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Post by ZodeMode on June 28th 2015, 1:31 am

Some really good information on Marshall from the site zodiackillerfacts.com

Born in the state of Texas in 1928, Richard Marshall developed a fascination with electronics and old films, and he eventually worked as a projectionist at a movie theater. He also worked as an engineer for the Bay Area radio station KTM.

A ham radio enthusiast, Marshall talked with other radio buffs and once invited some listeners to visit his home. Upon their arrival, the guests found the host peculiar and soon suspected that Marshall was the infamous ”Zodiac killer.”

* Marshall reportedly lived in Los Angeles at the time that three women had been killed in the area. He also was said to be in the Napa area at the time of the stabbing at Lake Berryessa.

* Marshall allegedly told a witness that he had found something “much more exciting than sex,” and had a collection of pornographic literature.

* Marshall enjoyed watching old silent movies. One of his favorite films was titled “El Spectre Rojo,” or “The Red Phantom.” This name had been used in one of the 1974 letters attributed to the Zodiac.

* Marshall owned a teletype machine, similar to one believed to be used by the Zodiac, and liked to use “odd sized paper.”

* In 1969, Marshall reportedly lived in a basement apartment on Scott Street in San Francisco, several miles from the scene of the Zodiac’s last known murder. In one letter, the Zodiac mentioned his “basement.”

* Marshall was ambidextrous and, according to informants, “this suspect always uses, as did Zodiac, a black felt tip pen.” The Zodiac used a BLUE felt tip pen to write most of his letters. The suspect also reportedly owned a Royal typewriter similar to the one used to type the “Confession” letter in the Riverside case.

In spite of the list of damning links to the Zodiac, Marshall proved to be a disappointment. Much of the information contained in the report submitted by the suspicious informants was based on erroneous information about the crimes, and a fingerprint comparison did not match any of the prints believed to belong to the killer. Retired Zodiac investigator Ken Narlow said of the man often referred to as his “favorite” suspect, “Marshall makes good reading but not a very good suspect in my estimation.”

Richard Marshall shared his thoughts during a 1989 television interview. “Obviously, if they had been more forthcoming, I would have understood why they were investigating me,” the suspect explained. He acknowledged that he and the Zodiac seemed to share similar characteristics and interests. “My innocence notwithstanding, the details do fit.”

Robert Graysmith’s 1986 book ZODIAC featured a ”character” based on Marshall named "Donald Jeff Andrews." Graysmith’s chapter on ”Andrews” contained both fact and fiction, and effectively rendered a reluctant Marshall a permanent suspect in the unsolved murders. In the 2007 film adaptation of Graysmith’s book the Marshall-based character was named ”Rick Martin.” Like the book, director David Fincher’s version of the Zodiac story also departed from fact and once again cast the suspect into the spotlight. The man who loved movies and longed to be a character on the big screen was immortalized for film history as one of only two suspects mentioned in a movie about one of the most notorious unsolved serial murder cases in American history.

According to reports, Richard Marshall died in a nursing home in September 2008.

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Post by ZodeMode on June 28th 2015, 1:32 am

It has also been rumored that Marshall's birth name was actually Joe Don Dickey, son of a wealthy oil family and that he took the name Rick Marshall from a hitch hiker he may have murdered on his way from Texas to California, but that has never been proven.
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Post by Galaxie500 on July 23rd 2015, 2:49 pm

ZodeMode wrote:It has also been rumored that Marshall's birth name was actually Joe Don Dickey, son of a wealthy oil family and that he took the name Rick Marshall from a hitch hiker he may have murdered on his way from Texas to California, but that has never been proven.

Incidentally, there was a "Joe Don Dickey" residing in Marin Co. at approximately the same time frame as Marshall:



(taken from The Abilene Reporter, July 6, 1975)
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Post by The Virus on July 26th 2015, 8:52 pm

now thats weird!
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Post by sandy betts on May 13th 2016, 10:05 pm

NAME: Richard Reed Marshall
BIRTH: 7 Apr 1928
DEATH: 8 Sep 2008 - Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA
CIVIL: Washington

I find it very hard to believe that he wasn't born Richard Reed Marshall.

I looked for any connection to Washington and found that someone with his name was an usher in a wedding. It was in the Washington post on 8-6-1949.
Has anyone picked up his death cert.? That will show his parents names.

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Post by Galaxie500 on May 13th 2016, 11:14 pm

sandy betts wrote:NAME: Richard Reed Marshall
BIRTH: 7 Apr 1928
DEATH: 8 Sep 2008 - Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA
CIVIL: Washington

I find it very hard to believe that he wasn't born Richard Reed Marshall.

I looked for any connection to Washington and found that someone with his name was an usher in a wedding. It was in the Washington post on 8-6-1949.
Has anyone picked up his death cert.? That will show his parents names.

It's possible, but it seems equally hard to believe that "Richard Reed Marshall" didn't apply for a Social Security # until he was 26 years old - particularly if he served in the military during WWII as he would later assert. I also find it striking that Marshall, in addition to occupying the same address in San Jose as Dickey, was (per his SS application) born in the same city (Slaton) as Dickey and had connections to the city (Hamlin) Dickey grew up in.  I suppose it's possible that they were childhood friends, as you suggested earlier.


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Post by sandy betts on May 14th 2016, 7:58 am

The Zodiac case is a mystery with in a mystery. It is true getting a SS number at 26 is not the norm. But if he lost it and had to get another one reissued for identification , it would show the last time he applied for one. I say one of us gets a copy of his death certificate , that will show his parents names and where they were from. If they don't check out to be his parents, then he wasn't born with that name. My granddaughter needed to show her S.S.card and had to apply for a new one is how I know that can happen. Washington is where he reapplied is why I looked for him in Washington and did find someone with his name there in 1949.
The city directory should show if it was him or not by his occupation, unless he wasn't into what we know about him. Morf is good about getting S.S. applications maybe he could get the one Rick filled out in Washington? So far I don't think his writing is like the Zodiac's, some letters yes but not enough of them match.

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Post by ophion1031 on May 14th 2016, 8:13 pm

Good to finally see some talk on Marshall. Good stuff, everyone. He filled out the SSN app under the name of Richard Reed Marshall in 1950, so if that is not his real name then he was using at when he was in his early-mid 20's or maybe even earlier than that.

Where did you see that Marshall and Dickey were at the same San Jose address? Sorry, I'm really tired and seemed to have missed that. Very interesting though!
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Post by ophion1031 on May 14th 2016, 8:17 pm

Nevermind, found it in another thread.
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Post by Galaxie500 on January 13th 2017, 3:55 pm

ophion1031 wrote:...
Where did you see that Marshall and Dickey were at the same San Jose address?...

Yeah. I probably should have included that information in my post.

From Marshall's FCC registration -



California unclaimed funds index -

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Re: About Rick Marshall

Post by ophion1031 on January 14th 2017, 8:26 pm

Galaxie500 wrote:
ophion1031 wrote:...
Where did you see that Marshall and Dickey were at the same San Jose address?...

Yeah. I probably should have included that information in my post.

From Marshall's FCC registration -



California unclaimed funds index -


Thanks! For me that proves that Dickey and Marshall were the same person. I had never seen proof before this.
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Post by ophion1031 on January 16th 2017, 3:03 am

I looked through all of the Marshall threads and could not find anything that talks about Marshall living in Seattle and working for Boeing. Does anyone have more info on this?
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