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Part of Code Unsolved Zodiac Killer Tells California Police Everything but His Name By DAVE SMITH The Los Angelas Times NAPA, Calif. -- Somewhere in the shady hill country around Napa and Vallejo, 25 miles north of San Francisco, lives an inconspicuous man. He'has a fantastic secret, though, and people only knew . . . w then they wouldn't ignore him! He's fairly bright, but spelling and grammar indicate a poor education, so he probably doesn't have a very good job: He's about 6 feet, 35 or perhaps younger, has wavy, light brown hair, and he's fat -- well over 200 pounds -- so he probably doesn't do too well with girls. In fact, he has unwittingly indicated a sexual inadequacy. But he would never knowingly admit it. He's very guarded about personal matters. He could be old Mrs. so-and- so's boy, who never says boo and still lives at home. Or thai bachelor who keeps to himself and never seems to have any fun. Or that poor guy who works so hard at that lousy job and never complains and never lets on that his marriage is miserable, that his wife is a shrew Oh, and he's an astrology fan. He's adopted a nickname: "The Zodiac." And when the signs are right, he goes out and finds young boys and girls together -- who symbolize everything life lias denied him. And he kills them. Killer Described Deaths Five days before last Christmas, David Faraday picked up Betty Lou Jensen to take her to a Christmas concert at her high school. David was 17, an Eagle Scout who had won the God and Country award, and a popular member of the wrestling team at Vallejo High .School. Betty Lou, 16, was a member of Rainbow Girls at Hogan High. It was their first date. The concert ended well before midnight, and David and Betty Lou drove out to Lake Herman Reservoir, a few miles east of Vallejo, to a spot where the view was nice. The stars were bright moon and there was a big About 11 p.m., the young couple were startled by the thin beam of a pencil flashlight very close by. They hadn't heard a sound. A gun spat, and David fell out the open car door, shot through the head. Betty Lou scrambled out the other side and raced desperately into the dark, but the needle of light followed her and she was brought down.some 30 feet away, five bullets in her back and head. When a rancher's wife happened upon the two bodies at 11:24 p.m., the car's motor was warm and the healer was running. The killer had vanished. There were no witnesses. How the youngsters were killed was described by .the killer himself. But that was not until seven months later. Walked Up, Started Shooting In the small hours of July 5, Mrs. Darleen Ferrin, 22, a Vallejo waitress, was in her car in a lot off Columbus Parkway in Blue Rock Springs Park with Michael Mageau, 19, a Vallejo youth who worked for his fattier. They parked less than two miles from where David'Fara- day and Betty Lou Jensen had parked one night in December. Shortly · after midnight, Mageau "later fold police, a man "just walked up to the car and started shooting, without saying a word." Three passersby later found Mrs. Ferrin slumped dead behind the wheel, her chest riddled by four bullets from a 9- mm. pistol. Mageau, critically wounded, lay sprawled outside near an open rear door, shot in one leg, the right elbow and shoulder and in the neck, this bullet ripping his tongue and shattering his jaw. A fourth passerby soon reported being within earshot of the crime and hearing a car speed out of the lot, engine racing and tires screeching. It was a brown car, its body similar to a 19C3 corvair, police were tipped later. Within an hour after the shoot- Ing, police received an anonymous call from a Vallejo pay phone. A youthful-sounding voice announced, "I shot them. I used a 9-mm. automatic." Then he hung up. Remarked one officer: "We've got a crazy man on the loose." But no "crazy man" -- no frothing psychopath, no hot-eyed maniac, no one at all turned up. For nearly four weks, while Mageau slowly recovered, police searched the victims' backgrounds -- for a love triangle, for jealousy,' for any motivation in their selection. Police found none because there was none. They were shot V simply because they were there. It was on Aug. 1 that th madness really bubbled to th ire surface nd Eerie Not* rth The bulky envelope, post in- marked July 31 in San Francis m- co and marked "Please rus ,j f '° cditor " arrived Aug. 1 a 11, Gibson Publications, publisher m. of the morning Vallejo Times us Herald and Evening New te Chronicle, b- It contained a cryptogram od made up of letters and strange symbols arranged in eight lines r- of 17 characters each. And this lit crudely printed, eerie note: ill "Dear editor, b- "I am the killer of the 2 :h teen-agers last Christmas at ly Lake Herman and the girl last y. 4th of July. To prove this I .y shall state some facts which I d only and the police know. "Christmas d- "1. Brand name of ammo o Super X 3l "2. 