ZODIAC : A TO Z

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Reporting the facts and debunking the myths about the Zodiac killer. Produced and written by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com.

ZODIAC: A TO Z - Ep #1 - TRAILER - 408: The Beginning
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50 years ago, the Zodiac killer threatened to kill a dozen people if Bay Area newspapers refused to publish his coded message on August 1st, 1969. 50 years later, the cipher known as the “Z408” remains one of the greatest true crime puzzles in American history. A new podcast looks at the beginning of the Zodiac story and the killer’s first cipher, including an extended interview with DAVID ORANCHAK, ZodiacKillerCiphers.com. (View the Zodiac letters and ciphers at ZodiacKillerFacts.com - http://zodiackillerfacts.com/zodiac-l...) Written and produced by MICHAEL BUTTERFIELD for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of The Zodiac by John Knight All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Sep 2019

1 hr 32 min

Trailer for the first episode of the new podcast ZODIAC: A TO Z. Episode #1 examines the beginning of the Zodiac story and includes an extended interview with David Oranchak of ZodiacKillerCiphers.com.

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Sep 2019

1 min 12 sec

The trailer for Episode #2 of the new podcast ZODIAC: A TO Z titled "Lake Berryessa: By Knife." This episode examines the Zodiac's third attack on a young couple at Lake Berryessa on September 27th, 1969. Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte.

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Sep 2019

1 min 16 sec

50 years ago, on September 27th, 1969, the Zodiac attacked a young couple at Lake Berryessa. Bryan Hartnell was stabbed several times yet survived, but his companion, Cecelia Shepard, died days later. The episode "Lake Berryessa: By Knife" examines one of the most bizarre and terrifying crimes in history. Written and produced by MICHAEL BUTTERFIELD for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight / This program includes reenactments and dramatized readings by actors. All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Sep 2019

53 min 53 sec

50 years ago, the Zodiac murdered cab driver Paul Stine in the wealthy San Francisco neighborhood of Presidio Heights in a drastic departure from his previous pattern of attacking couples. This crime was followed by another taunting letter and threats to attack a school bus full of children. The unprecedented threat caused widespread fear and cemented the Zodiac's legacy as one of the most terrifying serial killers in history. The episode "San Francisco: Nice Targets" examines the Zodiac's last known murder and the chaos he created.  Written and produced by MICHAEL BUTTERFIELD for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight / This program includes reenactments and dramatized readings by actors. All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. 

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Oct 2019

1 min 16 sec

50 years ago, the Zodiac murdered cab driver Paul Stine in the wealthy San Francisco neighborhood of Presidio Heights in a drastic departure from his previous pattern of attacking couples. This crime was followed by another taunting letter and threats to attack a school bus full of children. The unprecedented threat caused widespread fear and cemented the Zodiac's legacy as one of the most terrifying serial killers in history. The episode "San Francisco: Nice Targets" examines the Zodiac's last known murder and the chaos he created.  Written and produced by MICHAEL BUTTERFIELD for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Oct 2019

48 min 19 sec

In this bonus clip, Mike Morford (owner of ZodiacKillerSite.com and co-host of the podcasts The Murder in My Family and Criminology) talks about the murder of the Zodiac's last known victim and the 50th anniversary of the still-unsolved case. Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019  

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Oct 2019

9 min 19 sec

In the next episode, Hollywood Horror, writer and producer David Eick (Battlestar Galactica, Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies) joins Michael Butterfield (ZodiacKillerFacts.com) for an extended conversation about his early inspirations, his career in the sci-fi and horror genres, his interest in true crime, the Zodiac mystery, the Manson murders, and the impact of true crime stories on pop culture.  Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte.

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Oct 2019

1 min 38 sec

Writer and producer David Eick (Battlestar Galactica, Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies) talks about his early inspirations, his career in the sci-fi and horror genres, his interest in true crime, the Zodiac mystery, the Manson murders, and the impact of true crime stories on pop culture.  Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge. Clip from The Kevin Smith Show courtesy of KevinSmithShow.info

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Oct 2019

1 hr 39 min

This bonus clip includes deleted material: Writer and producer David Eick talks about how the Manson murders and the killing during the Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont Speedway marked the violent end of the 1960s. Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019  

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Oct 2019

15 min 42 sec

Writer and producer David Eick (Battlestar Galactica, Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies) and Michael Butterfield talk about the Zodiac's last known murder in San Francisco and the killer's influence on pop culture, including the classic crime movie Dirty Harry and the legendary horror film The Exorcist. Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte.

