The Zodiac Killer stalked
Northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s when he killed 5
people beginning in 1968 and claiming responsibility for 17 murders in the
San Francisco area in the late 1960s. The Zodiac killer, claimed he chose
his victims based on their astrological signs.
The Zodiac has been profiled as a sexual
sadist, a person who cannot achieve sexual fulfillment any other way than
through the torture and ultimate death of another human being.
The only victims officially attributed
to the Zodiac Killer are Cheri Jo Bates, 18, killed at Riverside City
College. Betty Lou Jensen, 16 on a first date with David Faraday, 17
killed while trying to escape. Darlene Ferrin, 22, and Mike Mageau, 19.
Mageau survived. Cecelia Shepard age 22 and Bryan Hartnell age 20 were
tied and stabbed. Shepard died at the hospital. Hartnell survived. The
last victim is Paul Stine age 29.
No one knows if the Zodiac is still
alive. The original investigators have all retired.