10 shots fired If "3. Boy was on back feet to y car s "4. Girl was lyeing (cq) on d right side feet to west s "4th of July r- "1. Girl was wearing pattern- v ed pants "2. Boy was also shot in knee i. "3. Brand name of ammo was e Western s "Here is a cyipher (cq) or s that is part of one. The other r 2 parts have been mailed to e the S. F. Examiner and the S. F. Chronicle. "I want you to print the cipher on your front page by Fry (cq) afternoon Aug. 1-69. If you B do not do this I will go on a 3 kill rampage Fry night thai , will last the whole week end. I will cruse (cq) around and t pick of (cq) all stray people or j couples that are alone (cq). f Then move on to kill some more untill (cq) I have killed over a dozen people." At tbe bottom .was a "signature" consisting of a circle bisected by a cross, its arms extending beyond the circle. The anonymous writer had mailed the other parts of the cipher to the San Francisco papers, along with similar notes rvarning that he would go on a tilling rampage if the ciphers didn't make page 1. Police set cryptographers to I work to crack the difficult code. The assembled cryptogram contained a bewildering mixture of English letters, Greek ' let- .ers,' English letters reversed and upside down, and symbols .hat have been used in primitive mythologies since the dawn of man. Virtually all the symbols ap- jear variously in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, in works on the legendary lost continent of Mu, in Asian and South Pacific primitive mythology, in American Indian rock carvings, in foreign alphabets, ancient and modern, and in as- .rology and astronomy. Cracked the Code The writer had said that "when they do crack it they will have me." Was his name, or some other vital clue, written in the cryptogram? The code was tackled by Donald Harden, a high school his- ory and economics teacher in Salinas, and his wife. . On Aug. 8 the Hardens cracked the code. The madman's message -- misspelled, ungrammatical and containing errors in the use of his own code -- was this: "1 like killing people he- cause it in more fun than killing wild game in the forrest because man is the moat dan- gerue anamal of all to kill something gives me the most thrilling expeerence . . . the best part of it ia thae when 1 die 1 will be reborn in para- dice and all the 1 have killed will become my slaves 1 will not give you my name because you will trs to sloi down or stop my collecting of slavei for my afterlife . . . " The last line consists of four unintelligible words: "Ebeo riet emeth hpiti." A name? An address? A town? They are still a puzzle. Vallejo Det. Sgt, John Lynch was at last convinced: "There is no doubt, in my mind that this is a true translation of the cipher and that the murderer wrote it," he said. . . "I think perhaps the m a n s name is in the cryptogram, possibly in the last four words." Harden, after cracking the code, formed these general theories about its author: --He is bright enough, but not necessarily of high intellect. --He may be in or near middle age, because he uses one term (not revealed by police) that has dropped out of general slang use. Dr. Leonti Thompson, a psychiatrist t Napa State Hospital 15 miles north of Vallejo, has found a number of different meanings in the killer's crossed- circle "signature." In one prim- itive culture it represents th earth: in another, the ancien notion of the four element that make up the world: Earth air, fire and water. Still another symbol, the "X, represented water in the alpha bet of the legendary continen of Mu. "And the killings took place near water," Thompson notes speculatively. And the use of astrologica symbols in the code, in addition ;o the killer's nicknaming him self "The Zodiac," have causet wlice to wonder if he might be 'ollowing his horoscope in choos ing when to kill again. A psychiatrist at the Califor nia medical facility in Vaca ville, contacted by Vallejo po ice as soon as the cipher was cracked, said on Aug. 11 that i was "the work of someone .you would expect to be brooding and isolated. "He probably is a guy who iroods about cutoff feelings, ibout being cut off from his ellow man . . . comparing the arill of killing to the satisfac- ion of sex is usually an ex- cession of inadequacy. He irobably feels his fellow man ooks down on him for some reason." The belief that his victims vould be his slaves in an after- ife reflects a feeling of omnipotence, the unnamed psychiatrist added, indicating a paranoid, delusion of grandeur -^ expressed through a belief common among primitive peoples throughout history. And the taunting notes and phone calls may be a plea to be found out, exposed, perhaps cornered -- in which event, the psychiatrist said, a grandoise paranoid quite likely might take his own life, as a grand gesture, to punish the world for its neglect of him in life. And could it still be a hoax? The psychiatrist was