On this occasion we will look at the possible inspiration behind the Zodiac Killer's choice of correspondence, when he mailed the Dripping Pen card' and 340 cipher on November 8th 1969. We will consider that the answer, in all probability, lies in the text of the newspaper articles in the run up to the Dripping Pen card. Depicted on the card is a pen that appears to be dripping blood, with the accompanying message "Sorry I haven't written, but I just washed my pen..." On the inside of the card, the Zodiac added his own wording "This is the Zodiac speaking, I though you would nead a good laugh before you hear the bad news, you won't get the news for a while yet. PS Could you print this new cipher in your frunt page ? I get aufully lonely when I am ignored, so lonely I could do my Thing".
"We will see that he gets help and all his rights are protected. He is obviously an intelligent individual. He knows that eventually he will be taken into custody, so it would be best that he give himself up, before tragedy is written in blood".
This card may have been the Zodiac Killer's response. The Zodiac Killer was fond of tragedy, mailing a blood soaked piece of Paul Stine's shirt in the Bus Bomb letter the following day, according to the October 12th 1969 San Francisco Chronicle article, entitled I've Killed Seven, the Zodiac Claims. In the article it states "As proof the letters were from the true Zodiac and not an impostor, the maps murderer enclosed another portion of the piece of shirt he tore off the body of San Francisco taxicab driver Paul Stine, his victim last October 11th". A clear statement that the murder of Paul Stine was indeed the work of the Zodiac Killer and was "written in blood"'.
Well, maybe this was the Zodiac Killer's second response, contained within the same Dripping Pen card, and delivered with a sense of irony: "I get aufully lonely when I am ignored, so lonely I could do my Thing".