Zodiac Killer's 1969 puzzle to newspaper finally solved FIVE decades after serial killer claimed to have slaughtered 37

Zodiac Killer's 1969 puzzle to newspaper finally solved FIVE decades after serial killer claimed to have slaughtered 37

THE Zodiac Killer's 1969 puzzle to a newspaper has finally been solved – five decades after the serial murderer claimed to slaughter at least 37 people.

The 340 cipher sent to the San Francisco Chronicle in November 1969 in which the killer bragged that they were unafraid of execution was eventually solved, it was reported on Friday.

"I am not afraid of the gas chamber," the killer wrote, according to a Chronicle journalist, noting the serial killer gave no name when he penned it a whopping 51 years ago.

The coded letter – full of 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.”

This week, the Chronicle revealed that citizen coding experts recently cracked some of the mystery behind the unidentified killer, which was acknowledged in a statement from the FBI today.

“Last weekend, a team I’m on solved the 340 and submitted it to the FBI,” coding expert David Oranchak said. “They have confirmed the solution. No joke! This is the real deal.”

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.

After the latest cracked code came to light this week, the feds' issued a statement acknowledging the achievement.

"The FBI is aware that a cipher attributed to the Zodiac killer was recently solder by private citizens," it read.

"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.

"Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, and out of respect for the victims and their families, we will not be providing any further comment at this time."

The vicious, unnamed killer targeted young couples, a male cab driver.

They taunted the media, journalists and law enforcement by sending letters and puzzles about the unsolved crimes.

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.”

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