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Has the Zodiac Killer's Cipher Been Cracked?

Has the Zodiac Killer's Cipher Been Cracked?

The Daily Mail via YellowBrix

July 29, 2011

A Massachusetts man says he has solved something that has boggled authorities for 40 years – the writings of a notorious murderer.

Known as the Zodiac Killer, the unknown subject killed at least seven people and terrorized California’s Bay Area in the late 60s.

The high-profile crimes were made more mysterious by the cryptic writings the killer sent to local newspapers.

Now, Corey Starliper, of Tewksbury, says he has solved those writings.

Mr Starliper, 27, who admits he’s ‘extraordinarily consumed’ in the case, spent nine hours working on the code.

He told Patch.com: ‘I found it exciting, that I was actually able to get into his head when nobody had for over 40 years.’

The first cipher, which appeared three parts sent to three newspapers in August of 1969, contained 408 characters.

It took just a few days for a history teacher and his wife to solve it.

Mr Starliper said: ‘The first code was cracked by amateurs. So they figure that any communication after that would be able to be cracked by amateurs.’

So he began to work on the most famous – and unsolved – code, a 340-character cipher mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper on Nov. 8, 1969.

‘The first one was cracked by a history teacher and his wife,’ said Starliper.

‘What I’m driving at was the first code was cracked by amateurs. So they figure that any communication after that would be able to be cracked by amateurs.’

Starliper’s interest in the infamous killer was sparked by Zodiac, the movie about the murders.

The 2007 film starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Marc Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.

It was based on the writings of Robert Graysmith, who scribed two books about the case.

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 3 years ago

    50418 Comments

    Bump Spencer.

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    manintan

    almost 3 years ago

    76 Comments

    Attention is a factor in some cases involving serial killers. Why continue to fule the fire.

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    ???

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    SpencerStangz

    almost 3 years ago

    420 Comments

    @ 95Zcar...i think they were amateurs...but don't take my word for it...i could have misread it the first two times...lol

    and yes still odd and LATE Bump whalewatcher...

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    ZodiacRevisited

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Don't waste your time with this story. The so-called solution is bogus.

    http://zodiacrevisited.com/yet-another-person-cracks-the-340/

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    Whalewatcher

    about 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Kinda late, ain't it ?? Bump crowfeeder, too.

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    CL2K10

    about 3 years ago

    62 Comments

    I second the comment. Odd story indeed.

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    crowfeeder

    about 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    Odd story.

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    95Zcar

    about 3 years ago

    3992 Comments

    What was the status of the people who cracked the first code?

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    Jsweetman

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    I think the point he is trying to make is that professional have a tendancy to overthink things and make it more complicated than it really is. For example Kryptos, is a scuputure at C.I.A. head quarters that was made by an artist with a 4 part code. It has been there for over 20yrs and the best of the best have yet to crack the 4th part.

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    Nathalie

    about 3 years ago

    150 Comments

    Correct, Spencer. As if this guy were a professional. I'm sure he gets paid and makes a living at cracking codes ;-P

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    NewYork911

    about 3 years ago

    1672 Comments

    LOL

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    wiseass0282

    about 3 years ago

    10984 Comments

    Bump Spencer

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    SpencerStangz

    about 3 years ago

    420 Comments

    so let me get this straight, to be clear, for the THIRD time, what you are saying is that the first code was cracked by amateurs?

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