Zodiac killer, unidentified American serial killer who is believed to have murdered six people, primarily in northern California, between 1966 and 1969
The Zodiac killer’s apparent first victim, an 18-year-old college student, was stabbed to death in Riverside, Calif., in 1966. Although this murder is commonly attributed to the Zodiac killer, some experts claim it was not committed by him. Soon after the murder, a local newspaper received a letter that provided details of the crime and declared that the victim was neither the first nor the last. In 1968 a teenage couple was shot to death near their car in a remote area north of San Francisco; one year later another couple was attacked in similar circumstances, though the male victim survived. After the 1969 attack, the killer phoned police to alert them to the crime and to take responsibility for the 1968 murders. Later that year the Zodiac killer attacked another young couple, though once again the male survived. The last victim, a taxi driver, was shot in October 1969.
The murders were the subject of intense investigation and media coverage, particularly because of the killer’s taunting letters and phone calls, in which he explained the mystical and intellectual bases of his decision to kill. His letters demonstrated great interest in astrological symbolism and may have reflected the influence of occult religious thought popular in California at the time. It was believed that maybe he was at some point was maybe in the military because of his coding he used. Some of the codded papers were put in the newspaper at the zodiacs request or else he’d kill more people. The cryptogram was many different types of ciphers that most of it seemed like gibberish especially with no key for it. Some of the ciphers were cracked some we weren’t so lucky with.
Much remains mysterious about the Zodiac case, not least the issue of when the crimes stopped. Crime writer Robert Graysmith has argued that the Zodiac killer remained active through the 1980s and murdered dozens more people, though this view is controversial. During the 1990s several investigators claimed to have identified the Zodiac killer; the suspect most often cited was Arthur Leigh Allen (1933–92), a Vallejo, Calif., schoolteacher who had been institutionalized in 1975 for child molestation, though his identification with the Zodiac killer has never been substantiated.
Till this day the Zodiac killer has not been identified, bottom line is he could still be out there or maybe he died or became incarcerated. We may never know the truth about his Identity.
Here are some more of his taunting letters to police/new papers in the area.