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Murdered: April 10, 1962 (Tuesday)
Below: Feb. 2020 feature news story about the Ray Davis case
Zodiac victim? The killer of Ray Davis called the police in advance and warned them he would soon be committing a baffling crime. Soon after Davis was killed, the police received another call from the killer, this time threatening to target a random bus driver. Servicemen from nearby Camp Pendleton were used to help guard bus stops. Astonishingly, even though by late 1969 the Zodiac killer was making headlines throughout the country, no law enforcement agency ever noticed the many similarities between the unsolved murder of Ray Davis and the unsolved Zodiac killings. Those eerie similarities include:
*Shooting a cab driver to death in the wealthiest neighborhood of a city
*Calling the police to take credit for a murder
*Contacting the police to warn of future murders
*Openly stating his intent was to baffle the police
*Making a bus the subject of a death threat
*Displaying no obvious motive for murder
*Using both a .22 weapon and long rifle ammunition in the same killing
Conclusion: With all of the unusual similarities between the confirmed Zodiac attacks and the murder of Ray Davis, I see only two possibilities: The Zodiac killer somehow learned of the Davis case and decided to copy it, or Davis was killed by the actual Zodiac. In a 1971 letter, the Zodiac killer claimed he had many undiscovered victims in Southern California, and I believe Davis was likely one of them. While there is no available DNA in the Davis case, the possibility exists of using ballistics to prove the same .22 weapon was used in both a Zodiac case, and the murder of Ray Davis -- which would give us definitive proof. For now, however, Davis is definitely a possible Zodiac victim.
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