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Omori
03-03-2012, 01:37 PM
This attempt at a profile of Zodiac is highly speculative and I can't make any claim that it is in any wise factual or probable--just a possibility, something to keep in mind.

If my speculation is anywhere close to being correct, none of the main suspects such as Arthur Leigh Allen, Andy Walker or Larry Kane could have been Zodiac because they were too old. Allen was born in 1933 and Kane was born in 1924. Too old. I'll explain as you read.

Zodiac suffers from a homicidal psychosis that manifests itself in the teenage years. He may have started killing immediately but probably started off torturing animals, stalking girls or possibly rape or child molestation. In Zodiac's case, he likely discovered that he is not capable of nomral sexual relations--he is inadequate in that regard. He gets off by dominating a victim but cannot dominate them sexually, which probably enrages him. by his early teens, his psychosis manifests itself as full-blown homicide.

So he hates the sight of happy love-crossed couples. They too enrage him because he feels this is a simple pleasure that others indulge in freely but which, for some reason, was denied to him. So he takes great pleasure in attacking couples and dominating them (i.e. binding them, stabbing them, shooting them, beating them).

But he hates women especially and enjoys killing them more than men. He likely has severe issues with his mother or a mother-figure in his past. His sexual impotency is in some way related to her due to a relationship that must have been extremely abusive and traumatic for him. It is doubtful that Zodiac has ever had sex with a woman and is not capable of it.

Omori
03-03-2012, 01:53 PM
As a boy, Zodiac lost himself in stories, movies and certain types of music such as opera because they enabled him to play roles where he could be someone else other than the sad, pathetic, traumatized, damaged soul that he is. We know from his letters that he is a big fan of "The Mikado" by Gilbert & Sullivan and likely fancies himself as the character of Koko the Lord High Executioner whose song ("I've Got a Little List") he quotes at length. the role he fantasizes for himself is "The Master." He wants to be master of the universe.

Zodiac did time in the military, probably the Navy or possibly the Air Force. He demonstrates military-style manners on numerous occasions including his knowledge of weapons and ammunition, his taping of a small flashlight to his pistol for better aim, his excellent marksmanship, his knowledge of bomb-building, his knowledge of staying undercover until the moment of the kill, his affinity for Wing Walker shoes (distributed to both Naval and Air Force personnel), his sewing ability, his knot-tying ability, and some of his rhetoric is military. He was probably in the military when he murdered Cheri Jo Bates and was probably stationed at nearby March Air Force Base. He was certainly still in the military or connected with it in some way by the time he came to San Francisco. He is far too familiar with the Presidio, an Army base. He is also connected to people who had worked at the Presidio. He is not likely to be a career military man as he is too much of a loner for that kind of life. Yet he deliberately keeps up a clean-cut Navy-type appearance. The Navy gave him discipline and order, something he needed and could put to good use.

In the Navy, Zodiac probably learned surveying and cartography. Measuring and plotting seem to be his cup of tea. Perhaps he was a navigator as well. This would make sense. A man calling himself Zodiac probably at least at one time made his living by reading the positions of stars. Zodiac fancies himself a hunter and hunters also use the stars to track.

Kathleen Johns, an attempted victim of Zodiac who managed to escape him, stated: “…I remember thinking he may have been a service man or something. He was that kind of clean-cut.” She also noticed his shoes were spit-shined (having been in the Navy, I learned such shoes were called coraframs as I had owned several pairs and their extremely polished appearance is built-in). “They were like Navy shoes,” she said. “His general appearance, come to think of it, was Navy.” He wore a blue-black nylon windbreaker over black bell-bottom trousers.

The bell-bottoms appear to be part of the black service jumper called “service dress blues”, “blue crackerjacks”, “black crackerjacks” or just “black (or blue) crackers” (as far as the Navy itself is concerned, Navy blue is really black and not a shade of blue at all). He also wore black, thick-rimmed glasses that are probably those that are issued to recruits in boot camp. I had a pair myself. They are ungainly looking and are jokingly called “birth-control glasses”. They are the only glasses one is allowed to wear in boot camp although one can wear most any type of glasses after boot camp. Only the truly gung-ho continue to wear them after getting out of boot camp. Such people are contemptuously called “lifers” because they usually stay in the Navy for life although it is doubtful that Zodiac was a lifer. Zodiac’s glasses had a kind of machinist’s strap that went around the back of the head. I don't think we can doubt it: Zodiac had been a Navy man.

