"She Had to Die" Letter


Zodiackiller.com Message Board: Possible Zodiac Victim Cheri Jo Bates: "She Had to Die" Letter

By Jake (Jake) (spider-wd021.proxy.aol.com - 205.188.193.156) on Friday, October 06, 2000 - 03:06 pm:

Here's a minor point that may be of interest. The three Riverside letters sent in April 1967 were almost identical, but not quite: two read "Bates Had To Die There Will Be More" and bore the Z-like squiggle at the bottom, but one read "She Had To Die..." and lacked any kind of signature. We know that the recipients were the Riverside Police, the Press, and Cheri Jo's father, but it was never quite clear who got which one.

It's been my assumption since reading the latter (first posted here on Tom's site) that it was sent to Joseph Bates, since, obviously, he would know who "she" was, but also because the act of sending such a letter to the parent of a murder victim is about the most craven, callous, malicious thing I can think of. I felt that the author of the letter would be aware of this, too, and would have been at least momentarily shamed by the action to the degree that he wouldn't sign the letter -- not even with a squiggle that could never identify him.

Anyway, I was sifting through the APB files again, and came across one dealing with the Riverside letters. Dated 24 April 1974, it was a handwriting analysis stating that the "unsigned" letter was indeed sent to Joseph Bates, though his name was blacked out.

--Jake
http://members.aol.com/Jakewark/index.html
"This is the Zodiac Speaking..."

By Twagner129 (Twagner129) (spider-wd052.proxy.aol.com - 205.188.193.172) on Tuesday, November 28, 2000 - 08:50 am:

Those letters are the main reason I think the Bates murder was the work of the Zodiac. Yes, I know the theory of the "Letter Writer" and the "Killer" and it might be plausible, but in terms of the subsequent killings and letters it just fits so well as being a Zodiac killing. If it is, that pending DNA could solve this thing. If the DNA matches the boyfriend of Bates then scrutinize this guy very carefully, if the DNA does not fit the boyfriend, then it adds just as much credence to the murder being the Zodiac's work, as he later claimed.

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-mtc-ti031.proxy.aol.com - 64.12.101.161) on Saturday, December 30, 2000 - 06:09 pm:

I think the Z "squiggle" at the bottom of the Bates Had To Die Letter kind of looks like the astrological symbol for the planet Saturn which happens to rule the cardinal sign of Capricorn.

Check it out - scroll down to the Saturn symbol:

http://www.astrology-uk.cwc.net/bchart.html

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-mtc-ti074.proxy.aol.com - 64.12.101.184) on Sunday, December 31, 2000 - 02:13 pm:

Z "squiggle again. Disected it looks like an Aries symbol attached to the astrological symbol for a semisquare. I'm not educated on this, I'm just reading it out of a book (Chart Your Own Horoscope by Ursula Lewis). It says a semisquare is a major aspect regarding setback and irritations. The plain old "V" symbol is called a Tredecile. It says this a minor aspect and deals with mental development and unfoldment.

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-mtc-ti074.proxy.aol.com - 64.12.101.184) on Sunday, December 31, 2000 - 02:52 pm:

OK, back to that squiggle again...at the Fortune City site I put the crime time info into database and got the following info for:

10/30/66 @ 10:30 p.m.:

Aries was "Rising" or "Ascending" as it's known
Capricorn was at the Midheaven and Libra at the Vertex.

These are all important places in a chart. Aries was on the horizon and at 90 degrees above your head was the sign Capricorn and I guess Libra is "Descending", 180 degrees from Aries....I have know clue what it all "means"....just that it is.

I don't know if there is an astrological symbol for a Rising Sign. Does that Z squiggle mean Aries Rising?

If I did it right that's what I came up with. Here again is the site, go to chart calculator and on that page is also a link to finding longitude and latitude and that one came up with a Cancer Rising??? They are the signs we want to pay attention to: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

http://www.fortunecity.com/roswell/jekyll/75/index.html

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-mtc-ti074.proxy.aol.com - 64.12.101.184) on Sunday, December 31, 2000 - 02:56 pm:

Oh, it also states Zed is at Aries...what the heck is that??? And true node is at Aries?? I have no clue what they mean.

