(PresidentialInsider.com)- Last week the Case Breakers — a team of about forty former law enforcement investigators — told Fox News that they had identified the so-called Zodiac Killer, the notorious serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay area in 1968 and 1969 while taunting authorities with elaborate coded messages and cryptic notes.
No, they didn’t say he was Senator Ted Cruz.
The Case Breakers claimed that the elusive Zodiac Killer was an Air Force veteran named Gary Francis Poste, who died in 2018 at the age of 80.
But the FBI denies that the Case Breakers have broken the case.
The day after the breaking news, FBI officials in San Francisco released a statement saying that the Zodiac Killer case is still unsolved and ongoing. Citing “the ongoing nature of the investigation,” however, the FBI would provide no further comment on the case.
The Case Breakers also say they have tied the serial killer to a sixth murder victim found in Southern California in 1966, two years before the Zodiac Killer murdered his first victim and 400 miles away from San Francisco.
The group said they have evidence that Gary Francis Poste murdered 18-year-old Cheri Jo Bates, who was found dead in an alleyway on the campus of Riverside City College with more than 40 stab wounds. However, Riverside Police say they debunked that theory in August, and the evidence the Case Breakers put out is circumstantial at best.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, sources within both the FBI and the San Francisco police said that the evidence presented by the Case Breakers team didn’t appear to be conclusive.
The theory presented by the Case Breakers hinges on two things. First, photographs of Poste from the time appear similar to a 1969 police sketch of the Zodiac Killer. Poste and the sketch apparently had identical forehead scars. In addition to that, the Case Breakers claim that anagrams in the Zodiac Killer’s messages allegedly reveal Poste’s name.
However, David Oranchak, the Virginia man who lead the team that cracked the Zodiac’s so-called “340 cipher” back in December, said that it is unlikely that Poste’s name is actually in there.
There has been only one other named suspect in the Zodiac Killer case, an Arthur Leigh Allen of Vallejo, California who died in 1992.