Zodiac killer

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The only known police sketch of the Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer or simply Zodiac is a pseudonym of an unidentified serial killer in America. Between the latest 1960's to the early 1970's, he killed at least five people that have been confirmed, injured two, and claimed to have killed 37 total. Although experts can't link that many killings to the Zodiac killer with the murders around that time, he could be linked to 20–28 unconfirmed murders. Zodiac's murders took place in Northern California, specifically Benicia, Vallejo, Napa County, and San Francisco.

The killer started sending letters to the local Bay Area press taunting them to discover him in which he signed with a Zodiac symbol. Authorities have investigated multiple suspects over the years, and many people have confessed that they are the Zodiac Killer, but to this day, he has never been caught.


Zodiac's cipher letter sent to San Francisco Chronicle

Confirmed Victims[edit]

It's been confirmed the Zodiac Killer has killed at least five people and injured two others.

  • David Arthur Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16: shot and killed on December 20, 1968, on Lake Herman Road, within the city limits of Benicia.
  • Darlene Elizabeth Ferrin, 22: shot on July 4, 1969, in the parking lot of Blue Rock Springs Park in Vallejo. Michael Renault Mageau was also with her and was attacked, but survived.
  • Cecelia Ann Shepard, 22: stabbed on September 27, 1969, at Lake Berryessa in Napa County. Bryan Calvin Hartnell was also with Cecelia and was stabbed in the back eight times. He survived the attack.
  • Paul Lee Stine, 29: shot and killed on October 11, 1969, in the Presidio Heights neighborhood in San Francisco.
Zodiac Killer's symbol signature he used in letters

Suspects[edit]

Arthur Leigh Allen[edit]

Jack Tarrance[edit]