Welcome to part two of the Ret. FBI Special Agent David Alford blog posts. In part one, I discussed the details of the Unabomber case. In part 2, you will learn the details of the Polly Klaas kidnapping and murder.
ABOUT THE CASE
Before leaving, he grabbed some of Polly’s things and escaped the house with her. Police later found that the abductor and murderer was Richard Allen Davis.
After Kate and Gillian were sure he had left, they ran to the room where Polly Klaas’ mother was sleeping. The groggy mother called in the abduction to the police.
Not more than an hour later, a resident called Sonoma County sheriff’s office to report that there was a strange and suspicious man standing by a Ford Pinto which was lodged in a ditch. The deputies came by, searched his car, checked him for outstanding warrants, and let him go. On Oct. 19, Davis was stopped, arrested, and booked with drunk driving. No one connected that he was the one who abducted Polly. He was released that same day.
The red panty hose were taken from Polly’s room, and the white cloths looked similar to the binding that the girls were wrapped in on the night of the abduction. This connected the evidence to the case.
FBI agents, according to Alford, found a partial palm print from the bedroom. Alford said that pulling palm prints wasn’t as common at this point, but they were able to pick up the print using special lifting paper. Davis’ print matched the palm print, and he confessed to strangling Polly to death. He took investigators to her burial spot.
Welcome to part one of the Ret. FBI Special Agent David Alford blog posts. In part one, I will discuss the details of the Unabomber case. In part 2, coming on Feb. 25, I will discuss the details of the Polly Klaas kidnapping and murder.
“I remember seeing him the day we arrested him,” recalled Ret. FBI Special Agent David Alford. “He was filthy. His jeans had holes, and they weren’t because he bought them that way.”
According to Alford, while Kaczynski was relaxing in the country side, he became increasingly angry at technologic advances as well as companies that did some damage to the local environment.
It was around this time, in 1975, that Kaczynski became to break in and vandalize local companies that harmed the environment that he became so accustomed to appreciating.
The first bomb was sent to the University of Illinois in 1978. Kaczynski attempted to make it seem as though the bomb was sent to the university from a professor at North Western University in Evanston. A guard opened the package and it injured his hand, but the man lived.
Another bomb was sent to the university and a graduate student opened it. He received minor cuts and burns, but did not have any serious injuries.
It wasn’t until nearly 10 years later when Kaczynski killed his first victim on Dec. 11, 1985. He took a bomb to an appliance store in Sacramento. It was his 11th bomb. It was found by the store owner, Hugh Scrutton, who opened it to have the shrapnel tear through his organs and heart.
According to Alford, a local park ranger helped them coax Kaczynski from his cabin without any issue. He said that the park ranger told Kaczynski they had to do some property evaluations. He then came out and was arrested immediately on April 3, 1996.
He targeted universities because that is where many young minds were being molded to embrace technological advancement. One of Kaczynski’s targets was actually a geneticist. The airline bombs were partially motivated by the fact that he couldn’t escape airplanes flying over his small cabin.
This was said to be his motivation. I found this interesting because, although Kaczynski’s bombs were rather archaic, they were somewhat advanced. It made me wonder why Kaczynski himself wasn’t having an internal crisis.
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What better way to end blogtober than with a Terrifying Tuesday post on Jack the Ripper, the most infamous serial killer who was actually never identified.
So, since there is a ton of information to cover, let’s dive right in to today’s post:
JACK THE RIPPER’S TIMELINE
During their investigation, police learned that someone the local prostitutes called “Leather Apron” had been extorting money from the prostitutes for the past year. One of England’s first pimps, perhaps?
On Sept. 8 of the same year, another victim, Annie Chapman, was found on Hanbury Street. Only a few days prior, The Star newspaper wrote about “Leather Apron.” Meanwhile, George Lusk and other businessmen founded the Mile End Vigilance Committee to help police solve the murderers. On Sept. 10, John Pizer, who police believed to be “Leather Apron,” was arrested, but he had a solid alibi for the murders.
