Who is The Doodler? Cold Case of Notorious Murderer of Gay Men in San Francisco Sees New Sketch Released, $100,000 Reward Offered

San Francisco police yesterday released updated information on a suspect known as the "Doodler" as part of a cold case investigation dating back to the 1970s.

In a news conference, police announced a $100,000 reward for any information leading to the identification and prosecution of the notorious serial homicide suspect.

The department provided the public with an updated age progression image based on their original 1975 sketch. And for the first time, audio linked to the case has been released—an anonymous call that led to the discovery of one victim, Gerald Cavanaugh, in 1974.

The "Doodler" homicides occured between January 1974 and June 1975 against five gay white males around Ocean Beach. They are seemingly linked to cases in July 1975 when two gay men were attacked in Fox Plaza Apartments at 1390 Market Street within two weeks of each other.

Before one July 1975 assault, cops said the victim had seen the suspect. He was allegedly known to draw caricatures at a former all-night diner that was also situated on Market Street.

That testimony led to the creation of the pseudonym. Both assault victims provided similar descriptions of their attacker and the information was used to help compose a police sketch. At the time, the culprit was described as black, 19-25, with smooth skin and a "lanky" stature.

It is believed the attacker would sketch his victims before trying to kill them. It was similarities between the "Doodler" attacks and the earlier homicides which led investigators to suggest that the same suspect was responsible for both sets of crimes.

Previously, the bodies of four homicide victims were found in the vicinity of the Ocean Beach and Golden Gate park. Police said the culprit may have lived in the Bay Area but likely outside of San Francisco. The profile suggested he traveled into the city on the weekends, police said.

Further evidence suggested more attack victims may never have come forward, cops noted in the updated bulletin released this week. One suspect was detained in 1976 but never charged.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the "Doodler" killed his victims by stabbing. The outlet reported that he may have lured more than a dozen men in San Francisco to their deaths.

Police said on Wednesday: "Homicide Detail is actively working this cold case. Anyone with information is asked to call the SFPD 24 hour tip line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous."

Who is The Doodler
Police announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the serial homicide suspect. San Francisco Police Department
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