Nike's Psyche

An outlet for my peaceful ponderings with, perhaps, the occasional rant.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Zodiac

Zodiac by Robert Graysmith I finally took the time to see the long (nearly three hours) but fascinating movie, "Zodiac." Ever since I first started seeing the previews for this movie, I knew I wanted to see it. Why? Because in 1969, at the height of the Zodiac killings, I lived in Vallejo, California.

My memories of that era are vague (I was seven years old when the first couple was killed in Vallejo in December of 1968; 10 by the time we left California for Mississippi with the Zodiac still at large) but I've always carried around that underlying layer of fear. Living on a naval base as we did (Mare Island), we should have felt protected. But, perhaps it was the imprint of the wing walker shoe left at Lake Berryessa that raised the level of fear on the base. My strongest memory of that year, because all of the Zodiac's known attacks occurred between December of 1968 and mid-October of 1969, was of trick-or-treating with armed guards.

Wanted poster for ZodiacMy older sister, Laurie remembers having nightmares.

The main reason I really wanted to see the movie was to give me all the background that I had missed as a child. And there was so much more than I remembered. Certainly, I wasn't aware of how prolific the killer was when it came to writing the San Francisco newspapers nor how much press he craved.

But the artist's renderings of what he might have looked like are too hauntingly familiar and still send a shiver down my spine. Depsite the continued controversy of who may or may not have been the Zodiac, I still greatly enjoyed the movie and Robert Graysmith's take (thanks to his obsession) on that time.

4 Comments:

  • At 11:45 AM, Blogger tednews said…

    Hi Victoria,
    i read you entry and would like to use it on our website at www.timesheraldonline.com we have about two dozen Zodiac memories there. If that's OK, please let me know. Ted , editor of the Vallejo Times-Herald

     
  • At 1:01 PM, Blogger Laura said…

    I remember having gone fishing and picnicking with the next-door neighbors at Lake Berryessa the day before those killings. And I recall being somewhat reassured by hearing from someone in the sheriff's department that the killer seemed to prey only on couples parked in secluded places.

     
  • At 8:30 AM, Anonymous jim said…

    In the late 80's, I lived in Vallejo and my father worked on Mare Island... Small world, huh?

     
  • At 4:51 PM, Blogger CSL said…

    Oh, man, that's my big memory of it, too - the guys with guns as we went begging for candy. Scary stuff.

     

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