In October, the press made Jack the Ripper’s first letter public. They soon received another letter that told the press not to make his letters public. A little later, Lusk, the leader of the committee that was trying to help police, received a letter marked “From Hell” which contained half a kidney. Most believe this kidney belonged to Catherine Eddowes.
Many people believe that Mary Kelly was the Ripper’s last victim in November of 1888. However, murders continued to happen, including the murders of Rose Mylett, Alice McKenzie, and, Frances Coles.
JACK THE RIPPER SUSPECT THEORIES
There are several theories surrounding that of the identity of Jack the Ripper. But, as previously mentioned, none of the 100 suspects were ever found guilty of being the butcher of Whitechapel.
The first theory is that the Ripper was someone with anatomical knowledge. This is because the killings showed an extraordinary depth of knowledge of the human anatomy. This is displayed through the kidney removed from Eddowes and send in a package to Lusk. Many speculate that this means Jack the Ripper was a doctor or perhaps a butcher.
Another theory, which I didn’t actually find but it came to mind, is that Jack the Ripper could have been a religious person who was trying to rid the streets of prostitutes. This was back in a time where prostitution was legal so long as it didn’t disrupt daily lives. It is possible that someone got sick of seeing people living in sexual sin and decided to resort to murder to stop them. This makes sense to me because many likely would have turned away from a life of prostitution if they knew that a killer was on the loose and was after prostitute in particular.
Those are all the theories I’ll go in to, but I’m sure you can find more by searching.
FACTS ABOUT THE CASES
THE SAD SIDE OF THE JACK THE RIPPER MURDERS
The last sad side of these murders is, of course, that the killer was never found. That means that people went to their graves not knowing who killed their family member or friend. Worse, that means that someone got away with killing at least five women without facing any sort of punishment. Who knows what happened to the murderer. If the Ripper fled to another area, they could have easily started murdering again. No one will ever know and, since the case is so old, and no forensic evidence could be tested, it is unlikely that a sure-fire killer will be identified anytime soon.
CONCLUSION AND MY GUESS
My guess is that it was this doctor, Ostrog. He was a doctor, which means he had ample knowledge of the body. He was also crazy and hated prostitutes. He would have been in high demand during the day, so he had only time in the early morning or on the weekends to carry out his kills.
What is your theory? Let me know in the comments below. I’m sure this has left you significantly freaked out. But take comfort in knowing that the Ripper must be dead.
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"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 Zodiac Killer
I think one of my first "Investigating the Mysterious" posts was about Lizzie Borden. Well, today on #TerrifyingTuesday, I wanted to dive deep into the mind of the Zodiac Killer, a case that remains unsolved in California history.
So, let's learn about the murders:
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
David Faraday and his girlfriend Betty Lou were doing what most people did on Lake Herman Road: spending time together in a secluded part of the state on the outskirts of Vallejo, Calif. So, no one really thought it strange that the car hadn't moved. However, only an hour later, it was discovered that the teens had been shot to death near the car. This was only a few days before Christmas on Dec. 20, 1968.
But the killer didn't become known until nearly a year later when, in Aug. 1969, he sent a letter to the editors of the San Francisco Examiner, Vallejo Times-Herald, and San Francisco Chronicle. The letters were handwritten and no return address was provided.
The letter confessed to the murders of the two teenagers "last Christmas at Lake Herman." Investigators became rather certain that this letter was from the true murderer, because he knew things about the murders that only investigators had come across at the crime scene. His letter showed intent to commit even more attacks if the editors of the papers didn't print his gruesome letter on the front page.
the Zodiac Killer called the police department from a phone booth to report his killing. He also fessed up to being the person who "killed those kids last year."
