Dave Toschi

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Dave Toschi
Born David Ramon Toschi
(1931-07-11) July 11, 1931 (age 85)
San Francisco, California, United States
Residence San Francisco, California, United States
Education High School
Occupation Former Inspector
Employer N/A
Known for The Zodiac Killer Case

David Ramon "Dave" Toschi (born July 11, 1931) is a former inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, where he served from 1952 to 1983. He is best known for his role as a chief investigator in the Zodiac Killer case, which he began work on after the murder of taxi driver Paul Stine.

Shortly after he left the S.F.P.D., Dave was the Director of Security for St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco's Mission District. Toschi is currently vice president of North Star Security Services in Daly City.[1] He was an advisor to the producers of the 2007 film Zodiac.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Actor Mark Ruffalo portrayed Toschi in the David Fincher film Zodiac.

George Lucas gave an interview to Empire magazine once stating that the Zodiac murders captured his imagination at the time as a high schooler and then college student at USC, and he always felt like Toschi was harshly judged for how the investigation was handled. He explained this is why he named a location on Tatooine Toschi Station, "in honor of the SFPD inspector."[3]

Steve McQueen copied Toschi's distinctive style of quick-draw shoulder-holster by wearing his gun upside down for the 1968 movie Bullitt. McQueen also modeled much of his Bullitt character on Toschi.[4]

Screenwriters Harry Julian and R.M. Fink also modeled Harry Callahan, the main character of Dirty Harry portrayed by Clint Eastwood, on Toschi; the film's villain, based on the Zodiac Killer, was called "The Scorpio Killer" (portrayed by Andrew J. Robinson).


  1. ^ King, D. "Chasing Zodiac", San Francisco Chronicle
  2. ^ See crew section
  3. ^ Freer, Ian. (1999). Empire Magazine. Vol. 1 Issue 123.
  4. ^ Graysmith, Robert. (1986). Zodiac, p. 96. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-89895-9

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