THE Zodiac Killer was known as one of America's most notorious serial killers and after 50 years, someone has been identified.
On October 6, 2021, a group of independent investigators, who go by the name The Crime Breakers, identified Gary Francis Poste as the alleged killer but he will never see justice.
What was alleged Zodiac Killer Gary Francis Poste's cause of death?
Just hours after Poste was identified as the potential killer, TMZ obtained a copy of his death certificate.
According to the media outlet, Poste died from sepsis, septic shock, dysphagia and vascular dementia.
The certificate also revealed that he suffered from hypertension, osteoporosis, hypothyroidism and atrial fibrillation.
Poste died on August 23, 2018 at the age of 80 and had his remains scattered in the Sierra Mountains.
His death certificate indicates that he was also married but his wife's identity remains unclear.
How many people did the Zodiac Killer kill?
Zodiac's killing spree lasted from 1968 to 1969 and during that time, he had seven victims, five who died and two who survived.
His victims include:
- Paul Stine
- Cecelia Shepard
- Bryan Hartnell
- Darlene Ferrin
- Mike Mageau
- David Faraday
- Betty Lou Jensen
Hartnell and Mageau are the only two who survived.
Ray Davis and Cheri Jo Bates were also identified as possible victims but authorities were never able to link them together.
At one time, Zodiac claimed he had 37 victims all together.
Following the deaths of his five victims, the killer was also known fortormenting their families with cipher.
How was Gary identified?
Prior to their discovery, The Case Breakers had been searching for Zodiac's identity for years, which led them to discovering new forensic evidence and photos from Poste's personal darkroom linking him to the Zodiac case.
According to Fox News, the letters of Gary Francis Poste's name were completely removed from one of the Zodiac's anagrams, adding that his full name had to have been known in order to figure out the code.
Over the years, authorities had previously believed that the Zodiac Killer was actually an alleged pedophile named Arthur Leigh Allen, but they were never able to prove it.
Mass murder Ed Edwards was also a potential suspect but authorities were also never able to prove there was any connection.
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