Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is known to have a bit of snarky content on Twitter and for the most part, his supporters are here for it. It’s sometimes good to see a politician who doesn’t take himself too seriously, which seems to be a plague amongst many Washington insiders.
For his most recent jokes on Twitter, the Cuban-American-Texan-Washingtonian weighed in on the headline-busting news that a group of independent investigators had discovered who the Zodiac Killer was and that he had passed away in 2018.
The Independent Journal Review’s report on the issue stated that the killer was in operation in the 1960s and 1970s and murdered at least five people in the northern California area.
Vox explains, “The perpetrator of these crimes was never identified, and the combination of the mystery with the publicity-seeking and cinematic flourishes — like signing his letters with a distinctive symbol and communicating in code — have made the killings a subject of national fascination for decades. The point is the Zodiac Killer’s true identity was never discovered, and he may well still be at large,” the outlet added.
That is, until a few days ago when the news broke that the non-government sanctioned group believe that they found the person responsible.
Cruz shared that story on Thursday morning with faux relief, seeming to have the weight of concern lifted off his shoulders. However, the Texas senator tweeted again later when the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that the Zodiak Killer case was still open, indicating they don’t believe the group discovered his identity and that the killer is still at large.
Cruz tweeted a link to the article with the caption “Noooooooo!!!!!!!!” as his lone comment with the story. Why did Cruz feel the need to weigh in? Simple. The joke circulated at Cruz’s expense that he is the famed killer.
“The point is the Zodiac Killer’s true identity was never discovered, and he may well still be at large,” The Hill stated.
The joke about Cruz seems to have begun in 2013 when @RedPillAmerica’s Twitter account, which quipped during Cruz’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference that the subject of his address was going to be a confession of responsibility for the Zodiac Killer’s crimes.”
The outlet notes, “An exhaustive investigation by the Washington Post’s Philip Bump reveals that Cruz was born in 1970, while the Zodiac Killer’s first confirmed murder occurred in 1968. Therefore Cruz is not the Zodiac Killer.”
As if that had to be clarified?? So if the murder had happened in 71 would that have been a confirmation? However, the FBI is, regardless of Cruz’s thoughts and opinions, keeping the case open.
The FBI told The Hill in a statement, “The Zodiac Killer case remains open. We have no new information to share. At this time we are not identifying potential suspects for this open investigation,” it added.
The group that attempted to find the infamous killer was called the Case Breakers, a group of specialists who, Wednesday, announced that they found the killer’s identity. They claimed that Gary Poste was the guilty party, saying that the scars on the Zodiac Killer’s forehead looked similar to scars on Poste’s forehead when comparing images from Poste’s darkroom and other forensic evidence.
“Is there a chance that [the Case Breakers suspect] killed Cheri Jo Bates? No,” Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback told the San Francisco Chronicle. “If you read what they [the Case Breakers] put out, it’s all circumstantial evidence. It’s not a whole lot.”
So, it’s another day under the cloud of suspicion for Cruz. Maybe someday the real killer will be caught and the Texas senator will get to go back to being only infamous for his conservative politics.