Zodiac was released into theaters on March 2nd, 2007. Filming locations include Long Beach, Napa and San Francisco, Ca. It was directed by David Fincher. To say Fincher is a talented director would be a bit of an understatement. Aside from Zodiac, he's directed such films as Alien 3, Fight Club, The Game, Gone Girl and Seven as well as a large number of late 80's/early 90's music videos and my personal favorite Nike commercial (Instant Karma). Zodiac features an impressive cast, some of which include Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Cox and Elias Koteas. The film features some good music from the time period when the murders occurred, Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan and Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty to name a couple. The films first DVD release was on July 24th, 2007. The first time I watched it I was captivated. It was based on actual case files and I think that's a large part of the films appeal, the fact that it was so true to the real life events of the case. For anyone who'd like to know all the details of the case, I highly recommend Robert Graysmith's book  Zodiac. Graysmith is who Jake Gyllenhaal portrays in the film. During a recent trip to northern California I was able to visit a couple locations from the film, which were also two of the real life murder locations from the Zodiac case.

Mr. Ed's Burgers & Fries - 4390 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach, Ca. 90807
(George's 50's Diner)

The structure has been there since at least the early 1950's. It can also be seen in the movie A Cinderella Story.


Bryan Hartnell and Cecelia Shepard are attacked - Knoxville Rd. Napa, Ca. 94558
(Lake Berryessa, Oak Shores)

The attack occurred on September 27th, 1969. Hartnell survived eight stab wounds to the back but Shepard died as a result of her injuries. The lake is over 20,000 acres when full. It's approximately 15.5 miles long and 3 miles wide. Near the dam on the southeast side of the reservoir is an open bell-mouth spillway. The pipe has a straight drop of two-hundred feet. In 1997, a woman was killed after being sucked into the spillway.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.

Paul Stine shot and killed - Cherry St. and Washington St. San Francisco, Ca. 94118

The murder occurred on October 11th, 1969. 

All "Now" pictures taken in 2019.