1960-1969

Edward Wayne Edwards Killing Timeline 1960-1969

Edwards Produces an Album

1960, January. Longview, Washington. Edwards marries Marlene Harmon again in Longview Washington for the benefit of Marlene’s mother.

Marlene Harmon 1960

Marlene Harmon 1960

1960, January , Portland Oregon. Edwards was on parole out of Deer Lodge Prison, Montana in 1960. He was living in Portland, Oregon on probation, married to Marlene Harmon, and traveling the country killing people, portraying himself as a family man. By the end of 1960 he will make the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List. He was suspected in a lover’s lane double murder.

Edwards 10 most wanted list 1960

Irene Garza News Article 2014

1960, April 16. McAllen Texas, Sacred Heart Church, Easter Saturday. Edwards kidnaps Irene Garza. She is an attractive religious beauty queen. She had gone to the church for Easter confession at 7:00. Father John Feit hears her confession and last sees her at 7:30. Her car is found two blocks away from the church. She is found 5 days later drowned in a canal, beaten in the face and possibly sexually assaulted with altar candles. Police drain the pond and find a photograph viewer. Police receive an anonymous letter claiming that the viewer is owned by Father John Feit, the last priest seen with Irene before her death. The note states “This viewer belongs to John Feit (Order of Mary Immaculate,) of San Juan, Texas. It was purchased in Port Isabel, Texas, in July 1959 at Freddie’s Professional Pharmacy. Terms – cash. Price – I don’t remember. April 29, 1960.” This information – that Feit’s slide viewer was found near Garza’s body – was not made public during the initial investigation of the murder. Edwards was directing the police towards Father Feit just like he did with Burton Abbott in 1956, by planting clues to lead the investigation. He will lead a trail of corn to be followed.

1960, April 19th. McAllen Texas. Iren Garza’s purse and shoe are found on the side of road.

1960 April 21st. Irene Garza’s body is found in a canal. Altar candles are found on top of her, her face is mauled. Edwards had targeted her and tried to setup up a Catholic Priest named Father http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/former-priest-i-am-not-the-man-who-killed-irene-garza/.

1960, July 9th. Portland Oregon. Edwards marries Marlene Hayworth/Harmon in a Catholic Church.

Edwards and Marlene July 9 1960 Marriage Certificate

1960, November 26-27, Portland, Oregon. MURDER Larry Peyton and Beverly Allen on a lover’s lane. Edward detailed arriving at the scene of this double murder in his book

Portland Lovers Lane Murder

Edwards arrives at the scene of a double murder

Edwards arrives at the scene of a double murder

1960, November 28th. Portland Oregon. Edwards caught at the scene of a the Larry Peyton Beverly Allen double murder. Police question him but let him go.

Larry Peyton and Beverly Allen

1960, November 28th. Portland Oregon, Astoria Oregon. Edwards blows up Navy man Wayne Budde (Johnny) with a bomb

Budde

 

 1960, December 9, Portland, Oregon. Edwards arrested on parole violations and suspected in double murder. He escapes the Portland jail and flees with his wife Marlene Harmon for a year, traveling everywhere under assumed identity.

Edwards escapes makes FBI list

1961, November 10th. Portland Oregon: Edwards makes the FBI’s Most Wanted List

1962, January.  EDWARDS CAUGHT IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA WITH NEW WIFE MARLENE HARMON.

 Edwards and Marlene

Edwards persoanl article

1962 PRISON

1963 PRISON. While in prison Edwards responds in writing to Marlene Harmon’s divorce. WRITING SAMPLE OF EDWARDS 1963

Edwards Response to Marlenes Divorce 1

Edwards 1963 response to divorce 3 - CopyEdwards 1963 response to divorce 4 - Copy

1963 PRISON

1964 PRISON

1965 PRISON

1966 PRISON

1967, February. Lewisburg Federal Prison. Edwards is moved to Lewisburg Federal Prison and allowed to be out in the community. He was teaching first aid training classes, preparing for his future Parole. He had served 5 years of a 15 year sentence for bank robbery. He was informing while in prison and released 10 years early on Parole.

1967, March. California. Charlie Manson. Released on Parole and starts Helter Skelter

1967, September 20. EDWARDS RELEASED FROM LEWISBURG PRISON ON FEDERAL PAROLE UNTIL 1977.

