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October 9, 2021

FBI weighs in on new Zodiac Killer information

After an independent group of cold-case investigators announced they’d discovered the Zodiac Killer’s identity, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed that the case “remains open and unsolved.”

“The FBI’s investigation into the Zodiac Killer remains open and unsolved,” FBI officials said in a statement. “Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, and out of respect for the victims and their families, we will not be providing further comment at this time.”

Case Breakers, a team consisting of over 40 former law enforcement officials, identified the Zodiac Killer as Gary Francis Poste, an Air Force veteran who died in 2018.

The group also said they have evidence that linked Poste to a sixth murder in 1966 — roughly two years before the Zodiac Killer’s first victim on record. Case Breakers believe that Poste killed Cheri Jo Bates, 18, on the Riverside City College campus. However, Riverside police said they’ve already debunked that theory.

“Is there a chance that [Poste] killed Cheri Jo Bates? No,” officer Ryan Railsback said. “If you read what they put out, it’s all circumstantial evidence. It’s not a whole lot.”


Zodiac Killer case remains ‘open and unsolved,’ FBI says

October 7, 2021

Cold case specialists claim to have ID’d the Zodiac Killer

A team of cold-case investigative specialists claims to have identified the Zodiac Killer, one of the country’s most notorious serial murderers.

Authorities linked the Zodiac Killer, who they never caught, to at least five murders in the San Francisco area between 1968 and 1969. He taunted authorities by sending esoteric puzzles and letters to newspapers and law enforcement.

The group Case Breakers claims that the Zodiac is Gary Francis Poste, who died in 2018. The team’s research led them to new forensic evidence, including photos from Poste’s darkroom. One image allegedly shows scars on Poste’s forehead that match a sketch of the Zodiac.

Additionally, former Army counterintelligence agent Jen Bucholtz said using Poste’s name in one of the Zodiac’s inscrutable ciphers revealed a new message.

“So you’ve got to know Gary’s full name in order to decipher these anagrams,” Bucholtz said. “I just don’t think there’s any other way anybody would have figured it out.”


Cold case team says Zodiac Killer ID’d, linking him to another murder

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