Zodiac Killer: The group claims to have cracked the identity of the serial killer during a law enforcement investigation
Case Breakers’ team of 40 former law enforcement investigators said they identified the man they believe is the Zodiac Killer using new physical and forensic evidence and information from eyewitnesses, according to a press release.
Case Breakers said the group also filed written court filings and obtained decades of photos from the man’s former darkroom. They named the man in the statement, saying they believe he died in 2018.
CNN’s attempts to reach family members of the said person were unsuccessful.
In response to the new allegations, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) confirmed to CNN that it is still an open investigation.
“We cannot speak to potential suspects as this is still an open investigation,” police said in a statement.
The FBI, which has been supporting local law enforcement in the investigation, has also not acknowledged the allegations.
In a statement to CNN, the FBI said: “The Zodiac Keeler case remains open. We have no new information that we would like to share at this time.”
The Case Breakers also said in the statement that the man was responsible for the 1966 murder of Sherry Joe Betts in Riverside County, California.
While the Riverside Police Department could not comment on the man identified by Case Breakers, RPD Public Information Officer Ryan Railsback said the Zodiac Killer is definitely not the person responsible for Bates’ death.
The only common link between Bates’ murder and the tower killer, Rilzback said, is a handwritten letter received in the mail claiming responsibility.
The Zodiac Killer, who was never arrested, gained notoriety by writing letters to police and local media bragging about the killings until 1974.
Claiming to have killed as many as 37 people, he also wrote some letters in the cipher and included bloody pieces of clothing to use as evidence of actions.