The Zodiac killer case is still open to law enforcement, but a new theory is drawing attention again to the decades-old cold case.
A group called Case Breakers, which it says is made up of former law enforcement members, intelligence officers, and others, has named a man they believe to be a so-called Zodiac killer, which attracted media attention on Wednesday.
The group says it has managed to identify a suspect who recently died due to “physical and forensic evidence”, as well as recovered photographs and other information.
The theory had not been approved by the authorities as of Wednesday evening.
The FBI’s San Francisco office confirmed to USA Today that “the Zodiac killer case is open” and declined to provide additional information.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that law enforcement is skeptical of the group theory, especially since the group’s suspect was involved in a murder in Riverside, California.
“Is there any chance that (case breakers suspect) Cherry killed Joe Bates? No,” Chronicle Riverside Police Officer Ryan Relsbach was quoted as saying. “If you read what they (case breakers) If disclosed, it is all circumstantial evidence. That’s not the whole point.”
Those who broke the case said in a statement Wednesday that they look forward to sharing their findings with police in Riverside.
Authorities across California have been trying to hunt down the Zodiac killers for decades. The killer who cornered residents in the 1960s is definitely linked to five murders.
However, the killer apparently pleaded guilty to more than 30 murders and sent a bizarre and detailed letter to news agencies that contained cryptograms, where he called himself “Zodiac”. In his desperation, the killer also left behind two survivors who helped settle the account.
The disturbing and confusing incident inspired a pop culture staple and the 2009 film “Zodiac” directed by David Fincher. The trial slowly gained headlines, especially as amateurs made progress in solving the ciphers associated with the trial.
Shame on social media commentators reacting to recent theories that the Zodiac killer case has survived to fame.