By Rogerr (Rogerr) (user-33qs05q.dialup.mindspring.com - 199.174.0.186) on Sunday, December 31, 2000 - 09:39 pm:

Heh. Not sure what 'Zed' means in an astrological context, but perhaps we ought to be looking at Canadian suspects.

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-tf021.proxy.aol.com - 152.163.197.181) on Monday, January 01, 2001 - 08:01 am:

Rogerr, why do you suggest Canadian suspects?

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-tf021.proxy.aol.com - 152.163.197.181) on Monday, January 01, 2001 - 08:33 am:

I am curious too about the measurement of the angle of the "Z" signature squiggle. If you notice the entire note including the "Aries" symbol of the Z squiggle is rather sloppy compared to the angle which is rather crisp and neat, at least looking at it on the computer screen.

Is this guy calling himself the "Aries Angle or "Aries Aspect" or something like that??

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-tf021.proxy.aol.com - 152.163.197.181) on Monday, January 01, 2001 - 08:49 am:

Z squiggle again. Of course I am looking at this on the computer screen and have printed it out. Just by looking at these versions, it appears that the angle portion of this "Z" is made from two separate lines as if he took his time to make it. The bottom line of this angle appears to be "dotted" and then again at the vertex and again where it connects to the Aries symbol. Does anyone else see this?

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-tf021.proxy.aol.com - 152.163.197.181) on Monday, January 01, 2001 - 08:56 am:

Here I am again.....Too the Z squiggle "signature" is tiny compared to the rest of the handwriting, unlike the big cross-hair symbol he later used, jumping out "IT'S ME!". Perhaps he wanted to put care into creating this symbol?

By Rogerr (Rogerr) (user-33qs1a9.dialup.mindspring.com - 199.174.5.73) on Monday, January 01, 2001 - 11:26 am:

Hurley, "zed" is the Canadian word for the 26th letter of the alphabet. I was 90% joking with that comment.

By Douglas Oswell (Dowland) (236.philadelphia01rh.16.pa.dial-access.att.net - 12.90.17.236) on Monday, January 01, 2001 - 11:40 am:

My wife is a ex-stenographer and she claims that the symbol at the bottom of the Bates letters is shorthand for "you have not."

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-tf034.proxy.aol.com - 152.163.197.189) on Monday, January 01, 2001 - 03:12 pm:

Rogerr, I didn't know that but there are people who have said that Z might be Canadian.

Thanks Douglas for the info.

By Ed N. (Edn) (spider-ntc-tc051.proxy.aol.com - 198.81.17.41) on Monday, January 01, 2001 - 04:44 pm:

Actually, "zed" is the British pronunciation for the letter "z," which is used in various countries such as Australia.

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-tf063.proxy.aol.com - 152.163.197.203) on Wednesday, January 03, 2001 - 05:21 pm:

That astrology site gives their definition for what Zed is. It's a hypothetical planet. I've heard that before. Some say it's called...Vulcan....I've never heard of it called Zed. I wonder how long it's been practiced. Astrology says there are twelve signs in the Zodiac so there must be twelve planets.

To measure the Z squiggle angle I extended the legs with my pencil and got 39 degrees. It appears to have been originally drawn with a felt tip marker and would easily measure 40 degrees.

Means nothing to me however, the "planet Zed" was at 4 degrees Aries and 40 minutes on 10/30/66 at 10:30 p.m....

By Ed N. (Edn) (spider-ntc-tc014.proxy.aol.com - 198.81.17.24) on Wednesday, January 03, 2001 - 05:41 pm:

Hurley, if you read Sitchin, Nibiru is the twelfth planet. Vulcan is the name given to a planet that allegedly orbits the sun within the orbit of Mercury (that makes it pretty warm in the summer...).

Maybe Zed is somewhere near Clarion or Ummo or something...

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-mtc-tb071.proxy.aol.com - 64.12.104.51) on Thursday, January 04, 2001 - 05:37 pm:

"or something" sounds more like it! :)

By Ed N. (Edn) (spider-ntc-ta084.proxy.aol.com - 198.81.16.59) on Thursday, January 04, 2001 - 09:50 pm:

I think it's near Zomdik (Zomdic? Zomdick? Zomdik and Harry...).

By Alanc (Alanc) (spider-wn042.proxy.aol.com - 205.188.197.167) on Thursday, January 04, 2001 - 10:59 pm:

Zed shows up once in a Blue Moon, when Uranus passes through all the houses.

