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TV stations receive letters from person claiming to be ‘Chinese Zodiac Killer’
December 12, 2021
A letter claiming to be from the 'Chinese Zodiac Killer' has been sent to a number of TV stations.
The outlets in Albany, New York received the letters on December 8 and alerted the authorities.
Following the incidents, the FBI has urged them not to open any letters they may receive in the future in a bid to preserve as much forensic evidence as possible.
At this time the content of the letters has not been made public, according to The Times-Union. The authority said that the community isn't in danger but declined further comment on the investigation.
The Zodiac Killer murdered at least five in San Francisco between 1968 and 1969 – though it is believed he could be responsible for the death of up to 37 victims.
During his spree, the killer sent cryptic messages to newspapers along with threats of violence if they were not published.
Then in 1973, someone claiming to be the killer wrote a letter to The Times Union, vowing to "start killing again".
The letter read in part: "You were wrong I am not dead or in the hospital I am alive and well and I’m going to start killing again. Below is the name and location of my next victim but you had better hurry because I’m going to kill her on August 10th at 5 pm when the shifts change. Albany is a nice town."
Earlier this year the FBI said that the case remains "open and unsolved" despite a group of former law enforcement officers claiming to have identified the killer.
The 'Case Breakers' team of 40 believe that Gary Francis Poste who died in 2018 was the 'Zodiac'.
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Jen Bucholtz, a former Army counterintelligence agent who works on cold cases, told Fox News that other clues that led to Poste were found in the killer's notes.
They removed the letters in Poste's full name, revealing a different message.
She said: "So you've got to know Gary's full name in order to decipher these anagrams.
"I just don't think there's any other way anybody would have figured it out."
They also believe Poste was responsible for the murder of Cheri Jo Bates on 31 October 1966, in Riverside, California, hundreds of miles away from the location of the Zodiac's first known killing two years earlier.
The 18-year-old was found dead in an alleyway on the campus of Riverside City College.