The man approached the passenger side window which her cousin’s girlfriend began rolling down.
“He said ‘I need some help,’” DeGroat said. “‘I was out on the lake with my girlfriend and I can’t find her. I was hoping you’d help me find her.’”
DeGroat describes the man as in his middle-30s to early 40s, with blondish, short-cropped hair and horn-rimmed glasses. His pants were dark, and his shoes may also have been dark army boots, she said.
In 2010, I read some very interesting comments by a woman who had watched a TV documentary about the Zodiac Killer. The documentary reminded her of a scary incident she had on Telegraph Avenue, mostly likely in 1969 -- compare her description of the man to the one in the article above...
Tonight I happened to catch Tom Voigt’s show about the Zodiac Killer on the biography channel and when I saw the photograph of Richard Gaikowski a chill went down my spine. Early one evening in 1968 (or possibly ’69), at the height of the Zodiac scare, when I was a 23 or 24 year old, while I was standing at a bus stop on Telegraph Ave. waiting to go back to Berkeley, a very cleancut young man with short blond hair and dark rimmed eyeglasses pulled up to curb in a light colored convertible (a Mustang???)and was quite insistent that I should allow him to drive me back to Berkeley,which he assured me was where he was also going.
Being no fool, I kept refusing and he became increasingly annoyed. Fortunately, several other pedestrians appeared and the fellow revved his engine and made a sharp right turn off Telegraph, heading in a distinctly non-Berkeley direction. He unnerved me so badly that I never forgot his face: he looked exactly like the photograph of Richard Gaikowski! Does anyone know what kind of car, if any, that man drove?