THE Zodiac Killer’s menacing puzzle to a newspaper has finally been cracked decades after the serial murderer claimed to kill 37 people.
The incredibly tough code was one of a number the killer had sent to newspapers across San Francisco. But what did the cipher say? And what did the Zodiac killer do?
What did the Zodiac Killer's cipher say?
In November 1969, the infamous Zodiac Killer sent a 340 cipher to the San Francisco Chronicle while bragging that they had no fear of execution.
The difficult code remained unsolved for decades, but it has finally been cracked.
The coded letter – full of jumbled letters, numbers and symbols – read: “I hope you are having lots of fun in trying to catch me.
“I am not afraid of the gas chamber because it will send me to paradise all the sooner because I now have enough slaves to work for me.”
The chilling message was cracked by citizen coding experts, according to an article in The Chronicle in December, 2020.
Coding expert David Oranchak said: “Last weekend, a team I’m on solved the 340 and submitted it to the FBI.
“They have confirmed the solution. No joke! This is the real deal.”
And today the FBI acknowledged the code-breakers achievements.
The FBI statement said: "The FBI is aware that a cipher attributed to the Zodiac killer was recently solved by private citizens.
"The Zodiac Killer remains an ongoing investigation for the FBI San Francisco Division and our local law enforcement partners.
"The Zodiac killer terrorized multiple communities across Northern California and even though decades have gone by, we continue to seek justice for the victims of these brutal crimes.”
How long did the Zodiac Killer's code take to crack?
The Zodiac Killer’s 340 cipher took 51 years to crack after it was first published in 1969.
The code was cracked by David Oranchak, from America, and two other code breakers from Belgium, and Australia.
The message was one of several sent to newspapers during the killing spree.
Another one of the cypher puzzles solved in 1969 by a California school teacher and his wife read: "I like killing because it is so much fun.”
What did the Zodiac Killer do?
The Zodiac Killer was a vicious serial killer who went on a killing spree across Northern California from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.
The serial killer sent a series of taunting letters and cards to San Francisco newspapers and once claimed to have murdered 37 victims.
The Zodiac murdered five known victims in Benicia, Vallejo, Napa County, and San Francisco, between December 1968 and October 1969.
In an October 13, 1969 description, police said the killer was a five-foot-eight man aged 35 to 45, who had brown hair – with possibly a tint of red – and needed glasses.
The vicious killer targeted young couples, a male cab driver but their identity remains unknown.
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