August 28, 2021
Los Angeles, California
“I do have to give them credit for stumbling across my riverside activity, but they are only finding the easy ones. There were a lot more down there.
(1970 letter to L.A. Times)
Kristi S. Hawthorne, President of the Oceanside Historical Society (seen below) is the first to make a possible link of a coldblooded 1962 cab driver execution to the later 1968-9, San Francisco and Bay Area serial murders committed by the suspect identifying himself as “ZODIAC.” (For full details see her blog site HERE:
The suspect calls the police and threatens to commit an unsolvable murder. A day later, he then shoots the cab driver, Ray Davis, age 29, from the rear seat; then pulls the body from the cab and leaves it in an alley adjacent to the former mayor’s residence. The suspect then steals and abandons the victim’s taxi less than two miles away in DT Oceanside. The suspect then calls police after the murder and threatens to commit a new crime and this time promises “he will shoot a bus driver.” The exact phone quote from Oceanside Police Department reads:
“Do you remember me calling you last week and telling you that I was going to pull a real baffling crime? I killed the cab driver and I am going to get me a bus driver next.”
Ray Davis’ Oceanside Cab showing a bullet hole in the window
Oceanside Map showing distance from where victim Davis shot and placed in the alley to where killer abandoned his stolen cab just 1.6 miles away. (Map as shown on Kristi Hawthorne’s blog site.)
Does Oceanside Murder Weapon ballistics match to Northern California Zodiac Faraday/Jensen Murders?
Ray Davis was slain with a .22 caliber weapon identical to San Francisco Bay Area “Zodiac” murder victims David Faraday (age 17) and Betty Lou Jensen (age 16) who were accosted and shot on 12/20/68 in Solano County. (Vallejo)
Bottom Line– Has Kristi Hawthorne found a new Zodiac victim overlooked by law enforcement and Zodiacologists for over fifty years?
In my professional opinion, I’d say YES!