THIS IS A POST FROM MORF - I AM PUTTING IT HERE IN THE SECTION ON THE UNSOLVED 18 AS IT RELATES TO THE "JONICE" - "JANICE" ASPECT.
AK, I dont want to take this train off the TED K track....too far off topic, but since you asked for it, here it is:
Lindy Biechler was murdered in her Manor Twp apartment in Lancaster county, PA on 12/5/75. She was stabbed eleven times with a knife from her own home. (Zodiac victim Cecilia Shepard was stabbed 10 times) In adition, Lindy’s killer may have brought his own knife to the scene. The knife that belonged to Lindy was found still in her body. In the weeks before her murder, Lindy thought she was being stalked. (One of Zodiac’s victims, Darlene Ferrin, said she too was being stalked in the time before her murder). Lindy worked in a flower shop, near a hospital. In addition, her husband was a college student.
On or around the one year anniversary of Lindy’s murder, her grave stone was vandalized, and Several weeks later, on Jan. 5, 1977, a letter marked "Urgent" arrived at the Manor Township Police Department.. Addressed to Chief Donald Sheeler, the two-page letter is written as if it was penned by the man who brutally stabbed Lindy and later vandalized her tombstone. Written in a stream-of-consciousness tone, filled with misspellings and odd capitalizations, the letter begins with a taunt to Chief Sheeler: "Just Eats up your heart knowing you havn't caught me yet."
The letter-writer makes reference to another murder that happened at the time in Mountville, telling police there is no connection. Indeed, police later arrested someone else for the crime and do not think the man was connected to Lindy's killing.(The Zodiac took credit for the murder of police officer Richard Radetich ,although the police already had made an arrest in the case)
The writer then continues to mock Sheeler, calling him "Chief Pig."
Zodiac wrote in a letter “Hey Pig doesn’t it rile you up to have your noze rubbed in your booboos?”
The Biechler letter also says, “"Just Eats up your heart knowing you havn't caught me yet."
(Is it just me, or do the two above sentences sound like they are from the same author?)
The Biechler letter writer writes “I am 5'10" tall 205 LBS fat and Beautifull"
Witnesses who saw Zodiac described him as Stocky to heavyset around 200 lbs, and being around 5 ft 10 – 6 ft tall.
The Biechler letter writer wrote "god please chief help me I am loosing my mind help me before I kill again, the headaches kill me Every time it aches, the Drugs only Calm it temporarily."
Zodiac wrote in his letter to Attorney Melvin Beli “Please help me I am drownding” and “I am afraid I will loose control” and “I will loose all control of myself”
(Notice the misspelling of the same word , LOSE, with the same misspelling from both writers?)
The Biechler letter wrote “you print this Letter in the paper along with a Picture in Friday nights Lancaster Paper and saturday mornings paper ”
Zodiac wrote “I want you to print this cipher on the front page of your paper. If you do not print this cipher by the afternoon of Fry. 1st of Aug 69, I will go on a kill ram-page Fry night”
The Biechler letter writer wrote “the headaches kill me Every time it aches”
In the Zodiac case, a man called in to a morning talk show claiming to be Zodiac. He wanted to talk on the air to Attorney Melvin Beli. They arranged to have Beli appear. They asked that nobody call into the show so that Zodiac could get through on the phones. Police were in place, and ready to place any calls. Then the call came, and the caller started to talk. He sounded a bit incoherent, and started rambling about his HEADACHES. The call was traced, to a mental patient in a hospital. The patient was NOT the Zodiac. Police asked witnesses who had heard the REAL Zodiac’s voice , to listen to the tv show caller.Only a few witnesses had heard the Zodiacs voice. They were two police operators, who had taken calls from Zodiac after two of his attacks. Also, Surviving witness Brian Hartnell (who spent the most time with Zodiac, and talked with him the longest) was asked to listen to the voice on the show. ALL of them confirmed , that the caller was NOT Zodiac. Anyhow, it was a well known “blunder” by police in the Zodiac case. I think the Biechler letter writer may have been mocking this tv show, and the whole “headaches” thing
Full Text of letter
Just Eats up your heart knowing you havn't caught me yet, still around, Lindy's marker on her grave just turned me on like she did, and the way she looked all bloody, like the paint on her Marker, the scratch and nick marks represent the knife stabes.(IS "STABES" AN ANAGRAM FOR BATES??)
you wondered if the guy at the gas station in Mountville were related to Biechlers murder. forget it man, no way.
I'll tell you what Chief Pig, you print this Letter in the paper along with a Picture in Friday nights Lancaster Paper and saturday mornings paper, and I might confesss When I get off my trip. You see the world owes me a living, maybe I give you a few hints who I am.
got busted once for Drugs a few years back
Live in West end of Lancaster Suburbs
I am 5'10" tall 205 LBS fat and Beautiful
and capable of killing again without knowing it
Dec. 5, 1975 was under the stupor of amfetamines Like right know.
