SAN FRANCISCO experts have solved the code in the “340 Cipher” posted to the San Francisco Chronicle in 1969 by the Zodiac Killer, the elusive person who terrorized the California Bay Area decades ago and killed five people, the newspaper reported on Friday morning.
According to code breaker David Oranchak, the cipher attributed to the killer says: “I hope you have a lot of fun catching me. … I am not afraid of the gas chamber because it will send me to paradise earlier because I have enough now.” Have slaves to work for me. “
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In a statement to our sister station ABC7 News on Friday, the FBI confirmed that they knew the cipher had been cracked by “private individuals”.
The agency said the case was still an “ongoing investigation”.
“The Zodiac Killer has terrorized multiple communities in Northern California, and although decades have passed, 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 are at this point make no further comments, “said the FBI.
In December 1968, the Zodiac killer killed two teenagers on Lake Herman Road in Benicia. A couple were later shot dead in July 1969 while parked in Blue Rock Springs Park in Vallejo. One of the victims died.
In September of that year, a masked suspect stabbed and killed two people in Lake Berryessa, Napa County, California.
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In October 1969, a San Francisco taxi driver was shot dead.
The identity of the Zodiac Killer has been a mystery for decades. Investigators were hoping a cipher would reveal the killer’s name, but the 340 doesn’t.
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