This so-called poem, measuring in its entirety just under 5.5 inches in length, was found written inside a foldable desk at the Riverside City College Library in December of 1966, describing a sense of foreboding or impending murderous intent. The author signs off the poem with the letters RH, believed to be their initials. The Riverside Desktop Poem has somehow become entwined with the murder of Cheri Josephine Bates on October 30th 1966 and just like the November 29th 1966 Confession Letter there remains skepticism as to whether this was the work of the Zodiac, despite similarities in the handwriting and phrases used in later authenticated correspondence. Cheri Jo Bates was a graduate of Ramona High School in Riverside and it could be suggested the author of the desktop poem was also a graduate or pupil of this school and signed off by placing the initials of his school. Ramona High School is situated at 7675 Magnolia Avenue and boasts a nationally acclaimed band and color guard as part of its Creative and Performing Arts program that has been featured in major motion pictures, television shows and commercials worldwide.
A California questioned documents examiner Sherwood Morrill formed the opinion that the handwriting was consistent with that of the Zodiac Killer, however like most inexact sciences, others would disagree.
Cheri Jo Bates was discovered savagely stabbed to death in an alleyway close to the Riverside City College Library. The middle distributor wire of her Volkswagen Beetle had been torn out, effectively disabling her car.
There were no direct eyewitnesses to the murder, although people living in close proximity to the library recalled hearing screams around 10.15-10.45 pm and shortly thereafter the sound of a vehicle driving off, However nobody alerted the police and it wasn't until 6.30 am the following morning her body was discovered by a Riverside City College caretaker.
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