CALIFORNIA officials are pushing back against claims made by private investigators that the man they’ve identified as the Zodiac Killer is not a suspect in the case.
Gary Francis Poste, the man identified by sleuths as the infamous serial killer, is not a suspect in the case, the FBI and local police enforcement announced after the investigators named their man.
The Case Breakers, a team of over 40 volunteers consisting of cold case specialists from law enforcement, military, academic and legal backgrounds, announced their find on Wednesday.
However, law enforcement is claiming Poste, a man who died in 2018, is not the serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay area and killed at least five people in the 1960s.
Police instead are saying they receive hundreds of tips a year regarding the decades-old cold case, but the Case Breakers believe Poste is “a very strong suspect” in the death of a teenage girl hundreds of miles away that has never been linked to the Zodiac.
However, local police in both Riverside and San Francisco have said the group’s claims consisted of “circumstantial evidence.”
Last year, the FBI did confirm that independent code breakers cracked one of a number of messages sent to newspapers during the Zodiac Killer’s peak killing spree.
“I hope you are having lots of fun in trying to catch me” read the message sent to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Sun exclusively obtained documents showing Poste does have a criminal history.
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Court records show that the suspected serial killer was arrested and spent time in jail for assaulting and seriously injuring his wife Mary in their hometown of Groveland, California in February 2016.
The Case Breakers reportedly unveiled Poste’s identity after years of digging through new forensic evidence and his darkroom.
One image uncovered from the darkroom purportedly featured scars on Poste’s forehead that match a sketch of the Zodiac.
As part of a press release, The Case Breakers shared a copy of a news article about a car crash in Clinton, Indiana, in 1959.
An airman from the Rocksville radar station was killed in the crash and a second man was seriously injured.
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The team believes the second man was Poste and the crash is how he got his distinctive forehead scars.
“The renowned sleuths have recovered new physical and forensic evidence, signed up eyewitnesses, filed court affidavits, and secured decades of pictures from Poste’s former darkroom,” the release states.
“That includes photographic proof, as a former FBI agent put it, of ‘irrefutable’ scars on our Zodiac’s forehead – spotted by 3 witnesses and an observing cop, then later passed on to the 1969 SFPD sketch artist.”