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Is America ready for a Zodiac Killer president?
The perplexing, decades-long case of the Zodiac Killer—a notorious serial murderer active in Northern California in the 1960s and 1970s—remains an open one to this day. At the height of his lethal spree, he even taunted police with perplexing letters and cryptograms, but he was never identified.
Nevertheless, sleuths both professional and amateur have their theories as to who Zodiac was—or is. Any number of names have been proposed. And one suspect in particular has come to the fore of late. I’m talking, of course, about Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
This particular hypothesis seems to have originated back in 2013, long before Cruz had announced his presidential run, when he made an unexpected speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Since then, the evidence against Cruz has mounted with alarming speed, and Twitter detectives are offering new clues with the hashtag #ZodiacTed.
When Ted Cruz is at home he refers to himself as The Zodiac. “Zodiac has to go to the bathroom. Zodiac is going to the fridge for a beer.”
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) February 4, 2015
Bold campaign move for Ted Cruz to admit he’s the zodiac killer
— Mason, 21, cool dad (@MasonProbably) March 24, 2015
How would Ted Cruz deal with immigrants, I think he would do what he did when he was zodiac killer
— Fettle as Muck (@Look1Waffles) September 17, 2015
Ted Cruz busts into the studio and rushes onstage, yanking Lincoln Chafee’s mic out of the podium. “I’m seriously the Zodiac Killer.”
— J Crowley (@jdcrowley) October 14, 2015
movie fact: bill murray whispers “ted cruz is the zodiac killer” to scarlett johansson at the end of lost in translation
— adam (@burgerkrang) January 20, 2016
I find it suspicious that no records of Ted Cruz’s whereabouts or activities exist for the time that the Zodiac Killer was active
— Zach Wilson (@covernode) September 17, 2015
While Cruz himself has failed to repudiate these disturbing claims, he does appear to have a few defenders, including faceless Facebook users Pamela Wagner and Marcia Rose Beachler Woodham.
Whether or not there’s any truth to this line of reasoning, it speaks to a broader issue: Is America ready for a Zodiac Killer president? Perhaps once Donald Trump reveals that he’s literally the Boston Strangler. Photo via Wikimedia Commons/PD-US-NO-NOTICE
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'