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rodneyalcala · 11 months ago
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The Zodiac Killer has finally been identified as Gary Francis Poste
The Zodiac Killer has been connected to five murders that occurred in 1968 and 1969 in the San Francisco area. Unlike most serial killers, the Zodiac taunted authorities with complex ciphers in letters sent to newspapers and law enforcement. The slayings have spawned books, movies and documentaries in the years since, and amateur and professional sleuths have pored over the case in an effort to unmask the killer.
In the decades since the first murder, many potential suspects have been investigated. 
Now the Zodiac Killer had been identified as Gary Francis Poste, who passed away in 2018. The years of digging uncovered new forensic evidence and photos from Poste’s darkroom. One image features scars on the forehead of Poste that match scars on a sketch of the Zodiac.
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Other clues include deciphering letters sent by the Zodiac that revealed him as the killer, said Jen Bucholtz, a former Army counterintelligence agent who works on cold cases. In one note, the letters of Poste’s full name were removed to reveal an alternate message.
“So you’ve got to know Gary’s full name in order to decipher these anagrams,” Bucholtz said. “I just don’t think there’s any other way anybody would have figured it out.”
The team believes Poste also killed Cheri Jo Bates on Oct. 31, 1966, in Riverside, Calif., hundreds of miles south from the San Francisco area and two years before the first killing linked to the Zodiac occurred. Bates, 18, was found dead in an alleyway on the Riverside City College campus after her father phoned police to report her missing.
The team said a series of coincidences connect Bates and Poste: Poste was an Air Force veteran when he received medical check-ups for a gun incident at a hospital located 15 minutes away from the Bates murder scene. A wristwatch with paint splatter on it was collected at the murder scene and is thought to have been worn by the killer.
Poste painted homes for more than four decades, the team said. In addition, detectives found a heel print from a military-style boot, which matched the same style and size of those found in other Zodiac crime scenes and of Poste.
The Zodiac terrorized communities across Northern California in the late 1960s. The killer has been connected to five killings but claimed to have murdered 37 victims. The first of the confirmed Zodiac slayings occurred in December 1968 when a man and woman were shot dead in a car in Benicia, California. On July 4, 1969, another man and woman were shot in Vallejo. He survived.
Later that year, a couple was stabbed near a lake. The man survived despite sustaining multiple stab wounds.
A cab driver was fatally shot in San Francisco that year as well. No one has ever been charged or identified in connection with the slayings. Unlike most serial killers, the Zodiac taunted authorities with complex ciphers and letters.
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rodneyalcala · a year ago
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Rodney Alcala aka The Dating Game Killer
“I’m called the banana and I look really good… peel me” Alcala himself is heard answering in a rarely seen tape of the 1978 Dating Game.
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rodneyalcala · a year ago
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Can we tell if someones a murderer by their brain scans?
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Researchers have linked violent behavior to abnormalities in the brain.
They believe that early detection may help authorities pin point “would be murderers” before they even thought about actually carrying out the act of murder.
About 1000 prisoners brain scans have revealed brain abnormalities, all of which were convicted of murder.
Dr Hannes Vogel a neurologist said “ I think we’re getting there in terms of finding the areas of the brain that may explain homicidal behavior.”
One of the latest studies shows that specific sections of the brain that are in charge of emotions, impulses and social awareness are less developed among killers.
With these studies they hope to be able to prevent future violent acts, as well as hoping to help people who have these differences with medications and therapy.
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rodneyalcala · a year ago
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Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Susan Atkins grasping hands while joyfully singing “I’ll Never Say Never to Always” in unison on their way to trial for the Tate-LaBianca murders that took place in 1969. The song is from The Family Jams, an album that was recorded in or around 1970 and released in 1997, featuring members of The Manson Family including Sandra Good, Lynette Fromme, Catherine “Gypsy” Share, Catherine “Cappy” Gillies, Nancy “Brenda” Pitman, and Ruth Ann “Ouisch” Moorehouse. Oddly enough, Charles Manson himself does not make an appearance in any of the tracks; however, he is given full credit for writing them all.
