I recently was a guest on the Crawlspace podcast where I joined my friends Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri to discuss serial killers including the Zodiac Killer and the Golden State Killer. We discussed some true crime topics in general, and had a great discussion.
Here’s how it went-
Tim and Lance are the same guys that have the Missing Maura Murray podcast, which has been a true crime sensation. The Maura Murray case will soon be making it’s way to television and will be the subject of a documentary. Be sure to check them out.
To my readers, I’d like to invite you to come along on a true crime journey as I co-host a brand new true crime podcast called Criminology. My co-host is Mike Ferguson, who you might know from his current podcast, True Crime All the Time.
Just a quick nugget about the Zodiac Killer, a sneak peek at a podcast in the works about the case. Stay tuned here by subscribing to my newsletter or subscribe to my youtube channel for updates & news.
Long before the introduction of cell phones, female drivers in California drove the streets after dark exposed to the dangers of the night, and more specifically, the men that targeted them offering them hope while they were at their most vulnerable. Here are 10 terrifying cases in which female motorists throughout California were targeted by men posing as ‘good Samaritans’ back in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Robin Ann Graham-
On November 15, 1970 Robin Ann Graham, an 18 year old college student, ran out of gas on a Los Angeles area freeway near the Santa Monica off ramp. At about 2:00 am, Robin phoned her parents from a call box along the highway, and they left home to go help her. While waiting for her parents to arrive, a man stopped to offer assistance, and was witnessed by a police officer. The man described as having dark hair and being in his mid 20’s, was driving a blue or green 1950’s Corvette with primer. The police officer witnessed Robin getting into the man’s car, apparently willingly. When Robin’s parents arrived a short time later, they found Robin’s car locked up and no sign of Robin. Robin was never seen again, and no sign of her or what happened to her ever turned up. The man seen offering her help has never been identified.
Cindy Lee Mellin-
On January 20, 1970 A 19 year old Ventura girl, Cindy Lee Mellin left her job shortly after 9:30 pm. After closing, some of her Broadway dept store co-workers saw her standing besides her car with a man. The car was up on a jack. Her co-workers were not alarmed since they assumed that Cindy had a flat tire, and that her father had come to help her. The man with Cindy was not her father. The next morning at about 7:00 am after awaking to find Cindy had never came home, Cindy’s father raced to her job and immediately found her car still jacked up. The tire that had been removed was still laying on the ground. There was no sign of Cindy. Cindy had vanished without a trace. Subsequent investigation revealed that the sidewall of Cindy’s tire had been deliberately punctured. Over the years, police would come up with a person of interest and theory of what happened to Cindy, but there was never enough to make an arrest. The case remains unsolved today.
Looking for a great true crime movie to watch? Look no further. Zodiac is a must-watch if you like real life true crime cases. Zodiac was released 10 years ago today.
The movie is excellent, the cast is all-star including Jake Gyllenhaal and Robert Downey Jr, and the director is David Fincher who brought you Fight Club and Se7en. What’s not to like?
Based largely on the book by Robert Graysmith, Zodiac explores the obsession that a group of investigators,both professional and amateur, experience as they hunt for a mysterious killer; the infamous Zodiac Killer of California.