Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday were the first known victims of the infamous and unidentified Zodiac Killer. The young couple, who were on their first date, were approached by the killer whilst sitting inside Faraday’s station wagon on December 20, 1968.
The killer fired several gunshots into the vehicle in an attempt to force the couple out into the open. Jensen exited the vehicle, followed by Faraday, who was shot and killed during his attempt to exit the vehicle. Jensen was shot dead as she tried to escape from the killer on foot.

This is The Zodiac Speaking

The Zodiac Killer is a serial killer who began a series of murders in the San Francisco area. The Zodiac Killer is believed to have killed at least five people between 1968 and 1968. During this time, he would send letters to the newspapers about the killings. The Zodiac Killer would often taunt the police with cryptic letters, strange phone calls and weird ciphers. Many suspects have been brought to the attention of the police but The Zodiac has never been apprehended.


Cheri Jo Bates- Cheri, who is believed to the first victim of The Zodiac, was a college student in Riverside, California who was murdered outside her school’s library on October 30, 1966. There were reports of a white male driving an old car in the area around the time of the murder. Also the police found a man’s watch at the scene of the crime. A month later, a letter was sent to a local newspaper that was written by the alleged killer that read “Bates had to die. There will be more”

David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen- On December 20, 1968, The Zodiac shot a young couple out on a date Vallejo, California. The young lovers were parked at a local lovers lane when the murderer shot David in the head while he was in his vehicle and then shot Betty Lou in the back five times outside of the automobile.

Mike Mageau and Darlene Ferrin- On July 4th, 1969, The Zodiac allegedly attacked another young couple in Vallejo. Mike Mageau survived the shooting but Ferrin died at the scene.

(Around this time, The Zodiac wrote letters to three newspapers in the area with details of the attack. He also wrote a coded message and told the newspapers that if they didn’t print the coded message, he would kill again. This letter also featured the symbol that later became his signature, a circle with two lines that intersected in the middle running through it. He began calling himself “Zodiac” in a letter to The San Francisco Examiner in August of 1969.)

Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard – On September 27, 1969, The Zodiac attack another young couple but instead of shooting them, he stabbed them repeatedly. Bryan survived the attack but Cecelia died two days after. The Killer left a message on Bryan’s car door which contained the dates of the two earlier attacks and murders.

(From questioning the survivors, the police were able to create a sketch of the murderer. They described him as a heavyset, white man in his late twenties or thirties with short brown hair with thick-rimmed glasses. During the attacks, he wore a large hood.)

Paul Stine- On October 11, 1969, the killer shot a taxi driver, Paul Stine, in the back of the head. Two days later, he wrote another letter about that murder and threatened to attack a school bus and murder the children. He never went through with the attack.

Some of the Suspects

Arthur Leigh Allen- Prime suspect in the case. He was identified as the killer by Hartnell and Mageu but DNA testing failed to link Allen to the crimes. His guns, fingerprint and handwriting were all compared to the case evidence, but he was cleared. Also, in 2002 a DNA comparison was made between a stamp from a Zodiac letter and Allen’s DNA and came back negative, Allen had stated that he never licked his stamps because the glue made him feel sick.

Jack Tarrance- Turned in by his stepson, Dennis Kaufman. Dennis turned over different pieces of evidence to the police, such as:

  • A hood similar to the one described by the victims
  • Handwriting samples
  • Undeveloped photo film reels, one of which contained gruesome images
  • A knife covered with dried blood
  • A taped phone conversation, in which Tarrance indirectly hinted that he was The Zodiac.
  • DNA testing by the FBI proved inconclusive.

The Zodiac has never been apprehended and the case turned cold.

We are pleased to finally be able to announce that our fourth album will indeed be called ‘Marks To Prove It’.

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The album cover, which some of you may notice from the aforementioned shows, is here too. The photo was taken by David Busfield and captures an essence of a certain part of the record. It is of the Faraday memorial, close to our studio.

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Phone booths used by the Zodiac Killer

The top picture shows the phone booth that, on the 5th of July, 1969, was used by the Zodiac Killer to report his Blue Rock Springs Park murders of Darlene Ferrin and Michael Mageau as well as take credit for the murders of Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday on Lake Herman Road which had happened six and a half months earlier.

On September 27, 1969, the killer placed a call reporting his latest crime that had taken place on Lake Barryessa, where he attacked Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard. The call was traced to a phone booth located in the Napa Car Wash (bottom left photo). Minutes after the call had been made by the Zodiac, police arrived at the place and found the phone off the hook, just as it had been left by the killer. (bottom right photo).

Strange Mysteries: The Zodiac Killer

“This is the Zodiac speaking…”

The Zodiac Killer was a notorious serial killer who plagued the northern California area during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Though only 5 deaths are officially attributed to him, he himself boasted of 37 total victims.

December 20, 1968: The Lake Herman Attack

The first known victims of the Zodiac Killer were Betty Lou Jensen (16) and David Faraday (17). The two were discovered at a popular lovers’ lane just within Benicia city limits.

It is speculated that the Zodiac Killer parked nearby, approached the parked car and ordered the couple out of the vehicle.

Faraday is shot in the head while stepping out of the car. Jensen was able to run about 20 feet before being shot in the back 5 times.

July 4, 1969: The Blue Rock Springs Attack

The second victims were Darleen Ferrin (22) and Michael Mageau (19) who were attacked at Blue Rock Springs Park in Vallejo just before midnight.

Like Jensen & Faraday, the two were parked at the time. Also like in the Lake Herman attack, the Zodiac Killer parked nearby before approaching the couple in their car.

The two were shot 5 times before the killer walked away.

Upon hearing the moans of Mageau, he then returned and fired another two shots.

Ferrin died upon arrival at the hospital. Mageau survived.

September 27, 1969: The Lake Berryessa Attack

The next known victims of the Zodiac Killer were Bryan Hartnell (20) and Cecelia Ann Shepard (22).

The two college students were picnicking on Lake Berryessa when they were approached by a hooded figure who forced Shepard to tie Hartnell at gun point before tying her up.

He then proceeded to stab the couple repeatedly.

Shepard later slipped into a coma and passed away. Hartnell survived.

October 11, 1969: The Presidio Heights Attack

The last confirmed victim of the Zodiac Killer was cab driver Paul Stine (29) who was shot in the head in the Presidio Heights area of San Francisco.

The Zodiac killer took Stine’s wallet, car keys and a piece of his blood-stained shirt which he later mailed out with one of his many letters.

Stine is the last official known victim of the Zodiac Killer though other attacks are suspected.

To this day he has yet to be officially identified…

For more information on the Zodiac Killer including some other murders he is suspected of, go [here].

I also highly recommend watching David Fincher’s 2007 film, Zodiac.