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« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2008, 02:45:34 am »

Modesto

On the night of March 22, 1970, Kathleen Johns was driving from San Bernardino to Petaluma to visit her mother. She was seven months pregnant and had her 10-month-old daughter beside her. While heading west on Highway 132 near Modesto, a car behind her began honking and flashing its lights. She pulled off the road and stopped. The man in the car parked behind her, stated her right rear tire was wobbling, and offered to tighten the lugs. After finishing his work, the man drove off, and when Johns pulled forward the wheel came off the car. The man stopped, backed up, and offered to drive her to the nearest gas station for help. She and her daughter climbed into his car. They drove past several service stations but the man did not stop. For some three hours he drove them up and down the backroads around Tracy, and when she asked why he was not stopping, he would change the subject.[21]

When the driver stopped at an intersection, Johns jumped out with her daughter and hid in a field. He came out to look for her, but when a truck driver spotted the scene, Johns' abductor drove off. Johns hitched a ride to the police station in Patterson. As she gave her statement to the sergeant on duty, she noticed the police composite of Paul Stine's killer and recognized him as the man who abducted her and her child. Fearing the Zodiac might come back and kill them all, the sergeant had Johns wait in nearby Mil's Restaurant in the dark. When found, her car had been gutted and torched.

There are many conflicting accounts of the Johns abduction. Most claim he threatened to kill her and her daughter while driving them around, but at least one police report disputes that.[21] Johns' account to Paul Avery of the Chronicle indicates her abductor left his car and searched for her in the dark with a flashlight; however, in the two reports she made to the police, she stated he did not leave the vehicle.[22] Some accounts state Johns' vehicle was moved then torched, while others contend it was located where she'd left it.[22] The various discrepancies among Johns' accounts over the years have led many researchers to question whether she was an actual Zodiac victim.[23]

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« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2008, 02:48:46 am »

Further communications

The Zodiac continued to communicate with authorities for the remainder of 1970 via letters and greeting cards to the press. In a letter postmarked April 20, 1970, the Zodiac wrote, "My name is _____," followed by a 13-character cipher.[24] The Zodiac went on to state that he was not responsible for the recent bombing of a police station in San Francisco (referring to the February 18, 1970, death of Sgt. Brian McDonnell two days after the bombing at Park Station in Golden Gate Park)[25] but added "there is more glory to killing a cop than a cid [sic] because a cop can shoot back." The letter included a diagram of a bomb the Zodiac claimed he would use to blow up a school bus. At the bottom of the diagram, he had written: " = 10, SFPD = 0".[24]

Zodiac sent a greeting card postmarked April 28, 1970, to the Chronicle. Written on the card was, "I hope you enjoy yourselves when I have my BLAST," followed by the Zodiac's cross circle signature. On the back of the card, the Zodiac threatened to use his bus bomb soon unless the newspaper published the full details he wrote. He also wanted to start seeing people wearing "some nice Zodiac butons" [sic][26]

In a letter postmarked June 26, 1970, the Zodiac stated he was upset he did not see people wearing Zodiac buttons. He wrote, "I shot a man sitting in a parked car with a .38."[27] It has been proposed the Zodiac was referring to the murder of Sgt Richard Radetich a week earlier, on June 19. At 5:25 AM, Radetich was writing a parking ticket in his squad car when an assailant shot him in the head with a .38-caliber pistol. Radetich died 15 hours later. SFPD denies the Zodiac was involved in this murder; it remains unsolved.[25]

Included with the letter was a Phillips 66 map of the San Francisco Bay Area. On the image of Mount Diablo, the Zodiac had drawn a crossed-circle similar to that he had included in previous correspondence. At the top of the crossed circle, he placed a zero, and then a three, six, and a nine, so the annotation resembled a clock face. The accompanying instructions stated that the zero was “to be set to Mag. N."[28] The letter also included a 32-letter cipher that the killer claimed would, in conjunction with the code, lead to the location of a bomb he had buried and set to go off in the autumn. The bomb was never located. The killer had signed the note with " = 12, SFPD = 0".