asked. "If this is a put-on, then it's the product of a very, very disturb;d person. If this is not a put-on, the man probably will kill again." Strike! Again It was no put-on. The psychiatrist was correct, horribly correct. It was a sunny, warm Saturday, Sept. 27, and Bryan Hartnell and Cecilia Ann Shepard decided to go on a picnic to Lake Berryessa Park, about 20 miles north of Napa. Hartnell, 20, of Troutdale, Ore., was a junior at the Sev- mth-Day Adventist Pacific Unon College in nearby Angwin. Miss Shepard, 22, of Loma Linda, had dated him when she was at PUC, but she transferred to the University of California a Riverside to study music in her senior year, and the day's date was just "for old times' sake." So they drove up to the lake in Hartnell's small sports car. And, about two miles from the ranger station, they spread oui their picnic. By the water. It was about 6:30 p.m. -- nol even dark yet -- when they saw a dark-clad gloved man approaching. Over his head he wore a dark blue hood, with large slits for his eyes and Tiouth. He wore glasses . with ·lipped-up clip-on sunglasses at:ached. And on the front of the wod, over his chest, was a white-painted crossed circle. The man held an automatic listol on the couple, told them le was an exconvict from Colorado, that he had also escaped rom Deer Lodge State Prison in Montana, that he had killed a guard there -- which later roved false -- and that he ranted their money and car toys so he could get to Mexico. Ranger Sgt. William While la- er repeated Hartnell's gasped account of what followed: "The man said, 'I have to tie you up first. 1 He had some plas- ic clothesline cut into 6-fool trips which he tied them with, heir hands behind their backs and then between their legs. Then the man said, 'I'm going o have to stab you people. ' larlnell said, 'Please stab me , irst. I'm chicken. I couldn't t land to see her stabbed.' ] "The man told him, 'I'll do ust that.' He stabbed Harlnell , c intil he passed out. The poor , jirl, she just had to watch. Then · e knifed her until she fainted. v When he stabbed Hartneil it vas deliberate. When he stabbed , IB girl lie laughed in a frenzy." . Hartnell had been stabbed 10 ' imes with a thin, 12-inch blade. ( Wiss Shepard, whose writhing revoked her attacker to laugher, had been stabbed 24 times. And it was done- in a signifi- * ant way. 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Then the line went dead. Police soon traced the call to a Napa pay phone outside a Main St. carwash. The receiver was dangling off the hook. And soon Napa ' authorities knew that Vallejo's code killer had moved north. They found Hartnell's car, and on the door, written with, the'same kind of felt-tipped pen that had drawn :i the cryptogram, was the by- now-familiar crossed-circle signature. Under it was written: Vallejo Dec. 20, 1968 July 4, 1969 Sept. 27, 19G9 - 6:30 p.m. At Queen of the Valley Hospital, Cecilia Ann Shepard lay barely alive for nearly two days. On Monday afternoon, Sept. 29, the pain finally ceased; the insane cryptographer had claimed his fourth life. Hartnell began a slow recovery. The night of Oct. 11 the zodiac dller claimed his fifth victim San Francisco police announcee hat a letter had been sent li .he San Francisco Chronicle, in he same handwriting as the zodiac killer's previous mes sages in which the murderer admitted killing San Francisco cabdriver Paul Stine, 29. The shooting of Stine had appeara be a routine robbery anc murder, except for one bizarre detail: A small piece of Stine's blood-soaked shirt was torn out The missing swatch of gray- and-white-striped fabric arrived with the mail at the Chronicle J 1 With the swatch was a letter 01 warning: "School children make nice targets. I think I shall wipe out school bus some morning. Just shoot out the front tires anc then pick off the kiddies as they come bouncing out. "This is the zodiac speaking. am the murderer of the taxi driver over by Washington St 1 Maple St. last night, to prove this, here Is a blood stained piece of his shirt. I am the same man Kho did in the people in the North Bay area.' Throughout the crudely printed note was the same "signature" which has figured in the previous killings -- a circle bisected by a cross its arms extending beyond the circle. Thurs., Oct. 1C, 1909 GREELEY TRIBUNE Page 37 Napa is the site of a state mental hospital, so the town is fairly familiar with psychiatric outpatients and occasional escapees. But now there are many alarmed phone calls to author- ties -- about 100 a day -- from jersons who believe they know '.he killer's identity. Sheriff's Capt. Don Townsend deals seriously with each lead. His 13 years in Napa incline lim to look for the psychological aspects of a crime, so he dis- nisses no tip, however far"etched. "Right now," he says, "we've so many calls that have come in about people that are musual in one way or another -- loners, the type of guy that