Zodiac Killer Report

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John Mariotti 12/13/12 Extra Credit Assignment: Zodiac Killer The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who stalked parts of Northern California from December 1968 through October 1969. Through a series of cryptic letters he sent to the press and others he offered clues, future murder plots and adopted the name Zodiac. He took responsibility for murdering as many as 37 people, but police investigators confirmed that seven people were attacked by the Zodiac of which five died. He was never caught. Like every serial killer he had a pattern to his killings. Targeted young couples that were out on dates at random. The victims ranged between the ages of 16-29.His weapons of choice were a knife and pistol. He would often send the police and media letters claiming responsibility for his murders. The Zodiac killer’s first two victims were Betty Lou Jensen, 16, and David Arthur Faraday, 17. On December 20, 1968 they were parked at a secluded spot located on Lake Herman Road on the eastern side Vallejo, California. They were discovered lying outside their bullet-riddled car. Betty Lou was found several feet from the car, dead from five gunshot wounds in the back. David was found next to the car. He had been shot at close range in the head, but was still breathing. He died while in route to the hospital. On July 4, 1969 Darlene Elizabeth Ferrin, 22, and Michael Renault Mageau, 19, were parked at the Blue Rock Springs Golf Course in Benicia around midnight. The golf course was four miles from where Jensen and Faraday were gunned down. A man who they believed to be a police officer pulled up behind their car to block their way out. As soon as the man approached the car began opening fire on the young couple. Ferrin died but Mageau survived and gave a description to the police of the zodiac killer as a 5’8” heavyset white male. On September 27, 1969 Cecelia

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