In a letter to the Chronicle postmarked July 24, 1970, the Zodiac took credit for Kathleen Johns' abduction, four months after the incident.[29]

In his July 26, 1970 letter, the Zodiac paraphrased a song from The Mikado, adding his own lyrics about making a "little list" of the ways he planned to torture his "slaves" in "paradice." The letter was signed with a large, exaggerated cross circle symbol and a new score: " = 13, SFPD = 0".[30] A final note at the bottom of the letter stated, "P.S. The Mt. Diablo code concerns Radians + # inches along the radians."[31] In 1981, a close examination of the radian hint by Zodiac researcher Gareth Penn led to the discovery that a radian angle, when placed over the map per Zodiac's instructions, pointed to the locations of two Zodiac attacks.[32]

On 7 October 1970, the Chronicle received a three-by-five inch card signed by the Zodiac with the drawn with blood. The card's message was formed by pasting words and letters from an edition of the Chronicle and thirteen holes were punched across the card. Inspectors Armstrong and Toschi agreed it was "highly probable" the card came from the Zodiac.[33]

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« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2008, 02:50:38 am »

Riverside

On October 27, 1970, Chronicle reporter Paul Avery (who had been covering the Zodiac case) received a Halloween card signed with a letter 'Z' and the Zodiac's cross circle symbol. Handwritten on the card was the note "Peek-a-boo, you are doomed." The threat was taken seriously and received a front page story on the Chronicle.[34] Soon after, Avery received an anonymous letter alerting him to the similarities between the Zodiac's activities and the unsolved murder of Cheri Jo Bates, which had occurred four years earlier at the city college in Riverside in the Greater Los Angeles Area, more than 400 miles south of San Francisco.[35] He reported his findings in the Chronicle on November 16, 1970.

On October 30, 1966, 18-year-old Bates spent the evening at the campus library annex until it closed at 9 p.m. Neighbors reported they heard a scream around 10:30 p.m. Bates was found dead the next morning a short distance from the library between two abandoned houses slated to be demolished for campus renovations. The wires in her Volkswagen's distributor cap had been pulled out. She was brutally beaten and stabbed to death. A man's Timex watch with a torn wristband was found nearby.[36] The watch had stopped at 12:24[37], but police believe the attack occurred much earlier[36]. Also discovered were the prints of a military-style shoe.[38]

A month later, on November 29, 1966, nearly identical typewritten letters were mailed to the Riverside police and the Riverside Press-Enterprise. Titled "The Confession", the author claimed responsibility for the Bates murder, providing details of the crime not released to the public, and warned that Bates "is not the first and she will not be the last."[39]

In December 1966, a poem was discovered carved into the bottom side of a desktop in the Riverside City College library. Titled "Sick of living/unwilling to die", the poem's language and handwriting resembled those of the Zodiac's letters. It was signed with what were assumed to be the initials "rh". Sherwood Morrill, California's top "Questioned Documents" examiner, expressed his opinion that the poem was written by the Zodiac.[40]

On April 30, 1967 – the six-month anniversary of Bates' murder – Bates' father Joseph, the Press-Enterprise, and the Riverside police all received nearly identical letters. In handwritten scrawl, the Press-Enterprise and police copies read "Bates had to die there will be more," with a small scribble at the bottom that resembled the letter 'Z'. Joseph Bates' copy read "She had to die there will be more" without a 'Z' “signature”.[41]

On March 13, 1971, nearly four months after Paul Avery's first article on Bates, the Zodiac mailed a letter to the Los Angeles Times. In it he credited the police instead of Avery for discovering his "Riverside activity, but they are only finding the easy ones, there are a hell of a lot more down there."[42]

The connection between Cheri Jo Bates, Riverside, and the Zodiac remains uncertain. The Riverside Police Department maintains that the Bates homicide was not committed by the Zodiac, but did concede some of the Bates letters may have been his work to falsely claim credit.[43]