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rodneyalcala · a year ago
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The disappearance of Amy Billig
On March 5, 1974, 17-year-old Amy Billig disappeared while hitchhiking along Main Highway in Coconut Grove, Florida. She was headed to her father’s office. A few days later, 16-year-old twin brothers Charles and Larry Glasser called Amy’s family, claimed to have kidnapped her, and demanded a ransom of $30,000. However, it turned out that the twins were lying; they had never met Amy and had nothing to do with her disappearance.
Amy’s mother Susan Billig received several tips that her daughter had been kidnapped by a biker gang and was being held against her will. In November 1985, a biker named Paul Branch came forward, claiming that Amy had been with him for some time, but was traded off while he was in jail. He knew about physical details of Amy which had not been published at that point. Susan Billig then went on an extensive search for her daughter that led her deep into the dangerous biker subculture and nearly ruined her financially. Unfortunately, it led to nothing. Despite the fact that she came across many people who reported to have seen Amy, her mother could not locate her.
On top of that, Susan began to receive harassing calls from a then-unidentified man shortly after Amy’s disappearance, in which the caller stated that Amy had been abducted by a sex ring organization. The man continued to call regularly for 21 years, giving false clues and tormenting Susan with taunts and threats. In 1995, the caller could finally be identified: he was a 48-year-old undercover investigator named Henry Johnson Blair.
Henry Johnson Blair firmly denied any involvement in Amy’s disappearance and attributed his decades-long harassment of Susan Billig to his obsessive-compulsive disorder and alcoholism. However, an entry in Amy’s diary, written six weeks before she disappeared, suggests differently. The entry reveals that Amy considered running away to South America with someone called Hank, which was a nickname given to Henry Johnson Blair by his family and friends. Blair often took business trips to South America during the early 70s. He had also been in Florida at the time Amy disappeared.
Although Henry Johnson Blair seems highly suspicious, it could not be proven that he was actually involved in Amy’s disappearance. Amy was never found and her fate remains unclear to this day.
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rodneyalcala · a year ago
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- Rodney Alcalca on The Dating Game, 1978
(My own gifs, give credit if you use)
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More than 1,000 eerie vintage photographs snapped by Rodney Alcala, a 72-year-old San Antonio native and convicted serial killer, were found in a Seattle storage locker belonging to Alcala. The Huntington Beach Police Department and Orange County District Attorney’s Office distributed more than 100 of the photos in 2010, looking for possible murder victims.
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rodneyalcala · a year ago
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Statue of Jesus Christ spattered in blood following the Sri Lanka Easter Bombings, 2019.
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A ‘cadaveric spasm’ (also known as a post-mortem spasm) is a rare condition in human corpses where the hands continue to “grip” after death. This grip can be so tight that the fingers often have to be broken in order for the hands to be inspected during autopsy.
Cadaveric spasms are most frequently found in violent deaths, such as homicides or drownings; it is believed that over-exertion and stress can cause instant contraction/stiffening of the muscles at the point of death, that manifests in clutching of the fingers and the “death grip”.
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Recently, the 1961 yearbook from the Santa Catalina School For Girls appeared on eBay (at a staggering $1,295). This yearbook was from Abigail Folger’s senior year of high school. Since there are so few photographs of this wonderful, loving woman I thought I would share the photos of her included in the listing.
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Nancy Baird was working the Fina gas station on the afternoon of July 4, 1975. A patrol officer saw her at 5:15 PM, but when her manager arrived to take over the next shift, she was gone. Her car was undisturbed in the parking lot and her personal belongings were in the gas station where she had left them. The search for Nancy was in vain as no clues to her whereabouts were given. Two months after her disappearance, people claimed to have seen Nancy in a grocery store, but the tip led nowhere. Her body has never been found. When questioned, Ted Bundy denied having any involvement in Nancy’s disappearance.
