So bearing in mind the Zodiac's insatiable ego and penchant for letter writing, surely the Zodiac could not resist contacting the newspapers to give us his review of the movie, considering he had no hesitation in giving us his opinion on The Exorcist and Badlands movies. The Exorcist was released on December 26th 1973 and one month later the Zodiac Killer would give his appraisal of the movie; calling it 'the best satirical comedy that I have ever seen.' The Badlands movie was released on October 13th 1973, featured in his 'Citizen Card' correspondence seven months later, yet he fails to ever mention anything about a movie solely dedicated to his murderous rampage. The Zodiac Killer replied to Jack K Stiltz in the San Francisco Examiner, replied to Martin Lee in the San Francisco Chronicle, and to Paul Avery in a personalized Halloween Card, yet in this instance nothing.
Eight months later Zodiac would get a reprieve, in the much higher profile movie 'Dirty Harry' starring Clint Eastwood, a movie that wouldn't have escaped Zodiac's attention, based on the Zodiac enigma. Here is the perfect opportunity to bathe in his notoriety, but yet again nothing. In fact the Zodiac would keep up this silence for nearly three years until the Exorcist Letter in the January of 1974, commenting on a movie that has nothing to do with him. His moment in the sun had been lost.
"P.S. If I do not see this note in your paper, I will do something nasty, which you know I'm capable of doing." I'm afraid your three years too late.
One avenue to discover the identity of the Zodiac Killer is to examine this hiatus, and is maybe more fruitful than examining the crimes and letters themselves. If we believe the Zodiac Killer to be a resident of the Bay Area, then it makes perfect sense to examine prison records of the locality and work outward, starting with San Quentin Prison, opened in July 1852 and located in Marin County.
The 'Los Angeles' Letter was mailed on March 13th 1971 and the 'Exorcist Letter' on January 29th 1974, so a prisoner jailed in late March of 1971 or possibly April or May, and released in late 1973 or early 1974, for a time period approximating two and a half years, may just give us the identity we have yearned. The answer may not lie in the crimes the Zodiac committed, more in the crimes he didn't commit.
A special thanks to Michael Cole.- Zodiac Revisited.
* If anybody can provide information regarding this subject or any links to the relevant prison records, please contact me in the comments section below.