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.]

Dec 9, 2019

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #9 - TRAILER - 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 then bragged about the attack in his next letter and 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 responded with a rambling letter in which he claimed that police officers had stopped and talked to him but let him go. This controversial claim fueled decades of debate and confusion. Was the killer telling the truth? Did police let him escape justice? Or was the story of the "Zodiac stop" just a desperate lie created by the killer to humiliate his pursuers? The ZODIAC: A TO Z podcast examines this chapter of the Zodiac story in the next episode "Shadows & Fog: The Zodiac vs. The SFPD."

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.

Nov 27, 2019

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #8 - BONUS: 340 - 50th Anniversary w/ Mike Morford & David Oranchak

Mike Morford (ZodiacKillerSite.com) and David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) join Michael Butterfield (ZodiacKillerFacts.com) to talk about the 50th anniversary of the Zodiac's still-unsolved "340 Cipher." 

Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 

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

Nov 26, 2019

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #8 - BONUS: 340 Solutions w/ David Oranchak

David Oranchak talks about proposed solutions to the Zodiac's still-unsolved 340 symbol cipher, known as "the Z340," including solutions created by Zodiac author Robert Graysmith, Corey Starliper, and Gary Stewart (The Most Dangerous Animal of All). 

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” composed and produced by JM Scherf. 

Read the ZodiacKillerFacts article about "The Starliper Solution" and David Oranchak's analysis in the article "Corey Starliper's Zodiac Hoax." [Links: https://zodiackillerfacts.com/main/the-starliper-solution/ - and - http://www.oranchak.com/zodiac/corey/hoax.html

Read the article "THE MOST DANGEROUS DADDY OF ALL: Debunking Gary Stewart" and David Oranchak's analysis of the Stewart solution in the article "The Most Pattern Seeking Animal of All." [Links: https://zodiackillerfacts.com/main/the-most-dangerous-daddy-of-all-debunking-gary-stewart/ - and - http://www.zodiackillerciphers.com/?p=573] 

Nov 23, 2019

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #8 - 340: The Mystery - w/ David Oranchak

50 years ago, the Zodiac sent a greeting card with a cipher consisting of 340 symbols. Today, the cipher remains one of the most baffling clues in true crime history. Computer programmer and Zodiac cipher expert David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) talks about the enduring mystery of the "Z340."

Click here to view the Zodiac's 340 cipher, the original envelope, and the "dripping pen" greeting card with the Zodiac's message inside at the ZodiacKillerFACTS Document Gallery.

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.

Link: http://www.zodiackillerfacts.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=8

Nov 22, 2019

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #8 - TRAILER - 340: The Mystery

50 years ago, the Zodiac sent a greeting card with a cipher consisting of 340 symbols. Today, the cipher remains one of the most baffling clues in true crime history. In the next episode of the ZODIAC: A TO Z podcast, computer programmer and Zodiac cipher expert David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) talks about the enduring mystery of the "Z340."

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. 

Nov 18, 2019

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep. #7 - BONUS: Riverside - Identity Crisis

In November 1967, the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper received a letter in response to a story about the murder of Cheri Jo Bates. Sent by the name "Patricia Hautz," the letter became the subject of speculation and debate about its possible connection to other writings associated with the Bates case which were attributed to the Zodiac killer. 

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

Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight / This program includes reenactments and dramatized readings by actors.

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

Read the original article "Identity Crisis" and view the Riverside writings linked to the Bates murder and to the Zodiac, official documents, police files, and more, CLICK HERE to visit the ZodiacKillerFacts.com Document Gallery.

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