About 15-years ago I posted an interesting e-mail to my Z Mail section (it's near the bottom of the page) of the main Zodiackiller.com site. Then I promptly forgot all about it. Until today.
During the time the Zodiac Killer was actively being sought I happened to take a trip to S.F. where I had lived for two years previously. I had gone to a nightclub called The Family Dog which was a gathering of very bizarre people. Standing in the balcony I was observing the audience dancing below when I saw a person who looked like the composite drawing I had seen in the paper. What drew my attention to him was not his looks but the fact that in his dancing he was acting out murders. Some of the observed activities included strangulation and stabbings. Watching this activity totally upset me to the point I left the club with my friends and called the police from a payphone outside and waited for twenty minutes for the police to show up. When the police did not show (probably because of the reputation of the people who frequented the club) I left and have not obtained any information concerning my call.
The above e-mail came long before I had any real interest in, or knowledge of, Richard Gaikowski. Yet not only is "The Family Dog" mentioned in virtually every issue I have ever seen of the Good Times newspaper, it only existed from June 1969 until late 1970 when it went out of business. So the encounter mentioned above had to be during Zodiac's active period. And if the crowd was as crazy as I've heard from many sources, Zodiac might have felt safe enough to unleash his inner lunatic.
See the pic below, along with more interesting details:
The building that housed "The Family Dog" was located at Playland At The Beach along the Great Highway in San Francisco. Playland catered to kiddies, was about 100 yards from the ocean, and was the original location of the infamous Zoltan Machine.