The ZODIAC murderer was responsible for shooting and stabbing at least five random people to death in Northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970's, ZODIAC claimed he hid his name in a series of cryptic messages. In some of those ciphers and bizarre letters he also claimed up to 37 victims. A former LAPD homicide detective and a cold case expert believe they’ve made a breakthrough that could finally bring someone to justice. Sal LaBarbera and Ken Mains think the person responsible could be Ross Sullivan, (who moved to CA in 1957 from Binghamton NY), who was the original suspect in one of the murders. The team has extracted DNA from the clothing of one murder victim — Cheri Jo Bates — that may expose the killer. The pair’s search features in a new History Channel documentary series, The Hunt For The Zodiac Killer. Cheri Jo Bates was stabbed in October, 1966 after leaving the library at Riverside Community College. It was a killing the Zodiac Killer claimed. Ross Sullivan started at Riverside Community College (RCC) in 1961 (age 20), he sent RCC transcripts to UC Santa Cruz in 1967 (age 26), it appears he was still in Riverside CA in 1966 when Cheri Jo Bates was murdered. ZODIAC SUSPECT: Ross Mercer Stephen Sullivan born in Syracuse NY, DOB 07-28-1941.
Zodiac Killer: DNA Unlocks Clues to His Identity as Detectives Zero in on Larry Kane and Ross Sullivan from Binghamton NY. Ross M. Sullivan, DOB 7/28/1941 has been linked to the Zodiac Murders in Northern CA during the late 1960's and early 1970's. Ross M. Sullivan died in Santa Cruz CA on 9/29/1977, he had never married per his death certificate. Ross Sullivan was a large man, over 6' 2" tall and heavy set as he aged. There is an interesting typed letter from the Riverside City College Library, 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, California, concerning the case of Cheri Jo Bates, savagely murdered on October 30th 1966 outside the library. Some of the workers at the RCC had suspicions about Ross Sullivan, based on his character and various circumstantial evidence. Unfortunately for them, their suspect was not apparently held in the same regard by police at the time of Cheri Jo Bates' murder. Certainly Cheri Jo Bates knew her killer; she was familiar enough to the killer to walk away from the library with him. Ross Sullivan not only worked at the RCC library, but he knew Cheri Jo through his brother.
Ross M. Sullivan's father, Harold Sullivan, was a minister at YMCA's in NYC (early 1950s); Binghamton, NY (1954- Summer 1957); and Glendale, CA (Summer 1957 to 1959). Ross M. Sullivan's family was strongly associated with the YMCA from New York to California. In 1956, Ross M. Sullivan was a youth pastor at the Binghamton YMCA on Washington Street and on the YMCA swim team, he also was on the swim team for Binghamton Central High School (BCHS) as a sophomore (10th grade). In a Binghamton Press December 18, 1955 article Ross Sullivan is listed as winning the 40 yard backstroke for the Binghamton YMCA team. Binghamton’s first YMCA opened 150 years ago as a place for men working on the railroad to meet together for Bible study, as well as a place for them to stay. I recall using the gym facilities in the 1960's on Washington Street behind the Metro Center where we played basketball and boxed and swam in the large indoor pool— the Binghamton Y’s current building on Susquehanna Street was purchased in 1969.
SSN issued in 1958 (Age 17 when he obtained SSN), SSN# 564-56-7947. Ross Sullivan started at Riverside Community College (RCC) in 1961 (age 20), he sent RCC transcripts to UC Santa Cruz (age 26). Died September 29, 1977 (Died age 36). Funeral Director: White’s Mort Inc, Santa Cruz. Soquel CA Crematory. Ross Sullivan address at death: 2177 17th Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062 (now Paradise Villa). Ross Sullivan started at Riverside Community College (RCC) in 1961 (age 20), he sent RCC transcripts to UC Santa Cruz in 1967 (age 26). Ross Sullivan listed as living in Santa Cruz County for 3 years, in the state of CA for 20 years since the Sullivan family moved to Glendale CA in 1957. The Santa Cruz CA address for Ross Sullivan is central to the Zodiac Murders from San Francisco to Riverside CA. No murders linked to the Zodiac occurred after the death of Ross Sullivan in 1977.
