"Connelly and Gasser have been identified by Deputy Villarreal as raccoon hunters who were in the area of the Benicia Pumping Station and who have been identified by Mrs Your. They had their 1959 pick-up truck, red in color, with wood side-boards, parked inside the field of the Marshall Ranch. In this interview it was learned that they were hunting in the area from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm".
 "Mr Connelly was asked to pinpoint his activities closer on that day. He states he went to the Gasser Ranch at 6.00 pm. They sat around a while and didn't leave until several hours later. They arrived in the area of the pump station around 9:00 pm".
 They said when they arrived there at 9:00 pm, a white 4-door hardtop, 1959 or 1960 Impala was parked, and also, a truck coming out of the gate. This coincides with information from Bingo Wesher [sic], that when he came out of the gate, he saw the same Impala and also saw the red pick-up truck go by".
 Bingo Wesner stated; "Last night he was checking his sheep at approximately 10:00 pm and he observed a white Chevrolet Impala Sedan, parked by the south fence of the entrance to the pumping station. He also observed a red Ford pick-up truck with wood side-boards in the area".
It can be seen that on four separate occasions, 9:00 pm is confirmed as the time of the hunters arrival by Gate #10. The white Chevrolet Impala is further tagged at 10:00 pm, while Bingo Wesner is tending his sheep.
 "Were in the Lake Herman area between 9.30 pm and 10.00 pm on 12/20/68. He stated he was driving his girlfriend's sports car and he was testing it out and adjusting the motor. He was parked in the open area by the pump station and he observed a blue car, possibly a Valiant, coming down the road from Benicia towards Vallejo. They passed his location, stopped in the middle of the road and he saw the white lights of the reverse come on and the car started backing up towards them. Mr Owen put the car in gear and took off at a high rate of speed and the car followed him at a high rate of speed. When they got to the turn off towards Benicia, Owen turned towards Benicia and the other car went straight ahead. The subjects were both Caucasian".
What is crucial here, is that William Crow was in the area "between 9:30 pm and 10:00 pm", and he mentions no white Chevrolet Impala in the turnout of Gate #10 (the very turnout he was parked in). The white Chevrolet was present in the turnout at 9:00 pm, confirmed by three eyewitnesses, Robert Connelly, Frank Gasser and Bingo Wesner. However, it had apparently disappeared while William Crow was in the area - or had it? Well, not if it was the vehicle that chased him toward Benicia. William Crow would later state in an interview, that the Valiant he supposedly saw, was suggested to him by the interviewing detective. This is what he later claimed actually happened, with two interesting changes to his recollections.
 "I sped up. The car behind me also sped up, and at one point as I was looking over my shoulder, the car behind me came up on my side with its right front fender near the driver’s rear quarter panel and appeared to be moving toward making contact. I shifted to a lower gear and hit the gas. There is a fork in the road where one continues toward Benicia and the other more towards the freeway toward Vallejo. The other car was clearly chasing me and I waited until the last moment and then turned off. The larger car behind me could not make the turn. I went down approximately two hundred yards and stopped in the middle of the road. The other car had stopped shortly after the turn-off. Each of us sat there in the road. Again, youthfully stupid, I yelled about kicking his ---. After some moments, the other car turned around in the roadway and went back down the road from which we had come. I kept making macho statements, but not totally without some sense about me, I drove home. I did not see the car again. I could not see the passenger seat, but the driver was a man with short hair and glasses. I did not see his specific facial features. I never told the sheriff who interviewed me that the car I encountered was a Valiant. As I recall, as I was attempting to describe the car, the sheriff came up with a “Valiant”. In the years that have passed, when I have shared the events of that night, I have described the car as a four-door light-colored Chevy".
The interesting change is the "light-colored Chevy", that would now tie in nicely to the previous eyewitnesses - especially considering the location - although William Crow now appears to be favoring a single occupant. However, what does tally, is the timeline. If we take the time given by William Crow as accurate, he is now at the Reservoir Road intersection (shown here) at approximately 10:00 pm. If the "light-colored Chevy" then turned around as William Crow stated, and headed back towards Gate #10 in the direction of Vallejo, then it could conceivably have parked back up in the turnout by approximately 10:01 pm. This concurs nicely with Bingo Wesner observing the white Chevrolet once again at "approximately 10:00 pm" while tending his sheep. If this was the same vehicle throughout, then it parked up sometime around 9:00 pm or before, had left the turnout prior to William Crow arriving at 9:30 pm, but then returned from the Benicia end at approximately 9:59 pm, before chasing William Crow and resettling in the Gate #10 turnout just after 10:00 pm.
 "Miss Axe reports that she and her boyfriend, a sailor, were driving on Lake Herman Road. They passed the area of the pumping station, she recognized the Rambler and the victims, Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday. Stated that when she went by about 10.15 pm, the car was facing in towards the gate and when she returned about 15 minutes later after having gone to the end of the road and then came back, the car was turned around and the front was facing the field, a little to the side".
This tells us that between 10:01 pm and 10:15 pm, the white Chevrolet has once again exited the turnout - and during the same window of time, Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday have arrived at the turnout and parked up - which will ultimately become a scene of tragedy in about one hour from now. If Helen Axe is correct, this has a great impact on the statement of Officer Pierre Bidou, who was executing a drugs seizure at 'The Cottage', located 0.4 miles west of Gate #10 at the recreation area. In other words 0.4 miles towards Vallejo from the turnout. See here for location. Pierre Bidou, after finishing the drugs bust, headed back to Benicia Police Station. He stated in the 2007 documentary 'This is the Zodiac Speaking';
 "We were heading back to the police department to put the marijuana into evidence and as we drove by, we did not see or observe anyone in that area, because it's a turn there and your headlights shine right in there as you go by. I was pulling into the lot in the police department, we heard the Benicia police department dispatch about a call of a possible shooting and victims on Lake Herman Road, and described the location. My partner and I turned around at that time and responded to the call".
