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The team behind Atlanta Monster has returned with their newest podcast, iHeartRadio Original Monster: The Zodiac Killer.
Payne Lindsey, the host of Atlanta Monster as well as Up and Vanished, has once again teamed up with HowStuffWorks for a deep dive on a killer whose actions gripped the nation. This season, he is joined by Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know host Matt Frederick as they interview more than 30 people about the still-unidentified killer who had seven confirmed victims (two of whom survived) between 1968 and 1969.
Atlanta Monster debuted in 2018 to examine the Atlanta Child Murders of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The podcast was downloaded more than 36 million times. Following the ending of the story, HowStuffWorks and Lindsey’s Tenderfoot TV teamed with iHeartMedia to turn the podcast into a serialized show that would investigate new serial killers each season. (IHeartMedia subsequently acquired HowStuffWorks parent Stuff Media and integrated it into its podcasting business.) Zodiac Killer is the fist in several planned seasons of the newly named Monster series.
In the first episode of Zodiac Killer, which was previewed on iHeartMedia stations on Jan. 2 and is available to stream below, Lindsey and Frederick set up how the Zodiac killings took on an almost mythic quality because the perpetrator has never been found. They also describe the “randomness” of the crimes attributed to the Zodiac Killer, whose victims were found throughout northern California, and goes in depth on the first known attack, in which two high school students, Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday, were killed. The person earned the nickname Zodiac Killer because of letters and cryptograms sent to the local press.
Zodiac Killer is expected to run for 15 episodes over the next several months, featuring interviews with former investigator Paul Holes, former San Francisco Chronicle reporter Duffy Jennings and family members of the victims. Episodes one and two are now available on podcast platforms with new episodes dropping every few days going forward.
Listen to the first two episodes below.
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