I can't believe I'm falling into Zodiac Humor.

Has anybody come up with a Zodiac Cocktail yet? Obviously it should have a certain number of shots... but of what?

Tom, you ought to segregate the humor to a seperate thread. That might yield some AWFULLY interesting results.

By Ed N. (Edn) (spider-ntc-ta024.proxy.aol.com - 198.81.16.29) on Thursday, January 04, 2001 - 11:19 pm:

Alan, for some ridiculous Z humor, check out The Zodiac movie - a ray of hope?. It's a pretty twisted thread, and I think we have Jake to thank for how it's turned out...

(I was going to end with the smiley face, but there seems to be some negative reactions to it lately...).

By Oscar (Oscar) (pool0616.cvx11-bradley.dialup.earthlink.net - 209.178.190.106) on Friday, January 05, 2001 - 12:11 am:

My suggestion for a Zodiac cocktail, hereafter referred to as "Radian Punch". The ingredients are:
1. 1 oz of Old Navy port rum
2. a shot of vermouth
3. mix in da' coke
4. 3 9mm bullets

This should not be imbibed during 'happy hour', but rather in a phone booth outside a police station. As always, Mikadoesque costumes are optional.
Oscar
Penn in the pen! He'd make a great character on Oz!

By Hurley (Hurley) (spider-mtc-tg061.proxy.aol.com - 64.12.102.176) on Friday, January 05, 2001 - 05:18 pm:

Zodiac drink? (I just assumed that would be a Bloody Mary) Tobasco and gunpowder? Hey, I'd probably drink one right now too. Just when I thought I was making headway with this astrology bit, what do I get? A bunch of fake planets. Zomdik, I think they're gonna send the space shuttle there.

By Tom Voigt (Tomvoigt) (ac99aeb1.ipt.aol.com - 172.153.174.177) on Friday, January 05, 2001 - 05:32 pm:

Please everybody, let's not forget which thread we are posting in...

By Mike (Oklahoma_Mike) (csdu-2467.communicomm.com - 24.143.24.67) on Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 09:28 pm:

Regarding the 3 "had to die" letters: I have always wondered if they were written by the killer or someone wanting to capitalize on the case for their own craving of attention or other motives. One bit of data which would help on this question is if he Riverside Enterprise newspaper was a morning or afternoon paper. The reason is that the envelopes shown are postmarked P.M. That means if the paper came out in the morning the author seems to have ben inspired by the article printed that date. He sent letters to the three main parties involved, the paper, the police and Mr. Bates. After reading the article for the first time here, it seems the article was the stimulus for the letters. They are simple and could have been scribbled and addressed in 10 minutes. This fits better if the paper was a morning paper, giving the author plenty of time. IF the paper was an evening, the author would have to move immediately to the writing. Also, was Mr. Bates address published in the phone book and readily available? Just food for thought.

By Ed N (Ed_N) (aca96002.ipt.aol.com - 172.169.96.2) on Thursday, October 25, 2001 - 10:00 pm:

Mike, I believe the Bates were listed in the phone book.

By Howard Davis (Howard) (ont-cvx1-237.linkline.com - 64.30.217.237) on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 12:03 am:

Mike,
Please keep in mind that Examiner Sherwood Morrill ascertained that all three notes were written by Zodiac.

The fact that the author addressed one of the notes to mr.Bates indicates a very serious effort to cause him further pain such as a disturbed killer like Cheris murderer would take delight in.

Having studied psychology for many years I think this particular notes' contents directed to CJBs father could indicate that the writer had a dysfunctional, possibly violent relationship with his father.
I used to have all of the Bates '87 Riverside articles ,but they were lost;but I do remember that they showed a close father and daughter connection which the author of those sick notes,no doubt,deeply resented -to the point that he 'had' to send a personal "Bates...(no first name-depersonalization and insulting to the father)...had to die"note directly to mr.Bates whom he knew,by all the news reports ,was deeply grief stricken over his daughters death.This, actually would be highly upsetting to the killer who did not have a father that showed love and deep concern for him as did mr.Bates towards his now deceased daughter.

If the first writer of the 11/29/66 letter was the killer, as I so believe, then this author had the same penchant-send missives about the crime to the police, newspaper and this time to the grieving father.Zodiacs first real mailout was in triplicate also.