maybe likes to beat up on wo- sadistic types -- we're checking them all." Townsend feels the killer may ave more of a hatred for vomen than for men. "He seems to make sure the vomen are killed. Not that he didn't try to kill the men, there's 10 doubt of that, but he seems P I N N E D -- Lloyd Holland, an employe of Cowan Concrete, clasps his face in pain as firemen attempt to free his leg from a pile of fallen utility poles. Firemen Ted Brethauer, right, comforts and supports Holland on a stretcher and Assistant Fire Chief Virtus Einspahr, Captain Vern Einspahr and off-duty fireman Bill Porter free the leg and attempt to put a splint on it before moving the second man. The poles fell while being unloaded from a railroad car at the Home Light and Power Co. storage yard injuring Holland and Don Bernhardt of Windsor. While firemen and police worked to free Holland others strained to hold back the poles from falling still further. (Tribune photo by Paul Edscorn) 2 Men Injured in Pole Mishap^ In Satisfactory Condition Two Cowan Concrete Products employes were reported in satisfactory condition Thursday at Weld County General Hospital with injuries received when a railroad car load of utility poles accident occurred at fell. The 12:52 p.m. at Home Light and Power Co, storage yard. The two men injured, Lloyd Holland, 127 N. 23rd Ave., and Don Bernhardt, Windsor, and other Cowan Concrete employes were helping Home Light and Power Co. unload a shipment of wood- Pope Receives, Blesses Apollo 11 Astronauts By PATRICK O'KEEFE Associated Press Writer VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope aul VI congratulated ant ilessed the Apollo 11 astronauts today and said he hoped theii .rip to the moon would lead men .0 see more of God's "goof creation." The 72-year-old pontiff re ceived astronauts Neil A. Arm strong, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and cy : Miehal Collins in a half-horn irivate audience with what hi :alled "the greatest joy in oui leart." He expressed the hope lha with the knowledge gained from pace exploration, "men may more and more be drawn together as (God's) children ir raternal jrayer." o be more forceful with vomen than the men.' the Dr Thompson feels the kill- may be accelerating in his Mychotic rage against the vorld. Psychosis, he explains is the ;radual blotting out of the ego, a terrifying loss of one's own mage of oneself. It creates a deepening help- essness, from which the victim ccasionally rouses himself by i terrific output of psychologi- :al energy. He does things, busily, fierce- y and then lapses again. For some psychotics, the act killing is a denial of this elplcssness. And as the psycho- ic disorganization grows, there a more frequent need to rank up one's remaining psy- liological energy and keep de- lying the terrifying truth -- xjrhaps by killing more often. Among psychotics, schizo- ihrenics of the paranoid type ire unusually secretive and _;uarded in their dealings with ne world. They can deal relatively well vith the outside world and at same time carry around icir private visions of what !ie world is really like. And if to that private world if the schizophrenic is added he paranoid's delusion of per- ecution of grandeur, then some- imes that distorted world becomes a place where murder s born. discussing ing of papal power in the Vatican since Monday. The astronauts showed color slides o£ the moon landing and love, in peace anc Lauds Bravery He praised the astronauts iravery and said that through ieir "intrepid adventure mar as taken another step toward mowing more of the universe.'" He told the Apollo 11 commander, "in your words, Mr. \rmstrong, one giant leap for mankind." Later, Armstrong drew ap- lause at the pontiff's world ynod of bishops, when he said, 'As we traveled between planets, I was profoundly impressed by the best of GOD'S artwork." He had been asked by a cardinal how the astronauts' personal relationsljjps with God had been affected by their mission. The astronauts spent an hour After the visit from the astronauts, the bishops were expected to resume their discussion of collegiality, or the sharing by the bishops in the Pope's deci- ions. In the synod's first three working sessions, a wellspring of support has bubbled up for enlargement of the bishops' role in the formulation of papal poli- Of 48 bishops who have spoken so far, a majority have called for the Pope to pay more heed to the advice of his bishops. Only one of 18 speakers at en utility poles with a crane.'' The crane operator said they- had just started to lift off the- first of the poles when it ap-' peared the side posts on t h e ' railroad car broke allowing the' poles to cascade to the ground. ·· Holland and Bernhardt were: on top Hie poles and fell with-: them. Bernhardt fell to the ground among the heavy poles: receiving arm and chest injur-. 