Free download "Zodiac Killer Identity Finally Revealed?" (3:50:42) (2024)

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could this be the face of the Zodiac

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Killer October 6th 2021 the nonprofit

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group the case Breakers a team of 40

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independent investigators devoted to

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cold cases made the bombshell

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announcement after more than 53 years of

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speculation expert and amateur theories

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the Zodiac killer could finally be

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identified his name Gary Francis post

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we've talked about the Zodiac Killer a

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lot but just in case you need a

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refresher for 10 months from December

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20th 1968 to October 11th 1969 five

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people were murdered in the San

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Francisco Bay Area the first two David

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Arthur Faraday and Betty L Jensen were

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teenagers shot to death on Lake Herman

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Road in Bia next on July 4th 1969

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Darlene faren and Mike Mau were shot

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while parked in Blue Rock Springs Park

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and Vallejo Mau survived faren did not

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an anonymous caller notified the police

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taking responsibility and also

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confessing to the Venetia murders on

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August 1st three letters were sent to

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the Vallejo Times Herald San Francisco

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Chronicle and the San Francisco examin

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taking credit for the crimes and

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demanding publication that meant

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including a three-part cryptogram that

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the writer claimed would reveal his

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identity on August 7th he wrote a

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subsequent letter giving details only

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the police could corroborate and naming

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himself the Zodiac on September 27th

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Brian harnell and Cecilia and Shepard

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were attacked by a hooded man at Lake

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berasa in Napa County they were tied up

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then stabbed multiple times harell

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survived Shephard did not 2 weeks later

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on October 11th cab driver Paul Stein

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was shot in the head and precidio

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Heights three teens witnessed the killer

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leave the cab the Zodiac later wrote

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taking credit and proved it by enclosing

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a piece of Stein's bloody shirt while

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there have been no confirmable zodiac

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murders since he continued a

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correspondence with the police and press

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claiming 37 kills so why do the case

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Breakers think post is their guy

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according to the official press release

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it's been years in the making they

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identify quote Outlaw turned zodiac

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whistleblower will unquote who claims he

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was part of a posi run by posts near

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High Sierra mountain range in California

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Will said he even saw post bury a cache

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of weapons used in the Zodiac killings

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up in the mountains he tried for years

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to convince authorities post was the

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killer but no one seemed interested

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until he met California news anchor Dale

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Hulen Dale heard Will's story and

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brought it to the attention of the case

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Breakers subsequent eyewitnesses agree

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these include a former neighbor whom

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post and his wife used to babysit who

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claims that as a toddler she was taken

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by post to the nearby woods and taught

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how to shoot he even gave her a 22

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pistol of her own and made similar gifts

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to members of his posi the

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organization's Intel expert Eric Klein

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Smith says one witness saw a mechanism

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in post's home that could manufacture a

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postage stamp thus obfuscating his

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whereabouts post was a former Air Force

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Radar technician also owned a pair of

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military issued Air Force wing walker

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boots similar to those that made Prince

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leaving the scene of the crime at Lake

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beresa Post had scars from a 1959 car

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crash that seemed to match the markings

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on the face of the police composite

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sketch based on the precidio heights

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teens accounts and corroborated by

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Kathleen Johns and while the taunting

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continued throughout the 70s Klein Smith

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points out that the Zodiac killing

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stopped when post got married and if all

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that wasn't enough case Breakers founder

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Thomas J coar claims to have six

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eyewitnesses three of them via sworn

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affidavits who say post actually told

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them he was the Zodiac for case Breakers

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though the key was the cipher the

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Zodiac's coded messages are infamous the

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first was broken by a high school

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teacher and his wife one was not solved

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until 2020 but some remain unsolved

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baffling expert code Breakers from

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around the world allegedly Dale was told

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that post's full name is the key to

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Breaking the cipher he brought this up

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to the case Breakers who consulted other

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codebreaking experts and apparently it's

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a match using post's name is the key to

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deciphering the letters any more details

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not quite for one thing no one can ask

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post himself he died in 2018 and in an

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interview with a YouTuber Peter a turn

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Klein Smith admitted the lack of

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resources is holding up some

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verification the hidden cache of weapons

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buried somewhere in the high sieras

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Klein Smith says they don't have the

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skill equipment or legal permission to

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make that difficult hike and investigate

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though they hope they can get organized

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soon the ciphers as with past attempts

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at breaking the Zodiac's codes the FBI

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will have to verify the DNA there is

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some of post available apparently taken

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by police following an instance of

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domestic abuse later in his life this

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will have to be officially verified by

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the FBI which is a bit trickier there is

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no confirmed zodiac DNA at any of the

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crime scenes the closest police have

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come is from the saliva on the stamps

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used to mail the Zodiac's mocking

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letters so far that partial profile has

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only been used to rule suspects out the

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case Breakers are also concerned with

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linking the murder of Sher Joe Bates to

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post and therefore the Zodiac for

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decades people have speculated that

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Bates was one of Zodiac's early victims

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she was found stabbed to death on

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October 31st 1966 in Riverside

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California 10 ft from the body was a

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paints splattered watch and a footprint

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made by a military style boot Bates had

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apparently fought her as salent catching

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their skin and hair under her

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fingernails palm and fingerprints not

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belonging to her or any of her friends

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and family were also found inside her

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car later letters boasting of the crime

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were sent to police the press and

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bates's father an anonymous letter sent

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to the San Francisco Chronicles Paul

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Avery told the reporter to look into

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similarities between the Bates case and

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the Zodiac murders handwriting expert

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Sherwood moral believed the letter to

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bates's auor matched the Zodiac's

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letters and the Zodiac Killer even

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claimed Bates as one of his victims in a

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letter to the Los Angeles Times from

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1971 the FBI officially considers Bates

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one of the Zodiac's victims the

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Riverside Police are more skeptical as

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recently as August 2021 they revealed

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that the writer of the initial letters

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was known to them the culprit made a

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confession anonymously in 2016 police

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managed to track him down by yes DNA

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analysis from the saliva on the stamp

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used further investigation and further

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confession confirmed that that the man

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wrote the letters in 1966 but was

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neither bat's killer nor connected to

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the Zodiac murders he had just been a

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troubled teen seeking attention the

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Department's official website hints that

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they have their own Prime Suspect

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unconnected to any of the Bay Area

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murders and their investigation

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continues on that path zodiac or not

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could there still be a connection

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between post and bates's murder at the

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time of the murder post was no longer

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with the Air Force but still received

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checkups and medical attention at the

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hospital on March Air Force Base the

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base is just 10 mi from Riverside City

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col where bates's body was found a

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15-minute Drive post was also a house

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painter for 40 years remember the paint

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spattered watch found near the body so

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far the Riverside Police Department has

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declined the case Breakers demand that

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they compare the DNA evidence from the

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Bates crime scene still in storage to

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posts DNA and there is no doubt DNA

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comparisons could help it was DNA that

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finally shattered a favorite theory for

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zodiac enthusiasts Arthur Lee Allen

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Allen was either interviewed or had his

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property searched by the police

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frequently over a period of 20 years in

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1969 he was questioned by the police

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when it was discovered that he was in

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the lake beresa area the day of the

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harell shepherd attacks and a so-called

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friend of his Don Cheney approached the

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police in 1971 he claimed Allan told him

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that Ellen wanted to kill people Ellen

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also owned a zodiac brand wristwatch a

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brand not really related to the murders

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except for the name and the symbol the

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very same crosshairs that the killer

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used as his signature he liked to be

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called by his middle name Lee and one of

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the victims darling faren was said to

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have been friends with a mystery man

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named Lee besides he was a known creep

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with a record of sexual assaults and

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misconduct against young boys Mike muu a

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survivor of one of the zodiac attacks

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identified Allen via photo lineup albeit

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23 years after the fact the

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circ*mstantial evidence was overwhelming

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but circ*mstantial evidence isn't

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definitive evidence some noted that

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Mao's assertion contradicted his initial

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eyewitness description of his attacker

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others pointed out that Allen was Baler

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rounder taller and 100 lb heavier than

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any zodiac description his handwriting

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didn't match nor did his palm print

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match anything collected at the crime

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scenes even detective Dave tshi at the

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lead investigator for the San Francisco

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Police Department said Allan looked very

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very good for a while but everything's

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turned out to be negative it wasn't

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until 2002 when DNA evidence from one of

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the Zodiac's letters would rule him out

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even Don Cheney's DNA was tested just to

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make sure nothing which is why some

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zodiac experts are already meeting this

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post news with some skepticism they've

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all seen this before for so what if

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friends and family members say post was

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the Zodiac he's not the first to be

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accused by so-called loved ones Allen

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remember was tipped to the cops by a

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friend and even some of his relatives

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had their suspicions but Helen wasn't

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the only one in 2015 Gary Stewart

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researched his biological father Earl

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Van best his search he claims revealed

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that after abandoning Gary in Baton

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Rouge in 1962 he moved on to California

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and became the Zodiac Killer if you'd

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like to know more you can read Stewart's

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book on the subject the most dangerous

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animal of all or check out the original

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docu series based on the book in 2014

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Randy Kenny told the press his friend

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Lou Meyers confessed to the killings in

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April 2011 Myers would have been 17 at

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the time and Kenny says the infamous

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Halloween card Paul Avery received in

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1970 was the key to the whole thing the

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inside says 14 not a kill count but a

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hint to look for a team Kenny claims

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that Myers went to school with some of

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his victims Myers died in May 2002 but

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made Kenny swear that he would write in

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publish a book about Myers's allegations

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with proceeds going to the victim's

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families of course in 2009 Deborah Perez

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of Corona California claimed her father

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guy Ward Hendrickson was the Zodiac

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Killer she went further actually saying

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that when she was 7 years old he had her

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write the letters lick the stamps and SE

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The Mask he wore she also happened to be

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working on a documentary on the subject

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her half-sister claims it's all lies in

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2006 retired LAPD detective Steve hodle

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released his best-selling book The Black

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Dalia Avenger the book made a convincing

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casee that his father George Hodel

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killed Elizabeth Short another legendary

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Cold Case victim who was murdered and

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mutilated in Los Angeles in 1947 as we

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said it was a bestseller praised by

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critics and police less praised was his

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2009 follow-up where he claimed his

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father was also the Zodiac Killer and

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Chicago lipstick killer of 1945 and the

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Manila jigsaw murderer in

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1967 so yes while some are greeting the

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news of post his identification with a

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sigh of finally others look at the news

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with crossed arms and an arched brow

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after all the founder of case Breakers

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Thomas coar used to work in production

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in Hollywood in one interview Eric Klein

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Smith made sure to plug the team's

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upcoming docu series about their

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investigation of the DB Cooper case

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coming to a Prestige streaming service

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and their press release emphasizes twice

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that the guy who broke the case for them

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Dale Julian has written a quote

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copyrighted book manuscript on the

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subject December 20th 1968 two high

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school students named Betty L Jensen and

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David Faraday are making out in a car on

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a dark Road nicknamed Lovers Lane

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suddenly a man appears out of nowhere

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and orders the Love Struck teens to get

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out of the vehicle Faraday gets out

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first at which point he's shot and

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killed Jensen makes a run for it and is

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shot five times in the back this was the

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work of the zodiac perhaps America's

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most mysterious killer a maniac still in

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the crosshairs of law enforcement today

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and a man that just spoke again after

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half a decade of Silence around 6 months

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after that murder three newspapers

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received a letter each from a person who

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claimed he was the killer in the letters

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the person included a cryptogram that

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after being cracked seemed to reference

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a book about hunting but not about

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animal hunting it was about hunting

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humans for sport his victims he wrote

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would become his slave in the afterlife

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this is the Zodiac speaking would become

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five words that etched themselves into

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the minds of millions of Americans after

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more brutal murders and bewildering

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letters the killer was playing with the

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cops he was needling them trolling them

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so much so that he drove some

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investigators nearly out of their minds

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and then came the unsolvable puzzle the

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Zodiac's PS de resistance a cipher so

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perplexing that not even the greatest

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codebreaking Minds in the world could

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solve it until now anyway it's taken 51

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years to finally solve the puzzle and

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it's revealed a chilling message okay so

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first you need to know a bit more about

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the person known as the Zodiac Killer

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it's something we've covered in detail

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before so we'll give you an Abridged

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version of this rather long and very

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disturbing Tale spoiler alert the cops

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never caught him should they have you

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can tell us at the end it's possible he

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started this journey as a ruthless

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killer with those two young lovers but

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it's also possible the Zodiac had

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actually killed before we may never know

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for sure but in a letter he once claimed

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to have killed as many as 37 people the

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police though if only ever definitively

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linked him to the killing of five people

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in all likelihood the Zodiac's body

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count was way higher and he might have

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carried on killing for decades his last

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letter came in 1974 and and then like a

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ghost he just disappeared that letter

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contained a postmark saying if I don't

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see this note in your paper I'll do

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something nasty which you know I'm

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capable of he then wrote me 37 sfpd 0

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such letters infuriated the police

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especially when he wrote things such as

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I like killing people because it's so

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much fun for the cops it was only a

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matter of time before they caught the

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maniac but they were wrong very wrong

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it's certain the Zodiac murdered

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22-year-old Darlene Elizabeth faren and

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almost killed 19-year-old Mike renal Mao

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as they sat in their car in a secluded

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section of Blue Rock Springs Park in

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Vallejo California the killer pulled up

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behind them at one point and then drove

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away when he returned he got out of his

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car and shined a bright light into the

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couple's car he shot faren five times

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and maou four times she died but he

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lived to tell the tale cops now knew

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they were looking for a male possibly in

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his late 20s early 30s he was about 5'8

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and on the stocky side he had brown hair

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and a roundish face maou might have

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gotten some details wrong but who takes

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notes when you have a gun in your face

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how did the police know it was the

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Zodiac Killer well he had the gumption

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to call them from a pay phone only a few

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blocks away from the station less than

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an hour after the attack he told them

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details about the murder only the killer

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could possibly know like what weapon was

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used and then he shock the cops by

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saying he was also the one who killed

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the kids on Lovers Lane so if it wasn't

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a one-off killer it was the work of a

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serial killer since the woman was

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cheating on her husband he was a suspect

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for a while but it didn't take long to

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figure out it wasn't him the zodiac was

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real he was far from finished so now we

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need to talk about ciphers and

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cryptograms a cryptogram is like a

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puzzle that contains encrypted symbols

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might look like gibberish but it has a

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hidden meaning to figure out that

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meaning you need a kind of key to decode

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it called a cipher anyone can create one

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with a little bit of research and if

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you're the clever sort you can even

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create a cryptogram that's next to

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impossible to decipher seeing as it took

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51 years to crack one of the Zodiac's

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puzzles well you say criticize him all

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you want for his brutality but you can't

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underestimate the man's brain power his

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first cryptogram was the 48 which is

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called that because that's how many

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total symbols are in it it was published

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by the San Francisco Chronicle and two

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other newspapers that were each sent

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different parts of the puzzle and the

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public was asked to solve it a couple of

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teachers in California named Donald Jean

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and Betty June Harden did just that and

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it only took them 20 hours strange since

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the so-called experts had failed where

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they succeeded there's actually a

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conspiracy theory that the two were the

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Zodiac but that's a story for another

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day so in all this cryptogram contained

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54 different Cipher symbols and 25

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letters that are in the English alphabet

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the couple worked out that they were

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looking at what's called a hom*ophonic

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substitution Cipher which basically

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means you replace one letter with

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another say a d for an M it gets tricky

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though when one letter can be replaced

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by five different letters the couple

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cracked it though and this is how the

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decoded message began I like killing

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people because it's so much fun it's

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more fun than killing Wild game in the

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forest because man is the most dangerous

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animal of all to kill something gives me

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the most thrilling experience it's even

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better than getting your rocks off with

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a girl he then goes on about slaves in

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the afterlife and Paradise so despite

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being very clever the Zodiac may also be

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suffering from mental illnesses and he

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wasn't finished killing just over a

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month later he struck again this time he

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picked on two Pacific Union college

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students named Brian Hartnell and

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Cecilia Shepard they were enjoying a

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picnic at a bolic spot next to Lake

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beresa in California's beautiful Napa

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Valley the pair might have received the

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shock of their lives when they saw a man

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that looked like a vision from Hell

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walking toward their very secluded spot

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it was a man about 5'1 average weight

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wearing what looked like an

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Executioner's Hood they couldn't see his

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eyes though due to the fact that he was

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wearing sunglasses over the mask eye

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holes if that wasn't frightening enough

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he was also wearing what looked like a

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child's bib on that bib was his now

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famous crossed circle symbol the couple

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were absolutely petrified but didn't

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move since the maniac approaching them

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was clasping a handgun he told them not

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to worry and told them a story about

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being a convict On The Run he

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subsequently told the young man to tie

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up his girlfriend with plastic clothes

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line that the supposed conflict just

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happened to have handy the Zodiac then

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tied up the man himself what happened

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next is usually what only happens in

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horror movies featuring college students

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that drive out to the woods or a lake

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even though they're warned not to do so

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by A peculiar looking gas station owner

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the Zodiac started going crazy stabbing

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them both in the back he stabbed the man

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six times and the woman 10 times leaving

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them for dead the zodiac walked about

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500 y to where the couple's car was

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parked and there he drew his symbol on

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the door and wrote Vallejo

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12268

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7469 September

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2769 630 by knife that evening the

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Zodiac got the Napa Police Department on

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the phone and told them that he really

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was behind the double murder at the lake

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the cops later discovered he' made that

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call from a Napa car wash that was just

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around the corner from their Department

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the cops got a lead from this though

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because they managed to get some prints

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from the phone not only that the kids he

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stabbed weren't dead they were

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discovered inches from Death having lost

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a ton of blood the girl told the cops

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what she'd seen but not long after she

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fell into a coma and died in the

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hospital 2 Days Later the man survived

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though and told the cops everything he

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knew the police also had other Clues

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such as tire tracks most likely from the

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Killer's car and a size 10 and 1 12 wing

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walker bootprints now cops knew they

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were looking for a true American Psycho

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soon after the Zodiac struck again this

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time murdering a taxi driver named Paul

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Stein with a bullet to the back of the

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head 3 days later the San Francisco

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Chronicle received a letter from the

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Zodiac containing a piece of Stein's

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shirt there was no doubt that it was the

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real deal the Zodiac said in the letter

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that the cops could have caught him if

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they had been doing their job correctly

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he also wrote school children make nice

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targets I think I she wipe out a school

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bus some morning just shoot the front

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tire and then pick off the kitties as

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they come bouncing out just over a week

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later someone claiming to be the Zodiac

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called the Oakland Police Department the

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person demanded that either one of the

00:18:54

two big shot lawyers fle Bailey or

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Melvin belly go to a popular local talk

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show hosted by a man named Jim dunar

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belly did just that and appealed for the

00:19:03

killer to call in a man who said he was

00:19:05

the Zodiac did call he said I need help

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I'm sick I don't want to go to the gas

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chamber and he even said he'd meet with

00:19:12

belly but in the end he didn't turn up

00:19:14

as you'll soon find out there was likely

00:19:15

more to that call than first meets the

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eye this finally brings us to that

00:19:19

unbreakable puzzle not long after that

00:19:21

no- show with the lawyer the chronicle

00:19:23

received a new communication from the

00:19:25

Zodiac this time it was a cryptogram

00:19:27

containing 340 characters which came to

00:19:29

be known as Cipher 340 and it proved to

00:19:31

be too difficult for the best Minds in

00:19:33

the world to decipher at the time people

00:19:36

tried for decades from the USA and

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across the world but what the Zodiac

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Killer had created was something special

00:19:41

something so annoyingly difficult that

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after years of trying and failing the

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puzzle was forgotten by most code

00:19:48

crackers maybe it was meaningless they

00:19:50

thought an assumption that put their

00:19:51

frustrated Minds at ease but then in

00:19:53

2006 a global team of crack code

00:19:56

Breakers took a look at the impossible

00:19:57

puzzle again they knew it meant

00:19:59

something but finding the key was no

00:20:01

easy task it would end up taking them 14

00:20:03

years to finally decipher the code

00:20:05

that's dedication the team included an

00:20:08

American software developer named David

00:20:10

aranak a computer programmer from

00:20:12

Belgium named Yaro vanike and an

00:20:14

Australian mathematician Named Sam Blake

00:20:16

their hard work finally brought the

00:20:18

words of the zodiac to the public ik had

00:20:20

actually developed software to break the

00:20:22

codes and he had created it specifically

00:20:24

to crack the one made by the Zodiac

00:20:26

Blake's role in figuring out the cipher

00:20:27

was to manipulate the symbols and see

00:20:29

how they could be transposed and a ran

00:20:31

did the rest the team said at times

00:20:33

they'd get somewhere with the puzzle and

00:20:35

they'd find a word but then they

00:20:36

discovered that what they discovered was

00:20:38

a false positive what they called a

00:20:40

phantom then one day aranak announced

00:20:43

this is a big one we have a solution for

00:20:44

the 340 and it's real it hadn't been

00:20:47

easy the team had looked at hundreds of

00:20:49

thousands of different manipulations of

00:20:51

the text then on a Thursday morning at

00:20:52

the beginning of December 2020 A

00:20:54

variation of the text showed up in the

00:20:56

program aranak said at first sight it

00:20:58

looked like like gibberish but it also

00:21:00

contained the words gas chamber and the

00:21:02

even more zodiac esque phrase hope

00:21:04

you're trying to catch me that was a

00:21:06

signature zodiac taunt if those phrases

00:21:08

were actually part of the correct

00:21:10

solution to the puzzle what the team

00:21:11

would have to do is apply a cipher that

00:21:13

had been used for those words to the

00:21:15

rest of the symbols in the cryptogram it

00:21:17

was complicated they realized they had

00:21:19

to look at the puzzle and read it in a

00:21:20

diagonal fashion so they took the symbol

00:21:23

in the top leftand corner and wrote it

00:21:24

down so if it was an H they'd write H

00:21:27

then they'd move down one one and over

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to the right two spaces then they'd