Homicide Statistics While Edwards Was in and out of Prison

Edwards in prison graph and homicide rateshomiciderates

EDWARDS OWN WORDS AS TO WHO HE KNEW IN LEWISBURG AND LEAVENWORTH. (from July 9 1993 Letter Edwards Sent FBI. Mentions Charles Manson and Jimmy Hoffa)

Edwards Prison Cell Mates In Lewisburg-Leavenworth

1968, June 24th 25th. Cross Village/Goodhart, Michigan. Edwards was released 9 months earlier on parole. Edwards plans and carries out the The Robison Family of 6 Murder Edwards targets and kills 6 family members in a quiet wealthy neighborhood.  Mr. Robison was a Publisher- Editor of Impressio Entertainment Magazine.

Robison Murder of 6

Robison Family - CopyRObison Family Murder 4 years later

1968 Robison Family Murder of 6 Police Report

1968, July 20th. Akron Ohio. Edwards marries Kay Hedderly. They stay together for 43 years while Edwards portrays himself as a married family man killing people everywhere.

Edwards 1968 Marriage license

Ed and Kay 1968

1968, August 19th. Portland Oregon. Multnomah Sheriff’s Office reveals Secret indictment charging Robert Brom, Ralph Jorgenson and brothers Carl and Ed Jorgenson for Edwards’ November 27, 1960 Lover’s Lane killing of Larry Peyton and Beverly Allen. Edwards will start killing in the Zodiac in 4 months.

August 19 1968 Portland Oregon Authorities Arrest 3 for Edwards murderBob Brom Carl and Eddie Jorgenson

1968, November. San-Francisco, California. Charles Manson is paroled in 67 and moves to Spahn Ranch. He begins planning his Helter Skelter in November, 1968. Ed Edwards starts “The Zodiac” and kills in Charley Manson‘s backyard. Manson and Edwards knew each other.

Possible Zodiac Sign painted at Charles Manson Spahn Ranch Steve Hodel Research

Possible Zodiac Sign painted at Charles Manson Spahn Ranch Steve Hodel Research

1968, December 20. 1968. Vallejo, California. The first Zodiac Killer Killing. Edwards approaches two parked on a lover’s lane in Vallejo. He kills them shooting the female victim 5 times in the back.

1969, January 7th. Deer Lodge Prison Montana. Frank Dryman is released from Deer Lodge Prison on Parole to Vallejo, California. (Absconded Parole from 1970 until 2010, pictured below)

Frank Dryman Paroled January 7 1969Frank Dryman 1950-2010

1969, March 31. Akron Ohio. Edward’s first child, April is born March 31st. Edwards’ mother was born on April 1st. He had hoped his first daughter would be born on April 1st. Edwards would ritually tie his killings to April 1st, throughout his life.

1969, Akron, Ohio. Edwards has all his teeth removed. Edwards wife Kay confirmed it in a 2010 interview.

Kay Edwards 2010 Interview

Kay Edwards 2010 Interview

1969, July 4. Benicia, California. The Second Zodiac Killer Killing. Edwards kills on 4th of July. He taunts the police with this phone call. “I want to report a double murder. If you go one mile east on Columbus Parkway to the public park, you will find the kids in a brown car. They were shot with a 9mm Luger. I also killed those kids last December. Goodbye.”

1969, July 31st. Edwards sends his first Zodiac Killer letter

1969, August 4. San Francisco, California. Edwards as the Zodiac sends the debut letter.It is sent on the anniversary of Edwards’ mother’s pending death. It contained a three part cipher sent to San Francisco Examiner, Chronicle and the Vallejo Times. When solved it stated:

3 part solved - Copy

The last 18 characters listed at the bottom:

(EBEORIETEMETHHPITI) last 18 characters

THE LAST 18 CHARACTERS CONTAINED EDWARDS ID WHEN SOLVED

18 characters Zodiac Neal Cipher - Copy

THE LAST 18 CHARACTERS WERE SOLVED IN AUGUST OF 2010 IN GREAT FALLS MONTANA. IT CONTAINED EDWARDS ID

“I’M EDWARD E, VEXED IQ HATH YOU GREATER THAN I”

Neal Best Cipher Notes

1969, August 8th, LosAngeles, California. Sharon Tate is murdered by members of the Charles Manson Family

1969, September 27. Lake Berryessa, California. The Third Zodiac Killer Killing. The next Zodiac killing occurred on September 27th, 1969. This date was the wedding anniversary of the Robison’s who Edwards had killed them and their 4 children one year earlier in Michigan.  The victims in this Zodiac killing were Cecil Shepherd and Bryan Hartnell. They were picnicking on a secluded beach along Lake Berryessa, celebrating their graduation. Cecil had noticed a man approaching them. He disappeared down a draw, but suddenly re-appeared. Disguised in a black hood, his chest displayed the sign of the Zodiac, the cross and circle. He was carrying a gun, and had a knife on his side. A knife was attached to his belt.  He made Cecil tie up Bryan with precise cut lengths of rope that he had brought with him. During the process, he conversed openly with the couple, telling them: “I’m on my way to Mexico–I escaped from Deer Lodge. I want your car keys–my car is hot. I killed a guard while in prison and I’m not afraid to kill again.”

