“Zodiac Killer” Gary Francis Post led a group of killers

Gary Francis Post, veteran Air Force painter-turned-home He may or may not have been the infamous Zodiac KillerHe is revealed to be the leader of a group of men he trained as “killing machines”.

A team of 40 private investigators claimed last month They unmask Poste as the Zodiac Killer – who terrorized the Bay Area in the late 1960s with brutal murders paired with chilling mysteries – through photos and cracking anagrams. Now, they tell The Post that after the murders, Poste lived a strange double life in a small town in the Sierra Nevada.

The Zodiac sign mysteriously fell out of sight in 1974, after a final message was sent to the media. This case is among the most famous unsolved murders in the United States.

Poste moved to Groveland, California, in 1970, according to Thomas J. Colbert, who runs Case Breaker Team – Made up of former policemen, criminal analysts, academics and retired military – he has been working on the case for nearly 10 years. He came to the town of the High Sierra after he married a woman who had a young child.

A team of 40 private investigators claim Post was the infamous Zodiac Killer
A team of 40 private investigators claims Post was the notorious Zodiac killer.
Tulum County Sheriff’s Office

Colbert said the alleged killer confronted him as a mild-mannered house painter who was well liked by the locals. But he also began recruiting young men in their late teens and early twenties to form his personal criminal gang in the picturesque mountain town about 26 miles west of Yosemite.

About 10 men were part of what locals called “The Posse” and remained loyal to Poste for decades, even as he He passed away in 2018. Colbert said he would take them deep into the mountains where they learned to “walk and kill”.

“He taught them how to turn a pipe bomb into a bomb that would blow up homes,” Colbert said. “If new cops had moved to the city, he would have done so [the posse] Throw stones in their windows to get them out. He was involved in lending weapons to suicidal people in the city.”

According to Colbert, men would go on hiking trips in the mountains to kill animals for fun.

“Once upon a time he had a child climb on a tree branch and hang caches of raw meat on it,” he said. “He also installed salmon hooks below to catch bears trying to get to the meat. On one occasion three bears were bleeding to death from this tree trying to get meat, and Gary watched them laugh at them.”

He described Poste as a kind of “Fagin” – the leader of the children’s gang from “Oliver Twist” – who rounded up the local “loose boys”. Colbert added that there was no indication that Post had a sexual interest or sexual relations with the young men.

One of the team members, whom Colbert identified only as “Will,” he said, fled Groveland in 2010 after seeing sketches of the Tower Killer and confronting Post.

Post (left) allegedly led a group of men in the Sierra Nevadas.
Post (left) allegedly led a group of men in the Sierra Nevadas.

Former Air Force Captain Hans Smits met “Will,” whose real name is Chris Avery, when Avery went to the Santa Cruz TV station to report on Poste. Smits was friends with a TV host, Del Julen, at the station at the time.

Joleen, now a broadcaster in Savannah, has researched the Zodiac issue for years and after meeting Avery and learning the name Post, He claimed to have cracked some codes encrypted using the name. Jolene too Give statements in court Saying that a man from Groveland (Chris Avery) had told him Poste had confessed to him that he was a Zodiac killer.

Bill Polley, Mayor of Tuolumn County, told Union Democrat Last month, local law enforcement was aware of Poste but did not take Case Breakers’ claim that he was a Zodiac Killer seriously.

Smits told The Post that he took Avery under his wing after the FBI interviewed him and did not follow up on Avery’s allegations. Smits said he took Avery to dinner where he noticed Avery’s two “bad guys” from Groveland chasing after him.

The next day, Smits said, Avery boarded a train bound for Whitefish, Mont. Avery, who The Post has been unable to reach, has been on the Lions in Montana for the past decade, according to Smiths, who said he still keeps an eye on him.

Last month, a man believed to be Avery spoke at A Youtube video About Gary Post,

Will, who was a member of the supposed Poste outfit.
A man believed to be “Will” – or Chris Avery – claimed in a YouTube video that he was a member of the Poste group.

