THE Zodiac Killer targeted at least seven victims in Northern California during the 1960s.
On October 6, 2021, the identity of the Zodiac Killer was named by a team of investigators.
Who was the Zodiac Killer?
The Zodiac Killer was an unidentified killer who gave himself that nickname to conceal his identity from authorities.
He targeted three couples and a lone taxi driver. Two of them survived gun and knife ambushes.
He called himself 'Zodiac' in his fourth letter to the press on August 7, 1969.
In it, he wrote: "Dear Editor This is the Zodiac speaking."
From then on the press called him the 'Zodiac Killer' – but it is not known why the killer gave himself that name.
He would also sign his letters with a circle and a cross over it, seemingly appearing as a target or a coordinate symbol.
Authorities believe that the signature symbols were meant to represent coordinates possibly indicating future killing locations.
However, authorities have never fully decoded the symbols.
Is Gary Francis Poste the Zodiac Killer?
Investigators are now seemingly confirming the identity of the Zodiac Killer as Gary Francis Poste.
They also claim to have linked Poste to a sixth killing hundreds of miles away that has never before been connected to the Zodiac.
According to Fox News, a team of more than "40 detectives, journalists and military intelligence officers made up the so-called Case Breakers," who cracked the Zodiac Killer's identity.
Poste is believed to have died in 2018, however.
The team said they discovered Poste's identity after years of digging through new forensic evidence and his darkroom.
One image uncovered from the darkroom purportedly featured scars on Poste's forehead which match a sketch of the Zodiac.
The team said the Zodiac's ciphers also point to Poste.
In one note, removing the letters of Poste's full name revealed an alternate message, according to former Army counterintelligence agent Jen Bucholtz.
"So you've got to know Gary's full name in order to decipher these anagrams," Bucholtz told Fox News.
"I just don't think there's any other way anybody would have figured it out."
Who has the Zodiac Killer been named as in the past?
Over the years, many independent sleuths have claimed to have decoded the Zodiac's true identity.
Some researchers have claimed the Zodiac Killer was an alleged pedophile named Arthur Leigh Allen.
He had been discharged without honor from the US Navy and was fired as a primary school teacher after allegations of sexual misconduct.
Allen was first interviewed as a suspect in 1969 after he was seen near the scene of one attack.
He came to police attention again in 1971 when his friend told officers he had spoken of his desire to kill people and used the name Zodiac.
San Francisco police searched his home the following year but found no evidence linking him to the murders.
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