Sidewalk Threat Near FSU Could Be Reference to Zodiac Killer

By Peyton Carper on April 25, 2016

Image via, submitted by an anonymous student


UPDATE: According to Tallahassee Police Department, this message was part of a class project. A student wrote the message and sent the image of it to a professor, but never cleared the sidewalk of the message. After seeing the breaking news, she contacted the Tallahassee Police to clarify that the writing was not a threat, but instead a simple mistake. TPD will release a report of the incident later today.


According to WCTV, the Florida State University Police Department and the Tallahassee Police Department are currently investigating a threat scrawled on a sidewalk outside The Luxe apartment complex just minutes from the Florida State University campus.

What they may not yet know is that this threat appears to be a rewriting of a threat sent to the Times Union in New York that was credited to the Zodiac Killer in August of 1973.

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The messages are identical, as are the symbols written across the bottom, and both messages read as follows:

“You were wrong. I am not dead or in the hospital. I am alive and well and I’m going to start killing again. Below is the name and location of my next victim. But you had better hurry because I’m going to kill her August 10th at 5:00pm when the shift change ALBANY is a nice town.”

The Zodiac Killer has been mentioned on social media frequently lately, and has even made it into the news, having been jokingly associated with presidential candidate Ted Cruz. This message, however, has ominous and dangerous messages behind it, and should not be taken lightly.

Several Zodiac Killer impersonators have popped up in the United States, most notably Eddie Seda from 1990-93. This fact makes threats associated in any way with the Zodiac Killer something to be taken very seriously, especially considering that the case of the Zodiac Killer is still considered open in both Napa County and the city of Riverside in California, and was reopened in San Francisco in 2007.

This particular letter is especially significant because it was sent shortly before the Zodiac Killer vanished, and this threat was never acted upon. It is made even stranger by the fact that a cursory searching of the contents of the letter on Google results only in information about the Tallahassee version of the letter. Only an in depth search brings up the scan of the letter allegedly written by the Zodiac Killer, which makes its origins very cryptic and particularly frightening.

The placement of this threat so close to a college campus is especially noteworthy, considering that all of the victims that the Zodiac Killer claimed were between the ages of 16 and 29, with the average age of the 7 confirmed victims being 20.1 years of age.

Though this inscription may be nothing more than an elaborate hoax, college students should proceed with caution as the investigation continues.

Peyton Carper is an Editing, Writing, and Media student at Florida State University. She is a former staff writer with the Beaches Leader Newspaper in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She is a fierce advocate for the awareness and prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence. She hopes to one day write biographies and own many dogs.

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