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write down that symbol which here is a

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plus sign then they' went through the

00:21:34

entire puzzle doing this until they'd

00:21:36

written down every symbol what they

00:21:38

ended up with was a completely different

00:21:39

looking puzzle it still looked like

00:21:41

nonsense of course but now they had

00:21:43

something new that they could put into

00:21:45

the codebreaking software huh the team

00:21:47

was rather disappointed after that not

00:21:49

only did not much of anything come up

00:21:51

but the terms gas chamber and hope

00:21:52

you're trying to catch me weren't there

00:21:54

either it was as if they'd gone backward

00:21:56

but then a ran check tried something

00:21:58

else he added the words they suspected

00:22:00

were correct gas chamber and hope you're

00:22:02

trying to catch me to the software as

00:22:04

known Solutions and let the program run

00:22:06

Presto an English message popped up the

00:22:09

words of The Grandmaster secret code

00:22:11

psycho the Zodiac himself that wasn't me

00:22:14

on the TV show was this the Zodiac

00:22:16

telling the cops that the guy that had

00:22:18

called in to talk to the lawyer was an

00:22:20

impostor ranek almost fell out of his

00:22:22

chair after 51 years it was as if the

00:22:24

Zodiac had risen from the grave the team

00:22:26

could now decrypt the first part of the

00:22:28

puzzle but the same method of code

00:22:30

breaking didn't work for the other two

00:22:31

parts since the first part was almost

00:22:33

definitely correct it didn't make sense

00:22:35

that the other sections couldn't be

00:22:36

solved in the same way but then they

00:22:38

hypothesized that the reason it didn't

00:22:39

work was because the Zodiac had actually

00:22:41

made a mistake when he designed the

00:22:43

cipher if that was the case it was no

00:22:45

wonder no one could crack it you can't

00:22:47

open a broken lock with a good key the

00:22:49

team took into consideration that he'd

00:22:50

made some spelling mistakes they

00:22:52

corrected the mistakes and then used a

00:22:54

slightly different system of moving down

00:22:56

into the right diagonally reading the

00:22:57

symbols and they discovered something

00:22:59

amazing it worked the Zodiac really had

00:23:02

made a mistake in his code and here it

00:23:04

is the fully decrypted words of the

00:23:06

zodiac himself from a code that remained

00:23:08

unbroken for over 50 years he wrote I

00:23:11

hope you're having lots of fun and

00:23:12

trying to catch me that wasn't me on the

00:23:15

TV show which brings up a point about me

00:23:17

I'm not afraid of the gas chamber

00:23:19

because it will send me to paradise all

00:23:20

the sooner because I now have enough

00:23:22

slaves to work for me where everyone

00:23:24

else has nothing when they reach

00:23:26

Paradise so they're afraid of death I'm

00:23:28

not AF afraid because I know that my new

00:23:30

life is life will be an easy one in

00:23:32

Paradise death it was true the man who

00:23:34

called and spoke to Melvin belly really

00:23:36

was an impostor the Zodiac had always

00:23:38

been somewhat narcissistic in his

00:23:40

writing he'd always bragged about being

00:23:42

one step ahead of the cops he never

00:23:43

seemed scared or repentant like how the

00:23:45

callar sounded the Zodiac perhaps

00:23:47

suffering from a mental illness actually

00:23:49

believed his victims could be waiting on

00:23:51

him hand and foot in the afterlife it

00:23:53

appears he didn't believe the heavenhell

00:23:54

dichotomy for good guys and bad guys the

00:23:57

team didn't waste any time in contacting

00:23:58

the FBI to alert them that they'd

00:24:00

cracked the puzzle the FBI subsequently

00:24:02

issued a statement saying it was true

00:24:04

and while it's exciting and a huge

00:24:05

accomplishment to finally have cracked

00:24:07

the code it didn't actually get us any

00:24:09

closer to understanding the true

00:24:10

identity of America's most confounding

00:24:12

serial killer the message doesn't really

00:24:15

help the investigation at all which the

00:24:16

FBI says is still ongoing we continue to

00:24:19

seek Justice for the victims of these

00:24:20

brutal crimes wrote the agency but

00:24:22

that's not the end of the zodiac story

00:24:24

when it comes to codes there are two

00:24:26

more ciphers that were sent by the

00:24:27

Zodiac that haven't yet been solved they

00:24:29

are both very short and some people

00:24:31

believe one of them could even be his

00:24:32

name being short doesn't make a cipher

00:24:34

easier though far from it because it's

00:24:37

short there are fewer clues for a key

00:24:39

the 340 Cipher team has tried to crack

00:24:41

those remaining puzzles but suspects

00:24:43

that because it's so short unless new

00:24:44

information is discovered it's likely a

00:24:46

hopeless task and so while the code is

00:24:48

cracked the identity of the Zodiac

00:24:50

Killer remains a mystery people will

00:24:52

continue trying though and who knows

00:24:54

maybe one day someone will finally solve

00:24:56

the last the masked maniac's Miss

00:24:58

stories and we'll finally learn the

00:24:59

truth of just who the Zodiac Killer is

00:25:02

following our show on the infamous

00:25:03

serial killer known as Jack the Ripper

00:25:05

we thought we'd look at another equally

00:25:07

fascinating crime story that of the

00:25:09

Zodiac killer that has baffled both

00:25:11

investigators and the public alike these

00:25:13

two beasts were not the only prolific

00:25:15

Killers never to be caught but perhaps

00:25:17

the most well-known other serial killers

00:25:19

that got away with it include the

00:25:20

Atlanta Ripper India's Stoneman the

00:25:23

Axeman of New Orleans and one person

00:25:25

that had the terrifying name of the

00:25:27

babysitter there are are plenty more but

00:25:29

maybe none who led police on such a

00:25:30

confounding wild goose chase as the

00:25:32

person we are going to discuss today so

00:25:34

wrap your heads around this episode of

00:25:36

the infographic show the Zodiac serial

00:25:38

killer how did he evade the police I

00:25:41

like killing people because it's so much

00:25:43

fun these were the chilling words

00:25:44

written in a letter by someone we know

00:25:46

as the Zodiac Killer but where did The

00:25:48

Killing begin well the Zodiac a name he

00:25:50

gave to himself in the letters he sent

00:25:52

to police claimed to have killed 37

00:25:54

people in total but that may not be the

00:25:56

case police are pretty sure killed at

00:25:58

least five people and injured two others

00:26:01

but they also say there is a possibility

00:26:02

he was responsible for another 20 to 28

00:26:05

murders the earliest confirmed murder

00:26:07

didn't take place until 1968 but it's

00:26:10

widely believed that the Zodiac was

00:26:11

working much earlier than that the first

00:26:13

confirmed murders were those of a young

00:26:15

couple Betty Lou Jensen and David

00:26:17

Faraday killed on December 20th 1968 the

00:26:21

couple pulled into a place named Lovers

00:26:22

Lane probably about to reach first base

00:26:25

on what was said to be their first date

00:26:27

they didn't get too far because a man

00:26:28

approached their vehicle and shot the

00:26:30

man in the head the girl ran but was

00:26:32

shot five times in the back a few months

00:26:34

later the Zodiac would claim these

00:26:36

murders as his own and he would share

00:26:38

details only the killer could have known

00:26:40

you can go back much earlier though to

00:26:42

1963 and again this Terrorizer of the

00:26:45

night picked on young people high school

00:26:47

lovers Robert Domingos and Linda Edwards

00:26:50

Used senior ditch day to go for a

00:26:52

sunbathe at gavota State Park in

00:26:54

California they never made it home the

00:26:56

boy's dad found the bodies after

00:26:58

becoming worried about his son being out

00:27:00

for a long time when he went to the

00:27:01

beach to look for them he found both his

00:27:04

son and the girlfriend tied up the boy

00:27:06

had been shot 11 times and the girl nine

00:27:09

times this may or may not have been our

00:27:11

man did the Zodiac kill 18-year-old Sher

00:27:14

Josephine Bates brutally stabbed several

00:27:17

times and her throat slashed so hard it

00:27:19

almost decapitated her that was in 1966

00:27:22

and it was some years later that police

00:27:23

thought this too could have been the

00:27:25

work of the zodiac police are sure the

00:27:27

zodiac almost killed 19-year-old Michael

00:27:29

meu and did kill his 22-year-old

00:27:32

girlfriend Darlene Fen both were shot in

00:27:34

1969 while sitting in their car at Blue

00:27:37

Rock Springs Park in Vallejo the killer

00:27:39

later called the police and described

00:27:41

exactly what had happened he finished

00:27:42

the chilling call saying I also killed

00:27:45

those kids last year goodbye he was

00:27:47

referring to Jensen and Faraday perhaps

00:27:49

the Grizzlies confirmed crime was that

00:27:51

of Two Lovers 20-year-old Brian Hartnell

00:27:54

and 22-year-old Cecilia an Shepard the

00:27:57

pair were relaxing at Lake in Napa

00:27:58

County California when a man in a hooded

00:28:01

costume with the Zodiac emblem sewed on

00:28:03

it told them he was a prison escape he

00:28:05

bound them with clothesline while they

00:28:07

were on their backs he then stabbed the

00:28:09

boy six times in the back turned to the

00:28:11

screaming girl and stabbed her 10 times

00:28:13

hartell actually survived the killer

00:28:15

then went up to the couple's car and

00:28:17

scrolled in pen some information about

00:28:19

the other murders Hartnell unfortunately

00:28:22

wasn't able to give police much

00:28:23

information about the man that almost

00:28:25

took his life the last confirmation and

00:28:27

perhaps the close closest the Zodiac

00:28:29

came to being caught was when he shot

00:28:31

28-year-old Paul Stein in the back of

00:28:33

his head from his taxi cab in San

00:28:35

Francisco he only just got away as

00:28:37

police approached the scene but for some

00:28:39

reason the cops were looking for a black

00:28:40

suspect the cops thought it was a

00:28:42

robbery until shortly after the San

00:28:44

Francisco Chronicle received a letter

00:28:46

signed from the Zodiac the letter stated

00:28:49

I am the murderer of the taxi driver and

00:28:51

just to be sure the police believed him

00:28:53

also inside the letter was a piece of

00:28:55

the bloodstained shirt that Stein had

00:28:57

been wearing on the the night people did

00:28:59

see a man near the cab that night though

00:29:01

and now police thought they had some

00:29:02

idea concerning what he looked like the

00:29:04

Zodiac said that was a bad version of

00:29:06

him stating in a letter that the night

00:29:08

of the murder he was wearing a disguise

00:29:10

there were many more suspected murders

00:29:11

but we can't go through them all let's

00:29:13

talk about these letters instead most of

00:29:15

which were written with terrible

00:29:16

handwriting the first letter sent in

00:29:18

1966 was titled the confession he gets

00:29:21

straight to the point starting with the

00:29:23

lines she was young and beautiful but

00:29:25

now she is battered and dead she is not

00:29:27

the first and she will not be the last

00:29:29

still it's thought this could have been

00:29:31

any delusional person perhaps not the

00:29:33

actual Zodiac Killer many more letters

00:29:35

are suspected to have come from the

00:29:36

Zodiac but others have been confirmed on

00:29:39

July 31st it's thought the Zodiac sent a

00:29:41

letter to the San Francisco Chronicle

00:29:43

San Francisco Examiner and Vallejo times

00:29:46

each newspaper had been sent one part of

00:29:48

something called a cipher this may also

00:29:50

be called a cryptogram and is a coded

00:29:52

way of sending a message in this case it

00:29:55

was a block of letters and symbols the

00:29:57

Zodiac was some some trickster while he

00:29:59

later wrote a letter saying the cipher

00:30:00

contained his name it was actually later

00:30:03

discovered to have said I will not give

00:30:05

you my name he sent a series of letters

00:30:08

sometimes with ciphers the first Cipher

00:30:09

when worked out contained a message part

00:30:11

of which read the best part of it is

00:30:13

that when I die I will be reborn in

00:30:15

paradise and all those that I have

00:30:16

killed will become my slaves he even

00:30:19

wrote to Chronicle reporter Paul Avery

00:30:21

who had been working on the case it was

00:30:22

a Halloween card that contained the text

00:30:24

peekaboo you are doomed this was a

00:30:27

threat a matter that became serious for

00:30:29

Avery despite what the Zodiac movie

00:30:31

tells us it was later said by Avery's

00:30:33

friends and colleagues that the case

00:30:34

didn't drive him to drugs and drink and

00:30:36

his eventual death that part is fiction

00:30:39

said the people the last letter received

00:30:41

was on January 29th 1974 in this letter

00:30:44

the Zodiac wrote that the film The

00:30:45

Exorcist was a great satirical comedy he

00:30:48

left a symbol that has never been

00:30:49

explained and like that he was gone so

00:30:52

why was he never caught well firstly

00:30:54

some people do think the police had

00:30:56

their man they just didn't have the

00:30:58

sufficient evidence to get a conviction

00:30:59

the prime suspect has always been Arthur

00:31:01

Lee Allen and he's the only one that

00:31:04

police gain search warrants for several

00:31:06

police officers have said they thought

00:31:08

it was him Robert greith the cartoonist

00:31:10

at the San Francisco Chronicle who was

00:31:11

very close to the case at the time of

00:31:13

the murders wrote a book called zodiac

00:31:15

and in it he puts Allen as the main

00:31:17

culprit police were all over him for

00:31:19

almost 20 years and in the end had a lot

00:31:21

of leads bloody knives in his car

00:31:23

matching Footprints at the murder scene

00:31:25

a knowledge of ciphers a positive ID

00:31:27

from a Survivor being seen close to one

00:31:30

killing other people saying he had

00:31:32

bragged about killing and had talked

00:31:33

about naming himself zodiac he even had

00:31:35

a history of abusing children and an

00:31:37

apparent hatred for women although

00:31:39

police said they just could not find

00:31:41

enough evidence to convict him so

00:31:42

perhaps it's as simple as that cops had

00:31:44

their man but he Sid through their hands

00:31:46

his handwriting didn't match and neither

00:31:48

did his DNA on the envelopes of the

00:31:50

zodiac letters Allan was found dead in

00:31:52

1992 at his home was it Richard gayowski

00:31:55

a good fit for the sketch mentally

00:31:58

unstable and most of all linked to the

00:31:59

ciphers that were sent still the man's

00:32:01

friends have given him solid Alibis for

00:32:03

some of the murders was it Earl Van best

00:32:06

Jr an absolute dead ringer for the

00:32:08

Zodiac sketch and his name seems to

00:32:10

appear in the ciphers some people have

00:32:12

said it might have been the unibomber

00:32:13

AKA Theodore J kazinski but given his

00:32:16

intellect modus operandi and of course

00:32:18

his Twisted but profound reason for

00:32:20

killing it just wouldn't make sense one

00:32:22

connection we suppose is that they both

00:32:24

wrote to newspapers to spread the news

00:32:25

of their wicked game was it Ricky

00:32:27

Marshall who owned a typewriter and

00:32:29

liked the same movies as the Zodiac

00:32:31

that's hardly a strong case was it

00:32:33

mentally ill Lawrence Cain who knew

00:32:35

coding whose name may have been in the

00:32:37

ciphers and who was actually a colleague

00:32:39

of one of the victims what about Ross

00:32:41

Sullivan another mentally ill man that

00:32:43

was close to the location of the murders

00:32:45

and a good fit for the sketch and guess

00:32:47

what the Zodiac once mentioned the Opera

00:32:49

the makato written by none other than

00:32:51

Gilbert and Sullivan the list goes on

00:32:53

but these guys have all been discussed

00:32:55

widely by people that have followed the

00:32:56

case professionally and also all those

00:32:59

online slu*tes we have these days there

00:33:01

are plenty of zodiology out there and

00:33:03

many have differing opinions why was he

00:33:05

never caught many hypotheses have been

00:33:07

put forward from Bad police work

00:33:09

different police departments working on

00:33:11

the case and not communicating well to

00:33:13

good old plain luck on the killer side

00:33:15

to the fact the killer was likely not

00:33:17

related in any way to any of the victims

00:33:20

they usually are even if it means they

00:33:22

regularly catch the same bus he chose

00:33:24

his locations carefully for the most

00:33:26

part which were often totally remote and

00:33:28

far from each other we might also add

00:33:30

that back in the ' 60s and70s the

00:33:31

forensic technology was primitive

00:33:33

compared to now these days it's likely

00:33:35

his murders would not have only been on

00:33:37

CCTV but they'd be going viral after

00:33:39

being posted on something like Live Leak

00:33:41

even the lead investigator on the Zodiac

00:33:43

case doesn't know why they didn't catch

00:33:45

him in the end his name was Dave Tashi

00:33:48

said why didn't we get this guy I ended

00:33:51

up with a bleeding ulcer over this case

00:33:53

it still haunts me it always will he's

00:33:55

dead now rest in peace Dave the mber

00:33:58

20th

00:33:59

1968 around 10:15 p.m. 17-year-old David

00:34:03

Faraday and 16-year-old Betty Lou Jensen

00:34:06

parked at a gravel turnout a well-known

00:34:08

popular Lovers Lane on Lake Herman Road

00:34:11

in the small Northern California town of

00:34:13

bonisha sadly the teenage sweethearts

00:34:16

never made it home after their date they

00:34:18

were found shot to death shortly after

00:34:20

11:00 p.m. thus began the reign of

00:34:23

terror by the Zodiac Killer from

00:34:25

December 1968 through October 19 1969 a

00:34:28

serial killer who came to be known as

00:34:30

the Zodiac Killer from the cryptic

00:34:32

letters he sent to the Press plagued the

00:34:35

California Bay Area despite his Brazen

00:34:37

crimes and his Clues to the authorities

00:34:40

the Zodiac Killer was never caught a

00:34:42

number of suspects have been named by

00:34:44

law enforcement and amateur

00:34:46

investigators over the years but there

00:34:48

has been no definitive proof as to who

00:34:50

the Zodiac Killer was there are a lot of

00:34:53

reasons why the Zodiac Killer was never

00:34:54

found but first a quick rundown of the

00:34:57

depr cved acts that made him so

00:34:59

notorious nearly 7 months after the

00:35:01

murders in bisha the Zodiac Killer

00:35:03

struck again on July 4th 1969 another

00:35:07

young man and woman Michael maou and

00:35:09

Darlene faren were shot in Vallejo

00:35:11

California around midnight as they sat

00:35:13

in a car parked at a golf course the

00:35:16

killer actually called the police from a

00:35:18

pay phone at about 12:40 a.m. and

00:35:20

reported the double murder also

00:35:22

mentioning that he had killed the kids

00:35:24

last year in reference to the bonisha

00:35:26

slangs Mao surv rived the attack but

00:35:28

wasn't able to provide a description to

00:35:30

the police on July 31st 1969 the Zodiac

00:35:33

Killer sent letters to three local

00:35:35

newspapers the San Francisco Chronicle

00:35:38

the San Francisco Examiner and the

00:35:39

Vallejo Times Herald each of these

00:35:41

letters contained a confession of the

00:35:43