Omori
03-03-2012, 01:58 PM
Bob Graysmith brings up interesting points that are worth considering. For example, Zodiac may be from Britain or his mother may have come from Britain. He tends to use British-type rhetoric and spellings (“Happy Christmas”, “boughten”, “clews”, etc.). However, he so often deliberately misspells words that it is difficult to say with any certainty. One would think that his rhetoric would sound familiar to someone who had known him and who had read his letters in the papers (such as in the case of the Unabomber). Yet, no one came forward. This may indicate that he has no family in the United States.

His phone calls to the police and his conversation with Bryan Hartnell prior to his attack betrayed no British accent but he might have learned to disguise it. On April 19, 1970, a man named Christopher Edwards stopped near the corner of Bay Street and the Embarcadero in San Francisco to ask directions to Fisherman’s Wharf from a man sitting in his car. The man began rambling about the crime rate in San Francisco. He talked of the murders that had occurred in the city that year but neglected any mention of the Zodiac murders, which were by far the most sensational. Edwards found the whole thing completely odd and declined a lift from the man. According to Edwards, the man spoke with a British accent and had told him that he was a British engineer who had been living in San Francisco for the last ten years. Edwards identified the same composite as had Kathleen Johns as being the man he had spoken to.

We are reasonably certain that Zodiac has had some engineering. Could he be British as well? Of course, he would have had to become an American citizen if he served in the U. S. military. But this raises another interesting point: the watch found at the murder scene of Cheri Jo Bates in Riverside in 1966 was the same type that were sold at military bases in Britain. Zodiac, then, may have picked up his anglophile tendencies while actually stationed in England. The S.F. patrolman who spotted a man now thought to be Zodiac (since Zodiac ID'd himself as that man in a letter) walking away from the Stine murder scene stated that the man’s general physical appearance was common among the Welsh. This could be an excellent clue in narrowing our list of suspects.

Omori
03-03-2012, 02:28 PM
On March 22, 1971, the Chronicle received a postcard from Zodiac. The postcard showed a condominium complex called Forrest Pines that was still under construction at the time. Forrest Pines was located near Incline Village on the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. In his postcard, Zodiac claimed his twelfth known victim. He did not name the victim but police determined that it was Donna Lass, a nurse who worked for a casino at the Sahara Hotel in Stateline, Nevada.

On September 26, 1970, she left work and was never seen again. Her car was found still parked at her apartment complex. Her purse and the clothes she wore that day were never found. The same day she vanished, somebody called Lass’s landlord and employer and told them that Miss Lass would not be returning due to a death in the family. Police determined that there was no death in Lass’s family. Obviously, the caller, a man, was Lass’s killer and the death he was reporting was her own. Police searched quite diligently for Lass’s body but have never found a trace of her to this day.

Oddly, Lass and her friend, Jo Anne, lived in San Francisco at one time and used to go flying with two men from Riverside, California where Cheri Jo Bates was murdered. Lass had worked at Letterman General Hospital located on the Presidio and had lived in an apartment nearby. This was an area that Zodiac knew well and had killed Paul Stine near there and had fled into the Presidio to make his escape. Lass had worked at the Presidio until June of 1970 before relocating to Nevada. Did she and Zodiac meet during that time? Had they become friends? Did Zodiac also work at the Presidio? Darlene Ferrin’s estranged husband, Jim Phillips, had married Darlene some five months after being discharged from the Presidio in the summer of 1965. Had he met Zodiac while he was there?

