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June 20, 1996 | From Associated Press
A detective assigned to a seemingly ordinary shooting in Brooklyn said he noticed strange scrawls on the suspect's written statement--including an inverted cross crowned by three 7's. Detective Sgt. Joseph Herbert, who years ago worked on a task force hunting New York's infamous Zodiac killer, instantly remembered the taunting letters the gunman had written. They carried a similar symbol, he said.
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June 22, 1996 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and BARRY BEARAK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
There are 8 million stories in the Naked City, and while over the years far too many have involved terrifying, utterly baffling murders, in just this past week the deft work and bizarre luck of New York area police seem to have stopped the deathwork of three separate crime sprees. This city often stokes its frenzy by baptizing murderers and their victims with catchy nicknames, elevating the mayhem with an accompanying mythology.
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April 18, 1990 | KAREN TUMULTY and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dispatcher Rafael Perez usually can count on as many as 20 drivers to work the night shift at Professional Car Service, but these days, he is lucky to get three or four. The rest are afraid that venturing out after dark onto the streets of the Bronx could cost them their lives--as it has five other drivers in the past five weeks. At least three of those murders, police say, are the work of a serial killer.
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June 20, 1996 | From Associated Press
A detective assigned to a seemingly ordinary shooting in Brooklyn said he noticed strange scrawls on the suspect's written statement--including an inverted cross crowned by three 7's. Detective Sgt. Joseph Herbert, who years ago worked on a task force hunting New York's infamous Zodiac killer, instantly remembered the taunting letters the gunman had written. They carried a similar symbol, he said.
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April 16, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
New York police were investigating whether a cab driver found shot to death in his taxi was the fourth victim of a serial killer. Rafael Montes De Oca, 38, was found in his car at 11:55 p.m. Saturday in the Bronx, police said. He was shot in the head at close range, as were three other private car-service drivers killed in the Bronx since March 7. Police had not ruled out that the killer believed responsible for the previous three slayings may have struck again, said police spokesman Hugh Barry.
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April 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The murders of five Bronx cab drivers, three of which may have been committed by the same robber, have hundreds of drivers switching to daytime hours, operators said. A dispatcher for the Flash Car Service Co. said that only 15 of 80 drivers who usually work nights showed up. A false report of a sixth killing led to a traffic jam when 400 to 500 cabs converged on the purported crime scene, police said.
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April 23, 1990 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alarmed by the slaying of two more taxi drivers over the weekend, Mayor David N. Dinkins on Sunday labeled the situation "a public crisis" and ordered additional police to pose as cabbies in an effort to catch the killer or killers. "These killings represent more than a brutal attack on the drivers who have fallen victim," the mayor said. "They have also become an assault on a vital link in our transportation system."
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June 22, 1996 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN and BARRY BEARAK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
There are 8 million stories in the Naked City, and while over the years far too many have involved terrifying, utterly baffling murders, in just this past week the deft work and bizarre luck of New York area police seem to have stopped the deathwork of three separate crime sprees. This city often stokes its frenzy by baptizing murderers and their victims with catchy nicknames, elevating the mayhem with an accompanying mythology.
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June 27, 1990 | DAVID TREADWELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an eerie and chilling letter that arrived at the 75th police precinct in Brooklyn last November. "This is the Zodiac," the missive said. " . . . The Zodiac will kill the 12 Signs in the belt. When the Zodiacal light is seen Zodiac will spread fear." At the top of the letter was a small circle with a pie-like slice containing the words: "Taurus the first sign is dead." Investigators couldn't find any murders that could be linked to the mysterious writer.
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June 27, 1990 | DAVID TREADWELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was an eerie and chilling letter that arrived at the 75th police precinct in Brooklyn last November. "This is the Zodiac," the missive said. " . . . The Zodiac will kill the 12 Signs in the belt. When the Zodiacal light is seen Zodiac will spread fear." At the top of the letter was a small circle with a pie-like slice containing the words: "Taurus the first sign is dead." Investigators couldn't find any murders that could be linked to the mysterious writer.
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April 23, 1990 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alarmed by the slaying of two more taxi drivers over the weekend, Mayor David N. Dinkins on Sunday labeled the situation "a public crisis" and ordered additional police to pose as cabbies in an effort to catch the killer or killers. "These killings represent more than a brutal attack on the drivers who have fallen victim," the mayor said. "They have also become an assault on a vital link in our transportation system."
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April 18, 1990 | KAREN TUMULTY and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Dispatcher Rafael Perez usually can count on as many as 20 drivers to work the night shift at Professional Car Service, but these days, he is lucky to get three or four. The rest are afraid that venturing out after dark onto the streets of the Bronx could cost them their lives--as it has five other drivers in the past five weeks. At least three of those murders, police say, are the work of a serial killer.
NEWS
April 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The murders of five Bronx cab drivers, three of which may have been committed by the same robber, have hundreds of drivers switching to daytime hours, operators said. A dispatcher for the Flash Car Service Co. said that only 15 of 80 drivers who usually work nights showed up. A false report of a sixth killing led to a traffic jam when 400 to 500 cabs converged on the purported crime scene, police said.
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April 16, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
New York police were investigating whether a cab driver found shot to death in his taxi was the fourth victim of a serial killer. Rafael Montes De Oca, 38, was found in his car at 11:55 p.m. Saturday in the Bronx, police said. He was shot in the head at close range, as were three other private car-service drivers killed in the Bronx since March 7. Police had not ruled out that the killer believed responsible for the previous three slayings may have struck again, said police spokesman Hugh Barry.
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