Who are the Zodiac Killer’s victims?
The Zodiac Killer claimed to have killed 37 people during his five year span but investigators were only able to link him conclusively to seven victims, five who died and two who survived.
The Zodiac Killer’s victims include:
Paul Stine, 30, was shot once in the head at point-blank range
Cecelia Shepard, 22, was stabbed 10 times, five in the front and five in the back
Bryan Hartnell, 20, was stabbed six times in the back
Darlene Ferrin, 22, was shot five times
Mike Mageau, 19, was shot four times
David Faraday, 17, was shot once in the head at point-blank range
Betty Lou Jensen, 16, was shot five times in the back
Some of his other possible victims include:
Ray Davis, 27, was shot twice from behind in his own cab
Cheri Jo Bates, 18, was beaten and stabbed multiple times with a short-bladed knife
The Zodiac Killer was given his name by himself after referring to himself as “Zodiac” in his fourth letter to the press on August 7, 1969.
“Dear Editor This is the Zodiac speaking,” he wrote at the time.
From then on the press called him the ‘Zodiac Killer’ – but it is not known why the killer gave himself that name.