A CALIFORNIA man who purportedly endeared himself with the alleged unmasked Zodiac Killer Gary Francis Poste in 2018 when the late man died is drawing interest among online sleuths.
“My Last Visit with Old Man! Gary Poste! Zodiac? God Dang! I Miss You Old Man!,” read a November 2018 captioned one such post by Glynn Barnes, seemingly featuring a photo of him and Poste.
It was one of a series of apparent Facebook photos of the pair; some of which have been taken down, Newsweek reported.
The Case Breakers, a team of specialists who have worked to crack a number of America’s most high-profile unsolved cases, claimed they cracked the Zodiac Killer’s identity on Wednesday.
Their findings suggest Poste is responsible for the string of five murders in 1968 and 1969.
The investigators also accuse Poste of committing a sixth killing hundreds of miles away that had never been linked to the Zodiac.
FBI: ZODIAC CASE ‘UNSOLVED’
“The FBI’s investigation into the Zodiac Killer remains open and unsolved,” FBI’s San Francisco field office said in a tweeted statement.
It reads: “Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, and out of respect for the victims and their families, we will not be providing further comment at this time.”
WAS PAL IN THE KNOW?
Barnes, who lived in California drew the attention of cyber sleuths after images of his since-scrubbed social media posts make reference to Poste as “Zodiac” as far back as 2018.
One post highlighted by Newsweek is dated on November 2018, has the two paired together and captioned: “Mountain Time with The Old Man! Gary Poste! ZODIAC?”
Another described by the publication offers tribute to Poste after he passed away.
“Love this Man with all my Heart!,” according to the Barnes’ post.
One crime-themed forum posted screen shots purportedly of Glynn Barnes and Poste with the same caption.
The forum dedicated to the Zodiac includes some of the posts by a man named Glynn Barnes solving the mystery serial killer as “Gary Francis Poste.”
The authenticity of the posts have not been independently verified.
In one post, a message believed to be Barnes informs another person on November 18, 2018 that he knew who the serial killer was.
“The Zodiac was… Gary Francis Poste,” according to the screenshot.
An undated post suggested to be from Barnes suggests he’ remaining mum because he is “under a LEGAL BINDING NON DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT!”
The message expressed a future date would unveil the truth.
It reads: “I Promise to reveal my side of my story with the Truth, the whole Truth to the best of my Ability!
WHO WAS ZODIAC?
Zodiac is known to have targeted at least seven victims – three couples and a lone taxi driver. Two of them survived gun and knife ambushes.
The same killer has been linked to as many as 28 murders — claiming to have killed 37 people in taunting letters sent to newspapers and police.
The case was deemed inactive in 2004 but the San Francisco Police Department reopened it in March of 2007.
Over the years, many independent sleuths have claimed to have decoded the Zodiac’s true identity.
The Case Breakers crew is comprised of more than 40 former law enforcement investigators, journalists and military intelligence officers.
The team said they discovered Poste’s identity after years of digging through new forensic evidence and his darkroom.
One image uncovered from the darkroom purportedly featured scars on Poste’s forehead which match a sketch of the Zodiac.
The team said the Zodiac’s ciphers also point to Poste.
In one note, removing the letters of Poste’s full name revealed an alternate message, according to former Army counterintelligence agent Jen Bucholtz.
“So you’ve got to know Gary’s full name in order to decipher these anagrams,” Bucholtz told Fox News.
“I just don’t think there’s any other way anybody would have figured it out.”
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