two murders and onethird of a cipher

00:35:45

when assembled and cracked the cipher

00:35:47

discussed how much the Zodiac Killer

00:35:49

liked killing on September 27th 1969

00:35:53

came the third attack one evening two

00:35:55

college students Brian hardell and

00:35:57

Cecilia Shephard were relaxing by the

00:35:59

shore of Lake beresa about 25 mi from

00:36:02

Napa California when they were

00:36:04

approached by a man wearing a homemade

00:36:06

Executioner's mask he claimed to be an

00:36:08

escaped prison convict who was trying to

00:36:10

get to Mexico he needed the students

00:36:12

money and car he tied them up and then

00:36:15

without warning pulled out a knife and

00:36:16

stabbed them then he used a marker to

00:36:19

vandalize Brian's car memorializing his

00:36:21

killing before making his escape again

00:36:24

the killer called the police from a pay

00:36:25

phone to alert them about the attack

00:36:27

meanwhile Good Samaritans had found the

00:36:29

victims and they were rushed to the

00:36:31

hospital miraculously Hartnell survived

00:36:34

his stabbing a fourth attack happened on

00:36:36

October 11th 1969 in the precidio

00:36:38

Heights area of San Francisco the Zodiac

00:36:41

killer shot a cab driver Paul Stein and

00:36:43

then cut off and stole a part of the

00:36:45

Cab's bloody shirt from then on the

00:36:47

killer sent taunting letters to the

00:36:49

press and the police referring to

00:36:51

himself as the Zodiac And discussing the

00:36:53

mystical and intellectual basis of his

00:36:55

motivation for the killings he also

00:36:57

provided unknown details of his crimes

00:36:59

made threats and offered puzzles and

00:37:01

coded Clues to Future murder plots twice

00:37:04

he even included pieces of Stein's

00:37:06

bloody shirt with his letters as proof

00:37:08

the fourth attack was the final one for

00:37:11

the next 5 years the Zodiac Killer

00:37:12

continued to send letters to the media

00:37:14

and authorities until

00:37:16

1974 though he may have sent

00:37:18

correspondence until 1978 no one can be

00:37:21

sure if all the messages received really

00:37:23

came from the killer over time the

00:37:25

authorities have interviewed nearly 2500

00:37:28

people regarding the crimes due to the

00:37:30

Killer's communication with newspapers

00:37:32

which somewhat sensationally printed his

00:37:34

letters the public was highly interested

00:37:36

in the Zodiac Killer even today tips

00:37:39

still pour in and people have confessed

00:37:40

to being the Zodiac Killer and made

00:37:42

accusations to authorities that various

00:37:45

family members or colleagues were the

00:37:46

Zodiac Killer internet groups pour over

00:37:49

every detail of the crimes in an attempt

00:37:51

to crack the Killer's identity so far

00:37:53

only one of the four pictograms sent by

00:37:55

the killer has ever been tooted one of

00:37:58

the three unsolved puzzles allegedly

00:38:00

provides the name of the Zodiac Killer

00:38:02

here are some reasons as to why the

00:38:03

Zodiac Killer was never found number one

00:38:06

the locations the murder took place in

00:38:09

the Zodiac Killer murdered his victims

00:38:10

during the course of about a year over a

00:38:12

wide- ranging area the first two murders

00:38:15

took place 7 months apart in bonisha and

00:38:17

Vallejo California though the two murder

00:38:19

scenes were less than 5 miles apart they

00:38:22

were in different municipalities and

00:38:24

were therefore investigated by different

00:38:26

police departments as was the third

00:38:28

attack near Napa and the fourth attack

00:38:30

in San Francisco four separate

00:38:32

jurisdictions with different processes

00:38:34

separately worked the cases during a

00:38:36

time when each Police Department was an

00:38:38

entity into itself which leads us to the

00:38:40

next reason why the Zodiac Killer wasn't

00:38:42

caught number two mishandled police work

00:38:45

a variety of police mistakes were made

00:38:47

with the Zodiac cases during the Zodiac

00:38:49

Killer's final attack Witnesses called

00:38:52

the police to alert them of a cab driver

00:38:54

being shot by a middle-aged white male

00:38:56

on the first report over the police

00:38:58

radio the operator described the shooter

00:39:00

as a black male because of the mistaken

00:39:02

description two officers ignored a white

00:39:05

man who crossed their paths as they were

00:39:07

arriving to the crime scene in one of

00:39:09

his letters the Zodiac Killer sent a

00:39:11

Swatch of the Cab's bloodstained shirt

00:39:13

and taunted the police for their mistake

00:39:15

in not apprehending him when they had

00:39:17

the chance an ongoing mistake that all

00:39:19

the jurisdictions were guilty of was

00:39:21

lack of information sharing during the

00:39:24

1960s there was very little inter agency

00:39:26

cooperation different jurisdictions were

00:39:29

possessive of their cases red tape and

00:39:31

egos got in the way even when the police

00:39:33

wanted to share Case Files it was harder

00:39:35

to share back then which once again

00:39:37

brings us to the next reason why the

00:39:39

Zodiac Killer wasn't caught number three

00:39:41

the time period during the Zodiac Killer

00:39:44

spree there was no ease of sharing

00:39:46

information via technology there were no

00:39:48

fax machines no computers no cellular

00:39:51

phones no afis automated fingerprint

00:39:54

identification system also the police

00:39:56

may have had too much information in

00:39:58

trouble parsing it once the Zodiac

00:39:59

Killer's correspondence was published

00:40:01

the police were inundated with a wide

00:40:03

variety of tips from the public beyond

00:40:05

all the technology and software which

00:40:07

helps police gather data and analyze

00:40:09

cases modern forensics was still in its

00:40:12

infancy crime scene investigation CSI

00:40:15

was minimal and the evidence collected

00:40:17

wasn't well preserved since then pieces

00:40:19

of evidence have been endlessly handled

00:40:21

by the police the Zodiac case was so

00:40:23

popular and had developed such a

00:40:25

Mystique that evidence was sought out by

00:40:27

curious authorities not directly working

00:40:29

the case over the years evidence has

00:40:31

been rifled through taken home by

00:40:33

retiring cops who wanted to continue to

00:40:35

work the case and even stolen as

00:40:37

souvenirs of course DNA testing wasn't

00:40:40

yet possible at the time of the crimes

00:40:42

since then authorities have attempted to

00:40:43

perform DNA tests on some items known to

00:40:46

have been handled by the Zodiac Killer

00:40:48

such as the stamps from the letters he

00:40:50

sent unfortunately since the evidence

00:40:52

was poorly collected and has since

00:40:54

degraded investigators haven't yet been

00:40:56

able to build a complete DNA profile

00:40:58

from collected materials however testing

00:41:01

is continuing also hampering the

00:41:03

investigations was the fact that serial

00:41:05

killers were poorly understood during

00:41:07

the late 1960s the FBI was just

00:41:09

beginning to study the behavior of

00:41:11

serial killers and to profile them most

00:41:13

police departments simply were not

00:41:15

experienced with these types of crimes

00:41:17

and had no set processes for working

00:41:19

serial murders with unconnected victims

00:41:22

that seemingly had little or no motive

00:41:24

number four it's been hard to identify

00:41:26

the zodiac killer because he had a

00:41:28

fairly low victim count in one of his

00:41:30

letters to the media the Zodiac Killer

00:41:32

claimed to have murdered 37 victims

00:41:34

officials can only confirm seven victims

00:41:36

four men and three women with two of the

00:41:39

men surviving their attempted murders in

00:41:41

dispute are another four murders that

00:41:43

were possibly committed by the Zodiac

00:41:45

Killer and one more Survivor the low

00:41:47

body count made it hard for police to

00:41:49

establish patterns when it came to the

00:41:50

Killer by comparison other well-known

00:41:53

serial killers such as Ted Bundy or the

00:41:55

Green River Killer murdered upwards of

00:41:57

30 people during the reign of the Zodiac

00:41:59

Killer the Manson family began their own

00:42:01

spree killing eight people the main

00:42:03

reason why the Zodiac Killer has become

00:42:05

so notorious is his cryptic threatening

00:42:07

and taunting letters many of which were

00:42:09

printed in the local newspapers

00:42:11

considering the similarity of the crimes

00:42:13

the police might have eventually linked

00:42:15

the first two attacks together the

00:42:16

murder of the couples in bisha and

00:42:18

Vallejo but the mo for the stabbings of

00:42:20

the third attack and the fourth the

00:42:22

shooting of the cabie Don't Fit until

00:42:24

the Zodiac Killer taunted the police

00:42:26

about the crime sfpd was investigating

00:42:29

the Cab's murder as a robbery gone wrong

00:42:31

without the Zodiac Killer announcing his

00:42:33

murders linking them and threatening

00:42:35

future crimes the murders have just been

00:42:37

sad blips in police records number five

00:42:40

intertwined with the low body count

00:42:42

making it hard to notice patterns and

00:42:44

identify the Zodiac Killer is the

00:42:46

Killer's Mo or modus operandi serial

00:42:49

killers tend to use the same method to

00:42:50

murder each time refining their

00:42:52

techniques based on previous crimes also

00:42:55

they tend to pick the same type of

00:42:56

victims the Zodiac Killer both stabbed

00:42:59

and shot his victims and prayed on

00:43:01

couples and a single person in his

00:43:03

letters the killer threatened to blow up

00:43:05

various locations and even included

00:43:07

instructions for making a bomb showing

00:43:09

that he was well acquainted with how

00:43:11

explosives worked usually the method of

00:43:13

killing is very personal to the serial

00:43:15

killer and while they alter it as needed

00:43:18

they rarely switch it to an altogether

00:43:20

different method of murder once again

00:43:22

the police wouldn't have connected the

00:43:23

murder of the cabie with the Zodiac

00:43:25

Killer if he hadn't made a taunt in

00:43:27

confession in one of his letters the

00:43:29

Zodiac Killer seems to defy the typical

00:43:31

classifications the FBI has created for

00:43:33

killers in fact he would be categorized

00:43:35

as a mixed killer he displays both

00:43:37

traits of Serial and spree Killers as

00:43:40

well as both organized and disorganized

00:43:42

offenders which brings us to the next

00:43:44

reason why the Zodiac Killer was never

00:43:46

identified number six the Zodiac Killer

00:43:49

may have been more than one person there

00:43:51

have been many different theories as to

00:43:53

the identity of the Zodiac Killer over

00:43:55

the years the unibomber kazinski was

00:43:57

even bandied about as a suspect for a

00:43:59

while the police only publicly named a

00:44:02

single suspect Arthur lelay Allen of

00:44:04

Vallejo California school teacher who

00:44:06

was institutionalized in 1975 for child

00:44:09

molestation Allan died in 1992 and in

00:44:12

2002 was exonerated when a relative of

00:44:14

his provided a DNA sample to test

00:44:16

against possible Zodiac Killer DNA found

00:44:19

on a stamp there is definitely a camp of

00:44:22

investigators that believe the Zodiac

00:44:23

Killer is multiple people they point to

00:44:26

the unusual mixed serial killer traits

00:44:28

the changing Mo and the intricate

00:44:30

pictograms as proof that more than a

00:44:32

single person was involved number seven

00:44:34

the Zodiac Killer has managed to evade

00:44:36

capture because he was simply lucky the

00:44:39

Zodiac Killer committed his murders

00:44:41

publicly and yet hardly anyone saw

00:44:43

anything when he shot the cabie he

00:44:45

actually briefly lingered at the scene

00:44:47

and was seen by some local teens in the

00:44:49

poor light of a dim fall evening they

00:44:51

weren't able to get a good look at him

00:44:53

likewise it was from Pure Luck that the

00:44:54

police operator misidentified his

00:44:56

description deson also while walking

00:44:58

away from the scene of that shooting the

00:45:00

Zodiac Killer just happened to turn in a

00:45:02

direction away from the officers

00:45:03

arriving at the scene if he had gone the

00:45:05

other way he would have met them head on

00:45:07

during the stabbing at Lake Bessa the

00:45:09

killer had a prolonged interaction with

00:45:11

his victims first he tied them up then

00:45:13

stabbed them and then finally rode on

00:45:15

their car the length of time spent at

00:45:17

the crime scene increased the

00:45:19

possibility of a third party showing up

00:45:21

but no one did it's not known whether

00:45:23

the Zodiac Killer purposely spread his

00:45:25

crimes across multiple jurisdictions but

00:45:27

even he couldn't have foreseen how

00:45:29

different agencies would have failed to

00:45:30

close ranks and communicate poorly

00:45:33

number eight the final reason why the

00:45:35

Zodiac Killer was never caught was

00:45:37

because he abruptly stopped killing a

00:45:39

Hallmark of serial killers is their

00:45:41

compulsion to murder rarely do serial

00:45:43

offenders voluntarily seize Killing

00:45:45

Spree usually serial killers stop

00:45:47

because they're caught and

00:45:49

institutionalized in a prison or an

00:45:51

asylum it's possible the Zodiac Killer

00:45:53

might have stopped because he died some

00:45:55

think he moved away from the Bay Area

00:45:57

and continued to kill in another

00:45:59

location or he may have continued to

00:46:01

kill in the Bay Area but for reasons

00:46:03

unknown kept silent about his crimes in

00:46:05

the early 1970s a few unsolved murders

00:46:07

happened in Santa Rosa California which

00:46:10

some point to the Zodiac Killer for

00:46:12

others believe that the Zodiac Killer

00:46:13

quit because they were caught and jailed

00:46:15

just for a different crime some think

00:46:17

that the Zodiac Killer completed his

00:46:19

mission and that's why he stopped

00:46:21

murdering his real objective wasn't

00:46:23

murder but to make Society pay attention

00:46:25

to him he succeeded at that perhaps even

00:46:27

Beyond his Wildest Dreams some 40 years

00:46:30

later the Zodiac Killer has become an

00:46:31

American Legend our Jack the Ripper

00:46:34

countless internet groups are devoted to

00:46:36

him the police ended up diverting a

00:46:37

significant amount of resources arrayed

00:46:40

against him to chase obscure leads in an

00:46:42

attempt to solve his puzzles he inspired

00:46:44

and spawned at least two other serial

00:46:46

killers that we know of perhaps more

00:46:48

he's inspired several movies fiction and

00:46:50

documentaries books and even songs even

00:46:53

now the case has been reopened the

00:46:55

police convinced that in their files is

00:46:57

a clue that just has to be found to

00:46:59

crack the case wide open and reveal the

00:47:01

identity of one of America's most

00:47:03

infamous serial killers I like killing

00:47:06

people because it's so much fun those

00:47:08

were the words embedded in a coded

00:47:10

message sent by the Zodiac in July of

00:47:13

1969 the letter was sent to the

00:47:15

newspaper editors at the San Francisco

00:47:16

Examiner this would not be the last

00:47:18

encoded message with gruesome thoughts

00:47:20

and details hidden within the zodiac is

00:47:23

the most mysterious and Elusive serial

00:47:25

killer in United States history you and

00:47:27

I are about to gather Clues look at

00:47:29

crime scenes and analyze hidden messages

00:47:31

to try and discover who the Zodiac

00:47:33

really was let's delve deeper into the

00:47:36

psyche of one of the most terrifying

00:47:37

killers of all time over the years more

00:47:40

than 2500 suspects have been put forth

00:47:43

as the Zodiac Killer they range from

00:47:45

unibomber Ted kazinski to members of The

00:47:48

Charles Manson family in the 1990s

00:47:50

suspect number one was Arthur Lee Allen

00:47:52

Allen was a Vallejo California school

00:47:54

teacher it's clear that the Zodiac could

00:47:56

could be anyone from an already known

00:47:58

killer to a school teacher our mission

00:48:00

is to figure out where on this spectrum

00:48:02

the real Zodiac Killer might lie there

00:48:04

are two suspects who have not been

00:48:06

completely ruled out thus far and a

00:48:08

third that's been recently accused of

00:48:10

being the Zodiac as investigators will

00:48:12

look into the evidence and try to come

00:48:13

to our own conclusions the first suspect

00:48:16

will'll analyze is Lawrence Caine the

00:48:18

Zodiac clearly had an understanding of

00:48:19

coding he also had an affinity for Naval

00:48:22

gear such as combat boots and Firearms

00:48:24

Kane served in the naval reserves where

00:48:26

would have learned coding and had access

00:48:28

to the basic Naval gear that the Zodiac

00:48:30

used in 1962 Lawrence Kane was in a car

00:48:33

accident that resulted in a serious

00:48:35

brain injury this injury may have

00:48:37

altered his ability to control urges it

00:48:39

could have led to a personality disorder

00:48:41

through unbalanced chemicals and

00:48:42

hormones in the brain we know that the

00:48:44

Zodiac struggled with internal conflict

00:48:47

he reached out for help in several of

00:48:48

his letters even stating that he could

00:48:50

not control his urges to kill it's been

00:48:52

claimed by some including a retired

00:48:55

police detective that Kane's name name

00:48:57

appears in one of the zodiac ciphers the

00:48:59

Zodiac did write that he had embedded

00:49:01

his name in the ciphers he taunted the

00:49:03

authorities saying that if his code was

00:49:04

correct they would know who he was could

00:49:06

Cain have put his name in one of the

00:49:08

ciphers because he was the Zodiac or was

00:49:10

it a coincidence perhaps it was just a

00:49:12

mistake by the retired detective when

00:49:14

trying to break the code this evidence

00:49:16

does not seem to hold up for our

00:49:18

investigation another connection between

00:49:20

Kane and the zodiac is through the

00:49:21

murder of Darlene faren let's take a

00:49:23

closer look into this connection and the

00:49:25

crime scene left behind on July 4th 1969

00:49:28

of valo California a 22-year-old mother

00:49:30

named Darlene faren and her friend

00:49:32

Michael MGO were murdered by the Zodiac

00:49:35

they stopped at Blue Rock Springs Park

00:49:37

to enjoy Independence Day when

00:49:39

interviewed after the attack Michael

00:49:40

said that a vehicle pulled into the lot

00:49:42

they were parked in around midnight the

00:49:44

driver got out and fired a 9mm handgun

00:49:46

at the car Michael was shot in the jaw

00:49:49

shoulder and leg but lived to tell the

00:49:50

story Darlene was hit several times and

00:49:53

passed away on the ride to the hospital

00:49:55

at 12:40 the police received a call from

00:49:57

a gas station pay phone the voice on the

00:49:59

other line took responsibility for the

00:50:01

shooting the voice of the monster on the

00:50:02

other line said I want to report a

00:50:04

murder if you go one mile East on

00:50:06

Columbus Parkway you'll find kids in a

00:50:08

brown car they were shot with a 9mm ler

00:50:10

I also killed those kids last year

00:50:12

goodbye the bluntness of the call was

00:50:15

the most unsettling part it was after

00:50:17

this confession that the first of the

00:50:18

zodiac letters were received by the

00:50:20

newspapers in California the first set

00:50:22

of letters were postmarked on July 31st

00:50:24

1969 three different opes were sent to

00:50:27

