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Former Vice President Richard Nixon says that unless there is a substantial increase in the present war effort in Vietnam, the U. Just two days earlier, Charles Whitman had climbed to the observation deck of the administration building on the University of Texas Austin campus and began a 96 minute reign of terror with a sniper rifle.
Two months later, on October 30, 1966, Cheri Jo Bates would be found dead, her neck sliced so deeply that she was nearly decapitated, on the campus of Riverside City College.
The murder would later be linked with the Zodiac, though his particular reign of terror would officially begin about three years later.
The Riverside Police made the link, noting the similarity between the Bates murder and the Zodiac killing at Lake Berryessa in Napa County September 27, 1969.
What is curious is that while the Los Angeles area was seeing veritable blood baths, the San Francisco area would become the spawning ground for serial killers, not to mention the home of the People's Temple.
To quote from Dave Mc Gowan's brilliantly researched book, Programmed to Kill, To briefly recap, no fewer than six serial killers/mass murders--Charles Manson, Stanley Baker, Edmund Kemper, Herbert Mullin, John Lindley Frazier, and the Zodiac--were all spawned from the Santa Cruz/San Francisco metropolitan area in a span of just over four years, at a time when 'serial killers' were a rare enough phenomenon that they hadn't yet acquired a name.
Earlier that year, on April 30, 1966, Anton La Vey ritualistically shaved his head and formally declared the founding of the Church of Satan and that day as Year One, Anno Satanas - the year of Satan.
Given all of the killing that year, he may have had a point.
The Panthers were not known for that kind of behavior. One could easily imagine a police officer in Oakland, after killing 16 year-old Bobby Hutton, unarmed and with his hands in the air, brushing the whole thing off with a disgusting remark like, "No big deal, just a dead nigger." As a matter of fact, according to Terry Cotton, a Black Panther member who was there that day, the police did make statements like that.And another serial killer was said to be at work not far away during the same time frame.As [Ted] Bundy chronicler Richard Larsen recounts, the bodies of at least fourteen young women and girls were found, nude and with their belongings missing, in Northern California between December 1969 and December 1973.In Chicago, Richard Speck, accused murderer of nine student nurses, was brought before a grand jury today for indictment.The nurses were found stabbed and strangled in their Chicago apartment.