Independent says Zodiac Killer case is still open as new theory on suspect’s identity gains attention;

The Zodiac Killer case is still open according to law enforcement, but a new theory is again bringing attention to the decades-old cold case.

A group named the Case Breakers, – which says it is made up of former law enforcement members, intelligence officers and others – has named a man who they believe is the so-called Zodiac Killer, prompting a firestorm of media attention on Wednesday.

The group says “physical and forensic evidence,” as well as recovered photos and other information has led it to identify a suspect who recently died.

The theory has not been endorsed by authorities as of Wednesday evening.

The San Francisco office of the FBI confirmed to USA TODAY that “the Zodiac Killer case remains open,” and declined to provide additional information.

Law enforcement agencies said they are still investigating the Zodiac Killer case as an independent group of cold-case investigators came forward Wednesday to claim they had solved the mystery of who was behind the decades-old serial murders.

The Case Breakers, a team of 40 former law enforcement investigators, said they identified the man they believe is the Zodiac Killer using new physical and forensic evidence and information from eyewitnesses, according to a press release.
The group also filed court affidavits and secured decades of pictures from the man’s former darkroom, Case Breakers said. They named the man in the release, saying they believe he passed away in 2018.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports law enforcement is skeptical of the group’s theory, especially that the group’s suspect was involved in a killing in Riverside, California.

“Is there a chance that (the Case Breakers suspect) killed Cheri Jo Bates? No,” The Chronicle quotes Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback. “If you read what they (the Case Breakers) put out, it’s all circumstantial evidence. It’s not a whole lot.”

The Case Breakers said in a statement on Wednesday that they hoped to shared their results with police in Riverside.

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2020:Zodiac cipher solved 5 decades after serial killer terrorized Northern California

Authorities throughout California have been trying to hunt down the Zodiac Killer for decades. The killer, who left residents on edge in the 1960s, has been definitively linked to five killings.

However, the killer has seemingly claimed responsibility for more than 30 homicides and sent a series of bizarre and detailed letters to news organizations that included cryptograms, in which he called himself “Zodiac.” During his spree, the killer also left two survivors who helped offer a description.

The disturbing and perplexing case has been a pop culture staple and inspired the 2007 movie “Zodiac,” directed by David Fincher. The case periodically makes national headlines, especially as amateur sleuths make progress in solving ciphers associated with the case.

The irony that the Zodiac Killer could have lived to see the case become famous was not lost on social media commenters who reacted to the latest theory.

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