Richard Gaikowski, 1965

Richard Gaikowski
(March 14, 1936 - April 30, 2004) was the prime suspect in the case of the Zodiac Killer.

Early Life Edit

Richard Gaikowski was born in Watertown, S.D., on March 14th 1936. He went to Webster High School and then went to Northern State Teachers College in Aberdeen, S.D.

In the military Edit

Richard served as an stint in the Army in the 1950s and he trained as a medic.

Activity in 1960s and 1970s Edit

In October 1965, Gaikowski was arrested for refusing to sign a traffic citation following a routine stop in Contra Costa County in California.

Death Edit

Richard died of lung cancer at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center on April 30, 2004.

Evidence of Richard being the Zodiac Edit

  • Look like the sketch
  • Nancy Slover said that his voice is the same as the Zodiac.
  • Richard was in the military, but records were burned in a fire so we have no idea how long or any other details.
  • Was trained as a medic to rip wounded soldier's clothing off, which the Zodiac did to Paul Stine after killing him.
  • When Gaikowski was committed to a mental asylum, the Zodiac Killer didn't write for nearly 3 years.
  • In one of the Zodiac's cryptograms, the word "GYKE" can be seen among the letters.
  • He attended one of the victim's funerals, even though he had no idea who he/she was.
  • He followed a surviving victim to New York after she remarried and worked in the same building as her husband for some time.

Criticism of Richard being the Zodiac Edit

  • Richard's friends said that Richard was in Albany, New York during the time of the murders, therefore making it impossible for him to commit the murders. Michael Butterfield also dismiss Richard. His friends lied about this, however, and Richard was never in New York.
  • Cleared via fingerprints by the FBI in 1989. However, fingerprints are not always accurate.