The Z (once- as Esau found-was imbedded within the last letter)at the end of each note is suggestive of Zodiac who used this character only twice I believe.Once for sure on the Halloween cards envelope.

I believe that I remember seeing the Bates address in at least one article.Also, there is every indication that the perp followed CJB and would, no doubt, have discovered where she lived easily.I visited that small house and wondered how many times the perp may have followed her to and from her home.Who really knows?The killer for sure.

By Howard Davis (Howard) (ont-cvx1-237.linkline.com - 64.30.217.237) on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 12:10 am:

I would also hope that the DNA on the '66 envelope flap and the stamps and flaps of the '67 envelopes be subjected to analysis.
If it matches we can at least say it was the same writer.Then a check with the numbers already developed from the CBJ DNA analysis with those two sets of numbers and we tie it together.

The next step...well we all know what that is!

By Jake (Jake) (spider-tj041.proxy.aol.com - 152.163.213.191) on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 12:19 pm:

Mike from OK wrote:
"One bit of data which would help on this question is if he Riverside Enterprise newspaper was a morning or afternoon paper."

As of 1966, the Press and Enterprise had not yet been incorporated into one newspaper. The Enterprise was a morning paper that served the County outside of city limits, and the Press was an afternoon paper that served the city only. The Press-Enterprise -- to which the "Bates" note was sent -- was a financial entity only, and its title and address were probably gleaned from the indicia of one of the two newspapers.

Mr. Bates' address was definitely printed in the Press (but probably the Enterprise, also) just a day or two after the murder.

--Jake
http://www.ZodiacSpeaking.com

By Howard Davis (Howard) (dsl-gte-10407-2.linkline.com - 64.30.209.40) on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 04:43 pm:

I meant to state(10/26/01) "She" not "Bates".My point being is that the writer would not use her name- Cheri, as all of the articles did-he just wrote "she".
This was a move to personalize his victim -as far as he could go-to deepen the fathers mourning and depression;but the other two recipients had "Bates" on their notes referring to the victim.This was somewhat more formal.
And from the same post it -the Z, was used on the card itself and the envelope.I was not quite that accurate.Sorry.

By Howard Davis (Howard) (dsl-gte-10407-2.linkline.com - 64.30.209.40) on Friday, October 26, 2001 - 05:58 pm:

Call me Robert Graysmith if you want to ,but make copies of the three 4/30/67 Z Notes.Now,take the notes that are addressed to the RPD and RPE and place them over each other and put them up to a strong light.Place the signatory"Z" over the other one and see what you find.Now, take the T in To and do the same.The o is simply made smaller.Take the H in THERE and compare the other THERE ;the D from DIE (in RPE) over the D in HAD (in RPD);compare the two ll's especially the second l ;the T in BATES on both notes. You can see that some are right on ,others are say, 80% and yet, others are partial and even some seem to be shrinks or blow ups of a letter.
I just gave a sample of my study and I only used two of the notes.See what you "smarter and better" posters can do.
Was he using an enlarger or some tracing technique(as I have found there are many)and adjusting characters or portions of them?WE know the '66 letter writer used an anti identification method -was it the same for these '67 notes?
And may we assume he got rid of that typewriter by this time?Or was it in some library or school(some had portables)in another town so he went through the effort to disguise the type(he could have dumpsty dipster'd it if it was his-kind of counter productive to keep it around after having gone through the some 13/4 carbons/sheets of teletype paper-unless he was fiscally restrictive i.e. a tight wad!.
In Anaheim which is about 30 minutes away from Riverside ,the library still has a large enlarger for library use which goes back to that era.See old posts on this area of interest. FYI

By Eduard (Eduard) (145.89.224.180) on Monday, May 13, 2002 - 07:32 am:

Hi everybody,

The "Bates Die" letters seem to been written on a notebook. I remember a case about how the police could trace a killer who also used a notebook.
Forensic detectives nowadays have the tools to discover what was written on the notebook's other papers that were on top of the ones used.
If you write on a notebook you leave a small "copy" of the written stuff on the next page and..even on the pages after that because you use pressure to write on it.
Maybe the RPD can use the same tools to see what could have been written on the pages before the pages used for the letters.
If so they possibly can determine whose notebook it was (maybe names appear or other clues leading to the owner).
Or...more frightning, maybe it can be determined if the notebook was actually from CJB herself and that the killer had taken it from the crimescene.
If that is the case than it would be proven that the writer of the "Confession"-letter and the writer of the "Bates die"-letters are one and the same person.
Just a thought,

Eduard Versluijs

By Esau (Esau) (12-246-187-137.client.attbi.com - 12.246.187.137) on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 01:53 pm:

Great example of thinking outside the box Eduard. I never thought of actually doing that. Checking what was written on the previous pages..... I doubt if they've done that. I wonder if it's too late......