three different newspapers the writer

00:50:29

claimed responsibility for two shootings

00:50:31

and provided grotesque details about the

00:50:33

victims weapons and number of shots

00:50:35

fired the writer also included onethird

00:50:37

of a cipher in the letters and demanded

00:50:39

publication the Zodiac threatened to

00:50:41

kill again if newspapers did not publish

00:50:44

the cipher and included the words I like

00:50:46

killing people because it's so much fun

00:50:48

this was the first Cipher the Zodiac

00:50:50

created and it was his longest the

00:50:52

cipher was 48 characters long and it was

00:50:54

laid out in a 24x7 grid when police

00:50:58

investigated the death of Darlene faren

00:51:00

her sister identified Cain as a man who

00:51:02

would bother Darlene at the restaurant

00:51:03

where she worked Darlene's sister only

00:51:05

identified C from a photograph but if

00:51:07

there was a connection between one of

00:51:09

the Zodiac's victims and Cain that would

00:51:11

be something we should take into

00:51:12

consideration Lawrence Kane was also

00:51:14

identified as having the closest

00:51:16

likeness to the Zodiac by a San

00:51:18

Francisco police officer who unknowingly

00:51:20

St the Zodiac moments after the murder

00:51:22

of a cab driver named Paul Stein Paul

00:51:25

Stein was murdered by the zodia on

00:51:27

October 11th 1969 Stein picked up a man

00:51:30

thinking it would be a routine Camp ride

00:51:32

but he was dead wrong on his way to the

00:51:35

destination the Zodiac shot him in the

00:51:37

head and cut off a piece of his shirt

00:51:38

the Zodiac walked away from the scene of

00:51:40

the crime just as police arrived the

00:51:42

cops were mistakenly looking for a black

00:51:44

man as the suspect they ignored the

00:51:47

white man resembling the correct

00:51:48

description racial profiling was common

00:51:51

at this time in US history this murder

00:51:53

was where the most famous sketch of the

00:51:55

Zodiac Killer came from the case was

00:51:57

considered just a routine robbery until

00:51:59

the San Francisco Chronicle received

00:52:00

another letter from the Zodiac the

00:52:02

letter began I am the murderer of the

00:52:04

taxi driver the envelope contained a

00:52:06

bloodstained piece of Paul Stein's shirt

00:52:08

there could be no denying the Zodiac was

00:52:10

responsible in the letter the Zodiac

00:52:12

mocked the police for failing to catch

00:52:14

him and threatened to shoot children on

00:52:15

a school bus on November 8th and 9th the

00:52:18

Zodiac sent two more letters the latter

00:52:20

being the longest message he wrote and

00:52:22

claiming that police had stopped him

00:52:24

near the crime scene but let him go this

00:52:26

l letter also included a recipe to make

00:52:28

a bombb and a detailed diagram of the

00:52:30

explosive it was clear that the Zodiac

00:52:32

had the technical knowhow to make the

00:52:34

device and was not afraid to use it

00:52:36

perhaps Lawrence Kaine learned basic

00:52:38

engineering skills in the Navy to allow

00:52:40

him to construct the bomb the Zodiac

00:52:41

described the following month a letter

00:52:43

addressed to famous attorney Melvin

00:52:45

belly was received in it we get a look

00:52:47

at the psyche of the zodiac its writer

00:52:49

stated he was afraid that he would kill

00:52:51

again the Zodiac asked belly to help as

00:52:54

if he were fighting a battle within

00:52:55

himself once side of his personality

00:52:57

wanted to stop the Mayhem the other

00:52:59

personality the one clearly in control

00:53:01

only wanted to kill more the Zodiac

00:53:03

ended the note with please help me I

00:53:05

cannot remain in control for much longer

00:53:08

these personality shifts could be due to

00:53:10

brain trauma similar to what Lawrence C

00:53:12

succumbed to in his car crash for right

00:53:14

now though the connections between Cain

00:53:16

and the Zodiac are superficial and more

00:53:18

evidence is needed it's time to turn our

00:53:20

investigation to another man who was

00:53:22

suspected of being the Zodiac Killer his

00:53:24

name was Ross Sullivan several physical

00:53:26

features of Sullivan are reminiscent of

00:53:28

the zodiac he sported a crew cut and

00:53:30

glasses similar to the man in a police

00:53:32

sketch from the Stein murder he also

00:53:34

wore Army jackets and military style

00:53:37

boots like those that left Footprints at

00:53:38

the lake berasa stabbing let's Del

00:53:41

further into the Zodiac murder of

00:53:42

September 27th 1969 to see if we can

00:53:45

uncover more clues Brian Hartnell and

00:53:48

Cilia Shepard were relaxing on the Sandy

00:53:50

shore of Lake berasa just north of Napa

00:53:52

California a hooded man with a white

00:53:54

crossed Circle stitched over his chest

00:53:56

test snuck up and held them at gunpoint

00:53:58

he bowed their wrists and once they were

00:54:00

secured plunged a hunting knife into

00:54:02

hartnell's back six times the Zodiac

00:54:05

then stabbed Shephard 10 times to

00:54:07

complete the crime the Zodiac walked

00:54:09

over to Brian hartnell's car and used a

00:54:11

pen to draw a crossed circle on the door

00:54:13

he then wrote the dates and locations of

00:54:15

the previous attacks he called the Napa

00:54:17

Police and reported this horrific double

00:54:19

murder among the evidence that was

00:54:21

uncovered at the scene were military

00:54:22

bootprints however there's no direct

00:54:25

link to Sullivan in this case except his

00:54:27

similar attire but Ross Sullivan is

00:54:29

connected to a different zodiac murder

00:54:31

in a much more concrete way on October

00:54:33

30th 1966 Sher Josephine Bates left a

00:54:36

note for her father saying she'd gone to

00:54:38

the library at city college in Riverside

00:54:41

the next morning her Volkswagen Beetle

00:54:42

was found abandoned in the library

00:54:44

parking lot her body lay in an alley

00:54:46

nearby between two unoccupied houses

00:54:49

she'd been stabbed numerous times and

00:54:51

her throat was slashed it was a bloody

00:54:53

scene police found a Timex watch and

00:54:55

Prince of military boots at the crime

00:54:57

scene nothing had been stolen and no

00:54:59

sexual assault had been conducted the

00:55:01

next month a local newspaper received a

00:55:03

typed letter titled the confession the

00:55:06

murderer wrote Miss Bates was stupid she

00:55:08

went to the slaughter like a lamb I'm

00:55:10

not sick I'm insane these words made the

00:55:13

authorities shudder they were dealing

00:55:15

with a man who had lost touch with

00:55:16

reality at first it was unclear if this

00:55:18

was a zodiac killing in April of that

00:55:21

year the police received another letter

00:55:22

stating that Bates had to die there will

00:55:24

be more the letter was signed with with

00:55:26

a symbol resembling the letter Z could

00:55:28

the Z stand for zodiac detectives later

00:55:31

determined that the Zodiac was to blame

00:55:33

for the murder due to similarities

00:55:34

between bates's murder and his other

00:55:36

killings then the Smoking Gun arrived in

00:55:38

a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle

00:55:40

the Zodiac confirmed the Authority's

00:55:42

theory that he had murdered Bates the

00:55:44

letter stated I do have to give them

00:55:46

credit for stumbling across my Riverside

00:55:48

activity but they're only finding the

00:55:49

easy ones there are a hell of a lot more

00:55:52

down there a scary notion for the police

00:55:54

to Grapple with but what does c have to

00:55:56

do with this murder well Ross Sullivan

00:55:58

worked at the Riverside City College

00:56:00

library where Bates had gone to study

00:56:02

and near where the body was found

00:56:04

co-workers said that Ross Sullivan had

00:56:06

made them uncomfortable and disappeared

00:56:08

for several days after the murder again

00:56:10

this is not conclusive evidence but it

00:56:12

does link Sullivan to one of the earlier

00:56:14

zodiac killings Ross Sullivan also had

00:56:16

mental health problems although we're

00:56:18

now more aware of the role mental health

00:56:20

plays in someone's actions in the 1960s

00:56:22

less research on the topic was available

00:56:24

in 1967 Sullivan was hospitalized

00:56:27

several times for bipolar disorder and

00:56:29

schizophrenia these mental health

00:56:31

diseases may have caused the dark

00:56:33

personality of the zodiac to manifest

00:56:35

itself with or without the knowledge of

00:56:37

Ross Sullivan it would seem that

00:56:38

Sullivan has a clearer connection to the

00:56:40

Zodiac murder than Lawrence Kane again

00:56:43

there is no conclusive evidence at this

00:56:45

time but Sullivan's actions do seem

00:56:47

suspicious a more recent claim for who

00:56:49

the Zodiac Killer was comes from a man

00:56:51

named Gary Stewart Stewart believes that

00:56:53

his father was the Zodiac it isn't every

00:56:56

every day that a son implicates his

00:56:57

father of being a notorious serial

00:56:59

killer in 2014 Gary Stewart published

00:57:02

his book the most dangerous animal of

00:57:03

all and in his book he outlined evidence

00:57:05

as to why he believes his father was the

00:57:07

notorious zodiac Stuart grew up without

00:57:10

knowing his father his mother Jude

00:57:12

Guilford was a 14-year-old fugitive

00:57:14

married to her 27-year-old husband Earl

00:57:16

Van Bess Jr after Stuart was born his

00:57:19

father decided he had no interest in

00:57:21

Parental responsibility he left his

00:57:22

newborn son in a Louisiana apartment

00:57:24

complex stairwell if nothing else van

00:57:27

best was a terrible father upon being

00:57:29

arrested for multiple crimes and

00:57:31

negligence van best ended up in a

00:57:33

California state mental hospital Jude

00:57:35

Guilford put Stewart up for adoption at

00:57:37

the time it wasn't until Gary Stewart

00:57:39

was a grown man that he had connected

00:57:41

his father to the Zodiac he first

00:57:42

started making the connections when he

00:57:44

was watching late night TV on the screen

00:57:46

was the police sketch of the zodiac

00:57:48

Stuart instantly recognized the close

00:57:50

resemblance to a picture of his father

00:57:52

and the Zodiac drawing Gary Stewart

00:57:54

claims that not only were his father and

00:57:56

the Zodiac similar in their looks but in

00:57:58

their interests as well he states that

00:58:00

his father was interested in ciphers he

00:58:02

also mentions that van Bast had a deep

00:58:04

connection to the Mado the Zodiac quoted

00:58:07

the Arthur Sullivan Opera in his letters

00:58:09

maybe van best and the Zodiac shared the

00:58:11

same love for this Opera because they

00:58:12

were the same person Gary Stewart also

00:58:15

claims that his father was in the right

00:58:16

place at the right time van best lived

00:58:19

right around the corner from where the

00:58:20

Zodiac hailed Paul Stein's cab and

00:58:22

murdered him in 1969 these connections

00:58:25

are circ*mstantial at best and no

00:58:27

definitive evidence connects van best to

00:58:29

being the Zodiac later in his research

00:58:31

Stuart begins to become more conspiracy

00:58:33

oriented he claims that since his mother

00:58:36

eventually married a San Francisco

00:58:37

detective named Rota Guilford that the

00:58:40

police are covering up Van best's

00:58:41

identity this seems far-fetched but

00:58:44

Stuart says it may have been to protect

00:58:45

Roa Guilford from being associated with

00:58:48

the Zodiac's first wife Stuart believes

00:58:50

that there is one piece of evidence that

00:58:52

proves without a doubt his father was

00:58:54

the Zodiac in one of the Zodiac's most

00:58:57

intricate ciphers the word best appears

00:58:59

this could be a coincidence or the

00:59:01

cipher being read wrong but to Stuart it

00:59:03

is the Smoking Gun that his father Earl

00:59:06

Van best Jr was the Zodiac however

00:59:08

experts and law enforcement officers are

00:59:10

less convinced and the case of the

00:59:12

Zodiac Killer Still Remains open and

00:59:14

unsolved it would seem there is just not

00:59:17

enough evidence for us to make a

00:59:18

definitive identification at this time

00:59:20

something that keeps detectives and us

00:59:22

at the infographic show up at night is

00:59:25

did the zodiac never stop or did he just

00:59:27

take a break and change hiso after his

00:59:30

last letter on March 22nd 1971 there was

00:59:33

radio Silence from the Zodiac for almost

00:59:35

3 years it wasn't until 1974 that he

00:59:38

resurfaced again the San Francisco

00:59:40

Chronicle received a letter on January

00:59:43

29th 1974 from the Zodiac in it was a

00:59:46

nightmare come to life the Zodiac

00:59:48

alluded to more murders in his note

00:59:50

which read mi37 sfpd 0 this has been

00:59:54

interpreted as the Zodiac taking

00:59:56

responsibility for 37 deaths in the San

00:59:58

Francisco Police Department arresting

01:00:00

him zero times since 1974 no one has

01:00:03

heard from the Zodiac but this does not

01:00:06

mean he was not or is not still out

01:00:08

there what happened where did the Zodiac

01:00:10

go why did he stop killing or at least

01:00:13

stop claiming his murders according to

01:00:15

the FBI's National center for the

01:00:16

analysis of violent crime serial killers

01:00:18

may stop murdering others if something

01:00:20

significant changes in their life one

01:00:22

Theory as to why the Zodiac stopped is

01:00:24

that the police were coming too close to

01:00:25

catching him this may have scared him

01:00:27

into changing his ways however this does

01:00:29

not seem likely as he constantly mocked

01:00:31

the police for not catching him another

01:00:33

possibility is that the attention he was

01:00:35

receiving from his letters and ciphers

01:00:37

were a substitute for killing or it

01:00:39

could have been something as simple as

01:00:40

growing older and less able to carry out

01:00:42

his murderous desires some psychologists

01:00:44

have hypothesized that the Zodiac may

01:00:46

have recovered from an identity disorder

01:00:48

or multiple personality disorder as he

01:00:51

recovered he could have lost the urge to

01:00:52

kill or perhaps he was institutionalized

01:00:55

and we just don't know about it yet the

01:00:57

scariest theory of all is that he just

01:00:58

kept killing and never took

01:01:00

responsibility for it he even later said

01:01:02

in a letter postmarked November 12th

01:01:04

1969 I shall no longer announce to

01:01:07

anyone when I commit my murders they

01:01:09

shall look like routine robberies

01:01:10

killings of anger a few fake accidents

01:01:12

Etc it's impossible to tell if he kept

01:01:15

good on this promise unless we find out

01:01:17

who the Zodiac was if nothing else the

01:01:19

zodiac is still the stuff nightmares are

01:01:21

made of we know of at least five

01:01:23

confirmed murders he committed but it is

01:01:25

possible possible he had 37 or more

01:01:27

victims some of his ciphers still have

01:01:29

not been cracked and may hold Clues to

01:01:31

his identity the Zodiac Killer case is

01:01:34

still an open and ongoing investigation

01:01:36

as if yet there is no definitive answer

01:01:38

to who the Zodiac was or if he is still

01:01:41

out there a young woman walks down an

01:01:43

Alleyway on her way home from college

01:01:45

illuminated only in small puddles of

01:01:47

Light by the lamps above her little does

01:01:49

she know that a man will be waiting for

01:01:51

her as she emerges into the car park

01:01:53

poor soul she thinks after seeing that

01:01:55

well-dressed man is struggling to carry

01:01:57

books to his Volkswagen Beetle

01:01:59

especially as one of his arms is in a

01:02:01

sling she walks over to him and offers

01:02:03

assistance to which the polite and

01:02:04

softly spoken man gives her his utmost

01:02:07

thanks as she takes some of the books

01:02:08

and leans down to place them in the

01:02:10

passenger seat he hits her over the head

01:02:12

with a tire iron he gets into the

01:02:14

driver's seat and leaves the scene he'll

01:02:16

strangle her like he did many others

01:02:18

he'll do unspeakable things to her he is

01:02:21

the quintessential Maniac his name is

01:02:23

Ted Bundy the scene we've just described

01:02:26

to you was the modus operandi of this

01:02:27

particular serial killer well when he

01:02:30

had planned his murders Bundy's thing

01:02:32

was to use his good looks his speaking

01:02:34

skills and his educated demeanor to lure

01:02:36

people into his trap at times he'd put

01:02:38

his arm in a sling or even walk on

01:02:40

crutches to give his victims a false

01:02:42

sense of security how harmful could a

01:02:44

man be on crutches one dressed in a suit

01:02:47

driving a cute car this is why he was so

01:02:49

hard to catch he just didn't fit the

01:02:51

profile of a serial killer one who did

01:02:53

absolutely disgusting things to people

01:02:56

at the moment they died and after they

01:02:58

died he probably should have been caught

01:03:00

much earlier than he was after all when

01:03:02

young women went out and never came back

01:03:04

on a few occasions Witnesses came

01:03:06

forward and said they had seen a man

01:03:08

lurking around a man with one arm in a

01:03:10

sling a man that drove a VW Bug

01:03:13

22-year-old Brenda Carol ball was last

01:03:15

seen talking to a guy in a car park who

01:03:17

had brown hair and an arm in a sling

01:03:20

soon after Susan elae Rancourt went

01:03:22

missing never to return two people came

01:03:24

forward after that and said they'd been

01:03:25

approached by a man who wore a sling

01:03:27

he'd asked them for help putting some

01:03:28

books into his car a VW Beetle then on

01:03:31

June 11th 1974 University of Washington

01:03:35

Student georgeanne Hawkins went missing

01:03:37

her body would never be found we know

01:03:39

that she'd been with her boyfriend and

01:03:40

she left him after midnight on her walk

01:03:42

home to her sorority house she was

01:03:44

spotted by a male friend who was driving

01:03:46

a car he shouted out of the window hey

01:03:48

George what's happening she chatted with

01:03:50

him for a minute or two and expressed

01:03:52

that she was a bit nervous about her

01:03:53

upcoming Spanish exam later with

01:03:55

Witnesses told the cops that they'd seen

01:03:57

some guy skulling around in an Alleyway

01:03:59

close to hawkins's a guy whose arm was

01:04:01

in a sling one woman said he'd asked her

01:04:03

to help him load a briefcase into a

01:04:05

light brown Volkswagen Beetle little did

01:04:07

she know at the time how close she was

01:04:09

to being murdered Hawkins wasn't so

01:04:11

lucky she fell for the trick as any

01:04:13

helpful person might we know what

01:04:15

happened to her because Bundy later

01:04:17

talked about it when she was close

01:04:18

enough to his car he hit her over the

01:04:20

head with a crowbar which knocked her

01:04:22

clean out when she came around she was

01:04:24

obviously confused although though to

01:04:26

Bundy's surprise she seemed to think

01:04:27

that he turned up to help her with

01:04:29

Spanish she was evidently in shock this

01:04:32

is what Bundy said about that it's odd

01:04:34

the kinds of things people will say

01:04:35

under those circ*mstances he strangled

01:04:37

her and dumped her body a body he would

01:04:39

return to on at least three occasions

01:04:41

you could only imagine how demented he

01:04:43

was returning to a body that was

01:04:45

decomposing he had his reasons but we'll

01:04:47

get to that Bundy was Brazen there's no

01:04:50

doubt about it he didn't ever think he'd

01:04:52

be caught he thought he was too

01:04:54

intelligent for the police after all he'

