The Zodiac Killer
Although he may not have run up a huge victim tally, the Zodiac was one of the most feared of California’s many serial killers. Active around San Francisco in the later 1960s, the scary thing was about him was that he was never caught.
On the evening of 20 December 1968, 17-year-old David Faraday escorted 16-year-old Bettilou Jensen to a concert at Vallejo high school, near San Francisco, where they were both students. It was their first date; it was also to be their last.
It was a beautiful night and, when the concert ended, David suggested they drive up to Lake Herman Reservoir to “look at the view”. It was shortly after 11 p.m. when they parked by the lakeside and kissed one another. They were still kissing when they were interrupted by the beam of a pencil-torch shining through the driver’s window. A second later, the door was wrenched open and David Faraday was shot in the head. As David fell out onto the ground, Bettilou jumped out of the car and made a run for it. She had not gone more than a few yards, however, when five more shots rang out. Four bullets hit her in the back and one smashed into the base of her skull.
A few minutes later a car passed by. The woman driver saw , sprawled on the ground and sped on towards the next town Benica – where she flagged down a police car. When the police reached the scene of the crime, a matter of minutes later, Bettilou was already dead. David was alive, just, and was able to give the officers a brief description of the attack, but not of the attacker. He died within minutes of reaching hospital.
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