The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) provided the community and news media with an update on the “Doodler” cold case investigation, in a press conference, on Wednesday.
SFPD homicide investigators released new information which included a $100,000 reward, an age-progressed sketch of the suspect based on a 1975 forensic sketch, and audio from a January 27, 1974 call to the SFPD dispatch reporting a body along Ocean Beach.
(The San Francisco Police Department has released new sketch of infamous ‘Doodler’ suspect, and is pursuing DNA testing. Courtesy of KPIX CBS SF Bay Area and YouTube. Posted on Feb 6, 2019.)
In the mid-1970s, the San Francisco Police Department investigated several violent assaults of gay white male victims, at least one of which provided information which led to the aforementioned forensic sketch of the suspect.
The San Francisco Police Department’s forensic sketch artist completed an age progression sketch that depicts what the suspect may look like today.
Those sketches are part of an SFPD Crime Bulletin announcing a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assault suspect.
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) February 6, 2019
One of the assault victims reported to the police that the suspect claimed to be a cartoonist, who was doodling while conversing with the victim in a late night diner.
This information led to the suspect being called ‘The Doodler.’ Although a suspect was detained in 1976, no one has never been charged.
Over the course of the investigation, five gay, white male victims were found murdered in the Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park area, with four victims found along the beach and one found in the park.
Following one of the homicides, an unidentified person placed a call to SFPD dispatch to report a body.
(San Francisco police released new information Wednesday in the long-unsolved slayings of five gay men during the 1970s – dubbed “The Doodler” serial murders – and are offering a $100,000 reward in hopes of closing the cold case. Courtesy of USA Today and YouTube. Posted on Feb 7, 2019.)