Zodiac Killer unmasked by cold case experts as they link him to extra murder

The Zodiac killer's identity can finally be revealed, a cold case team of ex-cops announced.

Long-time suspect Gary F Poste was identified by The Case Breakers, a team of specialists who work to investigate unsolved mysteries.

The group of more than 40 ex-law enforcement pros also tied Poste to a different murder which took place hundreds of miles away from the California suburbs where his notorious crimes happened.

Zodiac was tied to five murders in the San Francisco area in 1968 and 1969, penning strange notes to local newspapers with cryptic codes hinting at his identity.

Police tried and failed to catch him at the time.

Dozens of people including US Senator Ted Cruz were speculated to be the Zodiac killer over the years, but the Case Breakers are convinced they finally have the name.

Gary Francis Poste, an Air Force veteran who died in 2018, is their culprit.

Poste's whereabouts during the late-60s and some scarring on his forehead closely match a composite sketch of the killer based on eyewitness testimony.

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And Gary's full name helped the team crack an anagram code placed in one of Zodiac's puzzle-like letters, convincing investigators it must be him.

Case Breaker and former army counterintelligence agent Jen Bucholtz told Fox News the group was positive about their conclusion.

Jen 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."

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Other people named over the years as the Zodiac killer include Arthur Leigh Allen, Ross Sullivan, Lawrence Kaye and even the Manson Family.

Yet the Case Breakers think they've also solved the murder of Cheri Jo Bates, an eighteen-year-old girl found dead in a Riverside, California college campus alleyway in 1966.

Years before the Zodiac's first killing and hundreds of miles from the San Francisco area, Cheri's sick killing is an unlikely crime to be tied to the well-known murders.

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In 1975, the FBI labelled Bates the Zodiac's "sixth victim", but authorities have since felt the link between her killing and the San Francisco murders is weak.

Riverside Police officer Ryan J Railsback said he is "100 percent sure" Bates was not killed by the Zodiac.

But a wrist watch found at the scene has been traced to Poste's local army base, with military boot prints and even brown hairs all mentioned as likely clues by the Case Breakers.

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