The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who stalked parts of Northern California from December 1968 through October 1969. Through a series of cryptic letters he sent to the press and others, he disclosed his insanity which motivated the killings, offered clues to future murder plots and adopted the name Zodiac.
He took responsibility for murdering as many as 37 people, but police investigators confirmed that seven people were attacked by the Zodiac of which five died.
December 20, 1968 - Jensen and Faraday
Betty Lou Jensen, 16, and David Arthur Faraday, 17, were parked at a secluded spot located on Lake Herman Road on the eastern side Vallejo, California.
Witnesses noticed the young couple huddled together in the front seat of Faraday's Rambler station wagon between around 10:15 and 11:00 p.m. Nothing about the couple seemed unusual to those who saw them, however by 11:15 the scene had taken a tragic turn.
They were discovered lying outside their bullet-riddled car. Betty Lou was found several feet from the car, dead from five gun shot wounds in the back. David was found next to the car. He had been shot at close range in the head, but was still breathing. He died while in route to the hospital.
Detectives had few clues to go on although there was an earlier confrontation in the same area. Bill Crow and his girlfriend were parked in the same place as Faraday and Jensen, but 45 minutes earlier. Crow told police that someone driving a white Chevy drove past them, stopped and backed up. For unknown reasons Crow sped away in the opposite direction. The Chevy turned around and followed the couple, but was unable to keep up after Crow made a sharp right turn at an intersection.
Two hunters also reported seeing a white Chevy parked at a gravel turn-around on Lake Herman Road. They approached the car but did not see the driver inside.
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