A Room and a Record — ZODIAC and the Mikado

There are many contemporary renditions of Gilbert & Sullivan’s song “I’ve got a little List,” but this is the classic that ZODIAC listened to in his lair.  This is sung by John Reed, the quintessential Ko-Ko.

Listen over and over while you read The ZODIAC’s letter of July 26, 1970, and you can see where he had trouble hearing the lyrics and wrote what he thought he heard, or he simply improvised (in one area improvised significantly).

As the record played on, clunk and a whirl, he scribbled his tongue-in-cheek letter. This must be imagined clearly to appreciate it. How many times did he play it? I do not know. I’m on my 20th time as I write this. Remember, vividly, this is a murderer sniggering happily as he writes this and listens to a wonderful Gilbert & Sullivan comic operetta.

Here is John Reed as Ko-Ko in the scene of singing titwillow.

Pay close attention to the lyrics after those quoted by ZODIAC in his final letter under that identity (January 29, 1974). After this moment, no more did ZODIAC use that moniker.


There was no “This is the Zodiac Speaking.” No crosshair. It was over.  . .with a hollow threat and a mysterious graffito.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress. 


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