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Oct 2019

1 min 34 sec

Writer and producer David Eick (Battlestar Galactica, Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies) and Michael Butterfield talk about the Zodiac's last known murder in San Francisco and the killer's influence on pop culture, including the classic crime movie Dirty Harry and the horror film The Exorcist III. Topics include: the Zodiac's possible escape route, the origins of and inspirations for the film Dirty Harry, the creation of the novel and film The Exorcist, the Zodiac's commentary on The Exorcist and influence on the sequel, the real-life killer who appeared in The Exorcist, actor Andy Robinson's thoughts on how his portrayal of the Zodiac-inspired killer in Dirty Harry shaped his career, and more. Contains spoilers for the films Dirty Harry, The Exorcist, The Exorcist III, and Experiment in Terror. Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Oct 2019

1 hr 30 min

Writer/producer DAVID EICK talks about serial killers and theories about their motivations and compulsions. Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019

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Oct 2019

9 min 45 sec

53 years ago, Cheri Jo Bates was murdered on a college campus in Riverside, California, on October 30, 1966. After the crime, someone sent a typed "Confession" letter and other strange writings were also linked to the case, including a note that read, "Bates had to die. There will be more." Some investigators, researchers, and amateur sleuths believe that Cheri Jo Bates may have been killed by the Zodiac, who later appeared to take credit for the murder in a letter sent to The Los Angeles Times in March 1971. Mike Morford, co-host of the Criminology podcast and owner of ZodiacKillerSite.com, talks about the Bates case, the possible Zodiac connection, suspects, motives, and more in the episode "Riverside: There Will Be More."  Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf. 

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Oct 2019

1 min 19 sec

53 years ago, Cheri Jo Bates was murdered on a college campus in Riverside, California, on October 30, 1966. After the crime, someone sent a typed "Confession" letter and other strange writings were also linked to the case, including a note that read, "Bates had to die. There will be more." Some investigators, researchers, and amateur sleuths believe that Cheri Jo Bates may have been killed by the Zodiac, who later appeared to take credit for the murder in a letter sent to The Los Angeles Times in March 1971. Mike Morford, co-host of the Criminology podcast and owner of ZodiacKillerSite.com, talks about the Bates case, the possible Zodiac connection, the evidence, motives, and more in the episode "Riverside: There Will Be More."  Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge. To view the Riverside writings linked to the Zodiac, official documents, police files, and more, CLICK HERE to visit the ZodiacKillerFacts.com Document Gallery.

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Nov 2019

52 min 40 sec

Mike Morford (ZodiacKillerSite.com) talks about Ross Sullivan, the man he believes was responsible for the murder of Cheri Jo Bates and the Zodiac crimes. Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019

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Nov 2019

9 min 17 sec

The next episode of the ZODIAC: A TO Z podcast features an expanded look at the still-unsolved murder of Cheri Jo Bates and the origins of the so-called "Riverside connection" to the Zodiac. A handwriting expert concluded that writings in the Riverside case, including letters and a poem written on a desk, were the work of the Zodiac. Other experts questioned that conclusion, and the Bates case remains a controversial chapter in the Zodiac story.  Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf. 

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Nov 2019

1 min 18 sec

Cheri Jo Bates was murdered 53 years ago in Riverside, California, and the strange writings in the case have been linked to the Zodiac. The unsolved mystery remains a controversial chapter in the Zodiac story, and this episode includes an expanded look at the Bates murder and the so-called "Riverside connection" to the Zodiac killer. Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge. To view the Riverside writings linked to the Zodiac, official documents, police files, and more, CLICK HERE to visit the ZodiacKillerFacts.com Document Gallery.