In September of 1969, Cecelia Ann Shepard and Bryan Calvin Hartnell were picnicking near Napa, Calif. when a man carrying a gun approached them. They were tied and stabbed several times. A fisherman found them later and called for emergency service, which took more than an hour to arrive. Shepard died later in the hospital after she fell into a coma. The killer called, again, from a phone booth confessing to the murders and alerting authorities on where they might find them.
murder, but let him go shortly after. He also included a schematic for a "death machine" that could blow up buses and other large objects.
On Dec. 20, 1969, on the anniversary of his first killing, it is said that the Zodiac killer sent a Christmas card to the home address of Melvin Belli, a famous defense lawyer. The card included some more of Stine's shirt as well as the line "Please help me, I can not remain in control for much longer."
started to move forward, her tire fell off. The man offered to take her to a gas station, but he drove by several. She was able to escape when he stopped at an intersection. She claimed that she later saw a composite sketch of the Zodiac Killer and it looked like the man who kidnapped her, but her story continuously changed.
If you ask me, I think Johns was mistaken. She didn't fit the killer's M.O. which was normally couples (except in the case of Mr. Stine). I could be wrong because she was 22 when the attack happened, which fit the victimology. Who knows...I just know that most of the Zodiac victims, the women anyway, didn't tend to come out alive. Later in my research, I found that the Zodiac killer did fess up to kidnapping Johns earlier.
WEIRD FACTS YOU DIDN'T KNOW
- The Zodiac Killer kept score on how many kills he had made. He would leave his symbol at the bottom of his letter and give himself his score and put the SFPD= 0 beside it because he hadn't been caught for any of his killings.
- The Zodiac Killer has claimed to kill 37 people.
- The Zodiac Killer claimed his real name was hidden somewhere in the letters he had sent to journalists and police officers. There were about four letters that included ciphers, but only one was broken by a school teacher Donald Harden. Part of it read: "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 cases were active until 2004, but they reopened in 2007 when new evidence was found.
- When he attempted to kill a couple, he wore a black executioners hood with his symbol on the front of it.
- The Zodiac Killer made regular references to movies that were popular at the time. He once called The Exorcist "the best satirical comedy I've ever seen."
WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW?
For now, the case is still being worked on. No match has been made in the identity of the Zodiac Killer, although one man said that he thinks his step father may have been the killer. He even had that executioner's hood and a knife with blood on it in his possession. I guess we will just have to wait and see if the serial killer is ever caught and ever has to pay for his crimes.
1. NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER: A narcissist is someone who has an excessive interest in or admiration of themselves. They are also great at manipulation and may even seem to be extremely likable.
It is obvious that the Zodiac Killer wanted everyone to know his name. He continuously demanded to be printed in newspapers and would even threaten to kill people otherwise. It is apparently was likable as he was able to lure many people to their deaths with a facade of kindness or helpfulness.
2. PSYCHOPATH: It is also possible that the Zodiac Killer was/is a psychopath. This means that he was BORN with tendencies toward violence. Sociopaths are made, meaning they continue to worsen, but psychopaths are born.
We can see this being a possibility because of the multiple murders and his extreme likability.
3. POSSESSION: It is possible that the Zodiac Killer was possessed. I know, it is the least probable, but it is always interesting to think about it. I mean, he called himself Zodiac, which just sounds demonic. It means "animal sign" in Middle English. Other evidence also includes the fact that he told someone he "can't remain in control much longer," which gives off possession vibes to me.
It is also interesting that he sort of disappeared. Sure, this could be because he died or he just didn't want to get caught, but it could also be something more...supernatural.
4. HE WAS DYING: Another theory is that the Zodiac Killer had some of these issues and was also dying. He may have wanted to die knowing that people would remember him for something, even if it was bad. Look at us now. It's been nearly 50 years and I'm still writing about him. This also goes to be a good theory because he kind of stopped communicating and no one has heard from him.
Today was a long one, but I hope you were able to get through it and read about one of the worst serial killers in American history. Do you have a theory? Let me know what it is in the comments below!
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