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« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2008, 02:51:34 am »

Lake Tahoe

On March 22, 1971, a postcard to the Chronicle addressed to "Paul Averly" – intended for Paul Avery and believed to be from the Zodiac – appeared to take credit for the disappearance of Donna Lass from South Lake Tahoe on September 26, 1970. Made from a collage of advertisements and magazine lettering, it featured a scene from an ad for Forest Pines condominiums and the text "Sierra Club," "Sought Victim 12," "peek through the pines," "pass Lake Tahoe areas," and "around in the snow." Zodiac's cross circle symbol was in the place of the usual return address.[44]

Lass was a nurse at the Sahara Tahoe hotel and casino. She worked until about 2 a.m. on September 26, treating her last patient at 1:40 a.m., and was not seen leaving her office. The next morning, her work uniform and shoes were found in a paper bag in her office inexplicably soiled with dirt. Her car was found at her apartment complex, and her apartment was spotless.[45] Later that day both her employer and her landlord received phone calls from an unknown male who falsely claimed Lass had to leave town due to a family emergency.[46] The police and sheriffs' office initially treated Lass' disappearance as a missing persons investigation, suspecting she simply left on her own.[45] Lass was never found. What appeared to be a grave site was discovered near the Claire Tappan Lodge in Norden, California, on Sierra Club property, but excavation yielded only a pair of sunglasses.[47]

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« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2008, 02:53:44 am »



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« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2008, 02:55:33 am »

Santa Barbara

In a Vallejo Times-Herald story that appeared on November 13, 1972, Santa Barbara Sheriff's Detective Bill Baker (ret.) theorized that the murders of a young couple in Santa Barbara County may have been the work of the Zodiac.

On June 4, 1963, five and a half years before the Zodiac's first known murders on Lake Herman Road, high-school senior Robert Domingos and fiancée Linda Edwards were shot to death on a beach near Lompoc, having skipped school that day for "Senior Ditch Day". Police believed that the assailant attempted to bind the victims, but when they freed themselves attempting to flee, he shot them repeatedly in the back and chest with a .22-caliber weapon. He then placed their bodies in a small nearby shack and tried, unsuccessfully, to burn it down.[48]

The suggestion that Domingos and Edwards' murders are the work of the Zodiac is due to the similarities between their attack and the Zodiac's attack at Lake Berryessa.
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« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2008, 02:56:26 am »

The final letters

After the "Pines" card, the Zodiac remained silent for nearly three years, after which the Chronicle received a letter from the Zodiac, postmarked January 29, 1974, praising The Exorcist as "the best saterical comidy [sic]" that he had ever seen. The letter included a snippet of verse from The Mikado and an unusual symbol at the bottom that has gone unexplained by researchers. Zodiac concluded the letter with a new score, "Me = 37, SFPD = 0".[49]

The Chronicle received another letter postmarked February 14, 1974, informing the editor that the initials for the Symbionese Liberation Army spelled out an Old Norse word meaning "kill".[50][51] However, the handwriting was not authenticated as the Zodiac's.

Another letter received by the Chronicle, postmarked May 8, 1974, featured a complaint that the movie Badlands was "murder-glorification" and asked the paper to cut its advertisements. Signed only "A citizen", the handwriting, tone, and surface irony are all similar to prior Zodiac communications.[52]

The Chronicle received an anonymous letter postmarked July 8, 1974, complaining about one of its columnists, Marco Spinelli. The letter was signed "the Red Phantom (red with rage)". The Zodiac's authorship of this letter is debated.[53]

Another four years passed without communication (purported or verified) from the Zodiac. A letter of April 24, 1978, was initially deemed authentic, but was declared by three other experts to be a hoax less than three months later. In recent years, however, the letter has been deemed in some quarters as authentic. Toschi, the SFPD homicide detective who had been on the case since the Stine murder, was thought to have forged the letter, since author Armistead Maupin thought it similar to "fan mail" he received in 1976 that he believed was authored by Toschi. While he admitted writing the fan mail, Toschi denied forging the Zodiac letter and was eventually cleared of any charges. The authenticity of the letter remains in question.

