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The Year 1968 Essay

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The year 1968 was a very intense year. Many tragedies occurred, including an assassination. There was also exciting entertainment that year. Even though many things were happening during that year, I chose to focus on the tragic events and the entertainment.
Tragedies
The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who stalked parts of Northern California from December 1968 through October 1969. Through a series of cryptic letters he sent to the press and others, he disclosed his motivation for the killings, offered clues to future murder plots and adopted the name Zodiac. Out of the 37 murders Zodiac took responsibility for, police have only confirmed seven people that were attacked, five of which died. One of these murders was committed on December 20, 1968, the victims being Betty Lou Jensen, 16, and David Arthur Faraday, 17. There were no witnesses to the actual crime, but upon discovery of their bullet-riddled car, the bodies of both were found laying outside. Betty Lou was found several feet away, dead from five gun shot wounds in the back. David, who was found right next to the car, was found alive after receiving a close range shot to the head. He died en-route to the hospital (Montaldo, The Zodiac Killer).
Jerry Brudos was a shoe fetishist, serial killer, rapist, torturer and necrophiliac who stalked women around Portland, Oregon in 1968 and 1969. Brudos was dubbed the Shoe Fetish Slayer and by his most known name, The Lust Killer. In January 1968, Linda Slawson, 19, who was working as a door-to-door encyclopedia salesperson, happened to knock on Brudos’ door. Brudos later confessed to killing her, then cutting off her left foot to use as a model for his collection of stolen shoes. His next victim was Jan Whitley, 23, whose car broke down while driving home from college in November 1968. Brudos later admitted to strangling Whitney in her car, then having sex with her body and bringing her corpse back to his workshop where he continued to violate the body for several days while it hung from a hook from his ceiling. Before disposing of her body, he cut off her right breast in order to make a mold from it in the hopes of making paperweights. Brudos went on to commit several more murders and attempts. Several of the that escaped Brudos’ clutches were able to provide clues to the police which eventually led them to Brudos’ door. Brudos was found dead of determined natural causes in his jail cell March 28, 2006 (Montaldo, Serial Killer - Jerry Brudos).
Rodney Alcala, dubbed The Dating Game Killer for his appearance on the show in 1978, became the kidnapper of Tali s. Tali was walking to her elementary school in Hollywood when she was approached by Alcala. Alcala pulled up to the girl in his car, convinced her that he would show her some pretty pictures and lured her in. A motorist saw this and, concerned, he followed Alcala’s vehicle and used a pay phone to call police. When police arrived, they saw a possibly naked Rodney Alcala peer through a...

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