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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.