On March 3, 2007, it was reported that an American Greetings Christmas card sent to the Chronicle postmarked 1990 in Eureka had been recently discovered in their photo files by editorial assistant Daniel King.[54] Inside the envelope with the card was a photocopy of two U.S. Postal keys on a magnet keychain. The handwriting on the envelope resembles Zodiac's print, but was declared inauthentic by forensic document examiner Lloyd Cunningham. Not all Zodiac experts, however, agree with Cunningham's analysis.[55] There is no return address on the envelope nor is his crossed-circle signature to be found. The card itself is unmarked.[56] The Chronicle turned over all the material to the Vallejo Police Department for further analysis.

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« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2008, 02:57:38 am »

Current status

The last SFPD investigators of the case were Homicide Detail Inspectors Michael N. Maloney and Kelly Carroll. They were the first to submit DNA evidence from Zodiac's letters for analysis, which resulted in a partial genetic profile. DNA testing seems to have conclusively ruled out their lead suspect, Arthur Leigh Allen,[57] and later Mike Rodelli's suspect, a prominent San Francisco businessman who lived near Paul Stine's murder scene.[58]

The SFPD marked the case "inactive" in April 2004, citing caseload pressure and resource demands.[58] They reopened the case some time before March 2007 and returned evidence to Vallejo police for additional DNA testing, where the case has remained open.[59] The case is also open in Napa County[59] and Riverside[60].

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« Reply #23 on: May 26, 2008, 03:00:54 am »

Arthur Leigh Allen

Arthur Leigh Allen (December 18, 1933 – August 26, 1992) was the prime suspect in the Zodiac murders. Although he was never charged in the case, many believed him to have been the infamous Zodiac serial killer.

Allen was born in Hawaii in 1933 and later moved to California. Allen had originally been employed as an elementary school teacher in Calaveras County, California teaching grades 6 and 7. However, in late 1968, Allen was fired from his job because of allegations that he molested a student. Allen was a diabetic and died at the age of 58 from a fatal heart attack. Allen had been working at a hardware store for over a decade, before his death in 1992.[1]

Much of the case for Allen as the serial killer is based on a considerable amount of circumstantial evidence. Most of this evidence has been outlined and explored in Robert Graysmith’s book Zodiac. Allen’s shoe size (10.5) and glove size were the same as the killer’s. He owned and regularly wore a sports watch that was a Zodiac brand with the same logo as the killer. Allen lived in Vallejo across the street from one of the first victims (Darlene Ferrin) and where one of the killings took place. When interviewed by police, Allen mentioned that he had bloody knives in the car on the day of one of the murders claiming they were covered in chicken blood. Allen also stated that he was a fan of the short story The Most Dangerous Game, which the Zodiac killer had alluded to several times in his letters.

In July 1971, a friend of Allen reported his suspicions about him to the Manhattan Beach Police Department, and the report was forwarded to the SFPD.[2] When questioned later, Allen claimed without prompting that the bloody knives he had in his car the day of the Lake Berryessa attack had been used to kill chickens; and when asked if he had read The Most Dangerous Game, he replied affirmatively and said it had made an impression on him.[2] This interested the police, as the 408 character cipher appears to reference that short story. Allen was the only suspect in the case whom police had enough evidence against to execute not just one, but three search warrants: on 14 September 1972; 14 February 1991; and 28 August 1992, two days after he died.[2][3] Allen denied his guilt in interviews but there was much circumstantial evidence against him.[4][5] Police found no physical evidence to prove that Allen was the Zodiac Killer, and the Vallejo PD chose not to press charges against Allen, a felon, despite finding weapons and explosive components in his home following the 1991 search.[4] Ultimately, Allen's fingerprints and handwriting did not match the Zodiac's, no concrete evidence linking him to the Zodiac killings was ever found, and recent DNA testing on the Zodiac letters in 2002 did not provide a match.[6][7] However, neither Vallejo nor SFPD ruled Leigh out after the test results. [8]

