14 | The Zodiac Killer Part 2

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Last time, in the first part of this double episode, I told the story of the disguise-wearing, letter-writing serial killer operating in California’s Bay Area in 1968 and 69, who christened himself Zodiac. His choice of victim changed, as did his MO, so how do you catch a killer whose only motive is achieving infamy and mocking the police? Join me for Part 2, where we’ll analyse the killer’s behaviour and review some of the popular suspects and theories, and we’ll hear from Zodiac expert Michael Butterfield. It’s a case that’s now over 50 years old, so will the killer ever be named?

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Credits:

Special thanks to Zodiac writer and consultant Michael Butterfield http://zodiackillerfacts.com/ who kindly took time out of his busy schedule to contribute to the making of this episode. Please check out his podcast Zodiac A To Z https://zodiacatoz.podbean.com/

Starring the amazing voice acting talents of Ben (The Zodiac, Brian Hartnell and police officer), Mariah (Nancy Slover, Kirsty Martire and disclaimer), Steven (Mike Mageau) and Alan Smith (Rick Marshall, Richard Gaikowski)

Sources:

  • Graysmith, Robert, 2007, “Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of America’s Most Elusive Serial Killer”, Titan Books

  • Martire, K, Growns, B & Navarro, D, April 2018, “What do the experts know? Calibration, precision and the wisdom of crowds among forensic handwriting experts,” Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 25, 2346-2355

https://link.springer.com/article/10.3758/s13423-018-1448-3

  • “Understanding the Birthday Paradox”, BetterExplained.com

https://betterexplained.com/articles/understanding-the-birthday-paradox/

  • Wayback Machine Web Archive, Coroner’s Report of Paul Lee Stine,

https://web.archive.org/web/20070327182656/http://www.thezodiacmansonconnection.com/autop_stine_1.html

  • Wayback Machine Web Archive, New Realities Video, Richard Gaikowski’s website

https://web.archive.org/web/20010411015131/http:/www.slip.net/~richgaik/index.html

  • ZodiacKillerVideos YouTube channel, “Lake Herman Road – The Funeral of David Faraday”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwPMg8XfOck

Zodiologists.com, 2009, “The Riverside Desktop Poem,”

http://www.zodiologists.com/riverside_desktop_poem_introduction.html

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