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The Lake Herman Road murder site.

Crime Scene Location in Benicia, California, United States.

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The Lake Herman Road murder site location - Zodiac Killer.

This is the location where the Lake Herman Road murders occurred.

The site is situated on the northern outskirts of Benicia, California.

On December 20th, 1968, Betty Lou Jensen (16) and David Arthur Faraday (17) were shot to death while they were parked at this turnout.

The two teenagers are believed to be the first victims of an unidentified serial killer called the Zodiac Killer.

On that cold Friday night, the couple were on their first date together.

Although they originally planned to attend a Christmas concert at a local high school, they decided to go to a friend's house and then visit a local restaurant instead.

At roughly 10.15 p.m., Faraday parked his station wagon at this gravel turnout on Lake Herman Road, which was a well-known "make out" spot at the time.

Shortly before 11 p.m., an unidentified man pulled into the turnout and parked beside Faraday and Jensen.

After exiting his vehicle, he approached the couple with a .22 handgun and ordered them to get out.

It is believed that the killer fired two warning shots into the station wagon in order to scare them into compliance.

This clearly worked, as the crime scene indicated that the young couple had exited the vehicle before the killings took place.

When David Faraday got out of the driver's door and walked around to the other side, his assailant wasted little time in shooting him in the head.

The bullet entered his skull beneath his left ear, fatally wounding him.

Betty Lou Jensen, who had just witnessed her date being murdered right in front of her eyes, attempted to turn around and run away.

Sadly, she only managed to make it 10 yards, as the killer shot her five times in the back, causing her to collapse forward onto her stomach.

Once he was satisfied that the two teenagers were dead, the Zodiac Killer jumped back into his vehicle and drove away.

A few minutes later, a motorist named Stella Borges passed by the crime scene and saw Faraday and Jensen's bodies lying on the side of the road.

Upon realizing that she had just stumbled across a horrific double murder, Borges sped into Benecia until she came across a police car. At that point, she managed to grab their attention by flashing her headlights and honking the horn at them.

Unfortunately, the investigation into the murder of Faraday and Jensen was hampered from the start. Not only were detectives unable to determine a motive, the cold weather meant that the ground was too frozen to capture any footprints or tire marks.

Consequently, the leads dried up and the case stalled.

In July of 1969, the Zodiac Killer called the Vallejo Police Department to claim responsibility for the shooting of another young couple, Darlene Ferrin and Michael Mageau. During the same phone call, he also admitted that he had killed Faraday and Jensen seven months earlier.

Despite decades of investigation by law enforcement, authors, and amateur crime sleuths, the identity of the Zodiac Killer remains a mystery to this day.

Lake Herman Road murder site location.

Below, you will find the address and the GPS coordinates for this location.

GPS Coordinates.

The GPS coordinates for the site are as follows.

  • Latitude: 38.094871
  • Longitude: -122.144099

Map.

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Address.

The full address for this location is:

Lake Herman Road
Benicia
California
CA 94510
United States

Directions.

The Lake Herman Zodiac site is roughly two miles west of the Luther E. Gibson Freeway. It is half a mile east of Lake Herman.

Details about the general area.

Benicia is a small city in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Photos.

Photos of the site and other related images.


The Lake Herman Zodiac site.

Lake Herman Zodiac site

This Google Street View image of the Lake Herman Zodiac site was taken in March of 2019.

Note that this is not the exact vehicle that Faraday was driving.

Faraday was driving a 1960 Rambler station wagon, which belonged to his parents. The vehicle in the image above is a 1965 Rambler Classic 770 Cross Country that we added to illustrate the general location where the couple were parked.

It is believed that the Zodiac Killer pulled up on their right side.

Aerial image.

Aerial image

This is a south-facing aerial image of the gravel turnout on Lake Herman Road.

The X characters mark the locations where the bodies of David Arthur Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen were found.

When the Zodiac Killer shot David in the head, Betty attempted to run westward. However, she was gunned down about 10 yards away from the vehicle.

Shortly afterwards, a passing motorist drove by the crime scene and spotted the teenagers' bodies.

At the start of the investigation, the police quickly determined that the victims hadn't been robbed or sexually assaulted. As a result, they struggled to establish a motive for the shooting.

Google Street View.

Google Street View

This Google Street View image of the site was taken in March of 2021.

At the time of the murders, the turnout was much larger. It also had a reputation for being a lovers' lane (a reputation that the killer may have been aware of).

David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen.

David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen

These are digitally remastered photographs of David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen.

Faraday was still breathing when the police arrived at the scene. However, he was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital roughly 30 minutes later.

Jensen, who had been shot five times in the back, showed no vital signs of life.

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