Mar 6, 2020

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Gary Stewart & “The Most Dangerous Animal of All”

In his book The Most Dangerous Animal of All, Gary Stewart claims that his father was the Zodiac. Now, Stewart's theory is the subject of a new documentary/reality TV series airing on the FX Network and also available on Hulu. According to Stewart, he discovered his father's name in the Zodiac codes, matched his father's fingerprint to a suspected "Zodiac fingerprint, and matched his father's handwriting to the Zodiac's writing. Stewart also claims that he has presented more evidence than anyone else to prove that he has solved the case, but, as usual, the facts tell a very different story. David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) and Mike Morford (ZodiacKillerSite.com) join Michael Butterfield (ZodiacKillerFacts.com) to examine the facts regarding Gary Stewart's claims and theories. 

Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020

All music licensed and used by permission. “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte.

To learn more about Gary Stewart's claims, read the ZodiacKillerFacts.com articles: http://zodiackillerfacts.com/zodiac-theories/the-accused-the-accusers/earl-van-best-jr-gary-stewart/ - and - http://zodiackillerfacts.com/zodiac-theories/the-accused-the-accusers/earl-van-best-jr-gary-stewart/gary-stewart-revisited/

Read David Oranchak's article about Gary Stewart's cipher claims titled "The Most Pattern-Seeking Animal of All"

Mar 5, 2020

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #11 - BONUS: “The Zodiac Murder”

The strange case of Arthur Covell involving codes, astrology, and murder.

Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020

All music licensed and used by permission. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf.

Mar 5, 2020

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #11 - Perfect Crime: Inspirations

Did the Zodiac imitate other elusive and notorious killers? Was the Zodiac inspired by popular culture, including fiction, film, and television? This episode examines possible inspirations, including the Batman comic books and series, TV shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Ironside, the films The Most Dangerous Game and Charlie Chan at Treasure Island, the strange case of a cab driver killing and taunting telephone calls to police, the still-unsolved murder of Cheri Jo Bates in Riverside, California, the story of the "3X Killer," and more. (NOTE: This episode contains many spoilers.)

Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020

Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight 

All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

Feb 16, 2020

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #11 - TRAILER - Perfect Crime: Inspirations

No one knows the motives behind the Zodiac's shocking crimes or what may have inspired him to choose that name and the crossed-circle symbol as his signature. The name and symbol had origins in astrology, and the Zodiac's crimes indicated that he may have been influenced by other killers in history. Was he also inspired by popular culture, including fiction, film, and television? Did the Zodiac imitate the villains and crimes in the Batman comic books and TV series, or in the films The Most Dangerous Game and Charlie Chan at Treasure Island? The new episode of ZODIAC: A TO Z titled "Perfect Crime" examines many possible inspirations and influences, including: the strange case of a cab driver killing and taunting telephone calls to police, the still-unsolved murder of Cheri Jo Bates in Riverside, California, the story of the "3X Killer," and more.

Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020

Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight 

All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf.

Feb 16, 2020

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #10 - BONUS: DNA QUESTIONS

Comments about various topics, including questions about the possibility that DNA evidence could implicate a known suspect such as Arthur Leigh Allen, and, the upcoming television mini-series The Most Dangerous Animal of All, about Gary Stewart's theory that his father was the Zodiac. 

Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020 

All music licensed and used by permission. “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte.

Jan 24, 2020

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #10 - Melvin & Sam: The Strange Saga of a Zodiac Impostor

On October 22, 1969, a man who claimed to be the Zodiac called in to a Bay Area TV show and talked with lawyer Melvin Belli by telephone. A surviving victim and two police dispatchers who talked with the real Zodiac all agreed that the caller known as "Sam" was an impostor, but decades of confusion and popular myths in the books written by Robert Graysmith and the film adaptation by director David Fincher left some people convinced that the real Zodiac was responsible for the telephone calls to the TV show as well as later calls to Belli's home. As usual, the facts tell a very different story.

Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020

Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight 

All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

Jan 4, 2020

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #10 - TRAILER - Melvin & Sam: The Strange Saga of a Zodiac Impostor

On October 22, 1969, the Oakland police department received a telephone call from a man who claimed to be the Zodiac. He demanded that famed attorney F. Lee Bailey or celebrity lawyer Melvin Belli appear on a Bay Area television talk show. Hours later, Belli and TV host Jim Dunbar spoke by telephone with a man called "Sam" who claimed to be the Zodiac in a televised spectacle. A surviving victim and two police dispatchers who talked with the real Zodiac all agreed that "Sam" was an impostor, but decades of confusion and popular myths left some people convinced that the real Zodiac was responsible for the telephone calls to the Dunbar show as well as later calls to the home of Melvin Belli. As usual, the facts tell a very different story in the next episode of ZODIAC: A TO Z titled "Melvin & Sam: The Strange Saga of a Zodiac Impostor."

Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019

Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight 

All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf.

  

Dec 26, 2019

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #9 - BONUS: Suspicious or Strange

The Zodiac claimed that he left the scene of his last known murder and encountered two police officers who asked if he had seen anyone acting "suspicious or strange." According to the killer's version of events, he replied that he had seen a man running by waving a gun and then directed the officers in search of the phantom gunman. The Zodiac's story is often repeated as fact, yet this account only raised many more troubling questions which cast serious doubt on the killer's claims. Facts, common sense, and logic demonstrate that the Zodiac's story is, at best, suspicious and strange.

Watch a video of the Zodiac's possible escape route: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L8PSWjvEh4 

Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019

All music licensed and used by permission. “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf.

Dec 18, 2019

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #9 - Shadows & Fog: The Zodiac vs. The SFPD - CORRECTED VERSION

On the night of his last known murder in San Francisco, the Zodiac narrowly escaped when two police officers passed him as he walked away from the crime scene. He mocked police for failing to capture him. Police then called the Zodiac a clumsy criminal, a liar, and a latent homosexual. The killer was clearly angered by these statements and this appears to have sparked the Zodiac’s obvious hatred of the San Francisco police department. He then claimed that he had been stopped by police officers who let him go. This controversial claim fueled decades of debate and confusion. Did police let the killer escape justice? Or was the story of the "Zodiac stop" just a desperate lie created by the killer to humiliate his pursuers?

Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019

Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight 

All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

[CORRECTED VERSION: This audio file includes the corrected version of this episode. The original audio contained a geographical error.]

Dec 17, 2019

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #9 - Shadows & Fog: The Zodiac vs. The SFPD

On the night of his last known murder in San Francisco, the Zodiac narrowly escaped when two police officers passed him as he walked away from the crime scene. He mocked police for failing to capture him. Police then called the Zodiac a clumsy criminal, a liar, and a latent homosexual. The killer was clearly angered by these statements and this appears to have sparked the Zodiac’s obvious hatred of the San Francisco police department. He then claimed that he had been stopped by police officers who let him go. This controversial claim fueled decades of debate and confusion. Did police let the killer escape justice? Or was the story of the "Zodiac stop" just a desperate lie created by the killer to humiliate his pursuers?

Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019

Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight 

All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

[NOTE: This audio file contained a geographical error. The SFPD patrol car was parked at the NorthEast corner of Washington and Cherry Streets, not the NorthWest corner, and the witnesses were at the SouthEast corner not the SouthWest corner. A corrected version of this episode has been posted.]

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