I believe the "Mt. Diablo" letter that Zodiac had sent three months prior to the disappeance of Lass was telling people that she would be his next victim. The letter contained his signature circle-and-crosshairs with 5 X's affixed to it.

http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/jodrellbank/mothership/302/hw_zodiackiller.gif

Zodiac explained: "P.S. The Mt. Diablo Code concerns Radians & # of inches along the radians." The use of the word “radian” would indicate that Zodiac has more than an average interest in mathematics as about 99% of the population does not have this word in its vocabulary. Further evidence of his possible training as an engineer. A radian is basically the angular measure of a circle equal to its radius or 360°/2pi or approximately 57.3° of a full circle (albeit radians are not actually measured in degrees, e.g. 180 degrees = pi radians, while 90° = pi/2 radians, etc.). The legs of the angle are equal to the length of the arc that subtends that angle.

Other researchers have noticed somethng about the X's on the crosshairs--that they are 57.3 degrees apart and point out different cities if the intersection of the cross is laid on Mt. Diablo. I think this is correct speculation because an occult freak like Zodiac would choose his own axis mundi just as earlier religions have done and that axis mundi is almost always a mountain. Mt. Diablo has a very special significance for Zodiac as I'll explain in a bit.

Looking at the five X's on the crosshairs from lowest to highest measure this way to me: 1. San Francisco or due west, 2. Vallejo/Santa Rose (or Napa measured from due west), 3, Lake Berryessa or Paradise, CA(It is Paradise, CA as measured from Stateline, Nevada), 4. Sacramento (as measured from Napa), 5. Stateline, Nevada (as measured from Paradise, CA).

Since that missive was sent three months prior to Lass's disappearance from the Statelin area, i think he was hinting that she was already targeted. I think this is bolstered by the fact that the missive containing the symbol was sent three months to the day prior to Lass's disappearance and on the same day she left San Francisco for Stateline, Nevada.

Omori
03-03-2012, 02:39 PM
What is the significance of 57.3 for Zodiac? Here's where I have to pull out the stops and get very speculative, so bear with me.

All ancient cultures were obsessed not only with astrology, but with one particular observation of astronomy: precession. Precession is the phenomenon of the earth wobbling on its axis as it revolves. This causes the sun to rise on the vernal equinox in a different constellation every 2155 years. After about 26,000 years, the sun will rise once again in the original constellation. The ancients placed great significance on this “zodiacal shift” and hailed it as the herald of a new age. When the shift occurred, a new heaven and a new earth came into existence and the old fell away like a sloughed-off skin. Old rulers died, new rulers were instated. Old gods died, new gods took over.

For Zodiac, this applied to the underworld as well. The old ruler of hell must die and a new one must take over. In his mind, Zodiac saw the new ruler of hell as—surprise!—himself. In the sixties, much hullabaloo was made over “the Age of Aquarius”. Aquarius is, in fact, the new zodiacal age that follows the one of Pisces which was the age in which the murders occurred. This shift was due in the year 2000 and Zodiac bought into the year 2000 as being start of the Age of Aquarius. So, he kills people near bodies of water or at locales named for bodies of water (probably joined the Navy to be near water).

The 57.3 fits in because 57 is the age that Zodiac will be in the year 2000. The extra 0.3 is significant because it is represented fractionally as 1/3. The first third of a year ends with April, which falls under Taurus. Zodiac used the Taurus symbol extensively in his ciphers, so much so that many believe it to be his birth sign. In other words, Zodiac believes that he will become the de facto ruler of hell in April of the year 2000 when he turns 57. I believe that he believes this because many of his letters expressed that he was moving towards his "masterhood" and that those he killed would be his slaves in his afterlife.

A further parallel with Taurus is that Walpurgisnacht occurs under that sign. Walpurgisnacht occurs on April 30th and is sometimes referred to as May-Eve. Hitler killed himself on Walpurgisnacht. In 1919, communists executed several German occultist-fascists on Walpurgisnacht. The communist party assumed control of Russia on May 1st, the day after Walpurgisnacht, in 1917. Walpurgisnacht is an extremely important holiday among pagans, witches, Satanists and various other occultists. In Germany, the witches celebrated the Sabbat on top of Mt. Brocken on that night (there's that mountain angle again). Since it is often associated with the underworld, Zodiac may be using this date as a marker of when he will assume command of hell. And he may well have celebrated it atop Mt. Diablo many times. It is also entirely possible that Zodiac's belief in his own eventual masterhood was due to the coincidence that he was born on Walpurgisnacht. Very possible.

