The San Francisco law enforcement department bid farewell on Saturday to detective Dave Toschi, the lead investigator during Zodiac’s reign terror during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Toschi was 86-years-old when he passed away after losing a fight against his illness.
Toschi’s Career Marked by the Zodiac Case
As you might recall, the Zodiac case is and has been regarded as one of the most controversial murder cases of the 20th century, mostly due to the fact that the criminal could not be identified nor apprehended.
Operating exclusively in North California, Zodiac’s murderous rampage has terrorized the population between December 1968 and October 1969. Although he only claimed to have murdered four individuals, the authorities believed that the death toll pinned on Zodiac might have been somewhere between 20 and 37.
The man’s sordid reputation made headlines shortly after sending the famous coded letters. Up to this day, Zodiac’s cipher has been regarded as one of the toughest cases of code breaking in history since they laid dormant for more than 40 years before anyone could figure out their meaning.
Dave Toschi, the San Francisco murder investigator who recently passed away, was assigned the case of the infamous serial killer shortly after the body of a San Francisco cab driver was discovered in October 1969.
Toschi and his colleagues worked side-by-side, burning the midnight oil, for more than nine years in order to put an end to Zodiac’s murder string. Unfortunately, the criminal was never caught, but the authorities were never short on suspects.
Detective Toschi was taken off the case when he admitted writing various anonymous letters to prestigious publications such as the Chronicle in which he expressed his admiration towards Zodiac’s work.
For his outstanding record, Toschi was promoted to the rank of Inspector before retiring from the force. The man also worked as a detective consultant with several movie producers.
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