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  • Cipher 340 Cracked December 2020

    Let's Crack Zodiac - Episode 5 - The 340 Is Solved!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1oQ...=DavidOranchak


    On December 3rd, 2020, an international three-person team of codebreakers made a breakthrough with the Zodiac Killer's unsolved 340-character cipher.
    By December 5th, the team finished cracking the cipher and sent the solution to the FBI.

    This is the full message from the Zodiac Killer that was hidden in the 340-character cipher for 51 years:

    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 members of the team that cracked the code are:

    * Sam Blake (Australia)
    * Jarl Van Eycke (Belgium)
    * David Oranchak (USA)
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  • #2
    I have been messing around with this thing as a crossword/word search exercise. Cipher experts have warned me it is a cipher and what I have found doesn't count.

    I will defer to them but call attention to the many visible words in the plain text. I am not claiming they mean anything profound but think it is another layer of Zodiac messing with minds. The plain text can be scrambled over and over and so many usable words do not appear.

    My system provided a glimpse of how it worked. I thought there were patterns that worked diagonally as well as for dropping down a line and shifting characters. I also found "I hope you" in the top left corner but doing that with my system yielded nothing else meaningful. I do not claim I found anything but am surprised that I think I had a basic idea of how it could work.

    I am curious how the cipher could have been arranged to have perhaps double meaning or at least some visible words. I think that is as interesting as getting a message.

    The message is as much drivel as I expected.

    David Oranchak is a fantastic researcher who provided the world with a great web toy that has provided me with lots of fun.
    The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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    • #3
      Amazing, beautiful work.

      Just awesome how this is possible through volunteer dedication across the world. Really exemplified by the Belgian guy: warehouse administrator by day - international code cracker by night!

      I’m a bit embarrassed to make a wild-ass guess for the flow of the last line, but maybe the “Life is” was meant to go with “Death” to form a separate “conclusion”.

      Removing those three words makes the final line perfectly clear and as they demonstrate “life is” was kept separate from the rest of the text.

      Just a thought from a complete amateur

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      • #4
        This story was in the front page of today's San Francisco Chronicle. Here is an interesting sentence from that article:

        "It's a complicated bit of code creation, Oranchak said, but a basic scheme for it can be found in at least one U.S. Army code manual from the 1950s."

        I remember years ago that there was talk about the Zodiac killer as having been a former member of an engineering corps in the military. He had apparently used a word that was only known specifically to a military engineering corps.

        The SF Chronicle article gives us a hint that this code creation had a military background to it, too.

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        • #5
          "That wasn't me on the t.v. show."

          He's denying that he was the guy who called in and talked to Melvin Belli in 1969

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlFZwaVL9lM

          Shades of Wearside Jack, unless the coded messages are also a hoax, in which case it's a hoax referencing another hoax

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          • #6
            R.J.

            Hasn't the newly cracked code been shown to be legit ?
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            • #7
              "That wasn't me on the tv show."

              Yeah, there once was a Ripper letter where the writer claimed he had nothing to do with the torso of a woman that was found in the basement(?) of a government building in early Oct 1888. I've forgotten the specific details of that torso murder. I'm getting old.

              The decoded Zodiac message seems to have its writer also in denial of a story that the public might have connected with an infamous killer. This time the writer denied he phoned a tv show claiming he was the Zodiac.

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              • #8
                Joe:

                The letter you're referring to might be in here:

                https://www.jtrforums.com/showthread.php?t=19496&page=8
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                • #9
                  I believe this solution is legitimate. The FBI is reviewing it now. It was amazing work that cracked the 340 and I am so happy David Oranchak was part of it.

                  I am curious about a lot more oddities in the 340 and I left several questions on David's channel. I have previously expressed my thoughts, but basically, before there is any deciphering or other work, it looks like there are instructions to break the cipher. I am not surprised the answer involved moving a number of spaces and dropping down. The 340 is a fascinating creation and I wonder if there are other, smaller messages left, perhaps in plain sight?
                  The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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                  • #10
                    I finally did find that Ripper Letter that I talked about in my previous post. It was on page 35 of Stewart and Keith's Letters From Hell book.

                    Thomas J. Bulling of the Central News Agency wrote to Chief Constable Williamson on Oct 5, 1888 to tell him about a letter that was received on that day.

                    The Ripper Letter began this way:

                    Dear Friend,

                    In the name of God hear me I swear I did not kill the female whose body was found at Whitehall. If she was an honest woman I will hunt down and destroy her murderer. If she was a whore God will bless the hand that slew her...

                    The letter was signed Yours truly, Jack the Ripper.

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                    • #11
                      Joe:

                      That's known as the 'Moab & Midian' letter.
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