The Zodiac Killer has become one of the most infamous serial killers in American history since his string of murders over 50 years ago. According to a new report, his long-shrouded identity has finally been revealed.
Fox News reported that a team of over 40 people, including former law enforcement investigators, journalists and military intelligence officers, has identified the killer as Gary Francis Poste. Poste died in 2018.
The Zodiac Killer is believed to have committed at least five murders in northern California from 1968 to ’69. While many suspects have arisen in the decades since, the Zodiac Killer was never identified.
The investigative team, known as the Case Breakers, spent years digging through “forensic evidence and photos from Poste’s darkroom,” Fox News reported.
In one image, they found scars on Poste’s forehead matching the ones from a previous sketch of the Zodiac Killer.
🤯 – The Zodiac Killer has finally been identified as Gary Francis Poste according to a team of independent investigators.
Poste passed away in 2018 and was allegedly responsible for no less than five murders in 1968 and 1969. pic.twitter.com/tRp5jKaM4h
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The mystery has generated much public interest over the last five decades, due in part to the riddles and ciphers with which the killer taunted police.
One of those ciphers secretly contained Poste’s identity, the Case Breakers said. Former Army counterintelligence agent Jen Bucholtz said that in one of the notes sent by the Zodiac Killer, the letters of Poste’s full name were removed to reveal a hidden message.
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“So you’ve got to know Gary’s full name in order to decipher these anagrams,” she said. “I just don’t think there’s any other way anybody would have figured it out.”
The Case Breakers also believe Poste was responsible for the unsolved murder of Cheri Jo Bates on Oct. 31, 1966, in Riverside, California, well south of the sites of the Zodiac Killer’s other suspected murders.
Bates, 18, was found dead on the campus of Riverside City College, Fox reported. A year later, authorities received an anonymous letter that led them to believe