Never Charged

While many believe that Allen was the Zodiac killer, Allen had been cleared several times during the investigation of the murders and the simultaneous hunt for the killer. These included passing a polygraph test, clearing a fingerprint screening (from those left at the crime scene of the taxicab murder), clearing a handwriting test and, most recently in 2002, being ruled out by a DNA test conducted based on DNA collected from one of the stamps of the Zodiac letters.


Book and Film

Robert Graysmith’s book identifies Allen as the Zodiac killer. In 2007, a film by David Fincher entitled Zodiac, thoroughly makes a case for Allen as the killer. A notable theory, that was presented in the 2007 film Zodiac and the book, is that Allen knew and dated Darlene Ferrin, one of the first victims of the Zodiac killer.

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The Zodiac Killer in popular culture

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in Northern California for ten months in the late 1960s. His identity remains unknown. His crimes, letters, and cryptograms to police and newspapers inspired many movies, novels, television, and more.

Movies

The Zodiac Killer, directed by Tom Hanson and starring Hal Reed and Bob Jones, was released on April 6, 1972.
Dirty Harry, starring Clint Eastwood, was filmed in San Francisco and released on December 23, 1971. In the movie, which is very loosely based on the Zodiac case, the killer (played by Andrew Robinson), who calls himself "Scorpio", at certain points he sends intimidating letters, with the handwriting based on the real life killer's and kidnaps a school bus full of children and threatens to kill them all.
The "Gemini Killer" in the movie The Exorcist III, released on August 17, 1990, was also loosely based on the Zodiac killer.
Edward James Olmos starred in The Limbic Region, an HBO movie first shown on June 30, 1996; it is based on Robert Graysmith's 1986 book, Zodiac.
In 2000, a short film entitled Disguised Killer was produced in Vallejo; set in the present, it is based on the Lake Herman Road murders and has a Filipino cast.
Zodiac Killer, a digitally recorded movie by Ulli Lommel, is about a cat-and-mouse game between the real Zodiac and a young copycat in 2002 Los Angeles. It was first shown at the Fearless Tales Genre Fest in San Francisco on March 30, 2005.
The Zodiac, directed by Alex Bulkley, is about a fictional detective in Vallejo obsessed with investigating the real Zodiac. In the United States, it opened on March 17, 2006, on 10 screens, one of which was in Vallejo, less than a mile and a half from Blue Rock Springs where Darlene Ferrin was murdered.
The most recent film about the Zodiac case is Zodiac, directed by David Fincher. The film is based on the two non-fiction books by Robert Graysmith: Zodiac and Zodiac Unmasked: The Identity of America's Most Elusive Serial Killer. Filming locations included San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it opened in theaters nationwide on March 2, 2007. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Graysmith, Robert Downey Jr. as Avery, Mark Ruffalo as Toschi, Brian Cox as Belli, and John Carroll Lynch as Allen.
In one shot of the theatrical trailer for the Julie Taymor film, "Across the Universe", one of The Zodiac Killer's codes is shown as a poster hanging on a wall.
Hunting The Zodiac, a documentary by John Mikulenka, debuted at the 4 Star Theater in San Francisco on March 3, 2007. The film explores the obsession that drives amateur detectives, more than 30 years after the murders, to search for the identity of the killer.[1][2]
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Television