01:04:56

worked in politics he worked as an

01:04:58

assistant director of the Seattle crime

01:04:59

prevention advisory committee where he

01:05:01

wrote a paper on rape prevention he did

01:05:03

a stent at the Department of Emergency

01:05:05

Services where he talked about missing

01:05:07

women and how to find them and that's

01:05:09

likely why Bundy didn't have any qualms

01:05:11

about returning to the alleyway from

01:05:12

where he picked up Hawkins the day after

01:05:14

the abduction he was there at the same

01:05:16

time as the police hiding in plain sight

01:05:19

as he picked up one of the girls shoes

01:05:20

and her necklace if he wasn't picking up

01:05:22

girls in a car park or close by one he

01:05:25

was sneaking into basem*nts while they

01:05:26

slept and then bludgeoning the victim

01:05:28

with some kind of iron bar Bundy was

01:05:31

like the boogeyman a serial killer that

01:05:33

crawled through windows and viciously

01:05:35

attacked people while they were at their

01:05:36

most vulnerable but he was also a con

01:05:39

artist he played confidence tricks and

01:05:41

he was very good at it investigators

01:05:43

knew that when girls went missing at

01:05:45

times a man was seen with an arm in a

01:05:47

sling a man that owned a VW Beetle

01:05:49

surely Bundy was easy prey after that

01:05:52

how many VW Beatles were there in those

01:05:54

areas when the abduction happened areas

01:05:56

dotted around the Pacific Northwest the

01:05:59

reality was Bundy's reign of terror was

01:06:01

only in the early stages the public and

01:06:03

police were worried that's for sure

01:06:05

Young Folks stopped hitching rides and

01:06:07

many became fearful of talking to

01:06:08

strangers or leaving their windows open

01:06:10

at night those with most of fear were

01:06:12

young white women Bundy's victims were

01:06:14

almost always in their late teens or

01:06:16

early 20s they were Caucasian and most

01:06:18

of them were attractive they studied at

01:06:20

University and were said to be

01:06:22

intelligent and gifted students another

01:06:24

thing was the fact that each girl

01:06:25

disappeared at a college where

01:06:27

construction work was going on could the

01:06:29

disappearances be linked wondered

01:06:31

investigators they just didn't know they

01:06:33

had very little forensic evidence to

01:06:35

work with and there were no bodies that

01:06:37

didn't mean the cops thought the girls

01:06:38

had just taken off someplace nothing

01:06:40

about their personalities and State of

01:06:42

Mind suggested that only weeks after

01:06:44

Hawkins went missing two women were

01:06:46

abducted in broad daylight at Lake

01:06:47

samamish State Park not far from the

01:06:49

city of Seattle Bundy had first

01:06:51

approached five women in the park and in

01:06:53

what they later described as a Canadian

01:06:55

or British accent the man introduced

01:06:57

himself as Ted Ted dressed in a pressed

01:07:00

white tennis outfit with one arm and a

01:07:02

sling politely asked them if they could

01:07:04

help him unload a sailboat from his

01:07:06

bronze-colored Volkswagen Beetle four of

01:07:08

them said no but one followed him to his

01:07:10

car thankfully she ran away when she

01:07:12

became aware that there was no sailboat

01:07:14

that day Bundy managed to enlist one

01:07:16

woman for help and he later abducted

01:07:18

another close to arrest room both would

01:07:20

die did he kill one in front of the

01:07:22

other he once said that that was true

01:07:24

but close to his execution date he

01:07:26

recanted that terribly Bleak detail this

01:07:28

is not a story about his crimes though

01:07:30

what we want to know is how the hell did

01:07:32

the police not get closer to Bundy

01:07:34

seeing as he was using the same car and

01:07:37

the same sling trick and so the same

01:07:39

modus operandi he even told the girls

01:07:41

that escaped that he was named Ted what

01:07:43

more did the cops need a written

01:07:45

confession they were closer but still a

01:07:48

long way from getting him they at least

01:07:50

now had good description of this Ted guy

01:07:52

and it did quite look like him in no

01:07:55

time at all this sketch appeared in many

01:07:56

newspapers and was shown on TV remember

01:07:59

that we said Bundy worked at the

01:08:00

Department of Emergency Services well

01:08:02

one of his co-workers there saw the

01:08:04

sketch and heard about the Volkswagen

01:08:05

Beetle and she knew she was looking at

01:08:08

her colleague Mr Bundy she made a call

01:08:10

to the cops as did another person that

01:08:12

knew Ted Bundy the cops at the time were

01:08:14

receiving something like 200 of these

01:08:16

calls in one day and they quickly

01:08:17

assumed that a cleancut law student with

01:08:19

no criminal record couldn't be behind

01:08:22

the abductions serial killers didn't

01:08:24

look like that or so they thought the

01:08:26

heat was on though and Bundy knew it a

01:08:28

couple of months after his last murder

01:08:29

bones were being found those bones were

01:08:32

the remains of his victims scattered in

01:08:34

various places where the cops hadn't

01:08:35

thought to look it was fortunate for

01:08:37

Bundy then that he was accepted to study

01:08:39

at the University of Utah law school he

01:08:41

packed his bags and headed south in

01:08:43

August of 74 he was only in Utah a month

01:08:46

when he started killing again September

01:08:48

2nd a hitchiker October 2nd a

01:08:51

16-year-old girl October 18th a

01:08:53

17-year-old girl from a pizza parlor it

01:08:55

turned out that she was the daughter of

01:08:57

a police chief after her decomposing

01:08:59

body was found on a hiking trail the

01:09:01

postmortem exam revealed that Bundy had

01:09:03

kept her alive for perhaps 7 days each

01:09:06

had been subjected to the most brutal

01:09:08

depravity although Bundy admitted years

01:09:10

later that after he killed them he

01:09:11

shampooed their hair and applied makeup

01:09:14

to their faces keeping them in a state

01:09:16

that he liked he wanted the physical

01:09:17

possession of the remains and he wanted

01:09:19

to do what he wanted to them he

01:09:21

sometimes chopped them sometimes kept

01:09:23

heads in his apartment and he dressed

01:09:24

them in the way he wanted them to look

01:09:26

and then he took a photograph when you

01:09:28

work hard to do something right he once

01:09:30

said you don't want to forget it more

01:09:32

abductions happened more murders as well

01:09:34

as attempted abductions the

01:09:35

disappearances were reported in the

01:09:37

media and after reading about them a

01:09:39

woman named Elizabeth kleer who dated

01:09:41

Bundy back when he was in Washington put

01:09:43

two and two together she not only called

01:09:45

The King County cops and told him that

01:09:47

she thought she had been dating the

01:09:48

killer but she also told the Salt Lake

01:09:50

County Sheriff's office and said the

01:09:52

same she was still talking to Bundy at

01:09:54

this point on the tel phone but she

01:09:56

didn't say anything about her calls for

01:09:57

her the sketch looked like Ted Bundy the

01:10:00

car was Bundy and so the murders

01:10:02

following him around were just too much

01:10:03

of a coincidence Bundy started then

01:10:06

killing in Colorado things didn't change

01:10:08

much death by blunt force trauma

01:10:10

sometimes strangulation bodies dumped

01:10:12

mutilated sometimes wearing clothes that

01:10:14

weren't theirs 1975 Drew to an end and

01:10:17

there were more victims some whose

01:10:19

bodies have never been found 76 turned

01:10:21

out to be another bloody year so how

01:10:23

come Washington cops weren't at the the

01:10:25

very least looking at Bundy they only

01:10:27

did that after they discovered a new toy

01:10:29

a computer and a database they found

01:10:31

that they could input data about the

01:10:33

murders and the computer would compare

01:10:34

that data to data already in the system

01:10:37

thousands of names were in that database

01:10:39

but only 26 names matched the crimes

01:10:41

Bundy was one of them the problem was

01:10:43

connecting the Utah and Colorado murders

01:10:46

to the Pacific Northwest murders at the

01:10:48

time there were no large databases

01:10:50

containing all the state's police

01:10:51

departments the fact of the matter was

01:10:53

while the cops should have known better

01:10:54

after the tip offs because Bundy moved

01:10:56

around he managed to evade capture but

01:10:59

then he was pulled over by a cop in a

01:11:01

Salt Lake City suburb after he'd been

01:11:03

driving around looking suspicious on

01:11:05

searching Bundy's car the cop found

01:11:06

quite the collection of suspicious items

01:11:08

a ski mask trash bags handcuffs a

01:11:11

crowbar lengths of rope and an ice pick

01:11:14

all that was pretty much the consumate

01:11:16

serial killer stash it didn't take long

01:11:19

for the cops to understand that they

01:11:20

might have a maniac on their hands and

01:11:22

they had the phone call from Bundy's

01:11:24

lover in their records and they had his

01:11:26

car description from one of the

01:11:27

abductions still after searching his

01:11:29

house the police didn't have enough to

01:11:30

keep him one thing they didn't find that

01:11:32

day was a bunch of photographs of his

01:11:34

dead victims things would have been very

01:11:36

different had they discovered those

01:11:38

awful snaps Bundy was on the loose again

01:11:40

but he was being monitored all day long

01:11:42

some of the cops flew to Seattle to

01:11:44

speak to Bundy's lover she told him that

01:11:46

some things just didn't add up such as

01:11:48

why did he keep crutches in his house

01:11:50

and what about that plaster of Paris not

01:11:52

to mention the surgical gloves big

01:11:54

knives meat cleaver and a bag full of

01:11:56

women's clothes Bundy was certainly in a

01:11:58

fix now but he was by no means done he

01:12:00

sold his beloved Beetle but that was

01:12:02

soon sequestered by investigators who

01:12:04

gave the interior a good going over what

01:12:06

they found were strands of hair from

01:12:08

females and those females were very

01:12:10

likely victims of murder police brought

01:12:12

Bundy in and put him in a lineup but

01:12:14

they only had enough evidence to

01:12:15

possibly put him on trial for aggravated

01:12:17

kidnapping and attempted criminal

01:12:19

assault his parents paid his $115,000

01:12:22

bail and off he went once again a free

01:12:24

man but on heavy Around the Clock

01:12:26

surveillance he actually lived with his

01:12:28

lover again while he was on bail which

01:12:30

should have been a very strange time for

01:12:32

her at this point the lead investigators

01:12:34

from Utah Washington and Colorado all

01:12:36

finally got together and shared their

01:12:38

stories and what evidence they had they

01:12:40

were pretty darn sure that they had a

01:12:42

serial killer on their hands and an

01:12:44

utterly depraved one at that before they

01:12:46

could get him for murder though he faced

01:12:48

trial for kidnapping and assault he was

01:12:50

found guilty and sentenced to 1 to 15

01:12:53

years in the Utah State Prison while in

01:12:55

there he was charged with just one of

01:12:56

the murders Bundy was a desperate man

01:12:59

around this time likely knowing that his

01:13:00

crimes are most of them would catch up

01:13:02

with him and he'd be looking at the

01:13:03

death penalty he chose to defend himself

01:13:06

and because of that he didn't have to

01:13:07

wear handcuffs or leg shackles in court

01:13:09

on one of those Court appearances he

01:13:11

managed to convince the court he needed

01:13:13

the library and he leftt from a window

01:13:15

he actually survived for 6 days around

01:13:18

the Wilderness of the Aspen Mountains

01:13:19

but was eventually picked up by the cops

01:13:21

the case against him for that one murder

01:13:23

was actually quite weak but it seemed

01:13:26

that Bundy believed they would get him

01:13:27

if he was done for that case more cases

01:13:29

might follow over a period of 6 months

01:13:31

he got his hands on a floor plan of the

01:13:33

jail he saved money after getting it

01:13:35

smuggled in by visitors and he also got

01:13:37

himself a hacksaw on December 30th 1977

01:13:40

Bundy filled his bed with books so it

01:13:42

might look like he was sleeping he then

01:13:44

got through the ceiling and into an

01:13:46

apartment there he changed into civilian

01:13:48

clothes and then he walked out of the

01:13:50

jail he went from Chicago to Atlanta to

01:13:52

Florida and stolen cars only stopping to

01:13:54

steal certain items or wallets from

01:13:56

people on January 15th 1978 he walked

01:13:59

around at night in Florida State

01:14:01

University in the early hours of the

01:14:02

morning he assaulted bludgeoned

01:14:04

strangled and bit three sleeping women

01:14:07

in three different rooms all within

01:14:08

about 15 minutes two of them survived

01:14:11

but were very badly injured he left the

01:14:13

sorority house and went to an apartment

01:14:15

building where he viciously attacked

01:14:17

another girl fracturing her skull and

01:14:18

jaw there he left behind one of his

01:14:20

favorite things his panty hose mask

01:14:23

police also found sperm and hair Les

01:14:25

Bundy later drove to Jacksonville where

01:14:27

he abducted and killed a 12-year-old

01:14:29

girl a few days later he was stopped by

01:14:31

a police officer during questioning he

01:14:33

kicked the Man's legs and ran for it the

01:14:35

Cop fired warning shots but Bundy kept

01:14:37

running he was too slow he was tackled

01:14:39

and in spite of his best efforts he

01:14:41

couldn't get the gun from the cop Bundy

01:14:43

was done for sat in a car handcuffed on

01:14:46

his way to certain death still this

01:14:48

Florida policeman didn't know who he had

01:14:51

in the car he was not aware that he was

01:14:53

carrying one of the USA's most wanted

01:14:55

fugitives he certainly had no idea that

01:14:57

the occupant of his vehicle would become

01:14:58

known as one of the worst most vile

01:15:01

serial killers of all time a demon whose

01:15:03

warped brutality knew no bounds and do

01:15:06

you know what Bundy said to the cop

01:15:07

while he was in the car he said I wish

01:15:10

you had killed me eventually he

01:15:11

confessed to 30 murders but there could

01:15:14

have been many more on January 24th 1989

01:15:17

age 42 Bundy took his final breaths in

01:15:20

the electric chair his last words were

01:15:22

I'd like you to give my love to my

01:15:24

family and friends they said he was a

01:15:26

pillar of the community friendly

01:15:27

neighbors watched from their Windows as

01:15:29

he shoveled snow for the elderly he

01:15:31

became Pogo the clown for the local

01:15:33

children who GFA at his tricks and

01:15:35

happily received a balloon for being

01:15:37

such a good boy or girl a close friend

01:15:39

to politicians and professionals when

01:15:41

the mask finally was removed from this

01:15:43

sad*stic killer Society was shaken to

01:15:45

its very core John Wayne gasey was a man

01:15:48

who said in custody I've taken 3 and 1/2

01:15:50

hours of truth serum sodium amitel the

01:15:53

maximum amount I could have

01:15:55

it shows I have no knowledge of the

01:15:57

crime whatsoever that's strange because

01:15:59

his crimes were certainly memorable when

01:16:01

gasy was not making kids laugh at tricks

01:16:03

he did one-on-one shows in his house

01:16:06

that involved asking a young man to wear

01:16:07

a pair of handcuffs to try to get out of

01:16:09

him having already seen that gasy was a

01:16:11

respectable member of the local

01:16:13

community the victim gladly slipped his

01:16:14

hands into the Cuffs his capture would

01:16:16

then fasten a noose around his neck

01:16:18

pulling it tighter in increments this

01:16:20

was about the time when the victim knew

01:16:22

there was no trick and gasy was

01:16:24

certainly no no pillar of the community

01:16:26

but let's go back to the start like many

01:16:28

serial killers in the making the young

01:16:30

gasy suffered a troubled upbringing he

01:16:32

stuffed his trauma down into the far

01:16:34

reaches of his brain but it wouldn't be

01:16:36

long before his horrifying past

01:16:37

resurfaced in new ways when he grew up

01:16:40

gasy wasn't Outcast as a young boy and

01:16:42

had a father who was quick to reprimand

01:16:44

the youngster gasy was powerless this

01:16:46

doesn't often bode well for the adult in

01:16:48

the making but at the age of 18 it

01:16:51

looked as though gayy was doing all

01:16:52

right that's when he became the

01:16:54

assistant prec Captain for a local

01:16:56

Democratic party politician seemed like

01:16:58

young gasy was becoming a respectable

01:16:59

young man still he could never do any

01:17:02

good in his father's eyes his pop and

01:17:04

ugly human if there ever was one was

01:17:06

often calling his son boy and

01:17:08

other similar slurs John Wayne gasy was

01:17:10

hom*osexual but you can understand why he

01:17:13

tried his hardest to repress his sexual

01:17:14

urges and feelings with a father like

01:17:17

that a leading detective on the case

01:17:19

will say gasy was actually a hom*ophobic

01:17:21

hom*osexual his denial being so strong

01:17:24

gasy moved away from his father and

01:17:25

ended up working as a mortuary assistant

01:17:27

in Las Vegas there he took perhaps a too

01:17:30

Keen interest in the embalming of bodies

01:17:32

one day he got into a coffin of a

01:17:34

recently deceased man he hugged the body

01:17:36

he stroked the Slick embalmed skin for

01:17:39

those few moments he didn't feel

01:17:40

powerless at all he then jumped out of

01:17:42

the coffin in a State of Shock with

01:17:45

actual living young men becoming

01:17:46

intimate posed more problems even though

01:17:49

gasy got married it was just a charade

01:17:51

when he became a manager at a KFC Outlet

01:17:53

he'd often invite young male workers

01:17:55

back to his house to play pool and drink

01:17:57

alcohol he'd usually come on to them and

01:17:59

when they pushed him away he'd just say

01:18:00

he was kidding the guys usually weren't

01:18:02

gay and even if they were gayy was

01:18:04

hardly attractive his solution to those

01:18:06

unreciprocated advances was simple and

01:18:09

vile abduct them first torture them and

01:18:11

kill them he did this many times and it

01:18:14

seems he did so without so much as

01:18:16

stirring anyone's curiosity he was after

01:18:18

all a community leader and organizer of

01:18:20

parades a successful businessman and

01:18:22

fundraiser whose mask remained tighty

01:18:24

against his doughy face he was as people

01:18:27

later said the Devil in Disguise but

01:18:29

let's be frank here viewers had any of

01:18:32

you more Discerning people known gasy

01:18:34

back then and really talk to him you'd

01:18:36

have known he was screwy in about 20

01:18:38

minutes if you'd hung around him for a

01:18:40

few weeks you'd likely have seen his

01:18:41

massive stash of p*rnography there's

01:18:43

nothing wrong with that of course but

01:18:45

you'd have to notice that he spent as

01:18:47

much time hanging out with guys and

01:18:48

their late teens as he did with his wife

01:18:50

and children you then have found out

01:18:52

that he had two clown characters Pogo

01:18:54

the nice clown and patches the sometimes

01:18:57

devilish clown you wouldn't have had to

01:18:59

read Sigman Freud to figure out that

01:19:01

this was a two-sided man sometimes he'd

01:19:03

keep the clown outfit on and you'd later

01:19:05

see him collapsed over a beer in a local

01:19:07

bar had you not come to the conclusion

01:19:10

by then that Mr gazy might have been

01:19:11

hiding something perhaps a little dark

01:19:13

your intuitive faculties were as dull as

01:19:15

a potatoes but you didn't even need

01:19:17

heightened intuition to see what he was

01:19:19

like he sexually harassed a number of

01:19:21

his staff all young men he once told one

01:19:23

of them do you know how easy it would be

01:19:25

to get one of my guns and kill you and

01:19:27

how easy it would be to get rid of the

01:19:29

body you might have even seen how young

01:19:31

men went into his house and never came

01:19:33

out you could have talked with a young

01:19:34

man who gasy tried to handcuff likely

01:19:36

with the intent to kill only to be out

01:19:38

wrestled gasy told that guy not only are

01:19:41

you the only one who got out of the

01:19:42

Cuffs you got them on me there were

01:19:44

other survivors too if you were a young

01:19:46

guy back then living anywhere near that

01:19:48

neighborhood you would have heard of Mr

01:19:50

gasy the creepy clown who couldn't keep

01:19:52

his hands to himself if he'd been able

01:19:54

to look deep you would have seen he

01:19:55

served time in prison for assault on a

01:19:57

young man so this begs the question how

01:20:00

come he wasn't investigated it was

01:20:02

partly because people back then even the

01:20:03

police didn't expect serial killers to

01:20:05

look from the outside as upstanding

01:20:07

members of the community Casey wasn't

01:20:09

just a pillar of the community he was

01:20:11

the load Stone especially once he'd

01:20:13

gotten his painting decorating and

01:20:15

maintenance business off the ground his

01:20:17

political work even got him a photograph

01:20:18

with the first lady Rosalind Carter if

01:20:21

there was a Serial killing University

01:20:23

degree the first thing youd learn

01:20:24

Invasion tactics class is that if you

01:20:26

want to become a prime wolf you first

01:20:28

have to know how to perfect playing the

01:20:30

lamb it also helps to earn money since

01:20:33

money and power afford a killer cloaking

01:20:35

device as to the United States Secret

01:20:37

Service which gave gasy special

01:20:39

clearance okay let's now get down to the

01:20:41

business of how he was finally caught on

01:20:44

December 11th 1978 a woman named

01:20:46

Elizabeth pist went to the local drug

01:20:48

store to pick up her teenage son who

01:20:50

worked there she was in great spirits

01:20:52

that day it was her birthday and she had

01:20:54

invited all her friends to her party the

01:20:56

devoted son Robert had helped her get

01:20:57

things ready for the party Robert told

01:20:59

his mom to wait in the parking lot he

01:21:01

said he just had to speak to a guy about

01:21:03

a possible summer job a job that paid a

01:21:05

whole lot more than his drugstore gig

01:21:07

all Miss P was told was that the guy

01:21:08

offering the job worked in construction

01:21:10

Robert had met him when the guy went to

01:21:12

the drugstore to talk about possible

01:21:13

maintenance Elizabeth sat in the car

01:21:15

giddy about the party to come and glad

01:21:17

her son was helping out with making sure

01:21:18

everything went well but then 20 minutes

01:21:21

passed and he still hadn't come out of

01:21:22

the store she never saw him again she

01:21:24

couldn't enjoy the party that evening

01:21:26

with her son still not having contacted

01:21:28

her not even a phone call just to say he

01:21:30

got way late later that night when

01:21:32

everyone had left she called the police

01:21:33

and reported Robert missing informing

01:21:35

them about the contractor he said he was

01:21:37

meeting the cops soon discovered that

01:21:39

the contractor was 36-year-old John

01:21:41

Wayne gasy this guy was known to almost

01:21:43

everyone in the community in three

01:21:45

different cities he'd been voted Man of

01:21:47

the Year by the junior Chamber of

01:21:48

Commerce he had a successful business

01:21:50

and had even met the president's wife

01:21:52

when the cops looked more into the man

01:21:54

they found found out he often visited

01:21:55

the local hospital children's Ward there

01:21:57

playing Pogo the clown to seriously ill

01:21:59

kids he bounced around to doing tricks

01:22:02

one was handcuffing the kids and then

01:22:04

pretending he' lost the key and telling

01:22:05

them they'd stay that way forever

01:22:07

another was running around and tying

01:22:08

them up with rope the children couldn't

01:22:10

get enough of it when police interviewed

01:22:12

his neighbors they told him gasy was a

01:22:14

lovely guy despite going through two

01:22:16

divorces and not seeing his two kids

01:22:17

much every Christmas his house was

01:22:19

always the one with the most Christmas

01:22:21

lights when it snowed he never failed to

01:22:23

go out in the street and shovel old

01:22:24

folks' driveways so police didn't

01:22:26

immediately think ah serial killing

01:22:28

sad*st in fact they might have left gasy

01:22:31

alone had he not denied going to the

01:22:32

