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Will DNA Solve 1969 Zodiac Murders?

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« on: May 03, 2009, 02:15:52 am »

A New Type of Crime, and a Narrow Escape

Then, in October, the killer flagged down a taxi in downtown San Francisco, rode to the exclusive Presidio Heights neighborhood, and executed the driver with a bullet to the head. The attack, on a single victim on a city street, was markedly different from his previous crimes.

And for the first time, the killer took trophies: the cab driver's wallet and ID — and the tail of his bloodstained shirt. He seemed to be proving he could kill whomever he wanted, wherever he wanted.

Later, as he calmly walked away, the killer ran into a police car. Police had found the taxi driver's body, and the officer inside the car, Don Fouke, had just heard a bulletin describing the suspect as black.

"When the headlights hit him I took a look at him. It was a white male, and continued on," Fouke told Primetime. "He came down … the north side of the street and turned and went up a flight of stairs into a courtyard."

Moments later, the dispatcher corrected the description to say it was a white male, but by then it was too late.

Three days later, on Oct. 13, 1969, the killer mailed a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle that contained a swatch from the taxi driver's shirttail. "This is the Zodiac speaking. I am the murderer of the taxi driver … To prove this here is a bloodstained piece of his shirt," he wrote, later sending two more swatches to other papers.

The killer also made a chilling new threat: "School children make nice targets. I think I shall wipe out a school bus some morning. Just shoot out the front tire and then pick off the kiddies as they come bouncing out."

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