The body of Cheri Jo Bates, 18, was found on the Riverside City College campus on Oct. 31, 1966. Some people, but not Riverside police, have linked her death to the Zodiac Killer of Northern California.
Bates, 18, was found dead on the Riverside City College campus on Oct. 31, 1966. The next year, Riverside police received a letter that led them to believe she was a victim of the Zodiac Killer. But in 2017, police received another letter that said the first letter was a hoax.
A message was sent to the FBI seeking comment on the Case Breakers’ assertions.
The Zodiac killings have prompted legions of amateur sleuths to attempt to solve the case and spawned numerous television shows and movies.
A group of amateur investigators who call themselves the Case Breakers say they have solved the riddle of the notorious Zodiac Killer, and what’s more, have linked him to the 1966 murder of Cheri Jo Bates in Riverside.
But Riverside police on Wednesday, Oct. 6, said Bates’ slaying remains unsolved. Detectives have not uncovered any evidence that the Zodiac Killer — whoever he or she may be — is responsible for Bates’ death, said Officer Ryan Railsback, a Police Department spokesman.
The Case Breakers say Gary Francis Poste, who died in 2018, is the self-titled Zodiac Killer. They cite photos found in his darkroom, including one that shows scars on his forehead that match a description of a Zodiac suspect.
A person claiming to be the serial murderer said he killed 37 people in Northern California in the late 1960s. That person sent cryptograms to newspapers in which he said he was collecting victims to use as slaves in the afterlife.