By Mike_D (Mike_D) (134.241.44.162) on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 04:23 pm:

Good point Howard about calling CJB "Bates".It does depersonalize her.I noticed that when I first read Zodiac.I remembered it was bad form back in the 60's to refer to a woman by her last name only.That only began to come in the 70's.Calling Cheri Jo "Bates" instead of "Miss Bates" or Cheri Jo not only depersonnalizes her but degenders her.As people would have seen it then.
More proof of Zodiacs grudge against women?
1 other possibilty though: if Z was in the military
he might have picked up the habit of calling women by their last names there,where I believe it was always the norm.

By Howard Davis (Howard) (ont-cvx1-83.linkline.com - 64.30.217.83) on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 09:26 pm:

Mike D,
Keep in mind that he referred to CJB as "MISS BATES" in the '66 letter.I believe he did have a crush on CJB or was obssessed with Cheri Jo.He 'liked' her in his own sick manner! The writer said "SHE WAS YOUNG [does this indicate some disparity in age with CJB?] AND BEAUTIFUL."By 1967,when his pathology was deepening, the killer had totally depersonalized her and we have just"Bates".In 1969 and 70 we have "woeman","girl" and "boy","teen agers","victims","slaves","kids","kiddies","school children","taxi driver" and one of the most frightening of all-a number 7,17+,etc.

By Douglas Oswell (Dowland) (139.philadelphia08rh.16.pa.dial-access.att.net - 12.90.31.139) on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 - 10:10 pm:

I believe it was customary for college instructors to refer to their students, male or female, by their last names, with or without title.

Note, however, that in the letter to Joseph Bates, the victim is referred to as "she." Only in the letters to the media and police is she referred to as "Bates."

By Howard Davis (Howard) (64.30.222.112.lcinet.net - 64.30.222.109) on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - 04:53 pm:

See Zodiac Vortex for an expansion on Edwards indentation discovery on the '67 note/s.Most interesting.The authorities need to research this factor.

By Howard Davis (Howard) (64.30.222.112.lcinet.net - 64.30.222.109) on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 - 08:08 pm:

In Ryans Zodiac Vortex site under News, two words (or parts of words) are evident-BASH and RAP.Rap can mean to strike and this fits with bash to strike with a crashing blow.This word was used chiefly in Britain.It is also used for a party(the Confession writer said struggling with Bates was a "ball"FYI).'To attempt'- British and 'working as a prostitute,'again British.

Rap is used in a wide variety of ways such as rap sheet or take the rap,etc."I don't care a rap", British and a rap was a counterfeit halfpenny which was passed in Ireland.One almost sees RAP sheet(EEP).
Since we don't have all the letters,we can see from Ryans fine work,that these words/letters,all in caps,are written ON the paper lines,as he says, thus giving validity to Edwards work.
The EEP and ES (we will have people saying maybe it means Early Entrance Program and ES stands for the element einsteinium or they are suffixes and/or prefixes!)could possibly produce words if the paper was further enhanced.The originals would most definitely yield much more.
The one important thing-and not to degrade Edwards original presentation-and that is Ryan may have discovered the writers true upper case printing style in this particular section!All FYI to be sure!

By Bookworm (Bookworm) (12-206-165-69.client.attbi.com - 12.206.165.69) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 07:32 am:

Hi all,

I watched a biography on Alfred Hitchcock last nite, and they showed a clip from his movie Vertigo (1959). Madeleine in the movie tells Scotty that something inside her tells her that she "must die." She believes she is the reincarnation of another woman Carlotta.

I thought Madeleine's statement in the movie may have inspired the words used in the "Bates must die" letters.

