Felcher Adam Schiff
2019-02-12 13:22:56 UTC
told a victim he was a cartoonist, earning him the nickname "the
Doodler," are hoping the mysterious murderer will finally -- and
fittingly -- be undone by a sketch.
The killer terrorized San Francisco's gay community in 1974 and
1975, stabbing at least five men to death and birthing a series
of cold cases that still have investigators hitting a brick wall
four decades later. On Wednesday, officials released a drawing
of what the suspect may look like today.
The killer became known as "the Doodler" after a survivor told
authorities his attacker described himself as a cartoonist and
was seen doodling as the men talked at a late-night diner.
Police discovered the body of the Doodlers first known victim
on Jan. 27, 1974. An anonymous caller reported seeing a body,
later identified as Gerald Cavanaugh, 50, near Ocean Beach in
GOLDEN STATE KILLER SUSPECT CHARGED WITH 1975 KILLING BELIEVED
TO BE HIS FIRST
Three other bodies were discovered along the beach and another
was located in Golden Gate Park.
"In the 1970s, this was gripping the gay community and San
Francisco," police Commander Greg McEachern said at a news
conference on Wednesday.
McEachern said authorities were releasing the new sketch in
hopes of bringing justice to victims of the "horrendous
The killer targeted men he met at after-hours gay clubs and
restaurants in San Francisco and usually sketched them and had
sex -- before stabbing them to death. The man was described as
being about 5-feet-11 with a lanky build.
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At the time of the murders, the Doodler was likely in his early
20s. A man was arrested in 1976 after a witness provided a
description of the serial killer. But the individual, who
remains a person of interest in the killings, was never charged.
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SKIERS IN 1959 DYATLOV PASS INCIDENT
Police announced a $100,000 reward Wednesday for information
leading to an arrest and they released the audio of the 911 call
authorities received in January 1974 reporting Cavanaughs body.
They are still seeking information about the identity of the
caller, who declined to give his name.
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"I believe there might be a dead person," the caller said. "But
I didn't want to get too close to him because you never know
what could happen."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.