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A 51-Year-Old Cipher Code From The ‘Zodiac Killer’ Was Just Cracked By A Team Of Amateur Code-Breakers

If you are a true-crime junkie like I am, then you are probably completely familiar with the ‘Zodiac Killer’. For 51 years people have been trying to crack the code on the “340 cipher”

David Oranchak

The “340 cipher” was sent to the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969 and has had many people over the years trying to solve it. Well, it’s finally happened and has been verified by the FBI.

I felt vindicated.

American code-breaker David Oranchak told The Washington Post
David Oranchak

David Oranchak, Sam Blake, and Jarl Van Eycke form the group that solved the puzzle of the “340 cipher”. The “340 cipher” is a grid of 63 symbols that was written by the ‘Zodiac Killer’ and then mailed to the Chronicle with one of his victim’s bloodstained shirts.

David Oranchak

They’ve been working on it for a year using a code-breaking computer program by Jarl Van Eycke. It has 650,000 variations written by Sam Blake and they cracked the code on December 3rd!

David Oranchak

David Oranchak saw “that wasn’t me on the TV” and that is when he knew they had something! Just 2 weeks before this letter was received, a person called into a morning television news show claiming to be the ‘Zodiac Killer’.

David Oranchak

The FBI is aware that a cipher attributed to the Zodiac Killer was recently solved by private citizens. The Zodiac Killer case remains an ongoing investigation for the FBI San Francisco division and our local law enforcement partners.

Spokeswoman Cameron Rogers Polan said in a statement
David Oranchak

The cracked “340 cipher” reads:

I HOPE YOU ARE HAVING LOTS OF FUN IN TRYING TO CATCH ME

THAT WASNT 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 IS

LIFE WILL BE AN EASY ONE IN PARADICE DEATH

David Oranchak

I was totally hoping for more answers. A name, a reason… anything. So what’s next? Watch the video below to learn more.

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