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Updated: Aug 23

The “Zodiac Killer” was no ordinary murderer. Rather than avoiding the spotlight, ντετεκτιβ, he craved media attention and seemed to enjoy taunting police with cryptic notes and clues as he left a trail of death behind him.





The Zodiac Killer murdered five people — seemingly at random — in northern California in 1968 and 1969. He claimed in letters to police that there were dozens more victims, ντετεκτιβ, although that was never confirmed. His deadly rampage began in December 1968, when two teenagers were shot to death in a parking lot. About seven months later, another two people were shot in a parked car, although one survived. ΝΤΕΤΕΚΤΙΒ.




That’s when local newspapers started getting letters from someone anonymously claiming to be responsible for the slayings, according to the San Francisco Examiner, which had received the cryptic notes. ΓΡΑΦΕΙΑ ΙΔΙΩΤΙΚΩΝ ΕΡΕΥΝΩΝ I.P.I., ΝΤΕΤΕΚΤΙΒ.

The newspaper said the letters contained coded messages explaining the killer’s motive, as well as a key to help readers decipher his identity. “This is the Zodiac speaking,” he wrote in an August letter.

“I like killing people because it is so much fun,” he added, according to FBI records. “It is more fun than killing wild game in the forest because man is the most dangerous animal of all.”




Authorities did not crack the code revealing his name, and the Zodiac Killer went on to stab two more people in late September. One of the victims survived, and the other died. About two weeks later, the killer struck again, fatally shooting a 29-year-old taxi driver, according to the Examiner. Days later, the Zodiac mailed a piece of his latest victim’s bloody shirt to the Chronicle newspaper.

To this day, no suspects have been confirmed in the case. The San Francisco Police Department said the investigation is ongoing.

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Updated: Aug 23

As one witness would later state in court, "it was an extreme [sic] dark night" in January 1804, and some people in Hammersmith were feeling uneasy. For the past three months, ντετεκτιβ, local residents had been reporting multiple sightings of a ghost around the area. But on this evening, the case would take a shocking turn, which would lead to a murder trial. The implications of the accused's defence wouldn't be resolved in English law until 180 years later.





A haunting in Hammersmith

The 'Hammersmith Ghost' had first been spotted in November 1803. This spectre wasn’t content with merely floating around the west London neighbourhood: it was supposedly attacking people, with several claiming to have been physically grabbed in and around Hammersmith churchyard. Ντετεκτιβ, Some thought it was the spirit of a man who had killed himself and whose spirit could not lie at rest.


A mysterious tablecloth?

However, some were sceptical that this 'ghost' was everything it had been claimed to be — not least when one witness alleged the ghoul was seen discarding a white tablecloth before running off on one occasion. Still, many local people remained sufficiently unnerved by the possibility of a supernatural presence haunting Hammersmith, and nervous at fleeting glimpses of figures wearing white. It felt that the whole area had the jitters.





A case of mistaken identity

Reports of a ghost on the prowl had also led to ghost hunters on the march. On 3 January, local man Francis Smith decided he was going to look for Hammersmith’s supernatural resident — and took a shotgun with him. Given the insubstantial nature that ghosts were legendarily associated with, ντετεκτιβ, it’s hard to know how he thought bullets were going to deal with this alleged neighbourhood spirit. Nonetheless, Smith went off to patrol the area with his blunderbuss — just as Millwood was making his way home late at night by the Black Lion Lane. On spotting him, Smith — who'd had a few ales at this point — called out, demanding to know "Who are you and what are you?". Then he shot him. It quickly became clear the victim was no ghost, and Millwood was taken to the nearby Black Lion inn, but it was already too late.





The supernatural defence

Smith confessed to shooting Millwood but said he had genuinely believed him to be a ghost. Time would tell if this defence would convince a court, and he went on trial for "wilful murder" at the Old Bailey later that year. The jury had to answer a curious question. Is saying you thought someone was a supernatural being a defence against murder? In their view, it was — and so they returned a verdict of manslaughter rather than murder.


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Updated: Aug 23

Facing down a hundred-year-old mystery, relentless detectives continue to search for the identity of the infamous killer, ντετεκτιβ, who terrorized the women of Whitechapel in autumn 1888





London’s most notorious serial killer prowled the East End over a century ago, preying on prostitutes and terrorizing the area. Ντετεκτιβ, He made his mark as Jack the Ripper by killing and mutilating at least five women. Dread grew as the dead bodies began to pile up near each other within a three-month period in 1888. The neighborhood was “horrified to a degree bordering on panic,” when news broke of a second female victim, The Morning Post reported at the time. The local newspaper called the killing “barbarous,” and said the manner of the murder was “too horrible for description.” ΓΡΑΦΕΙΑ ΙΔΙΩΤΙΚΩΝ ΕΡΕΥΝΩΝ I.P.I., ΝΤΕΤΕΚΤΙΒ ΜΑΡΟΥΣΙ.



Local authorities at first wondered whether the suspect was a butcher or a doctor due to his signature and gory method of murder — and his skill with a knife. Ντετεκτιβ, The victims of the so-called “Whitechapel Murders” — Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly — all had their throats slashed, and most of them had their stomachs slit and organs ripped out before being dumped on the streets, according to author Dave Yost, who explores the five deaths in his book Elizabeth Stride and Jack the Ripper.


The FBI, which analyzed the case in 1988 at the behest of a movie production company, said each victim was known to be a heavy drinker and a prostitute. They were all targeted “because they were readily accessible” and were killed swiftly in the early morning hours.

Even with all eyes on the case, police, ντετεκτιβ, were never able to put a face to the killer. The FBI said local investigations were stymied because forensic technology and other advanced means of thoroughly investigating homicides were “nonexistent” at the time. The National Archives obtained letters exchanged between different law enforcement bosses in 1888 that depict overwhelmed police departments. Charles Warren, who was the chief commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at the time, asked for help from the City of London Police. “We are inundated with suggestions and names of suspects,” Warren wrote.




Countless historians and criminologists — both amateur and professional — have speculated on the killer’s identity, but it appears Jack the Ripper took his secret to the grave.

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