The infamous ‘Zodiac Killer’ had left a coded message more than 50 years ago which has finally been cracked by a group of volunteer code-breakers.
The Zodiac Killer is believed to have shot or stabbed at least 7 people, killing 5 of them, in northern California, US, between 1968 and 1969.
The Zodiac Killer was never caught despite sending a series of letters and word puzzles to San Francisco newspapers, some of which had fragments of bloodied clothing as proof. Some of the notes were secretly coded, one of which was a particularly complex missive with 340 characters, later came to be known as the ‘340 Cipher’.
Similar to the murders of the killer, solving the Zodiac cyphers has also become a fixation for true-crime followers across the world.
The codebreakers David Oranchak, Sam Blake, and Jarl Van Eycke revealed the coded message through a video on YouTube by Oranchak. The message reads, “I am not afraid of the gas chamber because it will send me to paradice (sic) all the sooner because I now have enough slaves to work for me.”
David Oranchak, who has been identified as a 46-year-old web designer who lives in Virginia said in his YouTube video that he had hoped that the cypher would yield information about the killer’s identity. He said “The message doesn’t really say a whole lot. It’s more of the same attention-seeking junk from Zodiac.”
The FBI has confirmed that the coded message has been cracked by the group and said that further investigation was going on into the half-century-old case.