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Who was Gary Francis Poste? Age and death of Zodiac Killer suspect

Amber Peake October 7, 2021
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Gary Francis Poste has been named a suspect in the Zodiac Killer investigation by a group known as The Case Breakers. People are now curious to know more about Gary Francis Poste and his age before his death. We explore more about the alleged Zodiac Killer suspect.

New Zodiac Killer suspect named

More than five decades after the serial murderer known as the Zodiac Killer operated in the San Francisco area, a new suspect in the cold case has been named.

An investigative group known as The Case Breakers have named Gary Francis Poste as a new suspect in relation to the infamous Zodiac Killer, who was never caught.

The Hill reports the group, which consists of more than 40 former law enforcement investigators, journalists and military intelligence officers, linked Poste to the case as he had similar forehead scars to that of a famous sketch of the suspected Zodiac Killer.

The identity of the Zodiac Killer has baffled millions of people after a person was linked to five murders between 1968 and 1969 but was never caught.

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Who was Gary Francis Poste?

As he has been linked to the Zodiac Killer investigation, people are curious to know more about Gary Francis Poste.

Gary Francis Poste was a house painter who had served in the military. As reported by Heavy, Poste was also involved in a car crash in 1959 that left him with “distinctive” scarring on his forehead.

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What was Gary Francis Poste’s age at death?

Gary Francis Poste was 80 years old when he died.

According to TMZ, which claims to have obtained his death certificate, Gary Francis Poste died on 23 August 2018. The publication reports his cause of death included “sepsis, septic shock, dysphagia and vascular dementia“.

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Zodiac Killer’s code ‘cracked’

Meanwhile, the code to one of the letters supposedly sent by the Zodiac Killer to the San Francisco Chronicle at the time of the murders was “solved” last year.

340 Cipher, which has puzzled investigators and amateur sleuths since the Zodiac Killer’s reign of terror, was reportedly cracked by a code-breaking team from the US, Australia and Belgium.

It was hoped the cipher, which was sent in a letter to The Chronicle in November 1969, would reveal the name of the killer.

However, according to code-breaking expert David Oranchak, the text features no name but does include: “I hope you are having lots of fun in trying to catch me. I am not afraid of the gas chamber because it will send me to paradice (sic) all the sooner.”

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.