Cheri Jo Bates


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Cheri Jo Bates

Cheri Jo Bates Death

Cheri passed away on October 30, 1966 at the age of 18. Cheri's cause of death was murdered.

Cheri Jo Bates death quick facts:
  • When did Cheri Jo Bates die?

    October 30, 1966
  • How did Cheri Jo Bates die? What was the cause of death?

  • How old was Cheri Jo Bates when died?


Cheri Jo Bates Birthday and Date of Death

Cheri Jo Bates was born on February 4, 1948 and died on October 30, 1966. Cheri was 18 years old at the time of death.

Birthday: February 4, 1948
Date of Death: October 30, 1966
Age at Death: 18

Is Cheri Jo Bates's father, Joseph C. Bates, dead or alive?

Joseph C. Bates's information is not available now.

Is Cheri Jo Bates's mother, Irene Karolevitz, dead or alive?

Irene Karolevitz's information is not available now.

Cheri Jo Bates's brother :

  • Cheri Jo Bates's brother, Michael Bates, died on January 11, 1978 as he was 57 years old. His cause of death was cancer.

Cheri Jo Bates's pet, dead or alive?

  • Jiggs (dog)

Cheri Jo Bates - Biography

Cheri Josephine Bates was a freshman student at Riverside Community College who was murdered on the campus of the educational institution, on the day before Halloween, October 30, 1966. She was a graduate of Ramona High School, formerly a varsity cheerleader, and an honor student there. Bates' slaying has been linked to the Zodiac killer murders, which occurred in northern California in the late 1960s.***** * ************Riverside attackOn October 30, 1966, 18-year-old Cheri Jo Bates, a student of Riverside Community College, spent the evening at the campus library annex until it closed at 9:00 p.m. Neighbors reported hearing a scream around 10:30 p.m. Bates was found dead the next morning, a short distance from the library, between two abandoned houses slated to be demolished for campus renovations. The wires in her Volkswagen's distributor cap had been pulled out. She was brutally beaten and stabbed to death. A man's Timex watch with a torn wristband was found nearby. The watch had stopped at 12:24, but police believe the attack occurred much earlier."The Confession"A month later, on November 29, 1966, nearly identical typewritten letters were mailed to the Riverside police and the Riverside Press-Enterprise, titled "The Confession". The author claimed responsibility for the Bates murder, providing details of the crime that were not released to the public. The author warned that Bates "is not the first and she will not be the last." In December 1966, a poem was discovered carved into the bottom side of a desktop in the Riverside City College library. Titled "Sick of living/unwilling to die", the poem's language and handwriting resembled that of the Zodiac's letters. It was signed with what were assumed to be the initials rh. During the 1970 investigation, Sherwood Morrill, California's top "Questioned Documents" examiner, expressed his opinion that the poem was written by the Zodiac.On April 30, 1967, exactly six months after the Bates murder, Bates' father Joseph, the Press-Enterprise, and the Riverside police all received nearly identical letters: in a handwritten scrawl the Press-Enterprise and police copies read "Bates had to die there will be more", with a small scribble at the bottom that resembled the letter Z. Joseph Bates' copy read "She had to die there will be more", this time without the Z signature.On March 13, 1971, five months after Avery's article linking the Zodiac to the Riverside murder, the Zodiac mailed a letter to the Los Angeles Times. In the letter he credited the police, instead of Avery, for discovering his "Riverside activity, but they are only finding the easy ones, there are a hell of a lot more down there."The connection between Cheri Jo Bates, Riverside and the Zodiac remains uncertain. Paul Avery and the Riverside Police Department maintain that the Bates homicide was not committed by the Zodiac, but did concede some of the Bates letters may have been his work to claim credit falsely