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Ted Cruz: Senator, Texan, Zodiac Killer? The Best Responses To His Halloween Cipher Tweet

“Ted Cruz is the only person who pretends to be a serial killer to be MORE likable,” one person tweeted in response to the senator’s Halloween gag.

By Gina Tron

In an effort to relate to human beings and convince the world he’s not a lizard person in disguise, Texas Senator Ted Cruz celebrated Halloween by once again playing along with rumor that he’s actually the Zodiac Killer — at least on Twitter. (Oxygen.com couldn’t independently verify what he was actually wearing Wednesday.)

On Halloween afternoon, Cruz tweeted one of the infamous serial killer's trademark ciphers, and also posted it to Facebook.

Incredibly, this isn’t the first time he’s done this — though it is the first time he’s done it on Oct. 31, and with a crucial election right around the corner.

Cruz has long been the focus of a meme/conspiracy theory that jokingly accuses him of being the Zodiac Killer, a mysterious murderer who terrorized Northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and whose identity has never been uncovered.

It is believed that the killer was responsible for five brutal murders between 1968 and 1969, though he claimed to have killed 37 people in his letters. Victims were found in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa and San Francisco.

Police initially believed the slayings were random, but local newspapers later received coded letters and ciphers from someone calling themselves the “Zodiac Killer,” who took credit for the murders and demanded press attention.

Ted Cruz is definitely not the Zodiac Killer —unless of course, he began killing before he was born and somehow also crossed the border from Alberta, Canada.  But rumors that Cruz was the elusive criminal started circulating in 2013, but really picked up steam in 2016 during his unsuccessful presidential campaign.

A history of that full, beautiful origin story can be read here.

As for Cruz’s “festive” tweet, Twitter users had some pretty entertaining responses to the senator’s (recycled) joke.

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