1 ies. Holland was pinned by his legs by the heavy timbers. Mremen, police and power, company workers worked for' about 15 minutes to free Hoi---, land before he could be taken to the hospital. He received injuries to both legs and it was. reported it may be six to eight months before he can return to work. While efforts were under way to free Holland, nearly a dozen ]X)wer company workers and by slanders strained to prevent the tangled pile of poles from shifting and tumbling down on top of the rescuers. choosing his own advisers for rejecting the majority's advice, as he did with his special commission on birth control. ALBUQUERQUE (AP) Wednesday's session upheld the Sen. Howard H. Baker, R-Tenn., policy-making process Pope will be the featured speaker Paul has employed, that of Nov. 1 at a GOP fund raising dinner in Albuquerque. Baker, help in deciding an important son-in-law of the late Sen. Ev- questipn, and then sometimes crett Dirksen, R-I1L, recently was defeated by Sen. Hugh Scott, R-Penn., in a bid for the Senate minority leader post. Welfare-to-Payroll Switch Plan Seen Economy Booster By NEILGILBRIDE AP Labor Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secre- ary of Labor George P. Sliultz old Congress today Presidenl "fixon's plan to wean people off velfare rolls and onto payrolls vill strengthen the economy. "This is not a proposal for a guaranteed minimum income, Shultz told the House Ways and w 1-8 million of the woAing Means Committee. poor, to be brought under Ihe with the 146 synod prelates whol "Work is a major feature of P r °g rarn . will already have full- have been discussing the shar-lihis Dron-am " he said of Nix- '' me J ol)s ' lle sa 'd- He also an- of the first steps by man on the job training, moon. They answered questions from the prelates, who applauded them several times. The astronauts came to Rome Wednesday on a 22-nation tour and visited the Vatican today to the Pope and the Roman Catholic world synod of bishops about their voyage. As the astronauts talked with the Pope in his library, 200 dis- iident European priests who nave been holding a "shadow synod" half a mile from the Vatican issued a strong denunciation of the meeting. The priests, whose request for an audience with the Pope earlier this week was rejected, said Hint the poor people of the world would interpret the Pope's receiving the astronauts to mean "that the Church is ready to iink itself with power, of which the astronauts are the symbol, anci that she refused to accept direct contact with weakness, of which our modest assembly is a symbol." Within minutes after Arm- moon on July 20, Pope Paul sent the Apolb crew this message: "We are close to you, with ourj ;ood wishes and with our pray- this program," he said of Nixon's proposal for a family assistance minimum of $1,600 a year, with most family heads required to register for work or Shultz said a pioneer Labor Department project called the Work Incentive Program already has shown the idea will work. The Secretary opposed demands of organized labor that the federal government become Ihe "employer of last resort" for those who can't find jobs in the private economy. He said Nixon's family assist- those jobs. We want no work inventing system that offers a way around tliis basic responsibility." He said the Labor Department estimates that 1.1 million of the 5 million family heads ex-' pected to be covered by the program will be required to register for work or training. Anoth- licipated a substantial number of voluntary registrations for job training. Shultz was the second Cabinet officer to take the stand this \veok in support of the $4.4-bil- "ion welfare overhaul. Secrelary of Welfare Robert -1. Fioch plugged for the program Wednesday. BONN - Over half of Germany's 1.3 million workers from abroad have lived in this country at least four years -- a quarter of them at least seven years. One in four eventually . n- O U 1 U 111.11/11 J 1 U 1 1 I I 1 V Clad!-?!.' . .-, ance plan provides incentives! mamcs a C ' orman '._ both for recipients, who can keep the first $60 a week plus a graduated percentage of their earnings, and for the government which will benefit by reduced welfare payments. Provision for child care centers also will provide an incentive for parents to go to work, he said. The present Work Incentive Program vvith 13.000: parents enrolled shows the con-! cept is "very promising," Shullz' said. i "Most encouraging of all is She fact that mothers are volunteering," he said. Speaking against AFL-CIO strong took his fiist steps on the proposals to make the government "employer of last resort,"! Shultz said: ) "Government should assume! a responsibility for maintaining ers. Together with the whole a healthy economy that pro- Catholic Church, Pope Paul \Tduccs enough jobs, and commit salutes you." litself to preparing people to fill is the time to RUN A WANT AD to sell your "don't needs" Tribune want ad* reaiiy work!

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