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Paul Stine death location: Zodiac Killer

This is the location where the Zodiac Killer murdered Paul Stine.

It is situated outside 3898 Washington Street in San Francisco, California.

Stine was the Zodiac's last confirmed victim.

On the night of October 11th, 1969, the cab driver picked up a man near Union Square in downtown San Francisco.

Judging by the entry that Stine logged, the passenger originally asked him to drive to the corner of Washington Street and Maple Street. However, for reasons that remain unknown, he drove roughly 350 feet west of that location before stopping at this spot near Cherry Street.

Paul Stine crime scene at night
This photograph of the crime scene shows what it would have looked like at night. Credit: James Lawlor.

The discrepancy between the log entry and the location where Stine parked his taxi remains a mystery. However, it seems likely that the killer directed him to park further up the street. For example, he may have noticed that there was a potential witness standing in the area.

When the cab pulled over to the side of Washington Street, the Zodiac Killer pulled out a 9mm handgun and shot Stine in the back of the head, killing him almost immediately.

After taking his victim's wallet and car keys, the killer also ripped off a piece of his bloodstained shirt. By removing a piece of Stine's shirt, he could mail it to one of the local newspapers at a later date and proudly take responsibility for the crime.

While all of this was unfolding, three teenagers in a house across the street spotted the "robbery" and called 911.

They noted that the man, who had a crew-cut hairstyle, turned the corner and walked north along Maple Street, towards the park at the Presidio.

Shortly afterwards, two patrol officers who were responding to the "robbery" noticed a white male with a similar haircut on Jackson Street, which is just one block north of the crime scene. The man was walking eastward while they were driving in the opposite direction.

Frustratingly, there was a mix-up during the 911 call, and the suspect was originally described as being a black male.

As a result, the man with the crew-cut hairstyle was allowed to continue walking.

Although detectives initially believed that Stine's murder was a robbery gone wrong, that notion was shattered when the Zodiac Killer sent a piece of his shirt into a local newspaper, along with a letter that mocked the police's ineptitude.

Paul Stine death location

The address and the GPS coordinates for this location are as follows:


3898 Washington Street, San Francisco, California, CA 94118, USA


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GPS coordinates

The latitude and longitude coordinates for the street are:

37.788793, -122.456972


The corner of Washington Street and Cherry Street is about 240 yards east of Arguello Boulevard. It is a short distance away from the Presidio.


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3898 Washington Street

3898 Washington Street

This Google Street View image of the southern side of 3898 Washington Street was taken in December 2020.

On the night of October 11th, 1969, taxi driver Paul Stine was shot dead by his passenger shortly after he pulled over at this location.

He was 29 years old at the time of the murder.

Crime scene

Paul Stine crime scene

After shooting Stine in the back of the head with a 9mm handgun, the killer stole his wallet, a piece of his shirt, and his car keys. He then wiped the vehicle down and left.

A police photograph of the crime scene is visible in the top left-hand corner.

Washington and Cherry

Washington and Cherry

After wiping down the crime scene, the Zodiac Killer turned the corner and walked north up Cherry Street.

Stine's killer escaped due to an incorrect suspect description

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Stine was supposed to bring his passenger to the corner of Washington Street and Maple Street. However, he ended up parking closer to Cherry Street.

It is possible that the Zodiac Killer saw a potential witness at the original destination. If he did feel too exposed, then he may have asked Stine to drive further west.

Following the shooting, the killer walked north along Cherry Street before turning right and walking eastward along Jackson Street.

A passing patrol car saw a white male with a crew cut walking in the area shortly after Stine's murder. Had the original description not messed up the killer's skin color, it is likely that he would have been apprehended.

When he saw the patrol car approaching in the distance, he must have thought that he had finally reached the end of the line.

Unfortunately, he got extremely lucky due to someone's mix-up.

This close call may have convinced the killer to "hang up his boots," so to speak.

Following Stine's murder, it appears as though the Zodiac never killed again.

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Crime ScenesSerial KillersUnsolved CasesZodiac Killer Locations

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