drugstore that day Robert went missing

01:22:35

Witnesses had put him there this

01:22:36

encouraged the cops to dig a Little

01:22:38

Deeper they only had to scrape the

01:22:40

surface to find the part-time party

01:22:42

clown had been imprisoned in the past

01:22:44

for attacking a teenager they also saw

01:22:46

that similar charges had been dropped in

01:22:48

another case that mirrored that one what

01:22:50

was just as shocking was a police report

01:22:52

from 1978 which gasy had invited a

01:22:55

28-year-old man to smoke some weed in

01:22:57

his car he told police at the time that

01:22:59

gasy knocked him out by putting a rag

01:23:01

soaked in chloroform over his mouth gasy

01:23:04

took him back to his house and assaulted

01:23:05

him police didn't charge gasy and the

01:23:07

matter was settled over a $3,000 payout

01:23:10

now a few months later he'd been

01:23:12

connected to a missing teen police had

01:23:14

to investigate too many things just

01:23:16

seemed wrong about gasy police got a

01:23:18

warrant and went to search's house they

01:23:20

found all kinds of books and films

01:23:21

related to sex a starting pistol a

01:23:24

length of nylon rope drugs that can make

01:23:26

someone sleepy police badges and if that

01:23:28

wasn't suspicious enough lots of IDs and

01:23:31

underwear that did not belonged to gasy

01:23:33

in his bedroom was a giant clown

01:23:35

painting close to that was a TV alarm

01:23:37

clock in radio unbeknownst to Cops

01:23:39

something that had belonged to one of

01:23:40

his victims on closer inspection police

01:23:42

found their PS resistance a drugstore

01:23:45

receipt in a waste basket that had one

01:23:47

point been in Robert P's pocket they

01:23:49

didn't know this just yet police also

01:23:51

found a class of 1975 Main West High

01:23:55

School ring on it was the initials J

01:23:58

they didn't know it at the time but the

01:23:59

ring belonged to one of gas's former

01:24:01

employees John Allen pych who became a

01:24:03

victim himself they surveilled this

01:24:05

house after that and followed him

01:24:06

everywhere he went gasy seemed to enjoy

01:24:09

this at first going over to the police

01:24:10

car outside his house and telling the

01:24:12

cops where he was about to go as time

01:24:13

went on he said the police were

01:24:15

harassing him for no good reason all the

01:24:17

time trying to prove how important he

01:24:18

was one time detectives went to lunch

01:24:20

with gasy they asked him about his clown

01:24:22

thing gasy said he loved being Pogo

01:24:25

being a clown he said meant you could go

01:24:26

out in public and grab women and all

01:24:28

they did was laugh about it he told them

01:24:30

being a clown you can get away with

01:24:31

murder police then interviewed one of

01:24:33

his former employees who told him gasy

01:24:35

once asked him to spread lime in a crawl

01:24:37

space under his house that's when they

01:24:39

started working on getting a second

01:24:41

search warrant one day gasy lost his

01:24:43

temper and went out to the surveillance

01:24:45

vehicle he said to the cops come inside

01:24:47

have a coffee look around there's

01:24:48

nothing to see meanwhile the neighbors

01:24:50

wondered why those horrible cops were

01:24:52

harassing poor Mr gasy in the house one

01:24:55

of the cops noticed something when he

01:24:56

flushed the toilet it wasn't physical it

01:24:58

was a smell a smell every detective

01:25:01

knows well death that second warrant

01:25:03

couldn't come soon enough soon after

01:25:05

gasy turned up at his lawyer office

01:25:07

looking rattled and drunk he told his

01:25:09

lawyers he had something to say when

01:25:10

they asked what he pulled out the

01:25:12

newspaper pointing at the article about

01:25:13

the missing boy Robert pist gasy said

01:25:16

the boy's dead he's dead he's in a river

01:25:19

through the night the drunk gasy said

01:25:21

he'd been the jury judge and executioner

01:25:23

of many many many people he said some

01:25:26

were under the house and others were in

01:25:27

the river although gasy was worse for

01:25:29

wear throughout his rambling he wasn't

01:25:31

under arrest at this point and so left

01:25:33

now badly hung over he wouldn't remain a

01:25:35

free man long but while he was he drove

01:25:37

over to meet a friend and said I've been

01:25:39

a bad boy I killed 30 people give or

01:25:41

take a few on December 21st police got

01:25:44

the second warrant to search his house

01:25:46

as they looked around they found a kind

01:25:47

of trap door that led to a crawl space

01:25:50

so one of the detectives got in and

01:25:51

started crawling along the tunnel his

01:25:53

nostrils were immediately filled with

01:25:55

the stench of decomposition he shouted

01:25:57

up to the other detectives I think this

01:25:59

place is full of kids at first police

01:26:01

found three bodies all in various stages

01:26:03

of rot they also found bits of bodies

01:26:06

what they were looking at was perhaps

01:26:07

one of the USA's worst serial killers

01:26:10

turned out gazy had been killing for a

01:26:11

while even when he was living with his

01:26:13

second wife once she was out of the

01:26:15

house he lured young men back to his

01:26:17

place on the promise of booze and weed

01:26:19

he'd often play his clown game with them

01:26:21

strapping handcuffs over their wrists to

01:26:23

see if they could get out they become

01:26:24

worried and then he would strangle them

01:26:27

he usually did this slowly first by

01:26:28

putting the Rope around their neck and

01:26:30

telling them it too was a game he

01:26:32

gradually fastened it Tighter and

01:26:33

Tighter by twisting a stick until they

01:26:36

could hardly breathe he tortured some of

01:26:38

his victims while they were in this

01:26:39

state of terminal distress his wife

01:26:41

would often complain about the horrid

01:26:42

smell to which casay he would always

01:26:44

blame dead rats when she complained too

01:26:46

much he told her to mind her own

01:26:47

business she asked about all the clothes

01:26:49

and wallets she found seemingly from the

01:26:51

young men again gayy told her not the

01:26:53

prize into his personal business that's

01:26:56

when she left police interviewed

01:26:58

survivors mostly poor kids and

01:27:00

prostitutes he found on the streets

01:27:02

although gazy was open to picking up any

01:27:03

kind of Hitchhiker he take them back to

01:27:05

his house and showed them that photo of

01:27:07

himself with the first lady this was

01:27:09

usually enough to make the men feel safe

01:27:11

the only reason they survived was that

01:27:12

the outright refused to play the

01:27:14

Handcuff game with him they didn't tell

01:27:16

the cops for the sad fact that most of

01:27:17

them saw police as the enemy if they did

01:27:20

take part in the trick they died gasy

01:27:22

told police that when he was tightening

01:27:24

that rope around his victim's neck for

01:27:26

the final time he would often recite the

01:27:27

23rd psalm it starts with the line the

01:27:30

Lord is my shepherd I shall not want and

01:27:33

later Comes The Unforgettable line yeah

01:27:35

I walk through the valley of the shadow

01:27:37

of death I will fear no evil God knows

01:27:39

what might have been going through the

01:27:41

minds of his victims gasy was doing most

01:27:43

of the killing when he was the most

01:27:44

famous for playing Pogo so he could have

01:27:46

killed and entertained a bunch of sick

01:27:48

kids or the children of his politician

01:27:50

friends as for why he did it gasy once

01:27:52

told FBI profil Robert wrestler that all

01:27:55

his victims were just worthless little

01:27:57

queers and punks he later denied the

01:27:59

murders saying he'd been set up in his

01:28:01

many interviews he said the media made

01:28:03

him into some kind of monster he said

01:28:05

they've created this fantasy monster

01:28:07

image and it's been going on for the

01:28:08

last 12 years and I never had no comment

01:28:11

and I had no need to talk to the media

01:28:13

for the simple reason that they were

01:28:14

looking for sensationalism they were

01:28:16

looking for the monster it wasn't

01:28:18

exactly a cogent defense seeing as a

01:28:20

mass of bodies were found under his

01:28:22

house and their belongings in side of

01:28:24

his house in a separate interview gasy

01:28:26

said if you want to say I slept in the

01:28:27

house of a dead body okay fine I'll buy

01:28:29

that but in the same room no and besides

01:28:32

the dead won't bother you it's the

01:28:34

living you got to worry about he once

01:28:36

created a document when in

01:28:37

correspondence to the New Yorker it was

01:28:39

a Q&A which he answered himself here are

01:28:41

some of the answers just to give you

01:28:42

more insight into how he either fooled

01:28:44

himself or was an outright liar my

01:28:47

biggest regret being so trusting and

01:28:49

gullible taking advantage of favorite

01:28:51

song send in the clowns Amazing Grace

01:28:54

I consider myself liberal with values

01:28:56

gasy told the interviewer he hadn't

01:28:58

committed the murders he said at one

01:29:00

point I'll tell you what I'm not going

01:29:02

to make no damn Ted Bundy's last minute

01:29:04

confessions the interviewer didn't

01:29:05

expect him to nor did he believe much of

01:29:07

what gasy had said over many hours of

01:29:09

chats gasey should have been caught much

01:29:11

earlier or at least should have set off

01:29:13

a few lights in the radar of the local

01:29:15

police departments in 1975 an

01:29:17

18-year-old former employee of gasy

01:29:19

named John bukovich had an argument with

01:29:21

him over some missing pay bukovich went

01:29:24

missing after that gasey was interviewed

01:29:26

by the cops but nothing came of it

01:29:28

remember this was a man with a very

01:29:29

sketchy record of hurting young men the

01:29:31

boys parents called the cops over 100

01:29:33

times each time demanding that they

01:29:35

investigate gasy they didn't gasy later

01:29:38

told police that he got bukovich stoned

01:29:39

in drunk and then enaged him to put the

01:29:41

handcuffs on behind his back gasy said

01:29:44

he sat on him for at least an hour

01:29:45

before strangling him he then had to

01:29:47

rush to bury the body since his wife and

01:29:49

kids said they were coming back during

01:29:51

the trial the prosecutor said John gasy

01:29:53

has has accounted for more human

01:29:55

Devastation than many Earthly

01:29:57

catastrophes but one must tremble I

01:29:59

tremble when thinking about just how

01:30:01

close he came to getting away with it

01:30:02

all that is true he could have gotten

01:30:05

away with so many murders maybe it was

01:30:07

his political connections and air of

01:30:08

importance that helped him escape the

01:30:10

eyes of the police that and the fact

01:30:12

that he was Man of the Year there was

01:30:14

also linkage blindness meaning different

01:30:16

police departments didn't or couldn't

01:30:17

link up his earlier offenses still maybe

01:30:20

gasy wasn't working alone an

01:30:22

investigator later said there was over

01:30:24

overwhelming evidence gasy worked with

01:30:25

an accomplice he could have also been

01:30:27

part of some depraved ring which is what

01:30:29

many people now think there's fairly

01:30:31

convincing evidence that he was involved

01:30:32

with a man who operated such a ring gasy

01:30:35

was convicted of 33 murders in all on

01:30:38

May 10th 1994 he received a lethal

01:30:40

injection he had no last words although

01:30:42

some dubious sources State he said kiss

01:30:45

my you need to fill in that final word

01:30:47

yourself cursing offend some people if

01:30:50

you've read or watched interviews with

01:30:52

serial killers most of them either come

01:30:54

across as slightly deranged or at least

01:30:56

very creepy but the focus of today's

01:30:58

show we must admit seems kind of likable

01:31:00

in the interviews watch the one in 1994

01:31:03

where Jeff tells all while sat next to

01:31:05

his loving father my childhood wasn't

01:31:07

filled with any great tragedies he told

01:31:09

the interviewer but then explained his

01:31:11

predection for dissecting dogs and cats

01:31:13

as a kid it could have led to a normal

01:31:15

hobby like Taxidermy he added but it

01:31:17

didn't and softspoken Jeff turned his

01:31:20

efforts towards killing and taking apart

01:31:22

human beings in an un imaginable fashion

01:31:25

I acted on my fantasies and that's where

01:31:27

everything went wrong he said today

01:31:29

we'll see how wrong it went in this

01:31:31

episode of the infographic show the

01:31:32

story of Jeffrey dmer the Milwaukee

01:31:35

monster if you've seen the recent movie

01:31:36

about our killer called my friend dmer

01:31:39

you'll see he is portrayed as a bit of a

01:31:41

loner in school with some strange habits

01:31:43

he has few friends but he doesn't seem

01:31:45

to have violent impulses you'd probably

01:31:47

not even notice him if you went to the

01:31:49

same school the movie was based on a

01:31:51

graphic novel by the same name written

01:31:52

by derf back n he researched dmer and

01:31:55

this is what he had to say there are a

01:31:57

surprising number out there who view

01:31:59

Jeffrey dmer as some kind of anti-hero a

01:32:01

bullied kid who lashed back at the

01:32:03

society that rejected him this is

01:32:05

nonsense dmer was a twisted wretch whose

01:32:08

depravity was almost Beyond

01:32:10

Comprehension so how did this quiet boy

01:32:12

become a twisted serial killer well as

01:32:14

you already know dmer had a penion for

01:32:17

dissecting animals that he found on the

01:32:18

road after dissection he would often

01:32:21

dissolve the bodies in a barrel of

01:32:22

chemicals this was his family home in

01:32:24

Ohio dmer has called this time of his

01:32:27

life intense stating that his mother was

01:32:29

often frantic and his dad always busy he

01:32:32

got little attention at home and this

01:32:33

seems to have been a catalyst to his

01:32:35

problems psychologists might say Jeff

01:32:37

grew up with a dysphoric family which

01:32:39

kind of means a family mess it said at

01:32:42

one point the young dmer had even tried

01:32:44

to take his own life he had a few

01:32:46

buddies and they would later tell the

01:32:47

authorities media and book writers about

01:32:49

how Jeff would find bugs and small

01:32:51

animals and dissect them dmer has

01:32:53

admitted that he wanted to see how they

01:32:55

fitted together his dad said as a kid

01:32:57

his son fell in love with bones he loved

01:33:00

hearing the sound they made and spent

01:33:01

much of his time looking for them yep

01:33:04

perhaps the busy father should have

01:33:05

looked into this morbid fascination with

01:33:06

dead bodies and their different parts

01:33:08

the writing was on the wall but it said

01:33:10

his dad who was an analytical chemist

01:33:13

just thought Jeff had a curious mind as

01:33:15

all scientists should but despite all

01:33:17

his weirdness he played tennis regularly

01:33:19

and was in the school band for a while

01:33:21

he also turned up to school sometimes

01:33:23

thinking of booze he was a bit of a

01:33:25

class clown sometimes acting out

01:33:26

seizures or pretending he had cerebral

01:33:28

paly this became known as doing a dmer

01:33:31

this was when he was in his early teens

01:33:33

it's then that the real trouble started

01:33:35

Jeff realized that he was gay sometime

01:33:37

around the age of 14 due to the

01:33:39

prevailing culture of the time he had to

01:33:41

keep that secret he would sometimes

01:33:43

watch a male jogger running down the

01:33:45

road while he was hidden in the bushes

01:33:47

he fantasized about this guy but he

01:33:49

wasn't thinking about candle it dinners

01:33:50

and nights in front of the TV watching

01:33:52

Happy Days no young Jeff jumped the

01:33:54

shark so to speak and imagined somehow

01:33:57

making this Runner unconscious and then

01:33:59

having sex with the lifeless body he

01:34:01

even once plan to actually go through

01:34:02

with it waiting in the bushes armed with

01:34:04

a baseball bat but the jogger didn't run

01:34:06

that day at age 17 with his parents

01:34:09

still screaming at each other

01:34:10

continually his grades going downhill

01:34:12

and his drinking getting worse dmer was

01:34:14

at the height of his unhappiness he did

01:34:16

graduate though right at the time his

01:34:18

parents divorced it's right after

01:34:20

graduation a matter of a few weeks that

01:34:22

dmer graduated from dissecting animals

01:34:25

to dissecting humans at age 18 he picked

01:34:27

up a guy Steven Mark Hicks who was

01:34:30

hitchhiking to a place called Lockwood

01:34:32

Corners Ohio to see a concert he was 18

01:34:35

the same age as Jeff so it doesn't seem

01:34:37

out of the ordinary that this young guy

01:34:39

would agree to go back to D's pad and do

01:34:41

some drinking only Jeff wasn't too happy

01:34:43

when the guy called his own Bell and

01:34:45

said he should go no Jeff didn't like

01:34:47

that at all he knocked the kid out with

01:34:49

a dumbbell and then finished him off by

01:34:50

strangling him with the bar of the

01:34:52

dumbbell he then masturbat*d over the

01:34:54

corpse when that was done he chopped up

01:34:57

the body and put various parts in bags

01:34:59

and buried them later he would dig up

01:35:01

the parts and sliced the flesh from the

01:35:03

bones he then crushed those bones and

01:35:05

Scattered what was left in Woodland like

01:35:07

one would scatter the ashes of someone

01:35:09

they loved that was Jeff's first murder

01:35:11

and as we say it's hard to believe the

01:35:13

man in the interviews could sit in his

01:35:15

house pairing flesh from Bones from that

01:35:17

date in 1978 until he was arrested in

01:35:20

1991 he would kill 17 people so we can't

01:35:24

detail every murder what we will say is

01:35:26

that dmer has few equals in the milu of

01:35:28

the total depravity he didn't kill for a

01:35:31

while as he enlisted in the army that

01:35:33

lasted from 1978 to 1981 as he was

01:35:36

kicked out for his heavy drinking at the

01:35:38

time the Army didn't know or chose not

01:35:40

to believe that Jeff was a rapist he

01:35:43

worked in the medic unit with a guy of

01:35:44

similar age named Preston Davis Davis

01:35:47

believes dmer drugged him and raped him

01:35:49

he later told the Press I was raped by

01:35:51

Jeffrey I am just thankful to be alive

01:35:53

to tell the story he was replaced by a

01:35:55

17-year-old named Billy Joe Capshaw who

01:35:58

bunked with dmer Capshaw later told the

01:36:00

press that dmer tied him up and raped

01:36:02

him several times I was there for

01:36:03

another 17 months with Jeff being raped

01:36:06

and tortured Capa said he had even used

01:36:08

a rape kit to prove it to his officers

01:36:10

but it seems the Army didn't believe him

01:36:13

once dmer is out of the army what does

01:36:15

he do next during the years until his

01:36:17

next murder you could say he was still

01:36:19

active regarding his Devotion to being

01:36:20

evil he drugged young men and then had

01:36:23

sex with with their unconscious bodies

01:36:25

it's thought he did this around a dozen

01:36:26

times he also fantasized about digging

01:36:28

up dead bodies and doing things to them

01:36:30

this of course was not convenient and so

01:36:33

Jeff was about to start making his own

01:36:35

dead bodies he waited until 1987 and

01:36:38

then killed and dismembered another

01:36:39

young man while living with his

01:36:40

grandmother again he masturbat*d over

01:36:43

the corpse he took it a step further

01:36:44

though dmer always said that he didn't

01:36:46

mean to kill the first of those victims

01:36:48

at his Grand's place and he just woke up

01:36:50

with a bloody dead man in his bed

01:36:52

nonetheless he didn't exactly get on the

01:36:53

phone to the cops and frantically

01:36:55

explain that there had been a terrible

01:36:56

accident on the contrary he chopped up

01:36:58

the body put the parts in a suitcase and

01:37:01

then boiled the flesh from the severed

01:37:02

head in chemicals when he had a shiny

01:37:04

skull at the end of his cooking he used

01:37:06

that as a masturbation tool after a

01:37:08

while he crushed that and Scattered the

01:37:11

bits while staying with his grandmother

01:37:12

he killed again employing a similar

01:37:14

modus operandi of drugging strangling

01:37:17

having some kind of intercourse with the

01:37:18

corpse dismembering the body and keeping

01:37:21

the skull after boiling one lucky guy he

01:37:23

brought brought home didn't get killed

01:37:24

only because his Grand discovered that

01:37:26

Jeff had company that evening his

01:37:28

grandmother quickly threw him out

01:37:29

because he was a drunk and because he

01:37:31

brought young men home late at night and

01:37:33

because for some reason she smelled

01:37:34

something foul emanating from Jeff's

01:37:36

room as you can imagine when living in

01:37:38

his own place things got worse he was

01:37:41

actually arrested and later charged for

01:37:43

drugging and sexually molesting a

01:37:44

13-year-old and then arrested on a

01:37:46

similar charge again but prior to being

01:37:48

sentenced he killed again this time he

01:37:51

found a very handsome chap who was a

01:37:52

male model he met him in a gay bar and

01:37:55

even though dmer said he had not

01:37:56

intended to kill that Knight he felt he

01:37:58

didn't have much Choice as the model

01:38:00

came and flirted with him again after

01:38:02

flaying the dead body and smashing up

01:38:04

the bones dmer got rid of what was left

01:38:06

only this time he kept the genitals and

01:38:08

head fully preserving them in acetone he

01:38:11

said he did this just because the guy

01:38:12

was so good-looking in 1989 he got 5

01:38:15

years probation for his sexual offense

01:38:17

with children this is when he went on a

01:38:19

bit of a killing spree almost always

01:38:20

drugging young guys and making his

01:38:22

Unique Kind of Love to the corpse then

01:38:24

flaying the bodies or dissolving the

01:38:25

parts in acid and sometimes keeping the

01:38:27

skulls he was building a skull

01:38:29

collection something the cops would

01:38:31

later find to their horror he branched

01:38:33

out too in terms of what he did to the

01:38:35

bodies sometimes he would take photos of

01:38:37

himself with the dead you can see them

01:38:38

online and sometimes he would just keep

01:38:40

the heads for a while and chat with them

01:38:42

and kiss them he would also take photos

01:38:45

sometimes at each stage of the

01:38:46

dismembering process but perhaps the

01:38:48

Pinnacle of D's weirdness was when after

01:38:51

drugging one young man he decided not to

01:38:53

to kill him outright but to drill a hole

01:38:55

through his skull pour in warm water and

01:38:57

so render the victim in a vegetative

01:38:59

state then he could have a kind of

01:39:01

living slave dmer would always say later

01:39:04

that all he wanted was company and for

01:39:06

the men not to leave however his victim

01:39:08

woke up and was not exactly vegetti

01:39:10

saying to dmer I have a headache what

01:39:13

time is it apparently it was time to die

01:39:15

as dmer gave him more Spike drink and

01:39:18

strangled the man he tried this again

01:39:20

with a 14-year-old only this time

01:39:22

injecting hydrochloric acid it into the

01:39:23

young boy's skull the frontal lope to be

01:39:26

exact he then took the semiconscious boy

01:39:28

to his bedroom where his previous

01:39:29

victim's body was still laying it said

01:39:31

the boy saw the corpse but was too

01:39:33

messed up to do anything dmer left the

01:39:35

boy alone at one point to go get some

01:39:37

more beers only to find on his return

01:39:39

that the kid was out in the street

01:39:41

talking to three women they noticed the

01:39:43

boy was bleeding from his backside and

01:39:45

that he was in a bad way but when a cop

01:39:47

turned up dmer said the kid was his

01:39:49

boyfriend the cop didn't even think to

01:39:51

investigate unbelievably the despite the

01:39:53

women's protests the cop told dmer to

01:39:55

wrap the kid up and take him back home

01:39:58

that he dutifully did and injected the

01:40:00

kid's brain again with more acid this

01:40:02

time he died dmer kept the skull and

01:40:05

added it to his skull collection he

01:40:07

killed again and again and not

01:40:09

surprisingly the neighbors complained of

01:40:10

a stink and also noise pollution saying

01:40:13

that some dude uses a chainsaw at night

01:40:15

indoors dmer had so many body parts and

01:40:18

sometimes he would leave the fresh dead

01:40:20