Well educated man in the Community, single, good job but god please chief help me I am loosing my mind help me before I kill again, the headaches kill me Every time it aches, the Drugs only Calm it temporarily.
Will god forgive me ---------
Please print this Chief in the paper so I know you got it.
then I write you again, god I need a priest what have I done.
Help me please
P.S. chief sheeler
my friend has confess to the killing of Lindy Sue biechler, as god is my withness Do as he asks, print this letter on the front page, I am not aware of his intentions right now but contemplating murder is not his intentions, he is mentally sick. When the letter appears, then he will turn himself in, he described the relationship he and Lindy had before he killed her. He only realizes it now when your on Drugs your not responsible for your actions. Please he is asleep now. That's why I finished the letter. All I can tell you my friend frequents manor shopping center in the Evenings and the fields around it. Mostly weeknights. He will contact you very soon and oh when he Does please bring a Catholic priest to the police station.
Why do I think Lindy may be a Zodiac victim? Anybody that doesn’t see similarities in the spelling errors, expression, and writing style, between the known Zodiac writing, and the writer of the Biechler letter, isn’t looking! The two writers use the same exact words, and even make some of the same spelling errors! If Lindy Biechler’s case was in California instead of Pennsylvania, there is NO DOUBT, that she would be considered a possible Zodiac victim
Just as in the murder of suspected Zodiac victim, Cheri jo Bates, you have anonymous letters to the police from someone claiming to be her killer. And you also have the “anniversary aspect” in both cases. Aprox the one year anniv of Lindys murder you have the vandalism and letter to police. On the 6 month anniversary of Cheri Jo Bates’ murder, you have anon letters to police and her Father.
One other thing to point out about the Biechler letter. The letter writer and her killer, may NOT have been the same person. Remember, I listed the Zodiac letter regarding Officer Richard Radetich’s murder. Zodiac wrote a letter about it taking credit for it, even though police already had somebody in custody.
Also, there is no CONFIRMED Zodiac attack of any victims in their own homes. However, one suspected Zodiac victim, Donna Lass, a Lake Tahoe, CA. nurse , disappeared from her job as a nurse at the Sahara hotel in Stateline, Nevada late at night On Labor Day, September 6, 1970. HOWEVER, her car was found outside of her apartment the next day,indicating she had made it home possibly, and was attacked in her home, or in the parking lot where she parked.
And also, the Biechler letter writer writes about the gas station victim, even though the police arrested somebody else for it.
Regarding the “Janice Crum” name on the bottom of the letter, police searched and found no one by that name in the PA area, with any apparent connection to the case. In the Cheri Jo Bates case, a suspicious letter was sent to a local paper in 1967. The writer signed the letter “Patricia Hautz - Fellow Student”. NO Patricia Hautz was a fellow student of Cheri Jo’s ,and no woman by that name was ever found! (Sound a bit like JANICE CRUM? By the way...I found a retired teacher in Oakland named Janice Crum..minutes from the Stine murder scene). Think of it, the Biechler letter writer uses that name in PA, and police search and find no connection, as the writer probably knows they will not. The writer may have known her, or been a student of hers. I haven’t confirmed yet how old she is, or what/where she taught. Oakland is MINUTES from the Zodiac crime scenes!
AK, since this train is already heading off the tracks( ) I will say one more thing about another case in PA that has some similarities to Biechler & Zodiac. That is the case of Penn State student, Dana Bailey.
March 1987 - Sometime between March 4-5, 1987, Dana Bailey, a Penn State student and a part time waitress at the Corner Room restaurant, was murdered in her second floor apartment. She died from multiple stab wounds. She was tied up. There was signs of forced entry, but not of any robbery, or rape. The investigation revealed that the suspect was watching Dana's apartment from a building that was being remodeled. The building was located to the north of hers. The suspect gained entry to Dana's apartment through a window, which faced the surveillance point. (I found the remodeling part interesting. Remember back in the Bates case, a paint splattered watch had been found at the scene of the crime. Perhaps Dana’s killer was a painter, and would have been painting at the place being remodeled?)
In March, 1989, Dana Bailey's father received an anonymous letter signed "Concerned Officers", implicating an officer Rusnak in Dana's murder. As a result, the Attorney General's office conducted an investigation into the allegation. Rusnak cooperated fully with the investigation, which found no evidence to support the letter writer’s claims.
(Sounds a lot like the Cheri Jo Bates case in which her father received an anonymous letter on the 6 month anniversary of her murder, not to mention like Z giving the cops "fake clews" & "busy work")
Why do I think Dana Bailey may be a Zodiac victim?
1-The multiple stabbings sounds like the Biechler case.
2-She was a Penn state student like Aardsma was.
3-As with the Cheri Jo Bates case, her father received an anonymous letter on the anniversary of her murder.4-The family of suspected Zodiac victim, Donna Lass, the nurse who disappeared in Lake Tahoe Calif., received a holiday card from someone that was suspected to be the Zodiac. It has been remarked that the hand-written message was insensitive and cruel. Yet another Zodiac mannerism - like the note sent to Joseph Bates.