Ross Sullivan was a English student at Riverside Community College (RCC), outside of LA, who completed a research paper on cryptology before the Zodiac killing started on December 20, 1968, possibly linking him to the coded messages the Zodiac sent police. August 30, 1968, Ross' father, Harold R. Sullivan, passes away. This is shortly before the first confirmed Zodiac attack. Ross Sullivan sent RCC transcripts to UC Santa Cruz in 1967 which is in Northern CA. The "Zodiac Killer," a shadowy serial assassin who terrorized Northern California in the 1960s and '70s with a string of grisly slayings and mystifying, unsolvable riddles, may have finally given officials a code they can crack: His DNA. Throughout his bloody rampage, the killer -- one of history’s most famous unidentified serial murderers -- taunted law enforcement with enigmatic ciphers and bizarre letters in which he claimed as many as 37 victims. Now, a half-century later, a detective team has extracted DNA from one murder victim's clothing that may finally help put a name to the infamous, anonymous killer. "We have the potential to obtain Zodiac’s DNA," cold case detective Ken Mains told Fox News. In October 1966, Cheri Jo Bates was stabbed after leaving the library at Riverside Community College -- a murder the Zodiac Killer claimed as his handiwork.
"During the examination of Cheri Jo Bates' clothing, I discovered, without a doubt, two bloody hand prints at the bottom of her pants," said Mains, a former FBI task force member and Marine Corps veteran. "We have touch DNA from those hand prints." The revelation came during the recent premiere of History's series "The Hunt For The Zodiac Killer," in which Mains, former Los Angeles homicide detective Sal LaBarbera and computer science professor and code breaker Kevin Knight seek to solve the case. The five-part limited series, which began on Nov. 14, also features a "supercomputer" named CARMEL, which was fed Zodiac's writings so it could learn to "think" like the killer himself.
Ross Sullivan apparently moved to Glendale CA (outside Los Angles) in the summer of 1957 with his family, news reports put him at Binghamton Central High School (BCHS) in 1956 and 1957, he would have been 15 years old, a sophomore, (10th grade) in 1957. Binghamton Central High School (BCHS) is at 31 Main Street Binghamton NY, the Binghamton YMCA was on Washington Street and the family of Harold R. Sullivan (Ross' father) lived on Oak Street, all in walking distance for Ross Sullivan in 1954 to 1957.
Ross Sullivan is pictured above in home room 307 at Binghamton Central High School (BCHS) in 1957. Ross Sullivan was also on the BCHS swim team which jives with his father employment at the Binghamton YMCA on Washington Street where they had an large indoor pool where Ross Sullivan could train year round. Ross' father, Harold Sullivan, was a minister at YMCA's in NYC (early 1950s); Binghamton, NY (1954-Summer 1957); and Glendale, CA (Summer 1957 to 1959).
In the June 1957 Binghamton Central High School (BCHS) year book, Ross Sullivan is listed and photographed on the swim team, apparently he and his family moved to Glendale CA in the summer of 1957. Ross Sullivan is the tall guy seen in the back row 3rd from the right, he swam the 40 yard backstroke. Click on image above to enlarge.
Yellow cab driver Paul Lee Stine, 29, shot and killed on October 11, 1969, in the Presidio Heights neighborhood in San Francisco. Ross Sullivan was questioned by police in the murder of Cheri Jo Bates, who was never officially declared a Zodiac victim. But Mains noted that Cheri Jo Bates' murderer sent a letter to police and newspapers confessing to the crime. "That letter was very similar to ones the Zodiac sent -- so much so that he misused and misspelled the same letters," Mains said. The first Zodiac message was a three-part cipher sent in portions to the Vallejo Times-Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle and The San Francisco Examiner on July 31, 1969. That cipher, cracked by a California schoolteacher and his wife, began with these chilling words: "I like killing people because it is so much fun it is more fun than killing wild game in the forest because man is the most dangerous animal." That code would be followed by many others that baffled investigators using every resource to solve the riddles. The most infamous was a 340-character cipher mailed to the Chronicle that has never been decoded.
The Twilight Zone is an American science-fiction, fantasy, psychological horror, supernatural horror anthology television series created by Rod Serling, which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1959 to 1964. The series consists of unrelated dramas depicting characters dealing with paranormal, futuristic, Kafkaesque, or otherwise disturbing or unusual events; characters who find themselves dealing with these strange, sometimes inexplicable happenings are said to have crossed over into "The Twilight Zone". The clock in the photo above has the signs of the Zodiac on it in the inner circle.
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