By Warren (Warren) (w205.z064002105.hou-tx.dsl.cnc.net - 64.2.105.205) on Friday, August 08, 2003 - 07:44 am:

Bookworm, I've always said that there is a strong Hitchcock connection to this case and that is an excellent example. By the way, I was typing "Vertigo" in another thread about the same time you were here.

By Bookworm (Bookworm) (12-206-165-69.client.attbi.com - 12.206.165.69) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 06:51 am:

Warren,
According to his biography, Hitchcock wanted to release a movie called "Kaleidoscope Frenzy" which was about a man who had a compulsion to kill whenever he got near water. I wonder if Hitchcock didn't get this from the Zodiac murders. I think they said it was around 1980, but they wouldn't allow it to be released. From the clips it looked X-rated.

I'll have to check out that other thread.

By J Eric (J_Eric) (dialup-67.25.242.73.dial1.losangeles1.level3.net - 67.25.242.73) on Sunday, August 10, 2003 - 11:03 pm:

I think you are making way too much of two words in an old movie, the plot of which does not involve a serial killer.

By Bookworm (Bookworm) (12-206-165-69.client.attbi.com - 12.206.165.69) on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 06:43 am:

J,
True, there wasn't a serial killer. But look at the beginning of the movie. They focus in on a woman's eye, like the eyes on the Halloween card, and the background music sounds like bees buzzing. The arches on the old mission also remind me of Riverside library at the time.

By Bookworm (Bookworm) (12-206-165-69.client.attbi.com - 12.206.165.69) on Thursday, August 14, 2003 - 07:08 am:

J,
Here are some more similarities I saw in the movie:
>Madeleine drove a green car.

>rh - red hair? There are also hair colors mentioned in "The Confession Letter." A big part of the movie was the change in hair color of Madeleine to Judy, back to Madeleine. The beauticians in the movie were dressed more like nurse's, perhaps a connection to Donna Lass?

>Supposedly Madeleine falls from the bell tower. If a person falls from a great height onto a dirt area, I think they make an impression into the ground. Cheri was found in what looked to me to be a hollow in the ground. I'm not saying she fell from a height, judging from the footprints leading up to point of her struggle and death. Just that it LOOKS like it could have been.

>The passenger door was left open on Cheri's car. Scottie tells Judy he'll leave the door open (Hotel room), he just wants to talk to her.

>She replies that its not like he's Jack the Ripper. Cheri is killed similar to the Ripper victims. Captain Cross, compare to the Cross who found Polly Nichol, a ripper victim, headed Cheri's investigation. The murderer may have known Cross would be part of the investigation. The Ripper victims all were killed by knife.

By Bookworm (Bookworm) (12-206-165-69.client.attbi.com - 12.206.165.69) on Saturday, August 16, 2003 - 06:20 am:

There is a movie called "Mulholland Falls" where a woman is dropped out of an airplane, but that was from a very great height.

It didn't sound like Cheri had any plans to take a plane ride. And she was going to be a stewardess. I suppose the forensics of someone falling from any height could be tested using something that weighed the same as Cheri.

By Tom Voigt (Tom_Voigt) (12-231-193-32.client.attbi.com - 12.231.193.32) on Saturday, August 16, 2003 - 01:04 pm:

Ok, this is getting really silly.

Here is the original post in this thread:

Here's a minor point that may be of interest. The three Riverside letters sent in April 1967 were almost identical, but not quite: two read "Bates Had To Die There Will Be More" and bore the Z-like squiggle at the bottom, but one read "She Had To Die..." and lacked any kind of signature. We know that the recipients were the Riverside Police, the Press, and Cheri Jo's father, but it was never quite clear who got which one.

It's been my assumption since reading the latter (first posted here on Tom's site) that it was sent to Joseph Bates, since, obviously, he would know who "she" was, but also because the act of sending such a letter to the parent of a murder victim is about the most craven, callous, malicious thing I can think of. I felt that the author of the letter would be aware of this, too, and would have been at least momentarily shamed by the action to the degree that he wouldn't sign the letter -- not even with a squiggle that could never identify him.

Anyway, I was sifting through the APB files again, and came across one dealing with the Riverside letters. Dated 24 April 1974, it was a handwriting analysis stating that the "unsigned" letter was indeed sent to Joseph Bates, though his name was blacked out.


Can we please get to back to this?