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Nov 2019

40 min 41 sec

In November 1967, the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper received a letter in response to a story about the murder of Cheri Jo Bates. Sent by the name "Patricia Hautz," the letter became the subject of speculation and debate about its possible connection to other writings associated with the Bates case which were attributed to the Zodiac killer.  Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight / This program includes reenactments and dramatized readings by actors. All music licensed and used by permission. “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf.  Read the original article "Identity Crisis" and view the Riverside writings linked to the Bates murder and to the Zodiac, official documents, police files, and more, CLICK HERE to visit the ZodiacKillerFacts.com Document Gallery.

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Nov 2019

7 min 36 sec

50 years ago, the Zodiac sent a greeting card with a cipher consisting of 340 symbols. Today, the cipher remains one of the most baffling clues in true crime history. In the next episode of the ZODIAC: A TO Z podcast, computer programmer and Zodiac cipher expert David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) talks about the enduring mystery of the "Z340." Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf. 

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Nov 2019

1 min 17 sec

50 years ago, the Zodiac sent a greeting card with a cipher consisting of 340 symbols. Today, the cipher remains one of the most baffling clues in true crime history. Computer programmer and Zodiac cipher expert David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) talks about the enduring mystery of the "Z340." Click here to view the Zodiac's 340 cipher, the original envelope, and the "dripping pen" greeting card with the Zodiac's message inside at the ZodiacKillerFACTS Document Gallery. Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge. Link: http://www.zodiackillerfacts.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=8

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Nov 2019

35 min 22 sec

David Oranchak talks about proposed solutions to the Zodiac's still-unsolved 340 symbol cipher, known as "the Z340," including solutions created by Zodiac author Robert Graysmith, Corey Starliper, and Gary Stewart (The Most Dangerous Animal of All).  Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 All music licensed and used by permission. “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf.  Read the ZodiacKillerFacts article about "The Starliper Solution" and David Oranchak's analysis in the article "Corey Starliper's Zodiac Hoax." [Links: https://zodiackillerfacts.com/main/the-starliper-solution/ - and - http://www.oranchak.com/zodiac/corey/hoax.html ]  Read the article "THE MOST DANGEROUS DADDY OF ALL: Debunking Gary Stewart" and David Oranchak's analysis of the Stewart solution in the article "The Most Pattern Seeking Animal of All." [Links: https://zodiackillerfacts.com/main/the-most-dangerous-daddy-of-all-debunking-gary-stewart/ - and - http://www.zodiackillerciphers.com/?p=573] 

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Nov 2019

15 min 25 sec

Mike Morford (ZodiacKillerSite.com) and David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) join Michael Butterfield (ZodiacKillerFacts.com) to talk about the 50th anniversary of the Zodiac's still-unsolved "340 Cipher."  Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. 

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Nov 2019

12 min 35 sec

On the night of his last known murder in San Francisco, the Zodiac narrowly escaped when two police officers passed him as he walked away from the crime scene. He then bragged about the attack in his next letter and mocked police for failing to capture him. Police then called the Zodiac a clumsy criminal, a liar, and a latent homosexual. The killer was clearly angered by these statements and this appears to have sparked the Zodiac’s obvious hatred of the San Francisco police department. He responded with a rambling letter in which he claimed that police officers had stopped and talked to him but let him go. This controversial claim fueled decades of debate and confusion. Was the killer telling the truth? Did police let him escape justice? Or was the story of the "Zodiac stop" just a desperate lie created by the killer to humiliate his pursuers? The ZODIAC: A TO Z podcast examines this chapter of the Zodiac story in the next episode "Shadows & Fog: The Zodiac vs. The SFPD." Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf.

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Dec 2019

1 min 19 sec

On the night of his last known murder in San Francisco, the Zodiac narrowly escaped when two police officers passed him as he walked away from the crime scene. He mocked police for failing to capture him. Police then called the Zodiac a clumsy criminal, a liar, and a latent homosexual. The killer was clearly angered by these statements and this appears to have sparked the Zodiac’s obvious hatred of the San Francisco police department. He then claimed that he had been stopped by police officers who let him go. This controversial claim fueled decades of debate and confusion. Did police let the killer escape justice? Or was the story of the "Zodiac stop" just a desperate lie created by the killer to humiliate his pursuers? Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge. [NOTE: This audio file contained a geographical error. The SFPD patrol car was parked at the NorthEast corner of Washington and Cherry Streets, not the NorthWest corner, and the witnesses were at the SouthEast corner not the SouthWest corner. A corrected version of this episode has been posted.]

