Bad news for Ted Cruz and his one scrap of (cringeworthy) meme-able camaraderie with America's youth: Earlier this week, a group of private investigators called the Case Breakers claimed that after more than 50 years, countless accusations, and one certifiably decent 2007 movie, they've finally managed to do what no detectives have before – uncovering the identity of the Zodiac Killer. 

On Wednesday, the group, which is a self-described collective of more than 40 “former law enforcement members, prosecutors, intelligence officers,” among others, announced that the Zodiac Killer is none other than Gary Francis Poste,  who died back in 2018. Citing both scars on his forehead as well images from his former darkroom in claiming Poste – and not our favorite soup-hoarding senator – was behind the 1960's killing spree as well as the murder of Cheri Jo Bates, who was killed in 1966, two years before the Zodiac murders began.

Cold case investigator and ex-Army counterintelligence agent, Jen Bucholtz, seemingly backed up these assertions, claiming that knowing Poste's moniker was integral in allegedly solving some of the cryptic letters associated with the killer. 

"So you've got to know Gary's full name in order to decipher these anagrams," Bucholtz told Fox News. "I just don't think there's any other way anybody would have figured it out."

Despite the Case Breakers's confidence that they've, well, broken the case, it seems not all officials agree with the group's Cruz-busting findings. 

“The Zodiac killer case remains open," San Francisco FBI office said in a statement, adding that they "have no new information to share at the moment,” as the San Francisco Chronicle noted. 

Local law enforcement too, is apparently less-than-convinced, with officer Ryan Railsback of the Riverside Police telling the paper that not only is there “no” chance Poste killed Cheri Jo Bates, but that The Case Breakers' proof is apparently lacking. “If you read what they put out, it’s all circumstantial evidence," he told the newspaper. "It’s not a whole lot.”

Top Image: San Francisco Police Department

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