around so long he got a maggot

01:40:22

infestation with with one body he tried

01:40:24

keeping it for weeks in water and salt

01:40:26

so he could keep it fully intact but

01:40:28

that didn't work it should be known that

01:40:30

Jeff kept cuts of human flesh and organs

01:40:32

in the fridge so he could eat them later

01:40:34

there's even a story in the media about

01:40:36

one of his neighbors who to this day

01:40:38

thinks the meat sandwich dmer gave her

01:40:40

could have been human meat dmer finally

01:40:43

met his match with a man called Tracy

01:40:44

Edwards whom dmer almost killed but the

01:40:47

sensible Edwards who was 32 at the time

01:40:49

knew what was coming he assured dmer he

01:40:51

wasn't going to leave him even though OD

01:40:53

dmer had picked up a knife used

01:40:55

handcuffs on him on only one hand and

01:40:57

Edwards knew what the foul smell was and

01:40:59

what the steel drum had been used for he

01:41:01

stayed with dmer 5 hours with a swinging

01:41:04

handcuff as dmer occasionally held a

01:41:06

knife to him and even said he was going

01:41:07

to eat his heart when he got his chance

01:41:09

Edwards punched dmer and ran for it he

01:41:12

told cops what had happened and what he

01:41:14

had seen and two cops went to D's place

01:41:16

there they found the Polaroids with an

01:41:18

astonished cop telling his partner that

01:41:20

they were certainly not fakes dmer tried

01:41:22

to fight but was held down whereupon a

01:41:24

search was performed and a fresh head

01:41:27

with flesh was quickly found dmer then

01:41:29

told the stunned cops for what I did I

01:41:32

should be dead investigators searching

01:41:34

the house later found Hearts other

01:41:36

organs hands penises bits of tissue an

01:41:39

entire torso skeletons and of course

01:41:42

skulls for his handiwork he got 15

01:41:44

consecutive life terms in prison he

01:41:46

admitted everything and every detail

01:41:49

some say so he would get away with being

01:41:50

insane that didn't happen psychiatrist

01:41:53

said he was sad*stic and had antisocial

01:41:55

personality disorder but he was sane

01:41:58

they also said he was amiable charming

01:42:00

and amusing to chat with inside prison

01:42:02

he read a lot of books and turned to

01:42:04

religion and even though he'd been

01:42:06

separated from the general population he

01:42:08

persuaded the authorities to move him

01:42:09

with the others that was D's downfall as

01:42:12

he was murdered by fellow inmate and

01:42:14

fellow murderer Christopher scarver with

01:42:16

a metal bar from the wait room scarver

01:42:18

killed another guy too dmer killer later

01:42:21

told the press that he wasn't happy

01:42:22

about what had done but was also bugged

01:42:24

out that dmer would make what looked

01:42:26

like several body parts from the prison

01:42:28

food as a way to piss off other

01:42:30

prisoners it's even said he added

01:42:32

ketchup to his mobra art to imitate

01:42:34

blood we'll leave you with a dmer quote

01:42:36

The Killing was a means to an end that

01:42:38

was the least satisfactory part I didn't

01:42:40

enjoy doing that that's why I tried to

01:42:42

create living zombies with uric acid in

01:42:44

the drill but it never worked no The

01:42:47

Killing was not the objective I just

01:42:49

wanted to have the person under my

01:42:50

complete control not having to consider

01:42:52

their wish being able to keep them there

01:42:54

as long as I wanted this was a long show

01:42:57

but we think the crazy story of dmer

01:42:59

deserves it countless plays books films

01:43:01

TV shows and documentaries have been

01:43:03

made about this man soon cops will raid

01:43:06

Edward gan's house and what they'll find

01:43:08

there won't just disturb them it'll

01:43:10

break them many will never be the same

01:43:13

after that but today Edward Scoops one

01:43:15

last spoonful of soup from the bowl he's

01:43:17

fashioned from a human skull he then

01:43:19

empties the remnants of the soup into a

01:43:21

waste basket made from skin today is a

01:43:24

big day for Ed he's finally finished

01:43:26

stitching together a very special suit

01:43:28

he's made illuminated by the light of a

01:43:30

lamp that's covered with what looks like

01:43:31

faces Ed first slips on a pair of

01:43:33

leggings that look like legs and next he

01:43:36

slips onto his corset a garment that

01:43:38

once served as part of the Torso of a

01:43:40

woman he pulls everything tight with a

01:43:42

belt decorated with you guessed it bits

01:43:45

of what used to be a person he's almost

01:43:47

ready now there's just one last piece of

01:43:49

his new outfit to put on a human face

01:43:51

mask he looks in the mirror and thinks

01:43:54

perfect he's finally become his mother

01:43:56

his Masterpiece is complete reeling with

01:43:59

joy he runs into the garden and dances

01:44:01

under a full moon we're talking now

01:44:03

about possibly the strangest serial

01:44:05

killer to have ever walked the planet

01:44:08

his story is like no other Ed was truly

01:44:10

unique in his depravity and that's why

01:44:12

he inspired movies such as the Texas

01:44:15

Chainsaw Massacre and Silence of the

01:44:17

Lambs but if there's one movie that fits

01:44:19

Ed's life like a glove it's psycho we're

01:44:22

sure you'll agree with us after you've

01:44:23

watched the story that Mr Edward Gan was

01:44:26

a true American Psycho the question is

01:44:28

how did he get away with his crimes for

01:44:30

so long did no one in that small town of

01:44:33

his not wonder if there was anything a

01:44:34

little bit strange about the man his

01:44:36

entire house was full of things made

01:44:38

from human body parts to do that he

01:44:40

needed quite the stock of bodies how did

01:44:42

he get them how did he manage to do it

01:44:44

without the local cops noticing but

01:44:46

first let's go back in time and talk

01:44:48

about the young Ed G how did a young man

01:44:51

become such a monster a guy that would

01:44:53

become known as The Butcher of planfield

01:44:55

Edward Theodor G was born on August 27th

01:44:59

1906 in a place called lacrosse county

01:45:02

in the state of Wisconsin his parents

01:45:04

George and Augusta had one other son

01:45:06

named Henry life wasn't easy for the

01:45:08

family George couldn't hold down a job

01:45:10

for long and support his wife and sons

01:45:12

for the simple fact that he devoted much

01:45:14

of his time to something other than

01:45:16

family that thing was whiskey Augusta

01:45:19

someone who you might call a controlling

01:45:21

matriarch wasn't happy with the light

01:45:23

she had to try and improve matters she

01:45:25

made the decision to move the family

01:45:26

across counties to the small rural

01:45:28

Village of planfield there they would

01:45:30

work on an isolated Farm barely ever

01:45:32

seeing the 700 or so other residents of

01:45:34

the village the two boys went to the

01:45:36

local school but it seemed to the

01:45:38

teachers that there was something wrong

01:45:40

with the boys Ed had this habit of just

01:45:42

laughing out loud for no good reason he

01:45:44

didn't have many friends and even if he

01:45:46

did make friends his mother would soon

01:45:48

put a stop to the relationship you see

01:45:50

to understand Ed's later Behavior you

01:45:52

really need to know what thing or two

01:45:53

about his mother she might have had an

01:45:55

alcoholic husband who often returned

01:45:57

home stinking of demon liquor a man who

01:45:59

could barely put food on the table but

01:46:01

she was no angel herself she not only

01:46:04

despised her own husband but she

01:46:06

despised everyone besides her kids the

01:46:09

only reason she didn't ask for a divorce

01:46:11

was that it was against her religious

01:46:12

beliefs when not in school both Ed and

01:46:14

Henry weren't allowed off the farm

01:46:16

Augusta's reasoning was that most people

01:46:18

were evil she preached to the boys daily

01:46:20

about the depravity of mankind reading

01:46:23

chapters from the Bible about the fires

01:46:24

of Hell awaiting most folks she told her

01:46:27

kids that those who take to the bottle

01:46:28

will meet with eternal damnation she

01:46:31

told them that women were loose that

01:46:32

they couldn't be trusted and that they

01:46:34

too would one day have a date with the

01:46:36

devil of course Augusta said she was not

01:46:38

one of those women she was moral she had

01:46:41

committed herself to God her Bible was

01:46:43

her blueprint for life we don't need to

01:46:45

tell you that this kind of overbearing

01:46:47

mothering isn't great for kids

01:46:49

especially when you throw demons and

01:46:51

hellfire into the mix will get to the

01:46:53

crime soon but you need to know a little

01:46:55

bit more about Ed's pre skin suit life

01:46:57

the whiskey eventually killed George

01:46:59

when Ed and Henry were in their 30s

01:47:01

after that both men worked on the farm

01:47:03

and did odd jobs around the village to

01:47:05

make ends meet they did handywork for

01:47:07

locals but something Ed really enjoyed

01:47:09

doing was babysitting yep The Butcher of

01:47:11

planfield was great with kids likely

01:47:14

because his own development had been

01:47:15

arrested due to his mother's strictness

01:47:17

this is what one of the town's folk

01:47:19

actually said about Ed's way with the

01:47:20

kids good old Ed kind of a loner in

01:47:22

maybe a bit odd with that sense of humor

01:47:24

of his but just the guy to call to sit

01:47:26

in with the kitties and get this people

01:47:29

still sent their kids to stay with Ed

01:47:31

long after his mother died some of those

01:47:33

kids told their parents that they'd seen

01:47:34

shrunken heads and strange masks around

01:47:36

his house but the parents dismissed this

01:47:38

as the kids being overimaginative so

01:47:41

Augusta still had a firm grip on Ed's

01:47:43

mind even though the child had grown

01:47:44

into a man Henry had at least managed to

01:47:47

get into a relationship with the local

01:47:48

woman but Ed was still too attached to

01:47:51

his mom to think about other women Henry

01:47:53

would actually talk to others about how

01:47:54

eded was way too obsessed with their

01:47:56

religious zealot of a mom and when Ed

01:47:58

heard this he wasn't happy he didn't

01:48:00

want to hear anyone talking badly about

01:48:02

Augusta with that in mind what happened

01:48:05

when Ed was 38 years old might not

01:48:07

surprise you there was a huge fire at

01:48:09

the farm firefighters were called and

01:48:11

managed to quell the flames and then

01:48:13

they left Ed later called the police

01:48:15

department and told the cops he couldn't

01:48:16

find his brother a search party went out

01:48:18

at night with their lanterns glowing all

01:48:20

over the farm and they eventually found

01:48:22

Henry he was dead he wasn't burned at

01:48:24

all he was just lying on the ground with

01:48:26

his face in the mud surprisingly the cop

01:48:29

said no foul will play the coroner said

01:48:31

Henry had died of asphixiation he said

01:48:33

that even though it appeared that Henry

01:48:35

had been hit over the head with

01:48:36

something was it Ed who killed Henry did

01:48:39

Ed want to be the sole benefactor of his

01:48:41

mother's adoration most people think yes

01:48:43

had the cops worked a bit harder they

01:48:45

likely would have prevented the rise of

01:48:47

the monster not long after Henry's

01:48:49

downfall Augusta suffered a terrible

01:48:51

stroke that left her paralyzed

01:48:53

now Ed had to play nurse for his mother

01:48:55

with her shouting orders as her devoted

01:48:57

son ran around doing all the jobs in the

01:48:59

house nothing Ed could do could save her

01:49:02

she had another stroke soon after and

01:49:04

died to say the least the adoring son of

01:49:06

that Bible waving Beast was devastated

01:49:09

the house just got Messier and Messier

01:49:11

but not in one room Ed kept his mother's

01:49:14

room as clean as possible making it a

01:49:16

shrine to her he also boarded up many of

01:49:18

the other rooms in the house with his

01:49:20

main room being the kitchen he's still

01:49:22

baby be sat from time to time but his

01:49:24

biggest Joy was reading books about

01:49:26

Japanese and German atrocities during

01:49:28

the second world war he also had a thing

01:49:30

for detective Pulp Fiction books back

01:49:32

then often included gory stories of

01:49:34

cannibalism in the Pacific Ed managed to

01:49:36

get by by doing odd jobs and he also

01:49:38

enjoyed a windfall from some land he

01:49:40

sold that had once been his brothers

01:49:42

what the locals in the village didn't

01:49:43

know at the time was that Ed had lost

01:49:46

his head the death of his mother had

01:49:48

traumatized him to the extent he was

01:49:49

dangerously psychotic he had become

01:49:51

deranged in their there was no going

01:49:53

back we don't know the exact time when

01:49:55

Ed started playing around with corpses

01:49:57

but it's thought that during the late

01:49:59

40s and early 50s he was grav digging

01:50:01

and killing he'd sometimes wait until

01:50:03

someone had been buried and then he'd

01:50:04

sneak off to the graveyard in the middle

01:50:06

of the night and exume the corpse he's

01:50:08

now called a necrophiliac serial killer

01:50:11

which means he gratified himself

01:50:12

sexually with the bodies before he got

01:50:14

to work on making things from them let's

01:50:17

now fast forward in time and tell you

01:50:18

about what the cops saw when they

01:50:20

entered the property and had the shock

01:50:22

of their life Liv a shock some people

01:50:24

say killed the local sheriff what he saw

01:50:26

that day was so terrible so Unthinkable

01:50:29

he was overwhelmed with feelings of

01:50:31

disgust horror and sadness he died soon

01:50:34

after from heart failure it was the

01:50:36

deputy sheriff that first arrived on the

01:50:38

property he opened a barn door and

01:50:40

before his eyes he saw a dead woman

01:50:42

hanging upside down from a beam to him

01:50:44

she looked like an animal that had been

01:50:46

killed and was in the process of being

01:50:48

butchered she had already been split

01:50:50

down the middle and her internal organs

01:50:52

had been removed it was enough to make

01:50:54

the cop vomit on the spot her head had

01:50:56

been removed and the tendons and her

01:50:58

ankles had been cut and a rod thread

01:51:00

through them it sure was a sight to

01:51:02

behold worse still the police found her

01:51:04

head in a burlap bag Ed had driven a

01:51:07

nail in each of her ears and fastened a

01:51:09

string to them as if to make a kind of

01:51:11

hanging trophy there was much worse to

01:51:13

come the rest of the police department

01:51:15

arrived on the scene now it was time to

01:51:17

check the rooms of the main house in the

01:51:19

kitchen they discovered Ed had likely

01:51:20

been thinking about doing some cooking

01:51:22

on the stove was the heart of a woman

01:51:24

kept next to a bunch of cooking pots

01:51:26

cops would later say Ed was no doubt a

01:51:28

cannibal as well as a necropile and what

01:51:31

really turned the stomachs of the Town

01:51:32

folks was that they'd often eaten

01:51:34

packages of meat Ed had given to them

01:51:37

did that make them cannies too inside

01:51:39

the houses they found stacks of human

01:51:41

bones they found at least 10 severed

01:51:44

heads some of those heads had the faces

01:51:46

peeled off of them they ended up

01:51:47

becoming Ed's face mask collection to

01:51:49

make them more realistic he'd adorned

01:51:51

some of their lips with li Li stick one

01:51:53

of the cops who saw those masks remarked

01:51:55

that the people were very recognizable

01:51:57

one of the faces of a recent victim had

01:51:59

only just been removed and Ed had placed

01:52:01

that one in a paper bag the cops weren't

01:52:04

anywhere near finished with their search

01:52:06

they found the skin waist basket we told

01:52:08

you about they found chairs with human

01:52:10

skin coverings there were skulls with

01:52:12

the top saw off female genitals stored

01:52:15

in a shoe box they found noses lips

01:52:17

attached to a drawstring female

01:52:19

fingernails a human skin lampshade

01:52:22

skulls on bed posts and of course EDS PS

01:52:24

de resistance his human bodysuit repl

01:52:27

with the breasts of a woman so after his

01:52:29

arrest how did Ed explain himself he

01:52:32

admitted that he robbed the graves of

01:52:33

women he wanted his mother back and

01:52:35

making things from the body parts of

01:52:37

women was kind of like having his mother

01:52:38

around all the time by making a woman

01:52:41

suit he could actually become his mother

01:52:43

it turned out that those kids had been

01:52:45

right and indeed Ed had kept shrunken

01:52:47

heads in his house one kid a 16-year-old

01:52:50

who sometimes went to see ball games

01:52:51

with Ed said Ed always had told him the

01:52:53

heads and faces were all stuff he'd

01:52:55

collected that had come from the

01:52:57

Philippines that wasn't true they were

01:52:59

all local women cops did wonder how a

01:53:01

man could dig up a grave all by himself

01:53:03

in just one night but when they went to

01:53:05

the graves of the victim sure enough the

01:53:06

women or most of the women were missing

01:53:08

from their coffins occasionally Ed would

01:53:10

take what he needed from the body and

01:53:12

later return the body parts he wasn't

01:53:14

interested in so what led the police to

01:53:17

Ed's house in the first place that was

01:53:19

because the police went to a local store

01:53:21

and found a trailer of blood the blood

01:53:23

of a woman named Bernice Warden Ed had

01:53:25

shot her and slid her throat and then he

01:53:28

proceeded to drag her body out of the

01:53:29

store and take it to his house hers was

01:53:32

the body hanging from that beam and Ed

01:53:34

had literally left a trail of blood for

01:53:36

police to follow the cops also found out

01:53:38

from Bernice's son that Ed had been in

01:53:40

the store the day before and said he'd

01:53:42

come back in a day or two to buy a

01:53:43

gallon of antifreeze on the floor of the

01:53:45

store the cops found a bloodied receipt

01:53:47

for a gallon of antifreeze Ed didn't

01:53:49

immediately admit to his crime but the

01:53:51

cops used a a tried and tested technique

01:53:54

to get him to confess it was simple

01:53:55

enough they just made him look at the

01:53:57

corpse of the woman he killed and

01:53:59

mutilated and in the end he cracked he

01:54:01

also admitted to killing a Tavern keeper

01:54:03

he knew well a woman named Mary Hogan a

01:54:06

mask made from her face was found in his

01:54:08

house at first the cops didn't believe

01:54:10

that all those body parts in Ed's house

01:54:12

had been robbed from graves what they

01:54:14

thought they had on their hands was one

01:54:15

of the most prolific serial killers in

01:54:17

US history but as we said Ed told them

01:54:19

about the graves he'd robbed and he

01:54:21

wasn't lying he also said he only killed

01:54:23

people when the ground was so hard from

01:54:24

the cold it made Exum bodies impossible

01:54:27

he guessed his grave robbing lasted from

01:54:29

1947 to 1952 and he added that at times

01:54:33

he'd been helped by A Man Named Gus who

01:54:35

stopped helping Ed when he was forced to

01:54:37

live in a home for the elderly we

01:54:38

probably don't need to tell you that the

01:54:40

Wisconsin State Crime Lab had never

01:54:42

heard a story like this before at first

01:54:44

Ed was reluctant to open up to

01:54:46

investigators but the longer he was with

01:54:48

them the more he talked they listened as

01:54:50

he explained the thing he liked to do

01:54:52

the most was put on his tan skin suit

01:54:54

Dawn one of his face masks put female

01:54:56

sex organs over his male sex organs and

01:54:59

then run around in the garden especially

01:55:01

when it was a full moon that may sound

01:55:03

about as crazy as crazy can get but with

01:55:05

only two murders under his belt how come

01:55:07

Ed Gan is called a serial killer isn't

01:55:10

it three or more kills that gets a

01:55:11

person into the serial killer Hall of

01:55:13

infamy well it's generally thought Ed

01:55:16

killed quite a few more people remember

01:55:18

he lived in a pretty remote area and so

01:55:20

we can tell you that other people went

01:55:21

missing around around the places where

01:55:23

Ed frequented and well the cops thought

01:55:25

he likely was behind those

01:55:26

disappearances police found the genitals

01:55:28

of girls in Ed's house and it's now

01:55:30

believed that they belong to some

01:55:32

missing local girls it's also believed

01:55:34

that Ed was behind the disappearances of

01:55:36

two deer hunters who left the planfield

01:55:38

tavern one night and were never seen

01:55:40

again one of the missing men's jacket

01:55:42

and his dead dog were found on the G

01:55:44

Farm the judge who presided over Ed's

01:55:46

trial later wrote that there was little

01:55:48

doubt Ed had killed more than two people

01:55:50

that judge found Ed not Guilty by reason

01:55:53

of insanity and sent him to serve out

01:55:55

his sentence at Central State Hospital

01:55:56

for the criminally insane it's actually

01:55:58

quite unusual for serial killers to

01:56:00

receive this verdict but we don't think

01:56:02

many people would disagree with the

01:56:03

judge in this case Ed G almost certainly

01:56:06

had a case of What's called the edible

01:56:08

complex a psychosexual condition in

01:56:10

which a child desires his parent of the

01:56:12

opposite sex Ed's mother's fanatic talk

01:56:15

of God and the devil and telling her

01:56:17

sons that all women were bad except for

01:56:19

her no doubt was the foundation of Ed's

01:56:21

obsession with her and his exclusion

01:56:23

from other women he actually told the

01:56:25

police in what they said was a chatty

01:56:27

way that he was also obsessed with the

01:56:29

power of women but unable to actually be

01:56:31

close to a living woman he decided he'd

01:56:33

surround himself with dead ones he told

01:56:35

police his victims were usually quite

01:56:37

plump just like his beloved mom he

01:56:39

always denied he had intercourse with

01:56:41

the bodies saying they smelled too bad

01:56:43

the cops didn't believe him but were

01:56:45

taken aback when Ed told them he took

01:56:47

great pleasure in skinning women the

01:56:49

police said what was surprising was the

01:56:51

cheerful matter of fact fact way he

01:56:52

spoke it seemed to them as if Ed felt he

01:56:55

hadn't really done anything wrong Ed G

01:56:57

died from lung cancer and respiratory

01:56:59

illness in 1984 at the age of 77 if

01:57:02

there is such a thing as an afterlife

01:57:04

he's probably quite made up since he's

01:57:06

buried with his mother there's just one

01:57:08

problem though Henry also takes up space

01:57:11

in that plot as for that old farmhouse

01:57:13

the building that was the inspiration

01:57:15

for the house in the movie Psycho it was

01:57:17

burned down in 1958 while Ed was serving

01:57:19

time it was no accident of course but no

01:57:22

one was ever arrested when Ed was told

01:57:24

his dear mother's house was gone that

01:57:26

his childhood home had been destroyed he

01:57:28

replied just as well believe it or not

01:57:30

the nurses who were charged with taking

01:57:32

care of Ed said he was a lovely man

01:57:34

although some of them said he liked to

01:57:36

stare a lot he was docile most of the

01:57:38

time and proved to be quite excellent at

01:57:40

sewing and other handicrafts 78-year-old

01:57:43

Samuel little sits across a table from a

01:57:45

Texas Ranger matter of factly describing

01:57:47

how he took the lives of many of his

01:57:49

victims he's frail wheelchair bound and

01:57:52

has heart disease and diabetes with

01:57:54

armed guards around him he talks about

01:57:56

how he got away with over 90 murders in

01:57:58

19 States over a period of decades he

01:58:01

doesn't seem to have a care in the world

01:58:03

which is why he's been described as pure

01:58:05

evil from 1970 to 2005 this man traveled

01:58:08

from state to state covering much of the

01:58:10

US in search of vulnerable women that

01:58:13

would satisfy his deranged needs in 1971

01:58:16

in Kendall Florida there was a Sarah or

01:58:18

Donna he describes this Jane Doe

01:58:21

perfectly and then and sketches her face

01:58:23

for investigators he does the same for a

01:58:25

25-year-old woman he says he met outside

01:58:27

a strip club in 1984 when driving to

01:58:29

Cincinnati slight of frame short blonde

01:58:32

hair blue eyes and with the look of what

01:58:34

