The Button Letter was mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle on June 26th 1970, accompanied by a map of San Francisco and its vicinity. On the map the Zodiac Killer had added his traditional crossed circle, centered over Mount Diablo, but on this occasion he added the numbers 0,3,6 and 9 around its circumference. Crucially though, he also added a directional marker on the North facing compass point, as a positional indicator.
It was believed, along with the inserted code, to possibly indicate the location of a hidden bomb, set up by the Zodiac Killer, but Kevin Robert Brooks believes he has unearthed the true reason behind the killers motive for the design of the Phillips 66 Petroleum Map and the answer lies a little closer to home.
In many Zodiac letters, the Northern California killer repeatedly taunted police and newspapers alike, promising to reveal his name, but sadly this never materialized, and in all likelihood this was never a realistic hope.
But it just may be, that despite his reluctance to offer us his name, he quite possibly offered us the next best thing, his residence or place of birth.
Donald Lee Bujok was born on July 6th 1936 in Roundup, Musselshell County, Montana and it is believed this crossed circle indicates the county seat of Roundup, but in an extremely subtle way.
If we take the crossed circle and superimpose it, to center over Roundup, Montana, the directional North marker points directly to two adjacent counties.
On the Phillips 66 Petroleum Map, the Zodiac Killer adds a notation that his design 'is to be set to Mag.N'. Taken to be Magnetic North.
In 1970 Magnetic North was approximately 16.5 degrees, so if we adjust the crossed circle accordingly, it becomes even more significant, virtually passing over both county seats of Winnett and Malta, shown on the map to the left.
Most of this was addressed in the Phillip Petroleum Map Key article on December 26th 2013, but there is more.
The county code numbers of Petroleum County and Phillips County are 55 and 11 respectively and these totaled up equal 66, to provide yet another interesting feature.
If we now take a short trip, just below the east axis from Mount Diablo, to 3553 Mt Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette, we arrive at the Roundup Saloon, an old miners bar, established in 1932 and quite possibly as far as the Zodiac Killer was prepared to go, in taking us back home.
There is a lot more, but this is where it ends for now.
Thanks again to Kevin Robert Brooks.