True Crime And Conspiracy Theories: The Zodiac Killer

True Crime Subject: The Zodiac Killer

Dates: December 20th, 1968-January 29th, 1974

Where: Northern California

Known Victims:

David Arthur Faraday-17
Betty Lou Jensen- 16
Michael Renault Mageau- 19
Darlene Elizabeth Ferrin-22
Bryan Calvin Hartnell- 20
Cecelia Ann Shepard- 22
Pall Lee Stine- 29

Possible Victims:

Robert Domingos- 18
Linda Edwards-17
Cheri Jo Bates- 18
Donna Lass- 25
Kathleen Johns-22

Copycat Cases: New York City Zodiac and Japanese Zodiac

The case has never been solved. It remains an open case to this day.

The Zodiac Killer is known for killing his victims in cold blood. Some of the victims were killed with a gun. A couple of them were stabbed. Out of the seven confirmed cases, two of the victims survived the attack. One of which was able to give a description of the Zodiac to the police.

Months after the first double homicide, the Zodiac Killer started writing to three newspapers boasting about his crimes. He confessed to the known ones and many others. He claims to have killed thirty-seven people in total. He threatened to go on killing sprees if his story wasn’t placed on the front page.

My thoughts:

There are some things that just don’t really make sense to me with all of this. I’ll start with contacting the newspapers. It seems like the safest place to start. I just don’t get vibes that this person was looking to become a celebrity. I’m inclined to believe that either there were two killers or there was someone out there who followed the case really closely and wanted to make a name for themselves so to speak.

Another thing that didn’t really make sense to me is the change in motive in a few of the cases. Out of the seven victims, two were stabbed. The rest were shot. Why would he have stabbed the two and not the rest? Especially when there was a gun on him. He used it to force them to submit. Also, the last known victim doesn’t fit in either. The rest of the victims had been couples. He was a lone cab driver.

Out of the four cryptograms that the Zodiac sent, only one was solved for sure. I’m curious if there are people out there to this day that still try to work to solve these. I am not going to lie, I probably would if I was good at any of that stuff. I’m not. I am good at being curious on what goes on in the human mind during the darkest of times.

I don’t doubt there were more than seven victims. With the way that the victims were killed, it doesn’t seem like something that was just done on a whim. It wouldn’t shock me if there were victims of the Zodiac that were never found. I also wouldn’t be surprised to find that the person who was taunting the media was somebody entirely different than the Zodiac. They could have even been a potential fan of the Zodiac. What I can say for sure is the case is filled with intelligence and rage.

True Crime And COnspiracy THeory: Mapping It Out

So, this week has been very weird. I’ve been very productive and busy, but at the same time, I haven’t. Like I finished three books between Tuesday night and this afternoon. Anyways, one of the things I have accomplished is finding great books from the library to use as sources. One of which will give me enough material for several weeks of topics.

So this week will be planning out a bunch of different True Crime topics to talk about. Every single case I map out will have a Conspiracy Theory to go behind it the following week. I’d also like to do a special blog talking about the glamorization of true crimes as well.

I plan on looking at other places too. I’m very excited to get this blog officially started! I just want to make sure it’s done right. My plan is to include the dates, victims and two paragraphs about the crime itself. The rest of the blog will be centered around my theories and opinions. With Conspiracy theories, it will just be my opinions. Without judgment. This is going to be so much fun!

True Crime And Conspiracy Theories: Possible Topics for Next Week

For those of you who read my blogs, you will know that I announced bringing this back last week. I didn’t manage to get around to picking a topic to talk about this week. I have been preoccupied with other projects. So I have decided to write four possibilities to discuss for next week to make up for it.

True Crime Options

  1. Jeffrey Dahmer
  2. The Zodiac Killer

Conspiracy Theory Options

  1. The Illuminati (Will zero in on specific if I choose this)
  2. The Moon Landing

If you’re interested in seeing any of these, please comment. Or if you’re interested in another one, comment it as well. I’ll have a topic picked out by the end of tomorrow with all luck. I sincerely hope you enjoy all of these.

The Possible Return Of True Crime And Conspiracy Theories

Awhile back, I started a blog series about true crimes and conspiracy theories. I put it on hold because I really didn’t have a lot of personal time to do the research needed to make these blogs really pop. I still don’t, but what I lack in time I make up for in passion. I am passionate on doing the research. So my thought was to pick the topic I would want to talk about on Friday and spend the week doing research in every spare moment or an hour a day or something like that on said topic. That way I can write out the blog on Thursday and have it scheduled for Friday.

I will also be open to taking any suggestions on things you’d want me to do research on. Remember that true crime doesn’t always have to involve murder. There are many crimes out there that can be talked about. The possibilities are endless. I’m excited about it just thinking about bringing it back. Please let me know if you’re looking forward to this! Thank you!

The Case Of JonBenét Ramsey

Before I begin writing this blog, I want to state that I am not an expert in this case. I do not own any of the facts or the photos belonging to this case. It’s a case that impacted me greatly when I was a child and that still haunts me to this day.

Most of this blog will be centered around opinions of mine, but I will be including some known facts that I pulled from Google. I’ll include websites I derived from at the end of the blog. I learned most of the information I did from this case through The Cases That Haunt Us by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

JonBenét Ramsey was born in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia to John and Patricia Ramsey. She also had an older brother named Burke, born in 1987. The family moved to Colorado in 1991. JonBenét Ramsey was entered into multiple children’s beauty pageants in Colorado. She won five pageants and became a sensation!

On December 26th, the Ramsey’s life would ultimately change forever. Patricia calls 911 to report her daughter missing at 5 in the morning. She discovers a ransom note. Two police officers arrived at the home within three minutes of the call. A search for JonBenét began. Sadly, her body was discovered at 1 PM in the family basement.

I was ten years old when this happened. I can tell you exactly where I was. Exactly how I felt when it was put on the news. I was heartbroken for a girl I never knew. Any time I was around somewhere playing the news for a long time after, I was hoping that there’d be news that the killer was found.

As I grew older, I understood the case more than I did back then. I also stopped thinking about it as much as I did in the beginning. Which made me feel guilty. This family lost a child who never really had a chance to grow. They deserved answers. She deserved justice. They still do and she still does.

What gets to me the most is all the tabloids that push out the lies and the misinformation. Every year around Christmas time or after the new year, there’s articles about how the case has finally been solved! It’s always upset me. I feel it’s an insult to her memory. It’s a mockery.

In 2014, a video was uploaded on YouTube with “evidence” that JonBenét Ramsey was never actually murdered. The murder was faked and that JonBenét Ramsey grew up to be Katy Perry. That was the most mind blowing of all. Now, not only are people giving false hope that the case was solved but they are speculating she may not have died at all! Lovely!

The JonBenét Ramsey case is the first case that ever interested me. I was so young, but I was very impacted by what happened to this beautiful young girl. That’s why I found it fitting that this be the first case I talk about in this series. I really wish that her family was able to find justice. I also hope that she has found peace. She was taken from us so young. She never got to live life.

I have a lot more research to dig through. I also have movies to watch it would appear. I fully encourage everybody who is interested to find out all you can about this case and form your own opinions about it. I really enjoyed the perspective glance that was written in The Cases That Haunt Us. It’s a very enlightening book that covers this case and a few others.

Death of JonBenét Ramsey
The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey
Katy Perry Conspiracy Theory

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