California · Serial Killers

The Zodiac Killer sends a Halloween card

October 27, 1970
San Francisco, California
The Zodiac sends a Halloween card to the Chronicle’s Paul Avery

The card contains 2 references to the number of victims the Zodiac had claimed to have accumulated at that time, the number 14 on one skeleton’s hand and 4-teen above the other’s head. In addition, a cross made from the words “paradice” (sic) and “slaves” is surrounded by the words “by fire,” “by gun,” “by knife,” and “by rope,” though none of the Zodiac’s known victims were killed by rope or fire. Also, around the knot in the tree in the lower image, the words “peek-a-boo! You are doomed!” is written.

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