Between December 1968 and October 1969, northern California was terrorized by a brutal serial killer who boldly proclaimed himself through letters to the police, no less to be the “Zodiac Killer.” While law enforcement only confirmed seven murders as his doing, the killer told the press that he was to blame for 37 murders in total.
Like an action movie villain, the killer left a calling-card in a series of cryptograms. Unlike in the movies, however, the Zodiac Killer has never been identified, and the case remains open. There have been numerous suspects, but none more curious than an unidentified John Doe found dead in Ohio in 2002.
This is the sketch produced by three witnesses who saw the Zodiac Killer shoot a taxi driver in the back of the head. It”s been used to link the killer to all of his victims, yet no person who fits the description has ever been identified. The killings eventually stopped, and the Zodiac Killer had apparently disappeared.
In 2002, an elderly loner named Joseph Newton Chandler III was found dead by suicide in Eastlake, Ohio. This was odd because the real Joseph Chandler died way back in 1945. The real identity of this man has yet to be determined, though police admit that he does look strangely familiar.
Could this be the true Zodiac Killer? It”s a possibility — just one of the many Zodiac Killer suspects that”s been named since 1969. Unfortunately, all police have to work with is a pencil sketch and a symbol.
Theories suggest that the Zodiac Killer stopped killing in about 1969 before fleeing to Ohio to live as a hermit. It”s at this point that he assumed the identity of the long-dead Joseph Newton Chandler III.
Sure, it may sound far-fetched, but it”s about as good a theory as any for this nearly fifty-year-old case.