Omori
03-03-2012, 02:46 PM
If Zodiac will be 57 in 2000, then he was born in the year of 1943. To test my hypothesis, I had stated earlier that his type of psychosis manifests itself in the teen years as acts of torture of animals but may turn into acts of murder in the subject’s early twenties. Zodiac’s first murder was certainly that of Cheri Jo Bates in Riverside in 1966. That would have made him 23, which makes him just about textbook perfect for our purposes.

Zodiac may no longer be alive. If he believes that he would rule hell on Walpurgisnacht in 2000, he may have committed suicide on that date. Of course, he might not have. After all, he needn’t be in any particular hurry to get there. Yet, in one letter, Zodiac quoted part of The Mikado with a line that runs, “He plunged himself into the billowy wave and an echo arose from the suicide’s grave.” In the desktop poem in Riverside, Zodiac stated that he was “sick of living”.

In the end, our search for the perfect suspect should be done with the following points in mind:

1. Born in April or May of 1943. Perhaps on April 30.
2. No father and an abusive, domineering mother who was likely a prostitute. No other family.
3. Huge fan of The Mikado.
4. Watches lots of movies especially old ones.
5. Studies religion and/or astrology as well as math and cartography. Seems to be familiar with the principles of structural engineering although that may be a ruse.
6. Served in the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard or Air Force and was stationed in Britain no earlier than 1961 and no later than early 1966.
7. Was stationed at March AFB in Riverside in 1966.
8. Was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco in 1967.
9. May have been absent from San Francisco area from 1974 to 1978. Possibly he was still in the military and was stationed somewhere else. If this is the case, he may have been released from the military in 1978. He could have been in the military for at least a dozen years if this is the case. Was he in prison during this time?
10. May have tended bar at least part-time. This would tell us that he was not in the military by the time he murdered Darlene Ferrin and so was released in 1967 and likely from the Presidio.
11. May belong to a witchcraft/Satan/astrology cult or is intimately connected with those who are and one or some of them may have assisted him in his crimes.
12. He may have already committed suicide.

passionflower
03-03-2012, 03:16 PM
Omori,
Thank you this has been very interesting to read

Omori
03-03-2012, 04:21 PM
This may be a long shot, but Zodiac referred to “paradice” in his letters and there is a Paradise, CA and it figures prominently in my interpretation of the crossed circle with the 5 X's on it. He misspelled things all the time and so I may be reaching with this but it is possible he refers to a large patch in the night sky occupied by four stars that form a square. It is called 1-Iku but is more famously known as “the Pegasus-square” and forms the main body of that constellation. The stars that form the square are a, b, and g Pegasi and a Andromedæ and they are located between the two fish of the constellation of Pisces.

The Babylonians regarded this square as the Esagil or the ceiling that covered apsu or the abyss. It became the standard for measuring out fields (3600 square meters) and there is again the surveying aspect that would appeal to Zodiac (the resemblance between “iku” and “acre” is not coincidental). The ancients regarded this celestial field to be Paradise (e.g. the Elysian Fields).

http://phoenixandturtle.net/images/pegasus.jpg

Graphically, ancient cultures imaged the Pegasus-square as a game board or a die. Sometimes it was depicted more as a rectangle. The celestial square was also thought to be the perfect image of both heaven and earth. For Zodiac, “paradice” may have been 1-Iku, Esagil, the Pegasus-square, the celestial game board or die, the cover over the Abyss—the underworld. Since “dice” is the plural of “die” and Esagil was the image of both heaven and earth, there is a two-fold aspect to the square, i.e. the die is really a pair of dice, pair o' dice, paradice.