Edwards left Bryan Hartnell alive to describe the entire incident. Bryan gave police a detailed description of the man. “He was barrel-chested, 5 feet 8 to 6 feet tall, dark-haired and heavy set, wearing a dark jacket and dark clothing that seemed sloppy and disheveled. He appeared to be in his thirties and fairly unremarkable. He ducked between some trees and emerged about 20 feet later. He was wearing a black hood that was well sewn and had the Zodiac’s signature cross and circle on the front.” Everything matched Edwards. 13 years earlier, Edwards had been in Deerlodge, stole a car, attempted to escape and had gone to Mexico. He matched every aspect of the composite drawing:

Edwards 1970Zodiac Composite 2

     Edward Wayne Edwards 1970      Zodiac Composite 1969

THE MANNER OF DEATH IN EDWARDS 2009 CRIMINAL COMPLAINT TO KILLING A YOUNG COUPLE ON A LOVERS LANE IN 1980 MATCHED THE LAKE BERRYESSA ATTACK IN THE 1969 ZODIAC KILLING

Edwards 1980 murder similar to Lake Berryessa Zodiac killing

1969, October 11th, San Francisco. The Fourth Zodiac Killer Killing Edwards kills cab driver Paul Stine near his cousin Dawn Belletts house in San-Francisco. Kay Edwards talks about the connection in a 2010 interview.

Kay Edwards Interview and San FranciscoKay Edwards Interview Dawn Bellett

Dawn Bellett supplies a picture of Ed Edwards in 1970.

Edwards 1970

1969, October 13th. San Francisco, CA. Edwards mails the Dripping Pen Letter after killing Stine.DRIPPING PEN CARD ZODIACKILLER.COM

stineletter

THE DRIPPING PEN LETTER CONTAINED A 340 CHARACTER CIPHER

340 cipher

 THE 340 CIPHER WAS SOLVED IN AUGUST 2010 BY NEAL BEST OF GREAT FALLS MT

340 cipher solved - Copy

Zodiac Terror October 17 1969

1969, October 22. San Francisco California. Edwards calls the press and demands to talk attorney to F Lee Bailey or Melvin Belli.CALL TO TV STATION OCT 22, 1970  Edwards used the name “SAM” because F Lee Bailey had represented “Dr. Sam Sheppard” after he was convicted in 1954 of killing his pregnant wife Marilyn. Edwards was the real killer.Dr. Sam Sheppard received a new trial and was acquitted September 8, 1966with the help of F Lee Bailey. Edwards was released from prison shortly after and started “The Zodiac.”

1969, November 7th. Baltimore, Maryland Edwards kidnaps Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik.

Sister Cesnik

1969, November 9th. San Francisco. Edwards mails the Bus Bomb letter and cipher.

Bus Bomb Letter and Cipher on Zodiackiller.com

Bus bomb Letter

THE BUS BOMB CIPHER WAS SOLVED IN AUGUST OF 2010 BY NEAL BEST OF GREAT FALLS, MONTANA.

Bus Bomb Cipher Solved

ZODIAC BOMB CIPHER KEY CODE

 Bus Bomb Key Code

Neal Best Notes on Solving of Ciphers 1

Neal Best Notes on Solving of Last 18 Characters

1969, November 21. LosAngeles, California. Edwards kills Doreen Gaul and James Sharpe He leaves a Zodiac killer Letter among the possessions of Gaul that states:

Zodiackiller Letter November 21 1969

1969, November 27th, State College, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State University College Library. Edwards kills 22 year old Betsy Ardsma (BA) on the 9 year anniversary that Edwards killed 19 year old Beverly Allen in Portland, Oregon. Betsy was stabbed once in the heart in the university library the day after Thanksgiving, 1969. A suspect was seen and told a clerk that “That women may need help.”

Betsy Ardsma SuspectBetsy Aardsma

Edward Wayne Edwards produced an album in April, 1970, just 5 months after the killing of Betsy Aardsma: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Betsy_Aardsma. At the end of part 2 of the album he describes a female college student that turned him in to his parole officer.

Betsy Aardsma

1969, December 16th. Fairfield, California. Edwards mails another Zodiac letter. The Fairfield Letter was thought to be a hoax but it was written by Edward Wayne Edwards.

Zodiac Letter December 16 1969

Zodiac Letter 2 December 16 1969