According to law enforcement the Zodiac Killer case remains open. But, new theories are bringing renewed attention to decades-old cold cases.
A group named the Case Breakers, – which says it is made up of former law enforcement members, intelligence officers and others – has named a man who they believe is the so-called Zodiac Killer, prompting a firestorm of media attention on Wednesday.
The group says “physical and forensic evidence,” as well as recovered photos and other information has led it to identify a suspect who recently died.
As of Wednesday night, authorities had not yet endorsed the theory.
USA TODAY was informed by the FBI’s San Francisco branch that they have confirmed that the Zodiac Killer investigation remains open. They declined to give any further information.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that law enforcement was skeptical about the theory of the group, particularly since the suspect in Riverside’s murder is not a California native.
“Is there a chance that (the Case Breakers suspect) killed Cheri Jo Bates? No,” The Chronicle quotes Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback. “If you read what they (the Case Breakers) put out, it’s all circumstantial evidence. It’s not a whole lot.”
In a Wednesday statement, The Case Breakers indicated that they would like to share the results with Riverside Police.
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Californian authorities are trying to find the Zodiac Killer over decades. Five murders were linked to this killer who terrorized residents in California during the 1960s.
The killer claimed that he was responsible for over 30 murders. He sent bizarre letters with detailed information to newspapers, including cryptograms in which he called “Zodiac.” Two survivors were also found by the killer during his rampage, which helped to provide a picture.
The disturbing and perplexing case has been a pop culture staple and inspired the 2007 movie “Zodiac,” directed by David Fincher. This case is often featured in national news, particularly as amateur sleuths work to solve the ciphers.
Commenters on social media saw the irony in the fact that the Zodiac Killer might have survived to make the case famous.
Christal Hayes (USA TODAY) Contributing