Zodiac Killer: Massachusetts Man Says He's Cracked the Cipher
|The real Zodiac emerges?|
Corey Starliper of Tewksbury, Mass., became obsessed with the Zodiac case and decided he could break the code, according to news reports.
"It was just instinct," he told the Burlingame Patch. "I have a gut feeling that it could be cracked."
Not to say it wasn't a complex process. Starliper did it in two sessions -- one that was six hours long and another where he spent three hours.
According to the Patch:
According to Robert Graysmith, in "Zodiac" tips received by police after Darlene Ferrin's murder indicated that the killing was connected to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Starliper believed that the "340" of the 340 cipher was significant, and had some tie-in with the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was then that he found out that 340 is the area code for a portion of the U.S. Virgin Islands -- not an insignificant connection.
We're no cipher experts, but it Starliper's result is at least highly readable:
"So that's what I started with," said Starliper. "I thought, there's no way ... that Zodiac is going to be prosaic enough not to mention the U.S. Virgin Islands in this code. This is where it gets even creepier. 3+4+0=7. Right. So you get 7+0=7. 707 ... 707 are the area codes for Vallejo, Napa, and Solano. So I figured, why not start this with Caesar code using 3,4."
Starliper told the Patch that he'd contacted various Bay Area law enforcement agencies, but has only gotten a tepid response. SFPD Homicide Inspector Kevin Jones told SF Weekly he never heard from Starliper, but would send the code onto the FBI, which has the experts to check his method.
Could this be the one?