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Dec 2019

45 min 58 sec

On the night of his last known murder in San Francisco, the Zodiac narrowly escaped when two police officers passed him as he walked away from the crime scene. He mocked police for failing to capture him. Police then called the Zodiac a clumsy criminal, a liar, and a latent homosexual. The killer was clearly angered by these statements and this appears to have sparked the Zodiac’s obvious hatred of the San Francisco police department. He then claimed that he had been stopped by police officers who let him go. This controversial claim fueled decades of debate and confusion. Did police let the killer escape justice? Or was the story of the "Zodiac stop" just a desperate lie created by the killer to humiliate his pursuers? Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge. [CORRECTED VERSION: This audio file includes the corrected version of this episode. The original audio contained a geographical error.]

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Dec 2019

45 min 58 sec

The Zodiac claimed that he left the scene of his last known murder and encountered two police officers who asked if he had seen anyone acting "suspicious or strange." According to the killer's version of events, he replied that he had seen a man running by waving a gun and then directed the officers in search of the phantom gunman. The Zodiac's story is often repeated as fact, yet this account only raised many more troubling questions which cast serious doubt on the killer's claims. Facts, common sense, and logic demonstrate that the Zodiac's story is, at best, suspicious and strange. Watch a video of the Zodiac's possible escape route: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2L8PSWjvEh4  Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 All music licensed and used by permission. “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf.

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Dec 2019

24 min 49 sec

On October 22, 1969, the Oakland police department received a telephone call from a man who claimed to be the Zodiac. He demanded that famed attorney F. Lee Bailey or celebrity lawyer Melvin Belli appear on a Bay Area television talk show. Hours later, Belli and TV host Jim Dunbar spoke by telephone with a man called "Sam" who claimed to be the Zodiac in a televised spectacle. A surviving victim and two police dispatchers who talked with the real Zodiac all agreed that "Sam" was an impostor, but decades of confusion and popular myths left some people convinced that the real Zodiac was responsible for the telephone calls to the Dunbar show as well as later calls to the home of Melvin Belli. As usual, the facts tell a very different story in the next episode of ZODIAC: A TO Z titled "Melvin & Sam: The Strange Saga of a Zodiac Impostor." Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2019 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf.   

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Jan 2020

1 min 19 sec

On October 22, 1969, a man who claimed to be the Zodiac called in to a Bay Area TV show and talked with lawyer Melvin Belli by telephone. A surviving victim and two police dispatchers who talked with the real Zodiac all agreed that the caller known as "Sam" was an impostor, but decades of confusion and popular myths in the books written by Robert Graysmith and the film adaptation by director David Fincher left some people convinced that the real Zodiac was responsible for the telephone calls to the TV show as well as later calls to Belli's home. As usual, the facts tell a very different story. Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Jan 2020

56 min 20 sec

Comments about various topics, including questions about the possibility that DNA evidence could implicate a known suspect such as Arthur Leigh Allen, and, the upcoming television mini-series The Most Dangerous Animal of All, about Gary Stewart's theory that his father was the Zodiac.  Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020  All music licensed and used by permission. “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte.

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Feb 2020

12 min 39 sec

No one knows the motives behind the Zodiac's shocking crimes or what may have inspired him to choose that name and the crossed-circle symbol as his signature. The name and symbol had origins in astrology, and the Zodiac's crimes indicated that he may have been influenced by other killers in history. Was he also inspired by popular culture, including fiction, film, and television? Did the Zodiac imitate the villains and crimes in the Batman comic books and TV series, or in the films The Most Dangerous Game and Charlie Chan at Treasure Island? The new episode of ZODIAC: A TO Z titled "Perfect Crime" examines many possible inspirations and influences, including: the strange case of a cab driver killing and taunting telephone calls to police, the still-unsolved murder of Cheri Jo Bates in Riverside, California, the story of the "3X Killer," and more. Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf.

