‘Unmasked’ Zodiac Killer ‘was once jailed for attacking his wife, then 74’

A PAINTER suspected of being the notorious Zodiac Killer was arrested and jailed for violently attacking his elderly wife just two years before he died.

Gary Francis Poste, who passed away in August 2018, was allegedly unmasked on Wednesday by a team of cold-case investigators.

Gary Francis Poste was named as the alleged Zodiac killer by a group of investigators

Gary Francis Poste was named as the alleged Zodiac killer by a group of investigatorsCredit: TheCaseBreakers.org
Poste was arrested for seriously injuring his wife in 2016

Poste was arrested for seriously injuring his wife in 2016Credit: mugshots.com

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.

But Poste was later found mentally incompetent to stand trial and referred to a California state hospital before apparently being placed under a mental health conservatorship. 

Sheriff deputies were alerted on February 22, 2016, from the address next door to the elderly couple’s home that someone was “hurt fell and wants an officer”.

Poste was arrested and then charged two days later with one count of corporal injury to a spouse and another of elder or dependent adult abuse over the domestic violence incident.

A criminal complaint filed at the Superior Court in Tuolumne County and obtained by The Sun states that Poste “did wilfully and unlawfully inflict a corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon Mary Poste, who is the spouse of the defendant”.

The complaint further alleges that Poste “did, under circumstances and conditions likely to produce great bodily harm and death, knowingly and wilfully cause and permit Mary Poste, an elder and dependant adult, to suffer, and inflicted thereon, unjustifiable physical pain”. 

It adds that “having the care and custody of said victim, (he) wilfully caused and permitted Mary Poste to be placed in a situation in which her health was endangered” and that she suffered “great bodily injury”. 

Mary was 74 at the time of the attack, according to the court documents. 

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