On March 13th 1971, the Zodiac Killer mailed a letter to the Los Angeles Times newspaper in response to him being connected to the murder of Cheri Jo Bates in Riverside on October 30th 1966. The letter stated "This is the Zodiac speaking Like I have allways said, I am crack proof. If the Blue Meannies are evere going to catch me, they had best get off their fat asses + do something. Because the longer they fiddle + fart around, the more slaves I will collect for my after life. I do have to give them credit for stumbling across my riverside activity, but they are only finding the easy ones, there are a hell of a lot more down there. The reason I'm writing to the Times is this, They don't bury me on the back pages like some of the others". This letter implied that he was still on the prowl for more victims, while insinuating his Riverside activity down south, in which he borrowed some of his wording from the movie trailer Vanishing Point (1971), a film released in the USA on March 13th 1971. The release date of the film marrying with the date this letter was mailed and postmarked from Pleasanton.
Just under two weeks after the Los Angeles Times letter and release of this film, somebody claiming to be the Zodiac Killer rang the KWTC radio station in Barstow, California on March 26th 1971, stating "This is the Zodiac. I'm coming out there". This was spoken twice before he hung up. Barstow is located in San Bernardino County, 59 miles north of Riverside.
Of course, this phone call could have originated from somebody with a beef against the authorities and/or residents of Barstow, using the Zodiac Killer pseudonym to engender fear in the community. However, the interesting aspect of the phone call was its delivery to the KWTC radio station, just 13 days after the Los Angeles letter using wording from the KOW radio station host in the Vanishing Point movie. When the Los Angeles letter was received by the Times, it is very doubtful that any connection was made between the latest Zodiac letter and the movie, let alone the choice of words in the letter mirroring the KOW radio host. Therefore, it is rather curious that somebody claiming to be the Zodiac Killer happened to choose a radio station relatively close to Riverside, following a letter that quoted a radio station and mentioned Riverside activity.
If one phrase summed up the Zodiac Killer, it was "the monster that challenged the world". The title of a 1957 movie starring Tim Holt - a western star, who inspired the comic book series and worked alongside such movie greats as Humphrey Bogart and Ginger Rogers. The majority of the underwater scenes in the film were shot at Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles. Other primary filming locations included the Salton Sea, as well as Brawley and Barstow, California. It is speculated by many Zodiac researchers that part of the Halloween card design was inspired by the Tim Holt comic book #30.
THE ZODIAC KILLER PHONE CALLS TO BARSTOW [PART TWO]
Thanks to Jibberjabber for his assistance in this matter.