The Latest 2020 Development? One of the Zodiac Killer’s Ciphers Was Finally Cracked.
It’s only taken roughly fifty years, but we cracked another one of the Zodiac Killer’s ciphers! This sounds like I’m being a smartass and that I’m not excited, but if you know me (or have read any of my Zodiac-loving pieces here on The Mary Sue) you know that this is huge news for me personally.
The cipher in question was solved by civilian codebreakers, and the FBI admitted as much, which honestly fits in with everything else about this case. Back when the letters were heading to the San Francisco Chronicle, they would publish the letters, and people throughout the area would try to crack the cipher to read the letter.
So the fact that codebreakers figured out this one all these years later? Incredible. The letter in question talks about his “appearance” on a television show, where he spoke to Melvin Belli.
“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 misspelling of “paradice” feeds into other letters and the killer’s either intentional misspelling or lack of care, but this letter made for some fun developments in the case—mainly that it brought Twitter together to make a ton of Zodiac memes, which makes me happy and my soul feel light.
the art the artist pic.twitter.com/vEW1F7QlqM
— Amy (@cableknitjumper) December 14, 2020
Looks like the FBI has cracked one of the Zodiac Killer’s ciphers. Your days are numbered, you sick fuck. pic.twitter.com/AAa3XFhXYb
— Copium Merchant (@Schright_d00t) December 11, 2020
they cracked the Zodiac Killer cypher after 51 years! can you believe out? pic.twitter.com/LMqG8fnJSb
— et al ☿ (@alaurathexplora) December 12, 2020
can’t believe the answer to the zodiac killer letter was in the social network (2010) all along pic.twitter.com/nYR0fDx4ay
— rachel leishman (@RachelLeishman) December 15, 2020
When the Zodiac Killer hears the news pic.twitter.com/vDG2rkmsBO
— Sal 🤍 (@Salma_love18) December 12, 2020
they deciphered this zodiac killer message and honestly idk how they didn’t put this together sooner pic.twitter.com/Y22QlEcpyo
— will (@fuckmarrywill) December 12, 2020
they finally cracked the zodiac cipher pic.twitter.com/Jjgqw6UU6T
— COLiN BURGESS (@Colinoscopy) December 12, 2020
— pixelatedboat aka “mr christmas” (@pixelatedboat) December 11, 2020
Would I love 2020 if we somehow figured out who the Zodiac Killer was this year? Yes. Simple as that. It would make me, personally, feel better about everything, but also, I would then like for David Fincher to make an even longer version of Zodiac with this new development. Thank you.
(image: Paramount Pictures)
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