In the Zodiac of Denderah shown below, Pisces is seen as at the right of center with the two fish flanking the celestial gameboard or die.

http://www.siloam.net/cornwall/denderh2.gif

Omori
03-03-2012, 04:29 PM
The above information concerning celestial die, Egasil and 1-Iku can be found in the book Hamlet’s Mill by Giorgio de Santillana and Herta von Dechend. In fact the first figure in the above post is taken from the book. One caption refers to researcher Arthur Ungnad “who took ‘1-Iku’ for Paradise.” 1-Iku—the Pegasus square—is called a “gameboard” and, on the next page, is depicted as resembling a die with 6 dots shown in Sumatran art and, in Native American art, as resembling a chessboard with 143 alternating black and white squares (but the illustration is in black and white and so the squares might be any color).

This book was published in 1969 initially and it seems to me likely that Zodiac read it. His first mention of “Paradice” occurred in the cipher he sent to the San Francisco Examiner on August 1, 1969. For Zodiac to have read the book that quickly after its publication would indicate that he was intimately acquainted with publications or people who review such books shortly after their release.

Again, this would indicate some type of cult. He might have even been a reviewer himself. Since many of Zodiac’s letters often contained cryptic references as clues to his identity, then this may be one more. Perhaps a check of Bay area cult publications that reviewed Hamlet’s Mill in 1969 would tell us something. I doubt that this connection has been made so I doubt that such a search has ever been conducted.

Hamlet’s Mill is not light reading. It requires familiarity with the principles underlying myths and astrology in order to comprehend it. This tells us that Zodiac is intelligent and has a good attention span. Being able to comprehend such a book as well as reading it so quickly after its release tells us that Zodiac’s astrology angle is not a ruse. He has an intense interest in this subject.

Darlene Ferrin's sister, Pam, stated of the mysterious man who murdered Darlene: “Darlene mentioned the witchcraft angle to a certain degree, knowing this guy that was sitting at the counter up at Terry’s, just the way he talked, the way he was into that skull with the dripping candle. Darlene said that he was the one who kept it lit and talked about these weird things and witchcraft. But there was no ritual. Darlene’s friends would just come over and tease, but the one who would start it all would be this guy, the man who delivered the package. The man at the painting party.”

Omori
03-03-2012, 11:06 PM
I believe the "Mt. Diablo" letter that Zodiac had sent three months prior to the disappeance of Lass was telling people that she would be his next victim. The letter contained his signature circle-and-crosshairs with 5 X's affixed to it.

http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/jodrellbank/mothership/302/hw_zodiackiller.gif

This is wrong because the Mt.Diablo letter didn't have that symbol. That was an older letter. The June 26 Mt. Diablo letter had a map with a circle and crosshairs drawn over Mt. Diablo.

Zodiac explained: "P.S. The Mt. Diablo Code concerns Radians & # of inches along the radians." The use of the word “radian” would indicate that Zodiac has more than an average interest in mathematics as about 99% of the population does not have this word in its vocabulary. Further evidence of his possible training as an engineer. A radian is basically the angular measure of a circle equal to its radius or 360°/2pi or approximately 57.3° of a full circle (albeit radians are not actually measured in degrees, e.g. 180 degrees = pi radians, while 90° = pi/2 radians, etc.). The legs of the angle are equal to the length of the arc that subtends that angle.

Other researchers have noticed somethng about the X's on the crosshairs--that they are 57.3 degrees apart and point out different cities if the intersection of the cross is laid on Mt. Diablo. I think this is correct speculation because an occult freak like Zodiac would choose his own axis mundi just as earlier religions have done and that axis mundi is almost always a mountain. Mt. Diablo has a very special significance for Zodiac as I'll explain in a bit.

Looking at the five X's on the crosshairs from lowest to highest measure this way to me: 1. San Francisco or due west, 2. Vallejo/Santa Rose (or Napa measured from due west), 3, Lake Berryessa or Paradise, CA(It is Paradise, CA as measured from Stateline, Nevada), 4. Sacramento (as measured from Napa), 5. Stateline, Nevada (as measured from Paradise, CA).