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Feb 2020

1 min 19 sec

Did the Zodiac imitate other elusive and notorious killers? Was the Zodiac inspired by popular culture, including fiction, film, and television? This episode examines possible inspirations, including the Batman comic books and series, TV shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Ironside, the films The Most Dangerous Game and Charlie Chan at Treasure Island, the strange case of a cab driver killing and taunting telephone calls to police, the still-unsolved murder of Cheri Jo Bates in Riverside, California, the story of the "3X Killer," and more. (NOTE: This episode contains many spoilers.) Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Mar 2020

1 hr 11 min

The strange case of Arthur Covell involving codes, astrology, and murder. Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020 All music licensed and used by permission. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf.

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Mar 2020

4 min 24 sec

In his book The Most Dangerous Animal of All, Gary Stewart claims that his father was the Zodiac. Now, Stewart's theory is the subject of a new documentary/reality TV series airing on the FX Network and also available on Hulu. According to Stewart, he discovered his father's name in the Zodiac codes, matched his father's fingerprint to a suspected "Zodiac fingerprint, and matched his father's handwriting to the Zodiac's writing. Stewart also claims that he has presented more evidence than anyone else to prove that he has solved the case, but, as usual, the facts tell a very different story. David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) and Mike Morford (ZodiacKillerSite.com) join Michael Butterfield (ZodiacKillerFacts.com) to examine the facts regarding Gary Stewart's claims and theories.  Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020 All music licensed and used by permission. “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. To learn more about Gary Stewart's claims, read the ZodiacKillerFacts.com articles: http://zodiackillerfacts.com/zodiac-theories/the-accused-the-accusers/earl-van-best-jr-gary-stewart/ - and - http://zodiackillerfacts.com/zodiac-theories/the-accused-the-accusers/earl-van-best-jr-gary-stewart/gary-stewart-revisited/ Read David Oranchak's article about Gary Stewart's cipher claims titled "The Most Pattern-Seeking Animal of All"

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Mar 2020

1 hr 8 min

The next episode of the ZODIAC: A TO Z podcast features an interview with David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) about his new YouTube series “Let’s Crack Zodiac,” an examination of the Zodiac’s ciphers as well as the proposed solutions, various theories, and possible methods to decipher the killer’s mysterious messages.  Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020  All music licensed and used by permission. “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte.

Nov 2020

48 sec

David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com) joins Michael Butterfield to talk about the new YouTube video series titled “Let’s Crack Zodiac,” an examination of the Zodiac’s ciphers as well as the proposed solutions, various theories, and possible methods to decipher the killer’s mysterious messages. Topics include: the solution to the killer’s 340 symbol cipher created by Robert Graysmith and his claim that his solution was confirmed by the American Cryptogram Association, and the recent FX/Hulu documentary series The Most Dangerous Animal of All. Produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2020 All music licensed and used by permission. “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. Episodes of David Oranchak's video series are available to watch on YouTube: Let's Crack Zodiac Ep #1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_Oh4snhF70 Let's Crack Zodiac Ep #2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyH9-AHz-HY  Let's Crack Zodiac Ep #3 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57o8g3d6lSw&t=5s Let's Crack Zodiac Ep #4 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY1Y5xyKcBw

Dec 2020

49 min

51 years ago, the Zodiac sent his now-infamous "340 Cipher," a clue which became one of the most baffling mysteries in true crime cryptography. Many people claimed they had solved the cipher, but their solutions were not valid. Now, decades after the killer sent this hidden message, the Zodiac's "340 Cipher" has finally been solved by computer programmers Jarl Van Eycke, Sam Blake, and David Oranchak of ZodiacKillerCiphers.com. Listen to the incredible story behind the solution in this special episode of the ZODIAC: A TO Z podcast titled The Zodiac's 340 Cipher: Mystery Solved. Note to the listener: Actor John Knight reads the Zodiac's newly-discovered message at the 19:45 mark. Watch David Oranchak's YouTube video series "Let's Crack Zodiac" with more details about the methods used to discover the new solution.:

Dec 2020

30 min 57 sec

Listeners sent several messages requesting a new episode addressing various questions and thoughts about the new solution to the Zodiac's 340 cipher, which was recently solved by Jarl Van Eycke, Sam Blake, and David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com). Topics include: What does the new solution indicate about the Zodiac's skills as a code maker? Can the methods used to solve the 340 cipher be applied to the killer's two remaining unsolved ciphers? Did the Zodiac really believe that his victims would serve as his slaves in the afterlife? Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight  All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

Jan 17

19 min 55 sec

In this “unfiltered” review, Michael Butterfield (ZodiacKillerFacts.com) examines the FX/Hulu documentary series “The Most Dangerous Animal of All,” featuring Gary Stewart’s claims that his father Earl Van Best Jr. was the Zodiac killer. Stewart and his co-author Susan Mustafa claimed that their suspect was implicated by fingerprints and DNA evidence, handwriting analysis, and proposed cipher solutions. As usual, the facts tell a very different story. Note to the listener: A previous episode stated that a review of the FX/Hulu series would be coming soon. This show was recorded last year but was delayed due to technical problems and other circumstances.  Read the ZodiacKillerFacts article: https://zodiackillerfacts.com/zodiac-theories/the-accused-the-accusers/earl-van-best-jr-gary-stewart/review-the-most-dangerous-animal-of-all-tv-documentary/ Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Feb 9

37 min 54 sec

This episode examines 10 popular myths about the case: The Zodiac was an expert marksman, the Zodiac crime scenes form a giant “radian angle,” the Zodiac crimes were linked to the Manson “family,” the Zodiac crimes were done by copycat killers or were a hoax, The Zodiac killed dozens of victims, The Zodiac took credit for crimes he did not commit, police were about to arrest a major suspect but he died, The Zodiac called a TV show with attorney Melvin Belli, the Zodiac investigators did not cooperate, and The Zodiac knew and stalked his victims. The legend of the Zodiac killer is based on many popular myths, but the facts tell a very different story. Note: Some audio clips were obtained from older recordings with some audio deficiencies but have been presented here for information purposes. Read the article: 10 Zodiac Myths: Debunked - https://zodiackillerfacts.com/myths-legends/10-zodiac-killer-myths-debunked/ Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Mar 24

54 min 12 sec

This bonus episode examines other persistent myths about the Zodiac case, including claims about the attack at Lake Berryessa and the shooting at Blue Rock Springs Park, and, Robert Graysmith’s claim that he had discovered a “hidden” road which led from the crime scenes directly to the home of his suspect, Arthur Leigh Allen. Note: This episode includes dramatic readings. Some audio clips were obtained from older recordings with some audio deficiencies but have been presented here for information purposes. Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 All music licensed and used by permission. “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Mar 24

26 min 33 sec

On March 24th, 2019, I joined a discussion panel assembled at the "Death Becomes Us" true crime festival in New York for a live bonus episode of the Monster podcast titled MONSTER: From Atlanta to the Zodiac, with producer/narrator Matt Frederick, producer/host Payne Lindsey, executive producer Donald Albright, and producer Meredith Stedman. The first segment focused on the Zodiac mystery while the second examined the controversial case of the Atlanta child murders. In this bonus audio clip of the Q&A session, I was asked about the issues surrounding the growing interest in true crime stories, including standards and ethics in reporting. Recorded live at the "Death Becomes Us" true crime festival at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City This audio clip was obtained from a recording with some audio issues. Posted for ZodiacKillerFacts.com

Apr 10

4 min 15 sec

This episode examines puzzling questions, including: Did two or more suspects commit the Zodiac crimes together? Was Arthur Leigh Allen the Zodiac? Why did police interview Allen shortly before the last known Zodiac murder? Will authorities discover “Zodiac DNA” which could finally solve the case? If so, what are some possible endgame scenarios? Was the Zodiac responsible for the murder of Cheri Jo Bates in Riverside and the strange writings associated with that unsolved case? Did the Zodiac keep “trophies” to help him relive the crimes? Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge. Send questions and comments to contact@zodiackillerfacts.com

May 3

42 min 34 sec

This episode of the ZODIAC: A TO Z podcast examines two questions: Was there any connection between the Zodiac victims? Was the Zodiac a police officer or somehow involved in law enforcement? Some theories may seem like compelling explanations, but the facts tell a very different story. Written and produced by MICHAEL BUTTERFIELD for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 Voice of The Zodiac by John Knight All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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May 22