In the second season of the San Francisco cop show Nash Bridges in 1996, Don Johnson's police inspector is on the hunt for a killer copying the Zodiac murders. "The Zodiac" episode ends with the real Zodiac making a taunting phone call to Bridges.
The killer known as Avatar in the Millennium episode entitled "The Mikado" is based on the Zodiac Killer. In fact, writer Michael R. Perry had intended the villain to be the Zodiac Killer, but executives at the FOX network did not allow a real killer to be incorporated, so the name was changed. Despite this, several aspects of Avatar run parallel to that of the Zodiac, from the black executioner's-type hood to the taunting of the police with cryptic letters, as well as the killer's anonymity.
The Zodiac Killer was given a full feature episode on America's Most Wanted on February 25, 2007, which included full accounts of all canonical killings.
A segment was aired on the now-syndicated show Unsolved Mysteries, exploring a possible link between Zodiac and the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski.
Episode 51 of Cold Case Files, hosted by Bill Kurtis, examines the crimes of the Zodiac Killer.
The anime series Death Note, as well as the manga series on which it was based, center around the activities of a serial killer known as "Kira", who taunts police with messages sent to media groups in Tokyo. Several of Kira's messages contain hidden codes and anagrams remeniscient of those allegedly written by the real life Zodiac killer.
In the American TV show Criminal Minds several parallels are drawn to the Zodiac killer.

Fiction

There have been a number of novels either about the Zodiac Killer or based on him:

The first was The Zodiac Killer: Still At Large in 1977 by Cliff Smith Jr.
Jerry Weissman wrote The Zodiac Killer in 1979.
The 1983 novel Legion (which was filmed as Exorcist 3, see above), by William Peter Blatty, features a killer based on the Zodiac.
Criminal profiler Michael Kelleher wrote Suspect Zero, a 2003 novel about the Santa Rosa coed murders, believed by some to be the work of the Zodiac.
David Baldacci's 2004 novel Hour Game features a villain who bases his murders on the Zodiac killer's M.O., but claims that he isn't a copycat.
Andrew Reimann's The Lost Kings features a city in Hell where murderers are condemned to. In the novel, the major antagonist, Jack the Ripper is thwarted several times by a man who signs his name only with his infamous crosshair.
The Canadian novel Plagiarism features a chapter where a character dresses as the Zodiac Killer at school. The novel is set in a fictional town in California.

Graphic novels

The Zodiac has appeared in graphic novels, comic stories, and a trading card set:

Steven Friel wrote and illustrated "The Zodiac" in Killer Komix, a UK publication, in 1992.
Jack Herman and Karen Herman wrote and Ed Quinby illustrated "The Zodiac," based on Graysmith's Zodiac; it appeared in Psycho Killers M.I.A. Special, Volume 1, # 2, in 1992.
"The Zodiac Killer" was card # 83 in the 1992 trading card series, True Crime Series Two: Serial Killers & Mass Murderers.

[edit] Music
Popular music groups have paid tribute to the Zodiac murders in both name and song:

Zodiac Killers released the CD Scorpio Rising in 1992.
The Zodiac Killers, a San Francisco punk band, released The Most Thrilling Experience in 1999.
Hip hop artist The Zodiac (real name Brent Whiting) released two CDs featuring songs about the Zodiac Killer in 2006.
Death metal group Macabre have a song entitled "Zodiac" on their Sinister Slaughter album, the lyrics of which are taken largely from the Zodiac letters.
Japanese Horror-Punk band Balzac has a side project named Zodiac which is inspired by the zodiac killer and under that name they released several singles and EPs. Also the band has released a CD in Germany (2007) called "Paranoid Dream of the Zodiac"; the songs titles show connections to the Zodiac cases and murders.
Wisconsin based industrial-metal Electric Hellfire Club have a track entitled "This is the Zodiac" on their 2002 release Electronomicon which makes several references to the Zodiac's letters.
Machine Head song Blood of the Zodiac from their 1997 'The More Things Change' album is inspired by the Zodiac Killer
Pleasure Forever recorded a song called "This is the Zodiac Speaking" for their 2003 album Alter on Sub Pop Records
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« Reply #26 on: May 26, 2008, 03:31:13 am »


