On January 7th 1946, six-year-old Suzanne Degnan disappeared from her 5943 North Kenmore residence. A ladder was discovered outside the girl's window, and a ransom note was also found by police. The misspelled note read: "GeI $20,000 Reddy & wAITe foR WoRd, do NoT NoTify FBI oR Police. Bills IN 5's & 10's". Later, an anonymous phone call was received instructing police to check the sewers, from which they found several dismembered body parts of Suzanne Degnan at various locations. Considering the Zodiac Killer's apparent fragile state of mind in the Melvin Belli letter and its mimicry of the William Heirens murders, was there a possibility the Zodiac Killer's next murder would carry any of these traits and be referenced in his following communication, such as the writing on the wall, the use of a knife in the murder, possible dismemberment and a San Francisco connection.
On April 19th 1970, the mutilated body of Robert Salem was discovered in his 745 Stevenson Street, San Francisco apartment. In an article by Paul Avery, entitled The Bloody Satan Murder, it reported that they didn't believe it to be a Zodiac murder, stating "The 40 year old designer of lamps had been repeatedly stabbed with a long-bladed knife. The killer had apparently tried to decapitate his victim and when that failed he cut off Salem's left ear, carrying it away with him when he fled. There was also this bizarre touch: scrawled on the wall in Salem's blood, were the words "Satan Saves." The killer then in larger letters wrote "Zodiac" and drew a strange symbol resembling a crucified man. The same symbol had been drawn on Salem's stomach".
When the correct spelling of Zodiac was placed under it and a numerical value was obtained, by alphabetically counting the difference between the six columns, it generated 0, 0, 0, 8, 8, 8. The three circled 8's he carried forward to his following 13- Symbol cipher. This effectively splits the pseudonym of Zodiac into two halves (shown by the pink line in the diagram on the right), in extremely similar fashion to that exhibited by the killer's writing in blood on the wall of Robert Salem's 745 Stevenson Street apartment. The murder site is situated a mile drive from Union Square, where it is believed Paul Stine picked up the Zodiac Killer shortly before his murder on October 11th 1969.
The number 888 in Christian numerology represents Jesus, or sometimes more specifically, Christ the Redeemer. In view of the killer writing "Satan Saves" rather than "Jesus Saves", is there any connection? In the April 20th 1970 'My Name is...' letter, the Zodiac signed off with "PS I hope you have fun trying to figgure out who I killed". Was that person Robert Michael Salem?
#1 Stanley Dean Baker confessed to the murder of Robert Salem despite no evidence linking him to the crime, and he was never charged by police. http://murderpedia.org/male.B/b/baker-stanley-dean.htm.
#2 The crucified image on the wall of Robert Salem's wall is the Egyptian ankh. The ankh appears frequently in Egyptian tomb paintings and other art, often at the fingertips of a god or goddess in images that represent the deities of the afterlife conferring the gift of life on the dead person's mummy; this is thought to symbolize the act of conception. Wikipedia.