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‘Case Breakers’ Group Asserts FBI Failed to Properly Investigate Zodiac Killer ‘Suspect’

‘Case Breakers’ Group Asserts FBI Failed to Properly Investigate Zodiac Killer ‘Suspect’

Thomas Colbert says an FBI whistleblower has named the suspect as Case Breakers claim they have DNA evidence.

A cold case investigator is claiming that through the use of DNA analysis the FBI has identified the man suspected to be the infamous ‘Zodiac Killer’ who killed at least five people in the late 1960s.

Journalist Thomas Colbert alleges that an FBI whistleblower confirmed to him that Air Force veteran Gary Francis Poste, who has been previously posited as the killer, is currently listed by the bureau as a suspect.

Colbert claims FBI labs have a ‘partial’ DNA sample on Poste – who has been dead since 2018 – that links him to the murders, and believes authorities didn’t look into him enough when he was alive.

‘The felon has been secretly listed as the Zodiac “suspect” in Headquarters’ computers since 2016,’ Colbert’s organization, Case Breakers, said in a statement.

While the Zodiac killer is known to have killed five people in Northern California, the true figure is believed to be between 20 and 28 people, while the killer themselves claimed to have killed 37 in taunts sent to officials.

It seems that FBI has long denied that the long-open case has been solved. The agency indicated it had remained open as recently as October 2021.

A volunteer group, Case Breakers, that investigates unsolved cases believes they have identified the notorious Zodiac Killer. It also asserts the FBI didn’t do enough to investigate apparent leads.

“The felon has been secretly listed as the Zodiac ‘suspect’ in Headquarters’ computers since 2016 – with his ‘partial DNA’ safely secured at the feds’ Quantico, Virginia lab,” Case Breakers said in a press release Thursday.

The team said the FBI has a partial DNA sample of Poste’s in its database but has failed to utilize the sample in its investigation into the serial killer responsible for five confirmed murders in northern California in the late 1960s.

…Case Breakers also said it has collected its own DNA sample of Poste, who died in 2018, and wants the agency to test it against DNA evidence collected in a sixth murder — the 1966 killing of Cheri Jo Bates — who they believe the serial killer is responsible for.

The volunteer group also directed criticism at local law enforcement agencies.

In a Wednesday press release, Case Breakers said law enforcement agencies at all levels have ignored state law, ignored evidence, mishandled DNA, and succumbed to “apathy” “egos” and fear of “humiliation.”

“Like cops, federal agents are dealing with huge caseloads, constant training, odd rules and bureaucracy. But when someone wearing a badge or uniform works with others to avoid or hide materials, sidestep difficult procedures, or lie about evidence, they’re hurting our volunteers and the thousands of families waiting for answers,” the Case Breakers whistleblower said in a statement. “That includes the ten siblings left in the Zodiac victim families. Sadly, the team has documented over two dozen examples of law enforcement unprofessionalism in the field.”

It will be interesting to see of Case Breakers is able to make further progress on their genetics-based investigation.

However, the group’s experience does align with what we now know about the FBI: It has become a domestic spy agency more interested in wielding political power than a law enforcement organization aiding victims and targeting actual criminals.


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The movie has already been made (Zodiac, 2007) so that case is pretty much closed.

Now do the Vegas mass shooting, it seems to be a closed case with lots of questions.

    henrybowman in reply to Skip. | May 21, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    Some of which they won’t answer, even though they could any time they wanted.
    For example, “What proof is there that the bump-stocked rifles were actually used in the attack?”
    It’s just like the school killer’s manifesto: they have the facts, they just won’t share them.

I think we can safely say the FBI isn’t what we thought it was. And if it ever was what we thought it was, those days are over – forever.

    henrybowman in reply to | May 21, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    To think that Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. might be sharing a ring of hell with Leni Riefenstahl.
    Then again, he was only the hired help.

E Howard Hunt | May 21, 2023 at 5:17 pm

The Zodiac killer is D. B. Cooper, who used his ransom money for a sex change operation and the founding of a lesbian motorcycle gang, Hades Ladies.

I suspected this deceit and/or incompetence for years now. It failed to do even cursory DNA checks,much less statistical correlation analysis.

What gave the FBI jurisdiction in this case? Murder is a state crime, and all the murders were in California. The local cops may have asked the FBI for help, but it was still their case.

    Gosport in reply to markm. | May 22, 2023 at 5:24 pm

    “The San Francisco Police Department marked the case “inactive” in April 2004, but re-opened it at some point prior to March 2007.[5][6] The case also remains open in the city of Vallejo, as well as in Napa and Solano counties.[7] The California Department of Justice has maintained an open case file on the Zodiac murders since 1969.[8]” – Wikipedia

    The killer was also linked to several other cold cases including some from outside the state.

henrybowman | May 21, 2023 at 8:00 pm

“It also asserts the FBI didn’t do enough to investigate apparent leads.”
There is never enough time, and there are so many school parents, grandmothers, and whistleblowers to intimidate.

MoeHowardwasright | May 22, 2023 at 2:03 pm

The fbi hasn’t solved a case since Special Agent Ephram Zimbalest Jr was on the job /s

Best serial killer name: Zodiac

Worst serial killer name: Muffin Man