$@&!@* ^!!!&#: Zodiac Killer Identity Decoded


Kirstyn Larson

A recreation of one of the Zodiac Killer’s cipher that was mailed to the “Chronicle” with a map of the San Francisco Bay. The coded message claimed to identify where the bomb was.

A cold case team under the name of The Case Breakers claims that they have identified the infamous Zodiac Killer, who was responsible for a number of murders that took place in the San Francisco area in the 196’s and was never caught.

The media became obsessed with the mystery surrounding the Zodiac Killer after he began to send cryptic messages to police and news stations, taunting them about not being able to solve the case. These messages were often created using newspaper or magazine cutouts to not leave traces of his identity.

Being one of the most notorious unsolved cases in history, there have been many theories regarding the Zodiac Killer and many people who have come forward claiming that they know the identity of the mysterious figure.

However, this group of prosecutors, detectives and journalists claimed that they had finally solved the case using numerous methods of modern forensic evidence and eyewitnesses. Through this, The Case Breakers identified the killer as Gary F. Poste, who died in 2018. Poste had a scar that exactly matched the one in the police sketches of him, and the team also believed that his name could be found in the messages that he sent out.

However, authorities are not completely convinced. Although the Case Breakers used new technology, there is no compelling DNA evidence to connect Poste to the five murders that the Zodiac Killer was responsible for between 1968 and 1969.

Without hard evidence, it is unclear whether or not the Zodiac Killer was officially found. However, as technology advances every day, this might be one step closer to finally unmasking the infamous killer after decades of the case being cold.