Over the course of the last week, a stupid joke concocted by a handful of Twitter wise guys that posits that Republic senator Ted Cruz is actually the infamous Zodiac Killer, the murderer who terrorized northern California in the late sixties, has exploded from silly in-joke, to actual news story. If you’re still unfamiliar with the details, I wrote about its origins and interviewed some of the characters involved on Friday for Esquire. I figured that would probably be the plateau of the gag, but I was very, very wrong. Now, nearly every media outlet has weight in on the phenomenon.
Who called Ted Cruz the Zodiac Killer, why, and is he? – The Verge.
Is Ted Cruz the Zodiac Killer? Maybe, Say 38 Percent of Florida Voters – Rolling Stone
The definitive debunking: Ted Cruz is not the Zodiac Killer – The Washington Post
‘Ted Cruz Is the Zodiac Killer‘ Made the Leap From Meme to Poll Question – New York
That poll question angle is a new development, as an actual bonafide public polling outlet, called Public Policy Polling, has conducted a poll that asked voters what they think about Cruz’ culpability.
“And PPP found that a sizable chunk of Floridians — open-minded folks that we are — refused to rule out the possibility that Cruz might just be a ruthless butcher,” the Miami New Times reported.
The group asked 1,012 registered voters, including 464 likely Republican primary voters and 388 likely Democratic primary voters whether they thought it’s possible Cruz might actually be a serial killer whose crimes were committed before he was actually born, and found:
38% of Florida voters think it’s possible that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac
Killer. 10% say he for sure is, and another 28% say that they are just not sure. Cruz is
exonerated from being a toddler serial killer by 62% of the Sunshine State populace.
What the hell is going on here?! Have we all gone mad?
There is actually a silver lining to the story. A Texas fellas by the name of Tim Faust, a friend of mine, seized on the joke early on, and has commissioned a t-shirt that plays up the theory. All of the proceeds are going to support a group called the West Fund that helps women in need of support and abortion services, which, as you can probably guess, Ted Cruz is adamantly against.
As of last night Faust says he’s pulled together over $40,000 in donations.
gross rev $81,447
minus trans. fees $77,888
minus shipping $63,119
minus production costs $42,639
estimated donation $42,339
— Kill Tim Faust (@crulge) February 26, 2016
We may never prove that Cruz was the killer, but at least something good might come of it after all.