On the Halloween Card he chalked up 4-TEEN victims on the card inner, in very bold stylized white writing, although whether this is as a response to the article is questionable, rather than necessity based on the color of the card background.
Very little, if anything about the Zodiac crimes can be regarded as sexual, as no apparent interference took place in any of the four crimes, but could this in its absence tell us anything about the killer himself. It has been suggested that his savage attacks on young courting couples is an attack on something unavailable to him, either from a standpoint of confidence and inadequacy, or in terms of his repressed or closet sexuality. After all the Zodiac did state that killing people was 'better than getting your rocks off with a girl'.
In a previous article 'From Your Secret Pal' we examined the possibility the Zodiac Killer was a 'latent homosexual' as alluded to in the San Francisco Chronicle, authored by Paul Avery on October 18th 1969, so here we will slightly expand on that idea.
Jose Sarria was a high profile advocate of the LGBT scene in San Francisco, becoming synonymous with the Black Cat bar at 710 Montgomery Street from 1945 to its closure in 1974, also founding The League for Civil Education to highlight acceptance towards homosexuality and even finding the time to run for office. Jose Sarria encouraged patrons to be proud of their homosexuality, often dressing up, and as a performer often sang in opera based shows and torch songs. However there was fierce opposition from society with constant police intimidation and raids, with cross dressing patrons routinely arrested on the pretext of impersonating a woman. Jose Sarria encouraged the arrested to demand jury trials in an attempt to clog up the court system, forcing a rethink by authorities, however names and addresses of those arrested were routinely published in the newspapers as a form of deterrent and shaming. This oppression was certainly cause enough to ignite a hatred towards the police and newspapers, two things the Zodiac seemed to revel in during his barrage of communication for nearly five years, but whether this was the incendiary is pure conjecture.
Mason and Geary Street, the supposed intersection where fate carried Paul Stine to his death, bisects the Nob Hill and Tenderloin districts, and combines both the LGBT and theater influences under one banner, but reference was made by Robert Graysmith stating that Paul Stine picked up the Zodiac Killer from outside the Westin St Francis Hotel situated at 335 Powell Street, relatively close by. Jose Sarria was arrested at the Westin St Francis public restrooms for solicitation, a location frequented by homosexuals, and police in tandem, attempting to clamp down on such activities.
The Zodiac Killer liked dressing up, as we saw during his Lake Berryessa attack on September 27th 1969,- he apparently had access to disguises, that he alluded to in the Bus Bomb Letter on November 9th 1969, when in response to Chief of Police Martin Lee, he stated "I look like the description passed out only when I do my thing, the rest of the time I look entirle different". The question is, how different did he look the rest of the time. The Halloween Card was taken as a perceived threat on the life of San Francisco reporter Paul Avery, but how serious a threat was it considered, after all the Zodiac Killer apologized on the inside of the envelope addressed to Paul Avery with 'sorry no cipher' and sealed it with a kiss.