The Zodiac Killer
The Zodiac Killer played games with the authorities by sending letters to the San Francisco Chronicle back in October 1969. In one letter he wrote, “Schoolchildren make nice targets, I think I shall wipe out a school bus some morning.” (His letters had the sign of the zodiac on them, hence his name.) Fortunately, this ultimate bogeyman never carried out this threat. But until perhaps early 1974 Zodiac shot or stabbed numerous young men and women, usually as he found them alone in the country. At times, the Zodiac Killer called the Chronicle on the phone. One time after sending them a cipher in the mail, he said, “Could you print this new cipher on your front page? I get awfully lonely when I am ignored, so lonely I could do myThing!!!!!! Such letters stopped coming from 1974 to 1978. Perhaps Zodiac was locked up somewhere. The ending in the final letter read, “I am now in control of all things.” Chillingly, the Zodiac Killer was never identified with certainty. Is he or she your next-door neighbor?