The Zodiac Killer

Charlotte Winters, Staff Writer

The Zodiac Killer a murder who worked in northern California in the late 1960s and 5 confirmed dead but a possibility of 20-28 murders. Law enforcement labeled this case as a cold case but some private investigators believed they had solved the identity of the decade-old murder. The group of forty cold case investigators had new evidence that made a breakthrough. With this evidence, they were able to identify the man, Gary Francis Poste, who passed away a few years ago in 2018 at the age of 80. Poste was a house painter from Groveland. He killed between Dec. 1968 and Oct. 1969, after the murders he was known for the coded letters and taunts he wrote to the police.

Though this new evidence has come to life the San Francisco police department states that it is still an open investigation. The FBI also believes that they have not found the real zodiac killer and stated the case was still open and unsolved. “The Zodiac Killer case remains open. We have no new information to share at the moment,” the FBI said in a statement to CNN. In the years leading up to the uncovering of the killer, they are believed to have found forensic evidence left in Poste’s darkroom along with photos. The cold case investigators also found that you need Poste’s last name to decipher the coded letters.

“So you’ve got to know Gary’s full name in order to decipher these anagrams, I just don’t think there’s any other way anybody would have figured it out.” Jen Bucholz, a former US Army investigator who works on cold cases, told Fox News. Though we do not know if the cold case investigators found the identity of the real zodiac killer, or why the police shut down the evidence so quickly, the cold case investigators will likely keep investigating. And the zodiac killer continues to taunt the people of the bay area and investigators.