34 min 29 sec

Over the decades, persistent theories claimed that the Zodiac crimes were part of a conspiracy orchestrated by members of a satanic cult. One of the proponents of this theory was Maury Terry, a writer who became famous for his claims that the Son of Sam murders in New York were part of a satanic conspiracy. Now, the new documentary series on Netflix inspired by Terry’s claims titled “Sons of Sam” has renewed interest in satanic conspiracy theories. In the syndicated tabloid TV show Now It Can Be Told, Geraldo Rivera and Maury Terry claimed the evidence indicated that a satanic cult was also behind the Zodiac murders, but, as usual, the facts tell a very different story. Written and produced by MICHAEL BUTTERFIELD for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Jun 12

41 min 12 sec

In the syndicated tabloid TV show Now It Can Be Told, Geraldo Rivera and Maury Terry claimed the evidence indicated that Zodiac victim Darlene Ferrin was targeted for death by members of a satanic cult. Terry also claimed that satanists were responsible for the 'Son of Sam' shootings in New York and other crimes across America. This theory of a nationwide network of satanic killers has become a popular myth, but the facts reveal the many problems with the conspiracy theories in both the 'Son of Sam' and Zodiac cases. Written and produced by MICHAEL BUTTERFIELD for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Jun 28

1 hr 6 min

According to one persistent theory, authorities discovered evidence proving that Charles Manson and his infamous “family” of killers were responsible for the Zodiac murders but this evidence was withheld and suppressed for various reasons. The facts tell a very different story in this encore presentation of a segment from the previous episode “10 Zodiac Killer Myths: Debunked.” Featuring: Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi. Read the article: “ConspiraZ Theory” - https://zodiackillerfacts.com/zodiac-theories/zodiac-theories/the-zodiac-cover-ups-conspiracies/conspiraz-theory/ Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 All music licensed and used by permission. “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. 

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Jul 11

8 min

The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other news outlets ran stories about a French engineer who claims that he has solved the Zodiac’s remaining ciphers, known as the Z13 and the Z32. The newly-proposed solutions point to long-time suspect Larry Kane and indicate a connection to a suspected Zodiac postcard and a possible victim who disappeared in 1970. These claims may seem compelling but the facts reveal many problems with the methods used to produce these solutions. Including audio clips with Harvey Hines, Mike Morford (ZodiacKillerSite.net), and David Oranchak (ZodiacKillerCiphers.com). Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

Jul 14

33 min 23 sec

The varying descriptions of the Zodiac have created confusion and fueled debate. Some eyewitnesses described the killer as short as 5'8" tall while others said he was approximately 6' tall. One witness thought the Zodiac weighed approximately 180 lbs. while another said he may have been as heavy as 250 lbs. Some estimates of the killer's age ranged from mid-thirties to late-forties. The now-infamous sketch produced by the San Francisco Police Department remains the only representation of the Zodiac’s face, although some people question the accuracy of that depiction. The issue was further complicated by theorists who claimed that their suspects matched the physical description of the killer. This episode examines the eyewitness descriptions and the efforts to create a portrait of the Zodiac. Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

Aug 2

28 min 57 sec

Decades after he terrified citizens with his shocking crimes and bizarre letters, the Zodiac is known as one of the most enigmatic serial killers in modern history. His motives are unknown, although many people have offered various theories to explain his behavior. Attempts to create a psychological profile often rely on speculation based on our knowledge of other killers, and experts struggle to comprehend the mind of the Zodiac. This episode examines various theories about the killer’s motives and personality. Written and produced by Michael Butterfield for ZodiacKillerFacts.com / Copyright 2021 Voice of "The Zodiac" by John Knight This episode includes dramatic readings. All music licensed and used by permission. “Run and Hide” and “Frozen Orb” composed and produced by Jens Kiilstofte. “Ghost” and “Creepy Piano Loop” composed and produced by JM Scherf. “Growing Shadows” created by Myuu. Provided by Mediacharge.

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Sep 3

46 min 30 sec