Serial Killer – The Zodiac Killer (Revisited)

The Zodiac Killer

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Zodiac Killer Police Sketch

The Zodiac Killer struck fear into the hearts of residents in northern California in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Who the Zodiac Killer is/was, still remains a mystery to this day. What is known is that this man, whomever he may be, left a wake of death and mystery behind him. The mystery surrounding this serial killer is second only to the murders of the infamous Jack the Ripper.

The murders that are attributed to the Zodiac Killer began in December of 1968, in northern California. This disturbed person was known for attacking couples in secluded areas. He took claim for as many as 37 murders in a series of letters that were sent to the local media. However, it is only confirmed that he attacked seven different people. Of these seven people, five died.

Noted Zodiac Victims

  • Jensen and Faraday – December 20, 1968. Betty Jensen and David Faraday were parked in a secluded spot on Lake Herman Rd on the eastern side of Vallejo. Shortly after 11:15 pm the young couple were discovered after having been attacked. Jensen was dead when the police arrived. Faraday had been shot in the head at close range, he was however alive upon the police’s arrival. He passed away en-route to the hospital.
  • Ferrin and Mageau – July 4, 1969. Darlene Ferrin and Michael Mageau were parked at the blue Rock Springs country club around midnight. An unmarked vehicle pulled up to the young couple’s car, blocking their escape. A man who Michael thought was a police officer got out of the car and shone a blinding flashlight in the faces of the victims. Upon approach to the couple’s car, the man immediately opened fire. Both of the victims were hit in this initial contact. The killer then turned to leave only to be drawn back by the shouts of Michael. He returned to the car and shot five more times, killing Ferrin immediately. Mageau survived the encounter and was able to give a description to the police.

The depravity of this man was proven further when he contacted the police to report the murders that he had committed. Like something out of a horror movie, he also sent a letter to the press that showed his psychotic reasoning behind his murders.

“Dear Editor,

This is the Zodiac Killer.

I LIKE KILLING PEOPLE BECAUSE IT IS SO MUCH FUN IT IS MORE FUN THAN KILLING WILD GAME IN THE FORREST BECAUSE MAN IS THE MOST DANGEROUE ANAMAL OF ALL TO KILL SOMETHING GIVES ME THE MOST THRILLING EXPERENCE IT IS EVEN BETTER THAN GETTING YOUR ROCKS OFF WITH A GIRL THE BEST PART OF IT IS THAT WHEN I DIE I WILL BE REBORN IN PARADICE AND THEY I HAVE KILLED WILL BECOME MY SLAVES I WILL NOT GIVE YOU MY NAME BECAUSE YOU WILL TRY TO SLOW DOWN OR STOP MY COLLECTING OF SLAVES FOR MY AFTERLIFE EBEORIETEMETHHPITI.”

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