'Zodiac Killer' Gary Francis Poste 'would kill indiscriminately' & 'had no conscience', claims pal
ALLEGED Zodiac Killer Gary Francis Poste would kill indiscriminately and had no conscience, according to his former friend.
Earlier this week Poste was identified as the man behind the notorious murders in San Francisco in the 1960s, by a team of specialist investigators.
And now his friend, called Will, has revealed to the Case Breakers traits of Poste's personality such as being "obsessed with slaughtering animals" and enjoying "getting dirty and bloody."
Will told TMZ that the pair became pals when Poste helped with a legal issue.
Back in 1987, Poste invited him, -who was 18 years old at the time- on a hunting trip in Northern California and the duo would continue to go backpacking together for the next 20 years.
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.
Their friendship ended in 2014, after Will noticed 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.
Poste died at the age of 80 while suffering from a series of maladies including sepsis, septic shock, dysphagia and vascular dementia, according to his death certificate.
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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 team of specialists who have worked to crack a number of America's most high-profile unsolved cases 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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