'Zodiac Killer' Gary Francis Poste 'was obsessed with slaughtering animals' and liked 'getting dirty and bloody'10/08/2021
ALLEGED Zodiac Killer Gary Francis Poste was obsessed with killing animals, his former friend claims.
Poste, who was identified as the man who terrorized the San Francisco area in the 1960s by a team of specialist investigators this week, relished in "getting dirty" and bloody on hunting trips, the friend said.
The friend named Will spoke to the Case Breakers team during their hunt to unmask the Zodiac Killer.
The hunt culminated with Poste – who died in 2018 – being publicly identified as the culprit on Wednesday.
Will said he spent two decades backpacking with Poste in Northern California after they formed a relationship when Poste helped him sort out a legal matter, TMZ reported.
He was 18 years old when Poste first invited him on a hunting trip in 1987, nearly 20 years after the Zodiac Killer carried out his string of murders.
Will said Poste's violent streak was on full display during their trips as he killed animals "indiscriminately" and treated their carcasses in a manner he described as "chilling."
Years later Will began to suspect that Poste could be the Zodiac after watching a true crime documentary on serial killers, TMZ said.
Will cut ties with Poste in 2014, after noticing his resemblance to sketches of the Zodiac.
He said he tried to bring his theory to police but wasn't taken seriously, until the Case Breakers heard his explanation last year.
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By that time, Poste had long been dead.
Poste died at age 80 while suffering from a series of maladies including sepsis, septic shock, dysphagia and vascular dementia, according to his death certificate.
The document suggested Poste had been married, served the country as a veteran and was employed as a house painter.
His reportedly cremated remains were scattered in the Sierra Mountains.
The Case Breakers – a crew is comprised of more than 40 former law enforcement investigators, journalists and military intelligence officers -said they discovered Poste's identity after years of digging through new forensic evidence and his darkroom.
One image uncovered from the darkroom purportedly featured scars on Poste's forehead which match a sketch of the Zodiac.
The team said ciphers the Zodiac sent to newspapers and police bragging about his kills also point to Poste.
The Zodiac is known to have targeted at least seven victims between 1968 and 1969 – three couples and a lone taxi driver. Two of them survived gun and knife ambushes.
The same killer has been linked to as many as 28 murders — and he claimed to have killed 37 people in his letters to newspapers and police.
The case was deemed inactive in 2004 but the San Francisco Police Department reopened it in March of 2007.
After the Case Breakers' announcement this week, authorities made it clear that they do not officially consider Poste to be a suspect and the case is ongoing.
The FBI and California cops pushed back against the team's claims on Thursday, noting that they have continued to receive hundreds of tips about the case each year.
Local police in both Riverside and San Francisco have said the group's claims consisted of "circumstantial evidence."
The Sun exclusively obtained documents showing Poste does have a criminal history.
Court records show that the suspected serial killer was arrested and spent time in jail for assaulting and seriously injuring his wife Mary in their hometown of Groveland, California in February 2016.
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