“He had no conscience,” Avery said. “He could kill indiscriminately. He couldn’t stop after he came here. He had to keep killing even if it was small animals – just to make himself feel better. Of course he ended up killing other people.”

According to Smiths, Avery told him he was with Poste at least once when Poste ordered another posing member to shoot and kill a man in a mountain lake in the High Sierras. Smits said the victim was someone Post knew who had a vendetta against him. The newspaper was unable to independently verify the charge or find a second source to confirm it.

Smits also said, when Avery asked Poste, “Are you a zodiac sign?” The man approached him with a five-pound hammer.

Smits said Poste has always called him just “The Old Man.” Another source told The Post that Poste was a fine house painter who painted the home of Clint Eastwood’s mother in the 1970s.

Colbert’s team believes Post to be the Zodiac due to his physical resemblance to a 1969 police drawing of the killer, both of which show scars in the forehead, and Anagrams were sent to the San Francisco Chronicle which allegedly revealed Poste’s name.

Dale Gulen, the reporter who handed the Zodiac Killer mystery over to Case Breakers to work on.
News anchor Dale Julin says he found Poste’s name in some Zodiac Killer cryptographic code.

Zodiac Killer mocked the authorities and newspapers with elaborate coded messages and coded notes. Police said he indiscriminately killed five people and seriously injured two others during his outburst of activity, which began in the Bay Area in the late 1960s.

But in encrypted letters and sketches sent to the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times at random times after the murders, the Zodiac boasted that he had committed more than 30 other murders. For decades, amateur investigators have tried to decipher ciphers, or ciphers. Of the four zeros produced, two remained unresolved, and one took 51 years to crack.

Last week, Colbert received advice from his sources in Groveland about what he believes to be a critical body of evidence showing Poste was a Zodiac Killer.

According to the investigator, a few years before his death, Post quietly began to give away his gun, pistol parts, gunpowder, bullets and shell casings – more than a thousand, including 25 different calibers – to the “favorite locals.”

Colbert said “Proof Gold Mine” It is now being examined by three forensic laboratories. He believes that newer technologies, such as fingerprint recognition on shell casings, may match official police evidence and convince skeptical investigators that Post is their man.

FBI officials in San Francisco say they are still investigating Zodiac Killer, who was Linked to five seemingly random brutal murders in 1968 and 1969 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“The FBI’s investigation into the Zodiac Killer is still open and unsolved,” the FBI said in a statement to The Post. “Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, and out of respect for the victims and their families, we will not provide further comments at this time.”

Displays the requested newsletter and copies of letters sent to the San Francisco Chronicle by Zodiac in San Francisco.
The Zodiac Killer wrote puzzles or ciphers that have not all been solved to this day.
Eric Risberg/AFP

Whether or not he turns out to be a Zodiac Killer, Poste may have come about with his strange life as a result of a drunk driving accident at the age of twenty. He worked at an Air Force radar station near Rockville, Ill. , when he was a passenger in a jeep that crashed into the wall of a railway tunnel and killed the driver, According to Evansville Courier & Press.

Colbert said that both young pilots were drunk. Poste had scars on his forehead and had to have his teeth pulled out due to his injuries.

Soon after the accident, Colbert said, Poste was shipped to a radar station in Greenland, one of the “most isolated and lonely” bases in the world.

“This is where we think he’s missing,” the investigator added. “He’s back in the States with a different person.”

Poste’s last years were tumultuous, too. In 2016, Pushing his wife, 74, down the stairs from their home before they were imprisoned for the attack.

He was later found mentally unfit to stand trial and was placed in a government hospital before being placed under mental health guardianship, The sun mentioned.

A screenshot of Poste's cup from February 22, 2016, when he was arrested for domestic violence.
Poste’s mugshot from February 22, 2016, when he was arrested for domestic violence.
Tulum County Jail

The suspected killer died in 2018 of sepsis, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and vascular dementia. According to TMZ, his remains were scattered in the Sierras.

“A lot of people in that small town still thought he was a nice house painter,” Colbert said. “They are wrong.”


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