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This is the Zodiac speaking.
~ The Zodiac Killer's most famous quote.
I like killing people because it is so much fun.
~ The Zodiac Killer in his codified letter to the police.
I wanna report a double murder. If you go one mile east on Columbus Parkway, to a public park, you'll find kids in a brown car. They were shot with a 9mm Luger. I also killed those kids last year... Good... bye...
~ The Zodiac Killer ominously reporting his crime of shooting Darlene Ferrin and Mike Mageau.

The Zodiac Killer, also known as the Zodiac, is the titular main antagonist of the 2007 thriller crime film, Zodiac, based on the real-life serial killer that killed through the late 60s into the early 70s and left encrypted codes for the press and the police department.

He was portrayed by 3 different actors; Richmond Arquette, Bob Stephenson and Howard Madson.  

Biography

The Film opens, on July 4th, 1969. Where he killed the couple, Darlene Fern and Mike Mageau in Lover Lane, in  Vallejo, California. Only Mike survived the indent. The Zodiac later called the police about his murders and saying he was the murders of the Lake Herman Road murder.

The San Francisco Chronicle received a letter, where he first stated himself as the Zodiac and treated to kill more people unless they decoded his message which contented his "identity". The codes were later deciphered by the cartoonist, Robert Graysmith but weren't taken seriously.

The Zodiac later stalked the married couple, Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard in Lake Berryessa in Nappa County where he ties each them, and then brutally stabs them. He later painted the date of his murder with his ionic symbol and called the police again.

He sent another letter to the chronicle, where Graysmith's insights where he references as a man a dangerous game in references to the book The Most Dangerous Game, with featured Count Zaroff hunting down humans on his island.

Throughout the search of the Zodiac, people theorized that he was a satanist or homosexual. Two weeks later, He shot San Francisco's taxi-cab driver, Paul Stine in the city's Presidio Heights. As the Zodiac escaped the police officers confused him with a black man. He later sent another letter to The Chronicle with a piece of Stine's bloodstained shirt along with a taunting note, mocking the police department. 

Someone claiming to be The Zodiac call Melvin Belli on Jim Dunbar's talk show. As he talked about his mental illness as their screaming going on in the background. Belli plans to meet the Zodiac in person, but never show up, as it was not in fact the killer.

The film ends at a cliff hanger. With one of the escaped victims, Mike Mageau. Pointing at a picture of what seems to be Arthur Leigh Allen, but couldn't be closed due to his passing. 

Victims

Successful

  • Betty Lou Jensen 
  • David Faraday
  • Darlene Fern
  • Cecilia Shepard 
  • Paul Stine

Failed

  • Mike Mageau
  • Bryan Hartnell

Suspects

  • Arthur Leigh Allen: Arthur Leigh Allen, also known as Lee, was the prime suspect throughout the film. Near the end of the film, Michael Mageau points at his photo from an identification slideshow, but the police were unable finish his case since he passed away.
  • Bob Vaughn
  • Donald Cheney
  • Rick Marshall

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