Catching the Zodiac Killer

Case Breakers Believe they have Caught the Zodiac Killer, but Evidence Remains Inconclusive

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In Northern California, between 1968 and 1969, an unidentified serial killer by the name of “The Zodiac Killer” who was believed to murder at least 5 individuals. The Zodiac consistently mailed letters to regional newspapers, including cryptograms or ciphers, determined to see if anyone would be able to figure out their true identity. Now, on October 7, 2021, an independent group has claimed that they have solved this decades-old mystery.

A team of 40 former law investigators named “The Case Breakers” have come forward with claims that they have identified the Zodiac Killer, providing forensic and physical evidence as well as eyewitness accounts. The name of who they found to be responsible is Gary Francis Pose, a California man who passed away in 2018. He was also an Air Force Veteran and a house painter.

The evidence that they provided included pictures of a darkroom that was said to belong to Pose, a picture of his forehead scar that was said to be the same one as seen in the police sketch of the Zodiac, and they are insisting that his heel print matches the same style and size as those found in several of the killer’s crime scenes.

Along with this, The Case Breakers have stated that they have evidence that connects Pose to the 1996 murder of 18-year-old Cheri Bates in Riverside County, California. This evidence includes a wristwatch with paint on it that was purchased at a military base. They have been urging for the watch to be tested, but the Riverside Police Department has denied their request, believing that the Zodiac was not the one to commit this crime.

Both the FBI and the San Francisco Police Department have dismissed the Case Breakers claims as “inconclusive” and “circumstantial evidence.” They have also announced that the Zodiac case remains open and unsolved, as it has been for several years.

Individuals have been coming forward since the murders first took place, convinced that they have solved the mystery of the Zodiac. Though it has been decades since the killings, there is still no substantial evidence and no clue as to who this killer could be, and our only hope is that someday they will be revealed and justice will be served.