David Toschi, 86, Detective Who Pursued the Zodiac Killer, Dies

A San Francisco police investigator, he worked on the case, which remains unsolved, for nine years — until he was removed in 1978 for “a foolish thing.”

David Toschi, a colorful San Francisco police detective who spent nine futile years as one of the principal investigators chasing the so-called Zodiac killer, died on Jan. 6 at his home in San Francisco. He was 86.His daughter Linda Toschi-Chambers said the cause was pneumonia. He also had longstanding heart problems, she said.The Zodiac case, which remains unsolved and continues to fascinate crime buffs, involved a string of murders in Northern California in 1968 and 1969.The killer sent tau...