They solve the Zodiac Killer’s encrypted message
More than 50 years after the so-called Zodiac Killer began to terrorize the streets of Northern California, one of the murderer’s mysterious coded messages sent to the newspaper S has been deciphered.an Francisco Chronicle in 1969.
And it is that in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a serial killer with the pseudonym “Zodiac” killed at least five people in California. During their slaughter, the killer sent taunting messages to the press written via encryption, where the letters were replaced by different letters or numbers (or in the case of the Zodiac killer, a series of symbols).
The 340-character code, which was one of those sent to newspapers during the murder spree half a century ago, has finally been solved by a team of three amateur codebreakers from the United States, Belgium and Australia: David Oranchak, a software developer in Virginia, Jarl Van Eycke, a Belgian computer programmer, and Sam Blake, an Australian mathematician.