he calls a hippie her fate was sealed

01:58:36

when she got in the car these

01:58:38

confessions with their detailed

01:58:40

descriptions and it has to be said

01:58:41

fairly accomplished sketches not only

01:58:44

surprised investigators but rocked the

01:58:46

USA the authorities knew very well that

01:58:48

little wasn't making it up not all his

01:58:50

confessions have been confirmed but

01:58:52

enough of them have for the FBI to

01:58:54

announce that Mr little is the most

01:58:56

prolific serial killer in US history

01:58:59

before we get into some of those cases

01:59:01

and how on Earth he got away with his

01:59:03

crimes what do we know about Samuel

01:59:05

little the child we know he was born on

01:59:07

June 7th 1940 in the small town of

01:59:10

Reynolds Georgia this is a place that

01:59:12

right now only has a population of just

01:59:14

over a thousand with almost a quarter of

01:59:16

these people living below the poverty

01:59:17

line according to little he wasn't

01:59:19

exactly born with a silver spoon in his

01:59:21

mouth describing his mother's job of

01:59:23

being a lady of the night it's thought

01:59:25

he was born in prison after his teenage

01:59:27

mother had been arrested for plying what

01:59:29

some people have called the oldest trade

01:59:31

in the world at one point she gave up

01:59:33

trying to look after her son and ditched

01:59:34

him on the side of the road that's a

01:59:36

reason why when growing up little spent

01:59:38

a good deal of his time living with his

01:59:40

grandmother in Lorraine Ohio he attended

01:59:42

Hawthorne junior high school in Ohio but

01:59:45

it seems his grades were poor and

01:59:46

behavior even poorer he soon dropped out

01:59:48

and set in motion what would become a

01:59:50

lifetime of crime at at age 16 in 1956

01:59:53

he was convicted of the crime of

01:59:55

breaking and entering and spent some

01:59:56

time in a juvenile detention center 5

01:59:59

years later he was sent to adult prison

02:00:01

after being arrested for breaking into a

02:00:02

Lorraine furniture store for the rest of

02:00:04

his free life he moved from state to

02:00:06

state occasionally holding down jobs but

02:00:08

always committing crimes it's believed

02:00:10

that before the man hit 35 years old he

02:00:13

was arrested at least 26 times in 11

02:00:15

states those crimes included assault

02:00:18

theft fraud DUI breaking and entering

02:00:21

solicitation armed robbery shoplifting

02:00:23

aggravated assault on a police officer

02:00:26

and more little did the police know

02:00:28

though by this time he'd already started

02:00:30

killing by that time the mid 7s rolled

02:00:32

around stealing through the day and

02:00:34

going out looking for women at night was

02:00:36

how he spent many of his days those

02:00:38

women were almost always

02:00:40

African-Americans living on the fringes

02:00:41

of society they were women who worked as

02:00:43

prostitutes or were addicted to drugs or

02:00:46

were homeless and living in shelters or

02:00:48

all of those things little once

02:00:50

commented they was broke in homeless and

02:00:52

they walked right into my spiderweb his

02:00:55

modus operandi didn't often change in

02:00:57

that he went to the places where the

02:00:58

most vulnerable people could be found

02:01:00

and then he befriended women sometimes

02:01:02

he'd offer them a ride in his car

02:01:04

sometimes he'd ask to go for a drink

02:01:06

with them at other times he tented them

02:01:08

with the promise of drugs once they'd

02:01:09

gotten into his car they had a little

02:01:11

chance of surviving this was a strong

02:01:14

man a muscular man who'd fought as a

02:01:16

light heavyweight boxer he'd often knock

02:01:18

his victims clean out before strangling

02:01:20

them an act which gratified IED his

02:01:22

perverse desires sometimes he'd stroke

02:01:24

their necks feigning intimacy kindness

02:01:27

and then his powerful hands would

02:01:29

tighten around him his crimes shouldn't

02:01:30

have gone on for as long as they did but

02:01:32

as you'll find out later his choice of a

02:01:34

victim was very likely the reason why he

02:01:37

could do what he did and get away with

02:01:38

it he almost came unstuck at the start

02:01:41

though on September 11th 1976 a woman

02:01:44

named Pamela K Smith was found half

02:01:46

naked her hands tied behind her with

02:01:48

electrical cord pounding on a stranger's

02:01:50

house door she screamed and shouted

02:01:52

until someone came to help her this

02:01:54

woman a drug addict said little had

02:01:56

picked her up in the city of St Louis

02:01:58

they'd driven around for a while and

02:01:59

then parked in a quiet area little

02:02:01

attacked her she managed to escape and

02:02:04

soon the cops found little still in his

02:02:05

car he denied any kind of sexual motive

02:02:08

for the attack and said in his own words

02:02:10

I only beat her for that crime he spent

02:02:12

just 3 months in the county jail had the

02:02:14

woman not escaped That Could Have Been a

02:02:16

Murder had she not been in trouble with

02:02:17

the law in the past for her heroin

02:02:19

addiction and failing to turn up in

02:02:21

court on occasion little might have been

02:02:22

scrutinized a little more in 1982 a

02:02:25

mentally disabled woman named Patricia

02:02:27

an Mount was found in Forest Grove

02:02:29

Florida this woman who had an IQ of just

02:02:31

40 was last seen dancing with a man in a

02:02:33

Tavern that man was Samuel little he was

02:02:36

acquitted of the crime with a defense

02:02:38

attorney stating there's more doubt than

02:02:39

there is fact many years later little

02:02:41

would let the authorities know that he

02:02:43

indeed had committed that Murder She

02:02:45

wasn't his only victim in Florida either

02:02:47

then there was Melinda Rose lapri her

02:02:49

body was found in 1982 in Pascagoula

02:02:52

Mississippi she'd been dead a long time

02:02:54

so the body was in a state of advanced

02:02:56

decomposition which didn't help

02:02:58

investigators the night she went missing

02:03:00

she'd been working as a prostitute when

02:03:02

she left the streets in a station wagon

02:03:04

other women on the street saw the man

02:03:05

who was driving the car they gave a

02:03:07

description of him to the police and so

02:03:09

when 6 weeks later little was picked up

02:03:11

in a traffic stop he was taken in for

02:03:13

questioning not only did one of those

02:03:15

women pick out his image in a photo

02:03:16

lineup but another woman came forward

02:03:18

and said the same man had assaulted her

02:03:20

in the past the problem was prosecutors

02:03:23

said there was no physical evidence to

02:03:24

link little with the murder they said a

02:03:27

positive ID wasn't enough to take the

02:03:28

case to trial so little was allowed to

02:03:30

go an even worse blemish on the justice

02:03:33

system is the fact that the District

02:03:34

Attorney's office said it wasn't happy

02:03:36

about Prosecuting a man when the only

02:03:38

Witnesses were prostitutes investigator

02:03:41

Darren veriga later said that the police

02:03:43

back then were hesitant to believe

02:03:44

assault claims from black prostitutes

02:03:47

such discrimination is of course sad and

02:03:49

patently unethical but it's not that un

02:03:51

usual and certainly wasn't so unusual in

02:03:54

the past you'll see there's a term in

02:03:55

the world of crime called the less dead

02:03:58

people these are the folks that serial

02:04:00

killers often prey on they're the

02:04:01

poorest most disenfranchised citizens

02:04:04

folks who can go missing and no one even

02:04:06

reports it sometimes they end up as Jane

02:04:08

or John Doe even if the police do have

02:04:11

an ID due to their low socioeconomic

02:04:13

status and in some cases their WAP sheet

02:04:15

they might not exactly drum up a lot of

02:04:17

sympathy from the public or be the most

02:04:19

pressing cases for homicide detectives

02:04:22

they were seen as less alive less valued

02:04:25

before they died and so when they did

02:04:27

die they became less dead even though

02:04:29

you think they'd elicit the most

02:04:30

sympathy given their difficult

02:04:32

circ*mstances this is how one person

02:04:33

described how law enforcement sometimes

02:04:35

treats the less dead a great deal less

02:04:38

pressure is felt by the police when

02:04:39

victims of crime come from the marginal

02:04:41

elements Samuel little knew what he was

02:04:44

doing by targeting society's most

02:04:45

vulnerable he talked about it once in an

02:04:47

interview saying I never killed no

02:04:49

senators or Governors or fancy New York

02:04:52

journalists nothing like that I kill a

02:04:54

journalist it'd be all over the news the

02:04:56

next day I stayed in the ghettos the FBI

02:04:58

has since said that many of his victims

02:05:00

didn't look as though they'd been

02:05:01

murdered since he punched and strangled

02:05:03

the women police often thought the cause

02:05:05

of death was a drug overdose or an

02:05:07

accident or death from natural causes

02:05:09

still others have written that police

02:05:11

didn't look hard enough and that's

02:05:12

because the lives the women had led

02:05:14

perhaps rather than rigorously

02:05:16

scrutinized the cause of death a death

02:05:18

of a woman with a history of petty crime

02:05:20

or drug use was something times

02:05:22

overlooked if you look at Little's many

02:05:24

victims almost every single one of them

02:05:26

fits into the less dead category we'll

02:05:28

get around to them soon but first let's

02:05:30

see how little was caught in 1984 he was

02:05:32

arrested in San Diego he kidnapped one

02:05:35

prostitute and left her for dead on a

02:05:37

dirt road then a month after that he was

02:05:39

found on that same dirt road with an

02:05:41

unconscious woman in his car both women

02:05:43

had been hit hard and then choked but

02:05:46

both of them survived the ordeal a jury

02:05:48

couldn't reach a verdict and little in

02:05:50

the end pled guilty to the crime crimes

02:05:51

of false imprisonment and assault with

02:05:54

great bodily injury he was out after

02:05:56

only 2 and 1/2 years then moved to Los

02:05:58

Angeles during this time in the City of

02:06:00

Angels it's thought he killed at least

02:06:02

another 10 women and at one point was

02:06:04

arrested for possession of cocaine he

02:06:06

never turned up in court and then fled

02:06:08

La he moved around yet again and had

02:06:10

many brushes with the law although

02:06:12

because the warrant for his drug

02:06:13

possession charge was non-extraditable

02:06:15

he was never sent back to LA to face the

02:06:17

charges it wasn't until September 5th

02:06:20

2012 when he was staying at a homeless

02:06:22

shelter in Louisville Kentucky that his

02:06:24

web of crime started to become untangled

02:06:27

an LAPD detective named mity Roberts had

02:06:29

been working on murder cases and she

02:06:31

found that Little's DNA could be

02:06:32

connected to two murders he eventually

02:06:35

was extradited to California on a

02:06:36

Narcotics charge and it's there that DNA

02:06:39

testing linked him with a third murder

02:06:41

shortly after this the Florida

02:06:42

Department of Law Enforcement was in

02:06:44

contact with police from Mississippi

02:06:46

Alabama and Georgia Los Angeles

02:06:48

detectives were talking to these people

02:06:49

too and it soon became apparent that

02:06:51

this is the guy that could have killed

02:06:53

the women from one coast of the US to

02:06:55

the other he was charged in 2013 for the

02:06:58

murders of three women in La one had

02:07:00

been found in a dumpster another in a

02:07:02

garage and the third down an Alleyway

02:07:04

all three had been strangled for those

02:07:06

brutal crimes he was sentenced to life

02:07:08

imprisonment without the possibility of

02:07:10

parole all the time maintaining that he

02:07:12

was an innocent man it wasn't until 2018

02:07:15

when little started dropping confession

02:07:17

bombs he was 78 and on the verge of

02:07:19

death and it's then that he started Ed

02:07:21

talking to law enforcement from various

02:07:23

US states these confessions solved the

02:07:25

cases of many deaths police had deemed

02:07:28

suspicious as well as unsolved murders

02:07:30

little had a good memory when it came to

02:07:32

faces and how he'd killed each victim

02:07:34

although he wasn't always good with

02:07:36

dates what was surprising was the fact

02:07:37

that he was able to accurately sketch

02:07:39

many of the people he' murdered while

02:07:41

cops might have suspected him to be

02:07:43

behind a lot of murders they weren't

02:07:45

prepared for what he told them they were

02:07:46

in fact interviewing the most prolific

02:07:48

serial killer in American history

02:07:50

there's such a thing as serial killers

02:07:52

that have claimed to have killed many

02:07:54

more people than they are convicted of

02:07:55

killing it said serial killer Gary

02:07:57

Ridgeway might have killed many more

02:07:59

than the 49 people he was convicted of

02:08:01

killing but that's not been proven

02:08:03

Richard Cottingham AKA The Butcher of

02:08:05

Times Square claimed to have killed 85

02:08:07

to 100 people during his 13 years

02:08:09

hunting down women but it remains to be

02:08:11

seen if that's true as for little it's

02:08:14

now thought that he killed 93 people but

02:08:16

the FBI has said for now they can only

02:08:18

confirm that he killed 60 women it's

02:08:20

likely he killed his first person Back

02:08:22

in 1970 the FBI had said this about

02:08:24

Little's confession he remembers where

02:08:26

he was and what car he was driving he

02:08:29

draws pictures of many of the women he

02:08:30

killed it's very likely he did Kill 93

02:08:33

women given his honesty about the other

02:08:35

murders and the details he could recall

02:08:38

although corroborating his stories is

02:08:39

still a work in progress we'll give you

02:08:41

some examples of what he told the FBI

02:08:43

the reason the FBI has put these

02:08:45

examples on its website is so someone

02:08:47

might be able to help them with their

02:08:48

investigation maybe some of our viewers

02:08:50

could be of help after after hearing

02:08:51

this little said sometime between 1992

02:08:54

and 1994 he met an African-American

02:08:57

woman in an area of Little Rock Arkansas

02:08:59

he said it was a cold night and that it

02:09:00

might have been snowing the two went

02:09:02

shoplifting together and little was

02:09:04

arrested for that police records

02:09:06

corroborate the story he got out of jail

02:09:08

and went to move his car which he said

02:09:09

was a Cadillac Eldorado or a yellow

02:09:12

Dodge his accomplice was sleeping in the

02:09:14

car the next day after driving down an

02:09:16

old dirt road he stopped the car and

02:09:18

committed the murder he told police that

02:09:20

he dumped the body near a corner field

02:09:22

the problem is little couldn't remember

02:09:23

her full name he said he thought her

02:09:25

first name was Ruth but he wasn't sure

02:09:27

he was also able to sketch her face then

02:09:30

there was the African-American woman who

02:09:31

he said he met in 1982 in New Orleans he

02:09:34

described her as being 30 to 40 years

02:09:36

old 5'8 to 5'9 in tall and weighing in

02:09:39

the region of 160 lb he said her skin

02:09:41

was honeycc colored brown and her hair

02:09:43

was medium length she was in a club

02:09:45

celebrating someone's birthday when they

02:09:47

met little and the woman left the club

02:09:49

in a Lincoln Continental Mark III she

02:09:51

told that she lived with her mom and

02:09:52

that her mom was either very sick or an

02:09:54

invalid since the woman had to look

02:09:56

after her together they drove toward an

02:09:58

area called little woods and took the

02:10:00

exit off I 10 he said he drove down a

02:10:02

dirt road where the canal was being

02:10:03

dredged he killed her and left her body

02:10:05

next to the canal he drew a picture of

02:10:07

her too it was 1971 or 1972 when he met

02:10:11

another one of his victims this time in

02:10:13

Miami Florida he said she was an 18 to

02:10:16

19-year-old African-American transgender

02:10:18

person named Maryanne or Marian she was

02:10:21

5' 6 to 5' 7 in tall and weighed around

02:10:24

140 lb the two met at a place called the

02:10:27

pool or pool Palace which little said

02:10:29

was on 17th Avenue in Miami it wasn't

02:10:31

until a few days later that they met

02:10:33

again this time the location was the

02:10:35

historic Overton neighborhood during

02:10:37

these meetings he said he learned that

02:10:39

she lived with a bunch of Roommates in

02:10:40

either Brownsville or Liberty City

02:10:42

little said he turned up at that house

02:10:44

and one of the roommates asked him to go

02:10:46

out and buy some shaving cream he agreed

02:10:48

and set off in his gold four-door

02:10:50

Pontiac Lon except he had no intention

02:10:52

of buying the cream instead he and

02:10:54

MaryAnn headed north on Highway 27 he

02:10:57

said he stopped the car close to the

02:10:58

sugarcane field and killed her there in

02:11:00

someone's driveway he then continued

02:11:02

down Highway 27 until he reached the

02:11:04

Everglades he turned down a dirt road

02:11:06

until he arrived at the river or a swamp

02:11:09

he dragged the body through the mud and

02:11:10

the water and left the scene these are

02:11:12

just a few of the unmatched confessions

02:11:15

others have been matched and murders

02:11:16

have been solved although in some cases

02:11:18

the bodies were never identified so

02:11:20

there're still Jan do it's uncertain how

02:11:23

much guilt little felt for what he' done

02:11:25

sometimes he smiled a lot while being

02:11:26

interviewed there was certainly no trace

02:11:28

of remorse or shame in his voice or his

02:11:31

face he also once said he didn't fear

02:11:33

God for what he'd done I live in my mind

02:11:35

now with my babies in my drawings he

02:11:37

said in one interview by his babies he

02:11:40

was perversely referring to the women

02:11:42

he'd heartlessly murdered he also said

02:11:44

in that interview the only things I was

02:11:45

ever good at was drawing and fighting in

02:11:48

fact that's how he sometimes lured women

02:11:50

telling them that they were Beau

02:11:51

beautiful and then promising to employ

02:11:52

his formidable artistic skills to draw

02:11:54

them he did just that to the victim in

02:11:56

adessa Texas he kept his promise but she

02:11:58

was already dead when he sketched her

02:12:00

little died on December 30th 2020 the

02:12:03

cause of death wasn't reported in the

02:12:05

media although he was a sick man a once

02:12:08

bullied nerd leaves a toothless head on

02:12:09

a golf course this isn't his only victim

02:12:12

and gets away with multiple murders for

02:12:14

years a child whose brother was eaten by

02:12:16

starving neighbors becomes an almost

02:12:17

Invisible Killer while another man a

02:12:20

respectable grandfather would never have

02:12:22

been caught had he not once explained

02:12:24

what the backside of a human tastes like

02:12:26

after 30 minutes in the oven these men

02:12:28

are seven deadly Sinners of the highest

02:12:30

degrees men who would have killed many

02:12:32

more people had fate or ego not

02:12:35

intervened number seven one of the worst

02:12:37

serial killers ever and certainly one of

02:12:39

the strangest is busy at work in his

02:12:41

upper management job at a government

02:12:42

office in London this is always a polite

02:12:45

man and is well-liked by the staff and

02:12:47

even though he can be quiet at times

02:12:48

he's a conscientious worker and boss his

02:12:50

name name is Dennis Nelson as evening

02:12:53

approaches on February 8th 1983 he has

02:12:56

no idea he will soon be explaining how

02:12:58

he killed people many people and then he

02:13:01

often sat with the bodies propped up in

02:13:02

the chair as he laughed and joked with

02:13:04

the corpse about what he or they were

02:13:06

watching on television he neatly places

02:13:08

his pens into his office drawer and

02:13:10

announces he's going home that is to 23

02:13:13

cranley Gardens situated in a leafy

02:13:15

suburb in middle class London at that

02:13:17

moment he puts on his coat ready to face

02:13:19

the wintry evening and some something

02:13:21

strange and perplexing is happening

02:13:22

outside his house he's a clever bloke

02:13:24

Nelson there's no doubt about it but my

02:13:27

oh my did he get caught in one of the

02:13:28

weirdest ways imaginable some say

02:13:30

Nelson's fascination with death and

02:13:32

holding on to dead bodies crystallized

02:13:34

during his time serving in the Army some

02:13:36

say it went further back to his

02:13:37

childhood and maybe he learned how to

02:13:39

get away with murder when he was a cop

02:13:41

but it wasn't until he became a trusted

02:13:42

civil servant in the 1970s that he

02:13:45

really started to thirst for company not

02:13:47

so much blood more for friendships of

02:13:49

the Dead truth be known he didn't enjoy

02:13:51

the killing part he really didn't enjoy

02:13:53

the dissecting and dismembering bit

02:13:55

especially when the bodies were already

02:13:56

in terrible states of decomposition

02:13:59

after his one true living love left his

02:14:01

life he started killing for company in

02:14:03

1978 lonely and depressed but successful

02:14:06

at work he invited a guy back he waited

02:14:08

for him to fall asleep and strangled him

02:14:11

this was at his previous house on

02:14:12

Melrose Avenue number 195 a veritable

02:14:15

House of Horrors one trick Nelson had up

02:14:18

his sleeve is that he was an alcoholic

02:14:20

and boy could he drink he invited more

02:14:22

young men back for boo sometimes just

02:14:24

tourists visiting the UK armed with

02:14:26

cameras and full of curiosity Nelson got

02:14:28

them wasted and strangled them then they

02:14:31

became his friends he washed their

02:14:33

bodies he stroked them as they lay in

02:14:34

bed next to him he propped them up in

02:14:36

chairs and slapped them on the knee when

02:14:38

something on the TV made him laugh

02:14:39

treating them like the living but the

02:14:41

problem with bodies is they bloat and

02:14:44

they decompose and Nelson didn't much

02:14:46

like watching Coronation Street with

02:14:47

lovers who were stinking and falling

02:14:49

apart so he buried them under the

02:14:51

floorboards he later burned their bodies

02:14:53

in the garden near a stack of tires

02:14:55

local kids used to come around and enjoy

02:14:57

what they thought was a nice man having

02:14:58

another one of his bonfires at night he

02:15:00

drank with the dead and throughout the

02:15:02

day he gave orders in the office he once

02:15:04

explained his routine saying end of the

02:15:06

day end of the drink end of a person

02:15:08

floorboards back carpet replaced back to

02:15:11

work but then he had to move house and

02:15:13

his new place 23 cranley Gardens a

02:15:15

lovely looking 1930s semi- detached with

02:15:18

tutor style exposed wood on the facade

02:15:20

was a large place but with separate

02:15:22

apartments that meant no place to bury

02:15:24

or burn bodies but as you know serial

02:15:26

killers aren't quitters they can't quit

02:15:28

and Nelson kept on killing this brings

02:15:31

us back to the beginning when Nelson

02:15:33

returned home that evening he found a

02:15:34

drain cleaning company outside his

02:15:36

apartment the other residents complained

02:15:38

of often smelling something terrible in

02:15:39

the air and they didn't know where it

02:15:41

was coming from but get this even Nelson

02:15:43

had complained to the landlord about

02:15:45

that yeah go figure so a hired drain

02:15:48

cleaner named Michael catran started

02:15:50

looking for blockages in the drains

02:15:52

where he too could smell something akin

02:15:54

to dead animals perhaps he thought a

02:15:56

dead rat but then he pulled out what

02:15:58

looked like bits of meat and that's

02:15:59

exactly when Nelson walked up to him and

02:16:01

said the famous words it looks to me

02:16:03

like someone's been flushing down their

02:16:05

Kentucky Fried Chicken but cine was

02:16:07

pretty sure it wasn't Chicken in fact he

02:16:10

thought he found part of an eye a human

02:16:12

eye he sent what he found off to a

02:16:14

pathologist while nson went up to his

02:16:15

flat and went about his life as normal

02:16:17

during the night he was in his vest as

02:16:19

snow fell outside he was doing a bit of

02:16:21

drain cleaning but there was no way he

02:16:23

was getting out of this the next day the

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