Gary Francis Poste was identified by the volunteer investigative group The Case Breakers as a possible new suspect in their hunt for the Zodiac Killer, the serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s.
Because of the secret letters and ciphers the killer sent to the authorities and San Francisco Chronicle At the time, the case has long fascinated true crime lovers and has been the subject of numerous books, documentaries, TV shows and films, with the most famous being the drama directed by David Fincher starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jake Gyllenhaal.
case breaker Mr Poste, who died in 2018, was reportedly identified through a series of photographs he uncovered, dating back to 1963, supposedly from his “dark room”, according to a press release issued by the group.
They found photographs showing Mr Poste with alleged marks on his forehead that he believed matched the marks shown on the police sketch of the Zodiac killer. A news clipping obtained by the group indicates that they believe the scars were the result of a car accident in 1959 in which an airman was killed and Mr Poste, also with the 782nd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron were injured.
The group, which focuses on cold cases and includes former law enforcement and forensic experts, also claims to have forensic evidence, including DNA, and goes on to say that if you read from one of the ciphers left behind by Zodiac, Mr. remove the letters of the full name of the post, it reveals an alternate message, Fox News report.
Most of the case breakers reported evidence centers linking Poste to a murder in Riverside, Calif., linked to the Zodiac Killer in the mid-70s, but no longer believed to be linked by authorities.
The brutal murder of Cheri Jo Bates on October 31, 1966, took place two years before the Zodiac was known to be active, hundreds of miles to the north. Although in a letter to the Zodiac he claims to have killed 37 people, far more than the five officially attributed to him.
Among the evidence that case breakers believe links the cases and Mr Poste is a Timex wristwatch with a broken band found at the crime scene and purchased at a military base in the mid-sixties Was.
Case breakers say Mr Poste was receiving a medical check-up after being hurt in a gun accident, and as a US Air Force veteran was being treated at March Air Force Base Hospital, the crime scene. It was only 15 minutes away. It is not clear whether the dates overlap.
Case breakers believe the paint splattered on the face of the wristwatch because Mr Poste had been a house painter for three years at the time of the murder and later remained so for decades.
A 10 size heel print from a military-style boot is also reportedly in the style of those worn by Mr Poste and says the same thing found at three other Zodiac crime scenes. The gray hair found on the victim’s hand also matched that of Mr Poste.
Fox News spoke with Haims Smuts, a Vietnam veteran who says he spent 10 years hiding a Zodiac whistleblower named Will, who escaped a “criminal pose” led by Mr. Who reportedly roamed the High Sierra region of California.
Will, who now lives in the North-West, alleges that Mr Poste “dressed me up in a killing machine” and saw him bury the murder weapons.
In an excerpt from a lengthy interview with Case Breakers, Will claims that Mr Poste killed animals of all sizes “indiscriminately” and will “messing with carcasses”.
Other witnesses brought forward by the case breakers include Mr. Poste’s daughter-in-law, a woman named Michelle, who claims that when her marriage ended she was harassed, threatened and harassed by Mr. Poste’s Posse until she left the state. was attacked.
Gweny, a California woman who lives next to Mr Poste and his wife, told Fox News she believes he is the Zodiac killer based on the evidence gathered to date.
She said Mr Poste and his wife raised him as a child in the 1970s and 1980s and that he would teach them how to operate firearms several times a week. He also said that he witnessed his cruelty and violence towards his wife, who slept only on the couch.
Recently, Gwynnie said that he caught up with his wife who is now in assisted living and was told over the phone: “I’m sorry I didn’t tell the police about her. [Zodiac] past,” the case breakers reported, adding their parentheses to their press release.
“He lived a double life,” she told Fox News. “As I’m thinking adult, it all makes sense now. At the time when I was a teenager, I didn’t put two and two together until I was older. It totally struck me that Gary is the zodiac.”
To date, no DNA has been matched from any Zodiac crime scene, nor has evidence of Ms Bates’ death been retained.
In 2020, after private citizens cracked one of the ciphers, the FBI said the amount was under way.
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