Unsolved Murders: The Case of the Zodiac Killer

By: Jillian Falkner

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Unsolved Murders: The Case of the Zodiac Killer

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Side by side analysis of Ted Cruz and the Zodiac Killer, could it be him?

A drawing of what the murderer is believed to look like.

     The serial killer under the pseudonym of the “Zodiac Killer” has been a mystery that America just cannot solve. His murders took place during the 1960s and 1970s. Law enforcement knows that the killings took place in the Northern California area specifically Vallejo, Benicia, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco. He claims to have murdered 37 people, but police have only found five. His victims were both men and women, they range between the ages of 16 and 29.

    He sent taunting letters to police which made people become even more perplexed. The letters began after his first murder and were written in code. They consisted of threats, demands and ciphers. One letter said “I like killing people because it’s so much fun”. He signed them with a signature, which was a circle with a plus sign over it, this has become his symbol. These letters also got him a ton of media coverage, and made the investigation even larger. The San Francisco Police Department closed the case as “inactive” in 2004, but reopened it in 2007.

      This case has become so well known that Zodiac Killer copycats have surfaced and inspired the film “Dirty Harry”. There are many suspects, but no one has been convicted. The most recent one is Ted Cruz, the 2016 presidential candidate. Due to the unbreakable codes and lack of police evidence, the case of the Zodiac Killer will remain unsolved.

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