Gary Francis Poste, a former American intelligence officer, is known for his role in the downfall of the Soviet Union. He has also been linked as a suspect in the unsolved Zodiac killings that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s.
Poste has never faced charges, consistently denying any involvement in the Zodiac killings. Despite this, some investigators believe he may be responsible for the murders, and his name remains associated with the case.
Given the unsolved nature of the Zodiac killings, the truth about Gary Francis Poste may remain elusive.
Following his service in the Air Force, Poste transitioned to work as a house painter. He passed away at the age of 80 in August 2018, with local media reports suggesting his involvement as the Zodiac serial killer.
For over 50 years, law enforcement has been diligently working to solve the mystery of the Zodiac killer.
Almost five decades after the Zodiac killer terrorized San Francisco from 1968 to 1969, where he killed a minimum of five people while taunting the police with cryptic letters.
The Zodiac killer’s identity was purportedly unveiled in 2021 by Thomas J. Colbert and his Case Breakers team, culminating in the revelation that he was a retired law enforcement agent, military intelligence personnel, and journalist.
They suspected that the notorious murderer was Gary Francis Poste, who had passed away in 2018.
Incidents Pointing Towards the Zodiac Killer
In October 2021, a team known as the Case Breakers, as reported by Fox News, unearthed significant evidence connecting Gary Francis Poste to the Zodiac killer.
They discovered compelling ties indicating his resemblance to one of the murderer’s encrypted letters and physical similarities to a sketch of the Zodiac killer.
Additional accounts suggested that Poste exhibited violent behavior, even reportedly leading a “criminal group” in California during the 1970s.
Despite these claims, some experts remain skeptical, noting the generic profile of potential Zodiac killers and the absence of concrete evidence linking Poste to the murders. The case remains unresolved, leaving the truth uncertain.
Following this, a group of 40 private investigators declared that they had identified Poste as the Zodiac killer, who terrorized the Bay Area in the late 1960s through brutal killings, anagram code-breaking, and images.
The organization argued their case based on evidence, photos discovered in Poste’s darkroom, and coded notes left by the killer.
They claimed forensic evidence supported Poste’s involvement in the murder of Cheri Jo Bates, an unsolved killing from 1966.
The Case Breakers affirmed in a statement that a retired FBI agent stated, “There is photographic evidence of ‘undeniable’ scars on our Zodiac’s forehead – witnessed by three individuals and a police officer, then relayed to the SFPD sketch artist in 1969.”
Zodiac Killer Victims Linked to Poste
During the late 1960s, the Zodiac killer claimed the lives of five people before sending cryptic letters to local newspapers. The victims were either shot or stabbed and include:
– Mr. David Faraday
– Betty Linda Jensen
– Daryl Ferrin
– Shepard, Cecelia
All victims were young couples in their teens or early twenties.
In one of his letters, the alleged murderer claimed responsibility for 37 murders and connections to various unsolved crimes.
However, this claim was not substantiated. Following each death, the killer sent a letter and cryptogram to local newspapers.
According to a male relative of Poste who contacted the San Francisco Chronicle six years ago, Poste resided in Groveland, approximately 150 miles from San Francisco. The relative accused Poste of attempting to fatally assault him and identified him as the Zodiac killer.
All available evidence and clues pointed towards Poste being the elusive Zodiac killer. However, he passed away in 2018 without facing any consequences for his actions.