Formerly stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base for four years, until the early months 1972, Miss Gidley an X-ray technician, arrived in San Francisco in mysterious circumstances, supposedly invited to be the maid of honor at a wedding, which apparently nobody was able to verify. Before leaving her home in Idaho, she also told close friends her intention to work as a freelance writer at the Chronicle Newspaper, but staff at the Chronicle, again, had never heard of her.
This murder was only the tip of the iceberg, that began 47 days earlier, when the body of Rosa Vasquez (20) was discovered close to the Arguello boulevard entrance of the Golden Gate Park on May 29th 1973. She had been strangled and thrown from the nearby road. Almost three years earlier Donna Ann Lass disappeared from the Sahara Tahoe Hotel on September 6th 1970 after finishing her shift as a nurse. A few months earlier in June she had moved to South Lake Tahoe, from San Francisco, where she had previously been employed as a nurse at the Letterman General Hospital in the Presidio, near the Paul Stine murder scene. Curiously Rosa Vasquez was also employed at the Letterman General Hospital as a keypunch operator.
A keypunch is a device for delivering punch holes at specific locations on a card face, to carry information for a relevant task. This was apparent on two cards possibly sent by the Zodiac Killer, when the 13 Hole Postcard was received on October 5th 1970, along with the Pines Card on March 22nd 1971, albeit prior to the murder of Rosa Vasquez. She was also a resident of 834 Bush Street, close to the collective of the Good Times newspaper at 2377 Bush Street, where Zodiac suspect Richard Gaikowski worked as an editor for the publication, although the Good Times had produced its last offering by the turn of 1973.
Twelve days later, a pregnant Yvonne Quilantang (15), from Delta Street was found strangled in a Bayview district vacant lot on June 12th 1973. She had been out to buy groceries.
Finally, Angela Thomas (16), a resident of Belton, Texas, had traveled to San Francisco for brief stay. After a day out in Hayward, she visited friends in the Presidio district, but neither of her friends were at home and she was last seen walking away at 9.00pm on Sunday July 1st 1973. She was found naked and smothered the following day in the grounds of Benjamin Franklin Junior High School.
All four had a military connection, a trait often associated with the Zodiac Killer, due to a number of factors, including the Wing Walker footprint impressions taken from the Lake Berryessa crime scene and possible links to the Vandenberg Air Force Base, due to the lot number of the unspent ammunition at the scene of the Domingos/Edwards murders in 1963.
Nancy Gidley was stationed at Hamilton Air Force Base, Marin County. Rosa Vasquez was a keypunch operator at Letterman Army Hospital. The father of Angela Thomas was an army sergeant, previously based in the Presidio. And Yvonne Quilantang was having a relationship with a soldier out of Missouri.
Some researchers believe that Lawrence Kane and the Zodiac Killer may be one and the same, trailing Donna Lass from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe. Having lived at 217 Eddy Street, close to Mason and Geary Streets in San Francisco at the time of the Paul Stine murder and latterly working near Donna Lass at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, according to former law enforcement officer Harvey Hines. Is it possible he returned in 1973 ! . Two possible murders, that of Donna Lass and Rosa Vasquez from the same hospital, inside of three years, seems unusual to say the least, albeit probably coincidental.
The Red Dragon Card of April 28th 1970, the possible depiction of Don Quixote and the 1912 statue of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra at Golden Gate Park, the site where Rosa Vasquez's body was found. Employed at the Letterman Army Hospital as a key punch operator, and the 13 Hole Postcard.
On October 11th 1969 Paul Stine's murderer was believed to have hailed the cab somewhere near Mason and Geary Streets. Later a Halloween Card was sent to the San Francisco Chronicle, depicting a skeleton, on the inside of the card, believed by some, to portray how Paul Stine's body was laying out of the cab, at the corner of Washington Street.
Nancy Gidley was seen for the last time leaving the Rodeway Inn at 895 Geary Street. She was an X-ray technician, performing the imaging of the human body. She was discovered on July 15th 1973 in the grounds of the George Washington High School.
Angela Thomas, last seen in the Presidio in 1973. Her father was once stationed at the Presidio, along with the strong military connection of at least three of the four victims.
Is it possible the Zodiac Killer was drawing from his previous cards and crimes, to inspire his future atrocities, as detailed above.
With near certainty NO, it is just simple coincidence.
But did the Zodiac Killer still continue his reign of terror, beyond the murder of Paul Stine on October 11th 1969......that is for you to decide.