Cracked Code: Zodiac Killer’s 340-Character Puzzle Finally Solved

It took 51 years, but the Zodiac Killer’s 340-character cipher has finally been cracked.

As relayed by NotTheBee, three men solved the puzzle on Dec. 5, releasing a video explaining the process and their findings.

This is news because law enforcement officials were never able to discover the Zodiac Killer’s identity.

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who claimed responsibility for 37 murders in northern California in the 1960s and ’70s. Police were able to confirm only five. The puzzle solved below is from 1969.

The person claiming to be the Zodiac Killer sent letters to California media outlets with codes — and clues — supposedly related to his identity and murders.

According to the code-breakers, here is how the 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

The Zodiac Killer’s reign of terror was documented in the book Zodiac, written by former San Francisco Chronicle political cartoonist Robert Graysmith and published in 1986. A movie of the same name starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jake Gyllenhaal followed in 2007.

But after these latest developments, it may be time for a sequel.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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    • Truly was, I had no idea how good that movie would turn out to be. I think its the best films Gyllenhaall and certainly Ruffalo ever made. I still eat my Animal Crackers to this day! Good brain food (as cookies go 😉

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