 "We felt we were only minutes from the crime scene when it actually happened and for the best of my recollection we did not pass any other vehicle or traffic. I'm pretty sure of that because that is one of the things we told the sheriff's office, that we did not see any other vehicles coming our way. What could have happened, depending on where a vehicle turned onto Lake Herman Road, if it came from behind us from Vallejo, we would not have seen them". He was also featured in the Benicia Herald;
 "Bidou and his partner had served a warrant on a Lake Herman Road cabin Dec 20 1968, and were on the way to deposit some marijuana in the police department's evidence locker, when they were dispatched back to Lake Herman Road".
Remember, in statements  and  above, he claimed he literally turned around as he arrived at the Benicia Police Department. This would certainly have him passing the turnout with the Rambler in position. However, Pierre Bidou is correct when he stated his headlights would have illuminated the east side of the turnout. Had the Rambler been on the east side of the turnout, he could not have failed to spot it. So how do we explain this? He also stated "We felt we were only minutes from the crime scene when it actually happened" - and he probably was. In fact, he likely passed the turnout only three minutes before the first shots were fired by the Zodiac Killer, having likely departed from 'The Cottage' at 11:11 pm and passed the Gate #10 turnout at 11:12 pm. Remember, these timelines are taken from the police report and sketches, from which we are attempting to construct a viable order of events that all fit together. It is perfectly conceivable that Pierre Bidou was traveling past Gate #10 at 11:12 pm, with the Zodiac Killer only one minute behind him - but enough to be out of sight. Then finally, James Owen, who is recorded on the police sketches as having passed the turnout at 11:14 pm and observing two vehicles. This means all three were traveling along Lake Herman Road simultaneously, likely from Vallejo, and each separated by one minute.
One possibility, is that David Faraday, having his Rambler constantly illuminated by passing vehicles on the east bank, decided to move the Rambler to an area where passing headlights didn't shine, such as the west bank. It was at this time Robert Connelly and Frank Gasser passed the turnout, spotting the Rambler in this position. It is not inconceivable, that although Robert Connelly and Frank Gasser spot the Rambler on the west bank, Pierre Bidou doesn't. He currently has his attention focused on the two suspects in the police car and the marijuana bust. A vehicle heading east to Benicia shines its headlights onto the eastern edge of the turnout, however, the western side and the Rambler would not be illuminated. Although the hunters saw the Rambler, they couldn't see any occupants in the vehicle. This is understandable, as the Rambler is not side on, and it is immersed in darkness. It is equally understandable that Pierre Bidou failed to notice the vehicle at all, possibly preoccupied with his recent drugs seizure.
But how did the Rambler return from the west bank, to facing the eastern edge (the position it was found by police later that night), between Pierre Bidou passing and Zodiac arriving? This is where a leap of faith is required. One possibility, is the Zodiac drove into the turnout and approached the Rambler from behind, forcing or signaling David Faraday back across the turnout. Whatever the case, if the eyewitnesses are correct, then David Faraday definitely shifted position from the Connelly sighting to the arrival of James Owen. Shortly after James Owen passes the turnout, David Faraday prepares to leave, but Zodiac exits his vehicle, fires into the headliner of the Rambler (the sound James Owen hears 30 seconds past the turnout), and the rest is history.
 "And a friend of his, a student from Solano College were going towards Blue Rock Springs on Columbus Parkway and an Olde 2 door, hard-top 88 (Don), blue in color and a 1963 Chevrolet Impala, blue, with two persons in it turned off Lake Herman Road onto Columbus Parkway, heading in the direction of Blue Rock Springs Park, this was approximately 10.30 pm".
Although this description of the Chevrolet Impala is slightly different, it cannot be dismissed out of hand. We have the sighting of the Chevrolet Impala by a potential seven eyewitnesses. Robert Connelly, Frank Gasser, Bingo Wesner, William Crow and girlfriend, and Stan (14) and his friend. If this was the same Chevrolet Impala throughout, it could be argued that this vehicle was traveling back and forth along the Lake Herman Road and Blue Rock Springs regions for just over two hours and 15 minutes, with the occupant/s taking time to exit the vehicle, and leave the Chevrolet Impala vacated in the turnout for a period of time, as testified by Robert Connelly, Frank Gasser and Bingo Wesner earlier in the night's proceedings. This would be consistent with somebody stalking the area, looking for potential victims. The question being, was the mystery car parked alongside the Faraday Rambler, spotted by James Owen, the white Chevrolet Impala? It is a distinct possibility.
What this does is corroborate Pierre Bidou's account of that night, that he "felt he was only minutes from the crime scene when it actually happened". He left 'The Cottage' at 11:11 pm and passed the turnout at 11:12 pm, just shy of the actual murders, before arriving at the Benicia Police Department parking lot at 11:22 pm. After dropping off the marijuana seizure and suspects (possibly taking a few minutes), the call from Captain Daniel Pitta came in at 11:25 pm, meaning that Pierre Bidou literally swung his vehicle around and headed back to the Gate #10 turnout, the one he had just passed only 10 minutes earlier. Pierre Bidou, as he claimed all along, had missed the murders by a matter of minutes.