very strong suspect” in the death of a teenage girl hundreds of miles away, a case never linked to the Zodiac Killer.

Among the new claims are the similarities between Poste and the police sketch of the Zodiac Killer  and the Case Breakers also claimed that deciphered letters from the Killer contain anagrams of Poste’s name.

In its Wednesday press release, the unofficial task force stated that it had “signed up eyewitnesses, filed court affidavits and secured decades of pictures from Poste’s former darkroom” over the course of a 10-year state-wide examination, to back up the allegations. However law enforcement agencies have dismissed their claims and their “circumstantial evidence”.

One of the code-breakers who helped decipher one of the Zodiac Killer’s messages sent to newspapers said that it was “unlikely” that the killer included his name as an anagram in the letters.

Sources: BBC, Yahoo

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