Episode 278 LIVE: The Zodiac Killer Revisited

Easily one of the best known true crime cases in American history, the series of horrific murders committed by an unidentified serial killer known only as the Zodiac has baffled law enforcement and armchair investigators since the murders occurred in the late 1960s. 13 O’Clock originally did an episode about the case back in September of 2018. But just in the past several months, new allegations have come to light; not only has one of the previously unsolved and very famous Zodiac ciphers been decoded at last, but an independent team of investigators known as the Case Breakers has made the bold claim that they have finally identified the man responsible for at least five murders in northern California in 1968 and 1969, stating that the culprit was a man named Gary Francis Poste, a former house painter who had a previous arrest for domestic violence and died in 2018. Has the elusive Zodiac been unmasked after more than fifty years? Put on your best codebreaking pants and come along with Tom and Jenny as they dive into a fascinating follow-up on the Zodiac case on episode 278.

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Episode One-Hundred-Nine: The Zodiac Killer

On today’s cryptic and crime-ridden installment, Tom and Jenny are finally getting around to tackling America’s preeminent case of a serial killer who has never been caught: The Zodiac. Beginning in the mid to late 1960s, California was gripped in fear of the hooded gunman who largely targeted couples in their cars and ruthlessly shot them to death before sending taunting and coded letters to police and newspapers. Who was he, how many people did he actually kill, and will he ever be apprehended? Dig out your decoder rings and tune in for a discussion of the classic study in true crime that is episode 109.

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Episode Eight: The Original Night Stalker

Most people have heard of Richard Ramirez, the infamous serial killer known as the Night Stalker. But what many people don’t know is that a decade before Ramirez commenced his reign of terror, a much more brutal and prolific serial killer and rapist stalked the upper-middle-class neighborhoods of California, from Sacramento to Irvine. This man, known alternately as the East Area Rapist, the Golden State Killer, the Diamond Knot Killer, or the Original Night Stalker, has never been apprehended, and may still be on the loose. On this episode, Tom and Jenny discuss his horrific crimes and speculate as to why he was never caught. 2016, in fact, marks the 40th anniversary of the Original Night Stalker’s first known crime, and the FBI have redoubled their efforts to track the guy down, offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to his capture and conviction.