Incorrect speculation on my part. The X's have nothing to do with Lass. Although they probably do represent various cities if situated over Mt. Diablo correctly and possibly even mark places were bodies might be recovered. But it has nothing to do with Donna Lass.

Since that missive was sent three months prior to Lass's disappearance from the Stateline area, I think he was hinting that she was already targeted. I think this is bolstered by the fact that the missive containing the symbol was sent three months to the day prior to Lass's disappearance and on the same day she left San Francisco for Stateline, Nevada.

The Mt. Diablo map letter DOES indicate that Zodiac had chosen Lass for the reasons cited above--it was sent 3 months to the day before she vanished and on the very day she left SF for Stateline. But that letter does not have the 5 X's and so my speculation there is total hogwash.

Sorry, if I was that any good as a profiler, I'd be working for the FBI.

kline
03-06-2012, 04:26 AM
I think many of your thoughts are probably spot-on.
I know there is some disagreement amongst Zodiac buffs as to whether Kathleen Johns abducter was actually Zodiac,but I feel that it was.
One has to remember too in regard to the glasses with the strap and the composite sketch that probably two thirds of the male population in 1969 looked like that .
Hindsight pop culture would lead many to beleive your average guy back then looked like Country Joe McDonald,not true.
If you look at any College yearbook for '69 youll find 40 matches for the wanted poster before you hit the seniors.
I think I must have had at least 6 junior high teachers with the black horn rims and the elastic strap many students too.
The wire aviator style of frame didnt become prevalent until the early 70's in most parts of the country.
Thanks for your insight with the profile.

Omori
03-10-2012, 12:32 PM
Yes, in the 60s, a lot of men wore thick-rimmed glasses. My older brother did and he was in high school at that time. The composite is not particularly helpful in that regard because, as you point out, a very large precentage of white men in the United States fit it. There is dispute over whether Cheri Jo Bates was a Zodiac victim. I think she was and I also think she was his first but, of course, I could be wrong.

As for Kathleen Johns, I don't think there is any question that the man was Zodiac. He even mentioned her in one of his letters (as "that woeman") and mentioned that he burned her car. Two cops also ID'd that same person as being in the vicinity of Paul Stine's murder and Zodiac stated in a letter that he was that man. I'd be more willing to accept that Bates was not a Zodiac victim before believing that Johns wasn't. But I think both were.

I would be shocked if the only people he killed were the ones LE attributes to him. There are certainly far more. I would think the number is closer to 50 or 60. Johns even stated that the inside of his car was littered with the type of clothing worn by teen girls and young women. Souvenirs no doubt.

As for the photo of Darlene Ferrin with the "mystery man" I doubt seriously that that was Zodiac--a man she supposedly called "Paul." Paul was described as rather stocky and heavyset with a sort of paunch. The man in the photo was rather slender. It was probably Jim Phillips, her estranged husband, considering that he has his arm around her.

But judging from the Navy-like appearance of Zodiac, I think the glasses were probably those issued to him in boot camp. If you see a photo of a guy wearing "birth control glasses" you'll know what I mean.

medicated
03-15-2012, 01:00 PM
the Stine murder scene stated that the man’s general physical appearance was common among the Welsh. This could be an excellent clue in narrowing our list of suspects.

I've always wondered what that was supposed to even mean. Half the men in California could be considered Welsh looking.

Robin Hood
03-22-2012, 03:02 PM
I've always wondered what that was supposed to even mean. Half the men in California could be considered Welsh looking.

From what I can see ''boughten'' and ''clews'' are Northern American as much as British

http://www.mtannoyances.com/?p=835

I had to smile at Welsh looking too, what would be a 'Welsh' look ? did he have a Daffodil behind his ear and a leek in his hand ?
I would be curious to know what the Welsh look was originally based on.

Joking aside though I really enjoyed that profile Omori.

TimeCop
06-19-2012, 09:56 PM
Omori, I think you did an awesome job here. I think your profile hits my suspect pretty hard, but my suspect was born in 49 and he has alot of scary things about him.
I am most certan my guy is the one, so I will forward my info to the cold case soon.