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The Zodiac Letters

Letters written by and/or associated with the Zodiac. Since many of the letters remain unseen in the files of law enforcement and the press, this list is far from all inclusive.

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Confession Letter Date: November 29, 1966 Comments: An unsigned confession to the Cheri Jo Bates murder. Not a definite Zodiac letter, although Zodiac claimed responsibility for Cheri Jo Bates murder. Sent to the Riverside Police Department.

Riverside Desktop Poem Date: December 1966 or before. Comments: Not likely the work of the Zodiac. See this.

Bates Had To Die Date: April 30, 1967 Comments: Sent to Riverside Press Enterprise after the murder of Cheri Jo Bates. Envelope

The Patricia Hautz Letter Date: November 1, 1967 Comments: Sent to Riverside Press

This is the murderer Date: July 31, 1969 Comments: Sent to San Francisco Chronicle. Other handwritten copies were sent to the Vallejo Times Record and San Francisco Examiner. sent with a copy of the below cipher.

This is the murderer - Page 2 Date: July 31, 1969 Comments: written on the back of the page.

3- Part Cipher First Part Date: July 31, 1969 Comments: Sent to the Vallejo Times Record. Another part was sent to the San Francisco Examiner and another to the San Francisco Chronicle. Sent with a copy of the above letter. (Parts 2 and 3 coming soon!)

This is the Zodiac speaking - Page 1 Date: August 4, 1969 Comments: The first letter to use the name Zodiac. Sent to San Francisco Examiner. Describes the attack at Blue Rock Springs.

This is the Zodiac speaking - Page 2 Date: August 4, 1969 Comments: Page 2

This is the Zodiac speaking - Page 3 Date: August 4, 1969 Comments: Page 3. Describes "electric gun sight."

<--lynch key Aug 10 1969 --> <-- Hartnell Car Sept 27 1969 -->

School children make nice targets Date: October 13, 1969 Comments: Sent to San Francisco Chronicle. Claims responsibility for Paul Stine's murder. Threatens to kill children.

A card was sent to the San Francisco Chronicle containing the infamous (and unsolved) 340 cipher. The card contained an image of a pen dripping ink. Date: November 8, 1969 Transcription of handwritten card text sent to San Francisco Chronicle. Image of handwriting on card.

(Analysis of the Dripping Ink Card by Robert Peter Ackerman)

Bus Bomb Page 1 Date: November 9, 1969 Comments: Text Transcription of letter sent to San Francisco Chronicle.

Bus Bomb Page 2 Date: November 9, 1969 Comments: Text Transcription of letter sent to San Francisco Chronicle.

Bus Bomb Page 3 Date: November 9, 1969 Comments: Text Transcription of letter sent to San Francisco Chronicle.

Bus Bomb Page 4 Date: November 9, 1969 Comments: Text Transcription of letter sent to San Francisco Chronicle.

Bus Bomb Page 5 Date: November 9, 1969 Comments: Image of letter sent to San Francisco Chronicle.

Bus Bomb Page 6 Date: November 9, 1969 Comments: Text Transcription of letter sent to San Francisco Chronicle.

Bus Bomb Page 7 Date: November 9, 1969 Comments: Text Transcription of letter sent to San Francisco Chronicle.

The will be a cop Date: December 7, 1969 Comments: Sent to San Francisco Chronicle. Postmarked Fairfield, CA. Includes a cipher. Text transcription.

<-- business reply envelope Sacramento Bee postmarked Sacramento 12/10/1969 --> <-- business reply envelope of San Francisco Newspaper printing Company postmarked 12/11/1969 -->

The bleeding knife of the Zodiac Date: December 16, 1969 Comments: Sent to San Francisco Examiner. Text transcription. Included a cipher (unavailable). Links to scans of the document.

Happy Christmass Date: December 20, 1969 Comments: Sent to Melvin Belli, San Francisco Attorney. Envelope

My name is Date: April 20, 1970 Comments: Sent to San Francisco Chronicle. Code remains unsolved.

When I have my blast Date: April 28, 1970 Comments: Sent to San Francisco Chronicle. Threatens to blow up a bus unless people wear "nice buttons."

I shot a man sitting in a parked car. Date: June 26, 1970 Comments: Sent to San Francisco Chronicle. Claims responsibility for an unidentified shooting.

<-- phillips 66 above letter -->

woeman + her baby Date: July 24, 1970 Comments: Sent to San Francisco Chronicle. Claims to be have abducted Kathleen Johns

Torture Letter Page 1 Date: July 26, 1970 Comments: Sent to San Francisco Chronicle. Quotes and misquotes Gilbert and Sullivans' the Mikado.

Torture Letter Page 2 Date: July 26, 1970 Comments: Sent to San Francisco Chronicle. Quotes and misquotes Gilbert and Sullivans' the Mikado.

The Pace Isn't Any Slower Date: October 5, 1970 Comments: Contained words and letters from various magazines and newspapers. Sent to San Francisco Chronicle. Claims 13 victims.

<-- Oct 17 1970 the zodiac is going to -->

Halloween Card 1 Date: October 27, 1970 Comments:

Halloween Card 2 Date: October 27, 1970 Comments: Contains strange zig-zag and dots symbol. Claims 14 victims.

(Analysis of the Halloween Card by Robert Peter Ackerman)

I am crackproof Date: March 13, 1971 Comments: Pleasanton postmark. Sent to Los Angeles Times. Claims 17 victims.

<--Peek through the Pines postcard received at San Francisco Chronicle on March 22, 1971--> (Clues in the Pines Card?)

Exorcist Letter Date: January 29, 1974 Comments: Text Transcription of letter sent to Los Angeles Times. Contains another strange doodle. Claims 37 victims.

<-- card envelope postmarked February 14, 1974 q95--> <-- postcard may 6 1974 q96 --> <-- May 8 1974 badlands --> <--july 8 1974 one page letter envelope red phantom -->

I am back with you. Date: April 24, 1978 Comments: Sent to the San Francisco Chronicle

I am in control of all things. Date: July 19, 1978 Comments: Sent to San Francisco Chronicle

<--Oct 29 1987 tell herb caen -->

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