The Zodiac denied being the "Sam" who spoke on A.M. San Francisco in the decoded message, stating that he was not frightened of the gas chamber "since it would send me to paradice [sic] all the sooner." The team's results were presented to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which confirmed the revelation. The Zodiac also wrote that he had no wife or children.
However, several newspapers reported at the time that he was under a court order not to contact his family because they had been told that he was in prison for killing students at Berkeley High School.
Furthermore, the Zodiac letter writer often expressed sorrow for the victims' families and seemed to know how many people were dying each time he sent a letter, which leads some researchers to believe that he may have been able to see more than one letter per page. This would mean that he could read at least part of each letter he typed before moving on to the next one.
In addition, the Zodiac frequently mentioned having connections with local police departments, which led some people to believe that he must have had dealings with them. He also used words such as "please," "thank you," and "delighted" in his letters, indicating that he was capable of showing respect and courtesy even if he did not like his victims.
Allen is still as much of a Zodiac suspect as he was before. Your teacher or trampoline coach may have been Arthur Leigh Allen. Find out more by clicking here. Do you recall Arthur Leigh Allen? Please contact me. The symbols seen above are those found at the bottom of Zodiac's "Exorcist" letter from January 29, 1974. These symbols can be found on some police reports related to the case.
In addition to being a school principal, Allen served as the church organist and choir director at his local Catholic parish. He also played jazz piano in a local club.
According to the FBI, Allen had several contacts with law enforcement during the years he lived in California. In November 1968, he was arrested for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old. The victim was an 11-year-old girl who had attended one of his classes. She reported that Allen had touched her breast and buttocks while they were sitting in his office chair. He was released after posting bail.
Three years later, in November 1971, Allen was again arrested for lewd and lascivious acts with a child. This time the victim was another young girl who had attended his school. She told police that during a game of spin the bottle, Allen had kissed her mouth then put his hand down her pants. When she tried to leave the room, he blocked the door.
When Batman and Robin are alerted, they conclude that he is planning twelve crimes based loosely on astrological signs of the zodiac, and that he has already committed the first Zodiac Crime by taking the rare art map, whose letters stand for the sign of the Ram (Aries).
Batman realizes that since each crime falls on a different day of the month and all but one takes place within walking distance of his home, then he must walk through every street name from left to right in order to solve the case.
He starts at Aces High and works his way around the circle to Cheatree Creek before arriving at Point Omega where he can see the scene of the crime. There he finds that the Zodiac has been here before him and has marked this spot with a stick covered in blood, which turns out to be the victim's.
The Zodiac's next step is unknown but we do know that he has not committed any more crimes after this one. Perhaps he felt guilty or was caught, perhaps he just got tired of being hunted down. Who knows?
Either way, the fact remains that Batman solved the Zodiac case and helped bring an end to this terrifying ordeal.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have work to do...