THE ZODIAC KILLER, 1968–1969

KILLING FOR FUN

A callous killer, seemingly acting at random, was roaming northern California. He was also taunting the police by mailing clues to the press in a weird code of his own devising…

In Benicia, California, a teenage couple sharing their first date parked on Lake Herman Road—a secluded lovers’ lane—were startled by a beam of light. They squinted and saw a man with a flashlight, perhaps a police officer? The pair were nervous—who wouldn’t be? But their fears were innocently rooted in their parents finding out they’d been caught in such an intimate setting. Then the stranger pulled out a gun. Within seconds, 17-year-old David Faraday was fatally shot in the head. 16-year-old Betty Lou Jensen desperately tried ...

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