Mar 23, 2021

ZODIAC: A TO Z - 10 Zodiac Myths: Debunked

This episode examines 10 popular myths about the case: The Zodiac was an expert marksman, the Zodiac crime scenes form a giant “radian angle,” the Zodiac crimes were linked to the Manson “family,” the Zodiac crimes were done by copycat killers or were a hoax, The Zodiac killed dozens of victims, The Zodiac took credit for crimes he did not commit, police were about to arrest a major suspect but he died, The Zodiac called a TV show with attorney Melvin Belli, the Zodiac investigators did not cooperate, and The Zodiac knew and stalked his victims. The legend of the Zodiac killer is based on many popular myths, but the facts tell a very different story.

Note: Some audio clips were obtained from older recordings with some audio deficiencies but have been presented here for information purposes.

Read the article: 10 Zodiac Myths: Debunked - https://zodiackillerfacts.com/myths-legends/10-zodiac-killer-myths-debunked/

Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021

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 9, 2021

ZODIAC: A TO Z - REVIEW: “The Most Dangerous Animal of All” documentary series w/ Gary Stewart

In this “unfiltered” review, Michael Butterfield (ZodiacKillerFacts.com) examines the FX/Hulu documentary series “The Most Dangerous Animal of All,” featuring Gary Stewart’s claims that his father Earl Van Best Jr. was the Zodiac killer. Stewart and his co-author Susan Mustafa claimed that their suspect was implicated by fingerprints and DNA evidence, handwriting analysis, and proposed cipher solutions. As usual, the facts tell a very different story.

Note to the listener: A previous episode stated that a review of the FX/Hulu series would be coming soon. This show was recorded last year but was delayed due to technical problems and other circumstances. 

Read the ZodiacKillerFacts article: https://zodiackillerfacts.com/zodiac-theories/the-accused-the-accusers/earl-van-best-jr-gary-stewart/review-the-most-dangerous-animal-of-all-tv-documentary/

Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021

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 17, 2021

ZODIAC: A TO Z - THE 340 SOLUTION: Questions & Thoughts

Listeners sent several messages requesting a new episode addressing various questions and thoughts about the new solution to the Zodiac's 340 cipher, which was recently solved by Jarl Van Eycke, Sam Blake, and David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com). Topics include: What does the new solution indicate about the Zodiac's skills as a code maker? Can the methods used to solve the 340 cipher be applied to the killer's two remaining unsolved ciphers? Did the Zodiac really believe that his victims would serve as his slaves in the afterlife?

Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021

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. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

Dec 14, 2020

ZODIAC: A TO Z - The Zodiac’s 340 Cipher: Mystery Solved - the incredible story behind the solution

51 years ago, the Zodiac sent his now-infamous "340 Cipher," a clue which became one of the most baffling mysteries in true crime cryptography. Many people claimed they had solved the cipher, but their solutions were not valid. Now, decades after the killer sent this hidden message, the Zodiac's "340 Cipher" has finally been solved by computer programmers Jarl Van Eycke, Sam Blake, and David Oranchak of ZodiacKillerCiphers.com. Listen to the incredible story behind the solution in this special episode of the ZODIAC: A TO Z podcast titled The Zodiac's 340 Cipher: Mystery Solved.

Note to the listener: Actor John Knight reads the Zodiac's newly-discovered message at the 19:45 mark.

Watch David Oranchak's YouTube video series "Let's Crack Zodiac" with more details about the methods used to discover the new solution.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1oQLPRE21o

Read the ZodiacKillerFacts article: Breaking News: The Zodiac's 340 Cipher Has Been Solved. http://zodiackillerfacts.com/news-and-updates/breaking-news-the-zodiacs-340-cipher-has-been-solved/

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.

 

Dec 3, 2020

ZODIAC: A TO Z - “Let’s Crack Zodiac” with David Oranchak

David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) joins Michael Butterfield to talk about the new YouTube video series titled “Let’s Crack Zodiac,” an examination of the Zodiac’s ciphers as well as the proposed solutions, various theories, and possible methods to decipher the killer’s mysterious messages. Topics include: the solution to the killer’s 340 symbol cipher created by Robert Graysmith and his claim that his solution was confirmed by the American Cryptogram Association, and the recent FX/Hulu documentary series The Most Dangerous Animal of All.

Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020

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

Episodes of David Oranchak's video series are available to watch on YouTube:

Let's Crack Zodiac Ep #1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_Oh4snhF70

Let's Crack Zodiac Ep #2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyH9-AHz-HY 

Let's Crack Zodiac Ep #3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57o8g3d6lSw&t=5s

Let's Crack Zodiac Ep #4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY1Y5xyKcBw

Nov 28, 2020

ZODIAC: A TO Z - “Let’s Crack Zodiac” with David Oranchak - TRAILER

The next episode of the ZODIAC: A TO Z podcast features an interview with David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) about his new YouTube series “Let’s Crack Zodiac,” an examination of the Zodiac’s ciphers as well as the proposed solutions, various theories, and possible methods to decipher the killer’s mysterious messages. 

Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020 

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

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.

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