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rodneyalcala · a year ago
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SERIAL KILLERS & BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
Those struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder have often been demonised in the media. While the conclusion can be drawn that individuals with BPD have a tendency towards self-mutilation, this does not mean that every individual with BPD has aggressive tendencies.
In a study at a female prison, 28% of the inmates met the criteria for BPD. Another study at a male prison in Spain suggested that 41% of the inmates met the criteria. Three more studies at various prisons suggested that the population of those meeting the BPD criteria was 45.7%, 29.4% and 47.4%. Those with BPD being more likely to commit offences can also not be concluded. Evidence also suggests that those with BPD may be more likely to be physically violent with loved ones, and have criminal tendencies such as stealing. This is not to suggest that every individual with BPD has these tendencies.
Few studies have suggested that BPD presents itself often in serial killers. Jeffrey Dahmer, Andrei Chikatilo, Aileen Wuornos, Jodi Arias, Alyssa Bustamante, Rodney Alcala and Theresa Knorr are among those who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Many serial killers struggle with other personality disorders, such as Schizophrenic PD, Schizotypal PD and Antisocial PD.
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rodneyalcala · a year ago
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rodneyalcala · a year ago
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Interstate flight - kidnapping and rape
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WANTED BY FBI
RODNEY JAMES ALCALA
ALIASES: Rodrigo Jacques Alcala-Buquor (true name), Frederic Alcala (??), Lazero Alcala, Mevd Alcala, Rodrigo Jacques Alcala-Broquor, Rodrigo Jacques Alcala-Buquor, Rodrigo James Alcala-Buquor
DESCRIPTION:
AGE: 25, born August 23, 1943, San Antonio, Texas
HEIGHT: 5'10" to 5'11"
WEIGHT: 155 to 160 pounds
BUILD: medium
HAIR: black
OCCUPATION: graduate student in cinemaphotography
REMARKS: may wear shoulder-lenght hair, casual dress; speaks Spanish fluently
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER USED: 549-56-1708
EYES: brown
COMPLEXION: dark
RACE: white
NATIONALITY: American
CAUTION
ALCALA ALLEGEDLY STRUCK EIGHT-YEAR-OLD FEMALE VICTIM WITH IRON BAR, HE REPORTEDLY IS A USER OF NARCOTICS AND HAD USED GUN IN THE PAST, CONSIDERED VERY DANGEROUS
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Kerry Ann Graham, 15, and Francine Marie Trimble, 14, were neighbours and friends living in Forrestville, California. They had been inseparable since elementary school. On the 16th of December, 1978, the two girls left their homes, telling their parents they were going to visit the Corddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa. Christmas was fast approaching and the girls had presents to purchase. It was the last time the were ever seen alive.
That evening, when they didn’t return home,Trimble was reported missing. For reasons unknown, Graham’s family didn’t report her missing until a week later. While it was believed that they may have been victims to foul play, their families considered the fact that they may have ran away from home and hitchiked to elsewhere. Before vanishing, the two girls were at Trimble’s home while her family were out. Police couldn’t determine whether or not they had actually left the house or not, leading some to speculate they could have been abducted there.
Nearly seven months later, two tourists driving along Highway 20 pulled over around 11 miles from Willits to stretch their legs. One went for a walk and discovered two sets of skeletal remains. They marked the location with a soda can and alerted authorities. For some reason, the remains were classified as belonging to one male and one female. Both bodies were nude and concealed within duct-taped garbage bags. The evidence was then sent to the FBI and this case went cold along with the disappearance of Graham and Trimble.
In 2011, the remains found at Highway 20 were exhumed and re-tested. Now, it was discovered that the remains were actually that of two females. With an advancement in DNA technology, it was then discovered that the remains were in fact Graham and Trimble. Unfortunately the remains were so far decomposed that a cause of death could not be determined.
A potential break in the case came in 2000 when a New Jersey inmate confessed to murdering the girls. However, it was determined to be a hoax and the inmate had fabricated the story based on newspaper articles. While no definite suspects have ever been named, both serial killers Rodney Alcala and Gerald and Charlene Gallego have been named as potential persons of interest.
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