Following a 51-year manhunt, 1 of the Zodiac Killer Ciphers, named cryptogram Z-340 has just been decoded. The name comes from its utilization of 340 characters. This is only the second of 4 coded ciphers that were decoded.
The Zodiac killer was activ back in the 60’s and 70’s in the Northern part of California and has made the claim that he’s killed up to 37 people while only 5 murders have been confirmed. This particular serial killer has accumulated a great deal of notoriety and mythology due to the constant hounding of law enforcement officers in addition to the fact that he has been eluding justice for a little over 5 decades.
The cipher was decoded by a trio of code breakers: Samuel Blake, David Oranchak and Jarl van Eycke who explained that the reason why the decryption of the cipher took so long was due to the fact that the Zodiac Killer made a mistake in the cipher which was going down one line & one column across as opposed to 2 which broke the constancy of the pattern.
The results came after a total of650,00 various combinations & algorithms in addition to a few standout phrases that culminated in the following message:
“I HOPE YOU ARE HAVING LOTS OF FUN IN TRYING TO CATCH ME THAT WASN’T ME ON THE TV SHOW WHICH BRINGS UP A POINT ABOUT ME I AM NOT AFRAID OF THE GAS CHAMBER BECAUSE IT WILL SEND ME TO PARADICE ALL THE SOONER BECAUSE I NOW HAVE ENOUGH SLAVES TO WORK FOR ME WHERE EVERYONE ELSE HAS NOTHING WHEN THEY REACH PARADICE SO THEY ARE AFRAID OF DEATH I AM NOT AFRAID BECAUSE I KNOW THAT MY NEW LIFE WILL BE AN EASY ONE IN PARADICE DEATH”
(I know it was coded, but he could have done a bit of punctuation for easier reading…I mean…sheesh)
The trio has the goal of using a similar method in order to crack the remaining 2 ciphers. Given the aforementioned time period of Zodiac’s activity it’s likely that he (or she if you believe the AHS interpretation) may never be caught. Though it does provide insight into his motivations.
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