Jake Gyllenhaal (Robert Graysmith) "That and the poster"
CF; "The poster"
JG; "The poster that Rick drew, the handwriting is the closest that we have ever come to a match".
CF; "Rick didn't draw any posters".
JG; "No, he drew this one"
CF; "Mr Graysmith, I do the posters myself".
This was the unnerving moment in the 2007 film Zodiac that Robert Graysmith played by actor Jake Gyllenhaal realizes the uncomfortable possibility that he may actually be sitting in the home of the Zodiac Killer, but what is the truth. Robert Graysmith claims this encounter with Bob Vaughn took place.
Bob Vaughn, born in 1911 was a theater organist from an early age, having played at many venues including the Avenue Theatre at 2650 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, situated just off US Route 101 approximately 4 miles south of Mason and Geary Street and a 7 mile drive to the Washington and Cherry Street intersection. He was the accompaniment to many movies in the silent film era, dating back as early as 1927, before the work dried up, accentuated by the inevitable arrival of the 'talking film'. He was forced into a career change, working for the Immigration and Naturalization Service which dealt with checking and evaluating people at an official port of entry, as well as assessing applications for permanent residency, however in the early years of 1960 he moved back to San Francisco and worked alongside Rick Marshall, who worked as a projectionist at the Avenue Theatre . Built in 1927 it funded the running of old movies on Tuesday and Wednesday, by showing more contemporary productions for the rest of the week and this is where Bob Vaughn excelled as a pipe organist.
When the first murders on December 20th 1968 at Lake Herman Road occurred, Bob Vaughn was 57 years old and although his name has cropped up in many Zodiac discussion boards by association with Rick Marshall, that is about as far as it can be taken. As for the Avenue Theatre, which closed its doors in 1984, the nearest it came to the Zodiac case, other than Rick Marshall, is quite possibly when Paul Stine passed nearby on US Route 101 at approximately 9.35 pm on October 11th 1969, his likely route from San Francisco International Airport towards the Mason and Geary Theater district after dropping off his final fare on that fateful night..
The scene from the movie captures the imagination, but that is all that it should capture.