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Zodiac Finally Unmasked?

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There’s been breaking news from the states early this morning, as one of America’s most prolific serial murderers, the Zodiac Killer, is said to have been finally unmasked!

To those unfamiliar to the Zodiac.. first of all where’ve you been?!

The prolific killer was officially confirmed to be behind five murders in the San Francisco Bay Area between December 1968 and October 1969, mainly targeting young couples out in the remote. However the killer could be behind many other murders, with him claiming in one of his letters he had murdered up to 37 victims. He has also been linked to several cold cases in Southern California and outside the state, with links even as far as New York.

The Zodiac created the pseudonym for himself in a series of taunting letters and cards that he mailed to regional newspapers, threatening killing sprees and bombings if they were not printed as front page news the following day. Some of these which included his famous cryptograms and ciphers, in which the killer claimed that he was in fact collecting his victims as slaves for the afterlife.

Of the four ciphers received, two still remain unsolved. The first, which was cracked during the sprees in 1969 by high school teacher Donald Harden and his wife, Bettye, reads “I like killing people because it is so much fun. It is more fun than killing wild game in the forest because man is the most dangerous animal of all.”  The second, as you may recall was cracked only last year. The decrypted 340 character message reads “I hope you are having lots of fun in trying to catch me. … I am not afraid of the gas chamber because it will send me to paradise all the sooner because I now have enough slaves to work for me.”

The case created more traction again upon the 2007 release of hit movie ‘Zodiac’ featuring Hollywood stars such as Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo and Jake Gyllenhaal. The buzz created around the movie even officially changed the cases’ status to becoming an active investigation again following its release. Many amateur detectives and investigators have teamed up over the years to try and crack the remaining codes. The incentive to crack the remaining two codes has became even stronger after earlier this year, the Riverside Police Department offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the decades-old crime spree.

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Yesterday, The Case Breakers, an independent team of 40 former law enforcement investigators, military intelligence officers and journalists, claimed to have identified the Zodiac Killer as Gary Francis Poste, a murderer who was acting on the Riverside region around the same time as the Zodiac Killer. However this information was not confirmed by the Vallejo Police Department. The Case Breakers have requested that police test the Zodiac Killer’s DNA evidence to confirm it matches the DNA of Gary Francis Poste.

Suspicion was led to Poste after new evidence, including forensics and photos from Poste’s own darkroom were uncovered as well as the scar on his forehead matching the infamous police sketch. A California woman who lived next door to Poste believes he’s the Zodiac Killer after seeing the evidence collected so far. The woman named Gwen, said Poste and his wife babysat her as a child in the 1970s and ’80s. He would also “teach her how to shoot firearms several times a week and was also controlling and abusive toward his wife. He lived a double life,” she said. “As I’m adult thinking back, it all kind of makes sense now. At the time when I was a teenager, I didn’t put two and two together until I got older. It hit me full-blown that Gary’s the Zodiac.” In addition he was also spotted burying murder weapons in the woods.

The latest suspect Gary F. Poste alongside the famous police sketch

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However, Poste died back in 2018, so if it is a match, justice sadly cannot be served.

But could it be another potential suspect let down in the end? In the decades since the first murder, many potential suspects have been investigated. The most famous before this was in 2010 when many leads led to the suspicion of Arthur Leigh Allen, with even Allen’s own former friends suggesting he could have been the prolific serial killer. Although Allen died back in 1992, the SFPD had managed to obtain DNA from him that was compared to a 2002 partial DNA profile that was recovered from saliva on stamps from the Zodiac’s letters. Sadly the DNA comparison was not a match and the case remained left open since.

What are your opinions? Do you think the Zodiac Killer has finally been unmasked this time? Let us know!

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Deborah James Awarded Damehood After Raising Over £3,000,000 for Charity

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Deborah James has said she is ‘blown away’ after being made a Dame for her tireless campaigning for cancer charities.

The inspirational broadcaster and author announced earlier this week that she is receiving hospice care at home after stopping her cancer treatment, and has said she ‘could have weeks to live at most’.

In recent days, the You, Me & The Big C host has raised over £3million for charities that have helped her over the past five years, through her Bowelbabe Fund.

After calls for her to receive the Royal honour, it has been revealed that Deborah is now officially Dame Deborah James.

‘I don’t know what to say. I’m blown away and feel incredibly honoured,’ she said reacting to the news.

She added ‘I don’t feel like I deserve this. I can’t tell you what this means to my family, it’s so much to take in.’

Her husband Sebastien Bowen, said the public support of the fundraiser has ‘brought a piercing ray of light and hope into this, the darkest of times’, adding that the Damehood is ‘so truly deserved’.

Downing Street said the Queen was ‘pleased to approve the honour of damehood’ be bestowed upon Deborah James.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed Dame Deborah as an figure of inspiration to the country.

‘If ever an honour was richly deserved, this is it,’ the leader said.

‘Deborah has been an inspiration and her honesty, warmth and courage has been a source of strength to so many people.’

Thank you for all your incredible work.

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EuroMillions: UK ticket holder claims £184m jackpot

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One lucky ticket-holder’s life has changed forever after winning the £184million EuroMillions jackpot. It means they have become the biggest ever National Lottery winner, operator Camelot has said.

Whoever they are, they have knocked the anonymous winner of £170million in October 2019 off the top spot. They have also become the National Lottery’s 14th winner of more than £100million.

The winner, who is yet to be named, is also the second person in the UK to win the EuroMillions jackpot this year, after someone bagged £109million in February.

The winning numbers were 3, 25, 27, 28 and 29 – plus the Lucky Star numbers 4 and 9. One ticket matched all seven numbers to win £184,262,899.10.

Senior winners’ adviser for the National Lottery, Andy Carter said: “What an amazing night for one UK ticket-holder who has scooped the incredible £184million EuroMillions jackpot – they have become the UK’s biggest ever National Lottery winner.”

The claim will now go through a validation process to ensure terms and conditions are met and once the ticket has been validated the winner can choose whether or not to remain anonymous.

What would you do with all that money?

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Baby P’s Killer Mum Tracey Connelly Set for Prison Release after Judge Gives Green Light

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Tracey Connelly, the mother of Baby P, who died after months of abuse, will be released from prison after the Parole Board rejected a Government challenge against its ruling.

The decision comes after Justice Secretary Dominic Raab appealed against the recommendation to free Tracey Connelly from prison.

Connelly was jailed at the Old Bailey in 2009 for causing or allowing the death of her 17-month-old son Peter at their home in Tottenham, north London, on August 3 2007.

Dominic Raab said the decision demonstrated why the system “needs a fundamental overhaul – including a ministerial check for the most serious offenders”.

Now 40, this was Connelly’s fourth parole review after she was released on licence in 2013 but recalled to prison in 2015 for breaching her parole conditions by “developing intimate personal relationships” online and inciting another resident at her accommodation to engage in “inappropriate sexualised behaviour”.

In a statement, the Parole Board said: “In summary, the judge has concluded that the panel did take into consideration all evidence mentioned by the application and made rational conclusions.

“The reconsideration decision clarifies that the weight given to the evidence given by the Secretary of States witnesses, who supported release, and the proposed external controls, was proportionate and the reasons were clearly outlined in the decision letter.

“The final ground on the rationality of the outcome was also rejected on the grounds of not reaching the threshold, as defined by law, for becoming unreasonable.”

The Parole Board, which is independent of government, received a formal request to review the decision to free Connelly last week.

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