Retrieved Gun Parts, Shells and Bullets Imply Poste was Zodiac

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By Writers Andrew M. Miller & Louis Casisano, FOX News Website; 11/20/21

https://www.foxnews.com/us/zodiac-killer-cold-case-team-goldmine-evidence

A national team of retired law enforcement specialists investigating cold cases has released an announcement claiming a trove of evidence has been discovered in the High Sierra that witnesses say belonged to deceased Zodiac suspect Gary Francis Poste.

“When the Case Breakers approached officials about a new Zodiac candidate last spring, five police and state agencies would not collaborate,” the sleuths said in a statement Saturday. “But last week, the man who runs our 10-year cold case team, Thomas J. Colbert, received a tip from long-time sources in Poste’s former town: They had verified the existence of an evidentiary goldmine.”

The 40-member task force of volunteers say the 80-year-old Air Force veteran tried to get rid of his arsenal of firepower and ammo. They are now expected to provide DNA and ballistic evidence for the case.

“Old associates of the housepainter/alleged serial killer claim that, a few years prior to Poste’s 2018 death, he quietly gave away his weapons, pistol parts, gunpowder (above), bullets and shell casings – more than a thousand, involving 25 different calibers – to his favorite locals,” the team said. “And most of these peculiar ‘gifts’ have remained in basements and closets, untouched, ever since.”

The Case Breakers added that it took Colbert and his town sources “several hours to cautiously box up the historic haul and methodically forward it to the team members, standing by at private forensic labs in three states.”

In October, the volunteer crew announced it had identified Poste as the man responsible for at least five deaths that occurred in 1968 and 1969 in the San Francisco Bay area. But after almost two years of research, Colbert’s investigators now believe the official number of Zodiac victims is closer to ten, with crime scenes stretching from San Diego to Lake Tahoe.

Unlike most serial killers, the Zodiac taunted authorities with complex ciphers in letters sent to newspapers and law enforcement. The slayings have spawned books, movies and documentaries in the years since, and amateur and professional sleuths have pored over the case in an effort to unmask the psychopath.

After years of decryption work, a TV newsman named Dale Julin cracked the codes. Then, following his approach to the Case Breakers, new forensic evidence and photos were uncovered from Poste’s former darkroom. One 1963 image features car-accident scars (confirmed in old articles) on his forehead which match scars on a 1969 SFPD sketch of the Zodiac, the team said. Former FBI agents that lead the team called this match “irrefutable.”

The day after the Case Breakers revealed the new information, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that the investigation is still open.

Colbert said he was both frustrated and saddened that so many California departments – Riverside, Vallejo, SFPD, the DOJ and even the State Attorney General himself – chose not to get involved in this half-century case. But Colbert said he is fully aware of what agencies are facing today.

“Only five percent of them have cold case teams now, which explains why there’s a quarter-million unsolved murders. Understand that this has never been about fame and fortune. It’s about finding answers and justice for the families, and in this case, there’re about 20 siblings still alive. If our efforts also take a bit of the workload off the men and women in blue, that’s a bonus.”

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