The San Francisco Police Dept. shuts the books on the Zodiac
April 2, 2004
By Tom Voigt
San Francisco, Calif. -- In an unprecedented move, the San Francisco Police Dept. (SFPD) has officially closed its Zodiac homicide investigation, despite the fact the 1969 case remains unsolved and leads continue to pour in.
The Zodiac case marks the first time in SFPD history it has closed an unsolved homicide investigation.
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Getting Away With Murder
"All that work down the tubes," a source within SFPD told me. "Now
there's nobody to field tips, answer e-mail, push for DNA testing and all of the other
things that solve those older cases."
A Long History
SFPD's investigation into the Zodiac case began almost 35 years ago when cab driver
Paul Lee Stine was murdered in the San Francisco neighborhood of Presidio Heights. The
killing first appeared to be a routine robbery. However, two days later the Zodiac took
credit for the killing in a letter mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle. The
letter also contained a threat to kill school children. When SFPD's captain, Marty Lee,
briefed the news media on the threat, the Zodiac quickly became a household name
throughout the Bay Area and elsewhere.
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