THE CONFESSION
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SHE WAS YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL BUT NOW SHE IS BATTERED AND DEAD. SHE IS NOT THE FIRST AND SHE WILL NOT BE THE LAST I LAY AWAKE NIGHTS THINKING ABOUT MY NEXT VICTIM. MAYBE SHE WILL BE THE BEAUTIFUL BLOND THAT BABYSITS NEAR THE LITTLE STORE AND WALKS DOWN THE DARK ALLEY EACH EVENING ABOUT SEVEN. OR MAYBE SHE WILL BE THE SHAPELY BRUNETT THAT SAID NO WHEN I ASKED HER FOR A DATE IN HIGH SCHOOL. BUT MAYBE IT WILL NOT BE EITHER. BUT I SHALL CUT OFF HER FEMALE PARTS AND DEPOSIT THEM FOR THE WHOLE CITY TO SEE. SO DON'T MAKE IT TO EASY FOR ME. KEEP YOUR SISTERS, DAUGHTERS, AND WIVES OFF THE STREETS AND ALLEYS. MISS BATES WAS STUPID. SHE WENT TO THE SLAUGHTER LIKE A LAMB. SHE DID NOT PUT UP A STRUGGLE. BUT I DID. IT WAS A BALL. I FIRST CUT THE MIDDLE WIRE FROM THE DISTRIBUTOR. THEN I WAITED FOR HER IN THE LIBRARY AND FOLLOWED HER OUT AFTER ABOUT TWO MINUTES. THE BATTERY MUST HAVE BEEN ABOUT DEAD BY THEN. I THEN OFFERED TO HELP. SHE WAS THEN VERY WILLING TO TALK TO ME. I TOLD HER THAT MY CAR WAS DOWN THE STREET AND THAT I WOULD GIVE HER A LIFT HOME. WHEN WE WERE AWAY FROM THE LIBRARY WALKING, I SAID IT WAS ABOUT TIME. SHE ASKED ME, "ABOUT TIME FOR WHAT?" I SAID IT WAS ABOUT TIME FOR HER TO DIE. I GRABBED HER AROUND THE NECK WITH MY HAND OVER HER MOUTH AND MY OTHER HAND WITH A SMALL KNIFE AT HER THROAT. SHE WENT VERY WILLINGLY. HER BREAST FELT WARM AND VERY FIRM UNDER MY HANDS, BUT ONLY ONE THING WAS ON MY MIND. MAKING HER PAY FOR ALL THE BRUSH OFFS THAT SHE HAD GIVEN ME DURING THE YEARS PRIOR. SHE DIED HARD. SHE SQUIRMED AND SHOOK AS I CHOCKED HER, AND HER LIPS TWICHED. SHE LET OUT A SCREAM ONCE AND I KICKED HER IN THE HEAD TO SHUT HER UP. I PLUNGED THE KNIFE INTO HER AND IT BROKE. I THEN FINISHED THE JOB BY CUTTING HER THROAT. I AM NOT SICK. I AM INSANE. BUT THAT WILL NOT STOP THE GAME. THIS LETTER SHOULD BE PUBLISHED FOR ALL TO READ IT. IT JUST MIGHT SAVE THAT GIRL IN THE ALLEY. BUT THAT'S UP TO YOU. IT WILL BE ON YOUR CONSCIENCE. NOT MINE. YES, I DID MAKE THAT CALL TO YOU ALSO. IT WAS JUST A WARNING. BEWARE...I AM STALKING YOUR GIRLS NOW.
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« Reply #27 on: May 26, 2008, 03:34:12 am »

December 1966

Found carved into a desk at the Riverside City College Library, not known to be the work of the killer, though it is largely assumed to be



Sick of living/unwilling to die
cut.
clean.
if red I
clean.
blood spurting,
dripping,
spilling;
all over her new
dress
oh well
it was red
anyway.
life draining into an
uncertain death.
she won't (smudge)
die.
this time
someone ll find her.
just wait till
next time.
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« Reply #28 on: May 26, 2008, 03:36:27 am »

April 30th 1967


BATES HAD
TO DIE
THERE WILL
BE MORE
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