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Poster vs Zodiac letter

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There was the infamous poster, supposedly made by Rick Marshall(possibly really made by Bob Vaughn). I noticed the stars he drew on it, seemed to closely match the x’s on the circle drawn by Z in his letter. I am sure it’s a coincidence, but pretty cool either way.

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Posted : August 12, 2014 9:02 pm
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Has the handwriting on this been compared to the Red Phantom letter?

A few minutes ago on a toilet not very far, far away….

Posted : August 14, 2014 7:25 am
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Not that I think they are similar in any way, but I haven’t looked at that particular letter in quite a while.

A few minutes ago on a toilet not very far, far away….

Posted : August 14, 2014 7:27 am
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I found this, which does seem to indicate that Bob Vaughn made these posters:

I think I can fill in a few of the holes in this thread now. I’ve skimmed through my copy of the "Zodiac" book, and looked at the very interesting website at http://www.zodiackiller.com , and now I’ve learned a thing or two, and realized a thing or two. The film collector and Zodiac suspect, "Don Andrews" in the book, is identified on the website as Richard Marshall. When I saw that, I did a double take. I’ve met the guy!

The Robert Graysmith book gives the suggestion that Marshall worked at John Hampton’s Silent Movie Theater. He might have worked there briefly, but the truth is that Marshall worked at the Avenue Theater in San Francisco, which as many of you know was a showcase for silents in the Bay Area. The website states that he was working at an unnamed "silent movie theater in the Bay Area at the time Zodiac sent his ‘Red Phantom’ letter in July 1974." Bob Vaughn, who played the organ for screenings at the Avenue, has confirmed for me that Marshall worked there.

The book makes several mentions of the hand-lettered movie posters the Avenue displayed, theorizing that the Zodiac suspect wrote them himself. I’ve seen a bunch of those at Bob’s house.

It was also at Bob’s house that I met Richard Marshall. It wasn’t that long ago, maybe a year or so. I showed up at Bob’s to record a musical score for a silent video, and found that he had a houseguest. The man was old, maybe 70 or 75, and he was ailing with Parkinson’s Disease or something similar. Bob introduced me to him and after our recording session we all had a chat.

Marshall had been a serious collector of silent films, and had managed to turn up a few nitrate prints over the years. The only title I remember was a Gene Gauntier three-reeler, "For Ireland’s Sake," which he had long since donated to one of the major archives, along with the rest of his collection, he said. (Was he the guy that turned up "El Spectro Rojo"? I don’t know.) He talked about the different theaters around the Bay Area, and of finding a box of 1950s-era film in one of them, but he didn’t say anything that struck me as bizarre or suspicious. In all honesty, he seemed to be a bit of a strange person, but I chalked that up to age and illness. He certainly didn’t seem like any kind of a murder suspect.


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