In case you don't already know, the Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who targeted four men and three women from the late 1960s to early 1970s in the cities of Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco. He would consistently goad police and the public by leaving behind letters and cryptograms.
Check out this creepy scene depicting the deaths of Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard, who were picnicking at Lake Berryessa in 1969.
The scariest thing is he was never actually caught, although there was a sketch created based off the description provided by two victims who survived the Zodiac's attacks.
Lake Herman Road Attack
This eerie shot taken by Google Earth shows us the exact location in which one of Zodiac's many grisly murders occurred.
On December 20, 1968, two high school students named David Arthur Faraday (17 years old) and Betty Lou Jensen (16 years old), were out on their first date. They were planning on attending a Christmas concert at Hogan High School, but decided to visit a friend at a local restaurant instead and then stop at the notorious lover's lane located on Lake Herman Road in the city of Benicia.
At around 10:15 PM, Faraday parked his mother's Rambler at the turnout.
Just after 11 PM, their bodies were found by a neighboring lady named Stella Borges, who immediately contacted the Solano County Sheriff's Department.
Faraday was found halfway out of the car with a shot to the head. Jensen, on the other hand, had tried to run away, and was gunned down 28-feet from the car with five shots to her back.
Despite some rigorous investigation on the police's behalf, no leads developed.
The gruesome deaths and the continual taunting from the Zodiac inspired the 2007 film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and directed by David Fincher, about the serial killer who was never officially caught.
Check out the scary opening scene of the film depicting the real life death of Darlene Ferrin and Michael Mageau as they drove to the Blue Rock Springs Park in Vallejo on the Fourth of July in 1969.
Just after midnight the next morning, a man phoned the Vallejo Police Department, claiming to be the killer who attacked the two. The caller also took credit for the murders of Jensen and Faraday from six months earlier.
When the police traced the call, they discovered it was connected to a phone booth at a gas station at Springs Road and Tuolumne, about 3⁄10 mile from Ferrin's home and only a few blocks down from the Vallejo Police Department.
Although Ferrin died before he even reached the hospital, Mageau survived the attack, despite being shot in the face, neck, and chest.
Zodiac Killer Still on the Loose
So many people came forward claiming to be the Zodiac murderer, but none provided enough solid evidence that matched up with the DNA, operations, handwriting, and so forth.
This means that the killer could possibly still be on the loose, biding his time until he strikes again. I am hoping that he's decided to retire, or has even passed away already and took his secret to the grave.