He’s long been considered a suspect but the FBI doesn’t want to close the case. The killer has been identified by DNA as Gary Francis Poste. “The FBI’s investigation into the Zodiac Killer remains open and unsolved,” their San Francisco Office continues to insist in a statement. From what we just learned from John Durham’s report, the bureau can’t be trusted to find their own backside with both hands and a flashlight, so it’s really no surprise. The real reason for not closing the file is because investigators got attached to having the boxes of evidence to use for a printer stand and don’t want to see them shipped off to storage.
Cold case team closes in
A “cold case” team of volunteers asserts that an “FBI official confirmed the man they believe to be the ‘Zodiac Killer‘ is currently listed as a suspect.” They also accuse “government agencies across the country of not properly investigating the alleged serial killings.” Unless they can pin Donald Trump for it, there’s no reason to bother.
As related by investigative journalist Thomas Colbert, who leads the non-profit volunteer team Case Breakers, a member of his team “was told by an FBI agent that Gary Francis Poste, an Air Force veteran, is considered a suspect in a database for the killings.”
The FBI source also verified “that the lab has a ‘partial’ DNA sample.” According to a statement issued by the ameteur sleuths, “the felon has been secretly listed as the Zodiac ‘suspect‘ in Headquarters’ computers since 2016, with his ‘partial DNA‘ safely secured at the feds’ Quantico, Virginia lab.”
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) May 17, 2023
Despite the evidence, “The FBI has consistently rejected reports and conclusions that the case has been solved.”
Back in October 2021, the bureau was swearing up and down that there weren’t any conclusions and the crimes had not been solved. “That same month, the Case Breakers announced they identified Poste, who passed away in 2018.”
The Zodiac Killer is “believed responsible for at least five murders that occurred in 1968 and 1969 in the San Francisco area.” The thing that made this serial killer so special is he “taunted authorities with complex ciphers in letters sent to newspapers and law enforcement.”
Tied to each murder
The Case Breakers team is convinced that they “have tied Poste to each of the murders.” After doing most of the job for the bureau, what they would really like to see is for the FBI to do their part of the job and confirm the group’s detective work. “Take the bottle to the lab and run the tests please,” they politely ask through teeth clenched to hold back the anger.
The “team hopes that law enforcement agencies will compare the DNA they found on a hiking mat and confirmed belong to Poste to DNA from the crime scenes including mystery hair found on Cheri Jo Bates.” She was the “sixth victim in Riverside, California.”
One of the killer’s mystic messages was mailed to “King of Torts” attorney Melvin Belli. The Zodiac Killer is tied to “five murders in the San Francisco area and claims he is responsible for three others.”
Air Force vet identified as Zodiac Killer suspect but FBI didn't act on DNA proof, group claims https://t.co/HRa7rTAEA4
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 17, 2023
Belli issued a reply advising the killer to call his office and he would take his defense case. The letter contained a “bloodstained piece of shirt” torn from a victim and “indicated he was losing control.” He wrote that he was contemplating his “9th and 10th victims.”
Riverside Police remain convinced that Cheri Jo Bates is a separate case but the DNA could answer the question conclusively. The amateur detectives are disappointed with every investigative agency involved. “Law enforcement agencies at all levels have ignored state law, ignored evidence, mishandled DNA, and succumbed to ‘apathy‘ ‘egos‘ and fear of ‘humiliation.‘”
Their press release sounds a lot like the report just put out by John Durham. “Like cops, federal agents are dealing with huge caseloads, constant training, odd rules and bureaucracy. But when someone wearing a badge or uniform works with others to avoid or hide materials, sidestep difficult procedures, or lie about evidence, they’re hurting our volunteers and the thousands of families waiting for answers.“