Three correspondences, that of the 13 Hole Postcard mailed on October 5th 1970, the Halloween Card mailed on October 27th 1970 and the Pines Card mailed on March 22nd 1971 were as close as he would ever go to revealing the man behind the mask.
This article will cover old ground but expand slightly on the 'Hidden Message in the Pines' posting, but comes with a warning- if you are not a proponent of mathematics being used as a tool in unlocking the mystery of the Zodiac material, then it is wise that you progress no further. However, here, no mind bending techniques will be used. We will place the wording into the code and what falls out is the answer- nothing more.
The first thing to do is take everything back to basics- why did the Zodiac Killer choose the name Zodiac. When most people think of Zodiac the horoscopes come to mind- this is the simplest answer and this is maybe what our killer did. He used his own moniker of the crossed circle in all of his ciphers, so if he was to create a numeric answer to each card or cipher, he had to first apply a numeric value to his crosshairs. This was revealed in the Pines Card, but can be found in numerous other places.
The thought is, the Zodiac Killer developed his own key based around the 13 Symbol Cipher, although where it came from is not important. What is important though, is that it works in the 13 Symbol Cipher, the Button Letter 32 Symbol Cipher, the 13 Hole Postcard, the Halloween Card and the Pines Card, although the story may have began with the 340 Cipher.
So let's start with the Pines Card using the gematric code key the Zodiac chose.
Lawrence Kane became a Zodiac suspect as he had worked at the same hotel as Donna Lass, missing, presumed murdered when she vanished after her nurses shift at the Sahara Tahoe Hotel on September 6th 1970. Strangely KANE is present on the left side of the 13 Symbol Cipher and KANE in the gematric code again only produces the figures 3,1,1,5, ie: the numbers 315 in order.
It was considered that this paste up card may have been indicating a burial site for Donna Lass, in view of the punch hole the author placed in the top right corner.
The circular punch hole nevertheless, still suggested a location of where Donna Lass may be buried and the author of the Pines Card had flipped the phrase 'around in the snow' 180 degrees, into an upside down position to suggest this.
You will notice that the phrase 'around in the snow' totals 56 in the code, yet when flipped 180 degrees, it reads 95.
This is very interesting because as explained in the 'Hidden Message in the Pines' article, when you place the left corner of the card over Clair Tappaan Lodge, dependent on scale, the punch hole falls over US Highway 95.
U.S. Route 95 (US 95) is a major U.S. highway traversing the US state of Nevada from north to south, directly through Las Vegas and providing connections to both Carson City (via US 50) and Reno (via Interstate 80). US 95 is cosigned with Interstate 80, for 95 miles between a junction in Churchill County and Winnemucca before heading north into Oregon at McDermitt. (Taken from Wikipedia). View on Google Maps.
Was this the hint of a possible burial site, somewhere close to US Route 95 in Nevada.
The Pines Card punch hole however, could equally fall near or over Pine Mountain situated within the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest. It would have depended on the dimensions of the map he used and the correct measurements of the Pines Card itself, if indeed this was its purpose at all.
The green region on the map on the left, just to the right of the number 95, contains Paradise Peak. We now have Pine Mountain and Paradise Peak, and a possible source for the phrase 'Peek through the Pines'- but of course this is still highly unlikely.
Is it possible the Zodiac Killer owned or rented a cabin within this region, its remoteness is the perfect hideout- who knows.
If the Zodiac Killer did reside within the region of San Francisco, Vallejo or Benicia areas, then the phrase 'pass lake tahoe areas' from his perspective makes perfect directional sense, to discover any burial site. Your passing of the Lake Tahoe area, on a straight line, heads directly towards the region of Pine
So let us go back to our number 315, that is now representative of the Zodiac crosshairs and apply it to the 13 Symbol Cipher, 32 Symbol Cipher and 13 Hole Postcard.
It was suggested through many previous posts that the Zodiac Killer saw himself as some form of savior, delivering his victims to Paradise. In other words he was placing himself alongside Jesus, however uncomfortable a thought this vision may appear. It is not unusual for serial killers to have a religious agenda when they commit murder, albeit not the religion most people have grown up to understand.
In Christian numerology Jesus is represented by the figure 888 and in English gematria Jesus is represented by the figure 444- so it would be highly improbable that if we used the Zodiac code he created for himself, along with the figure 315, that represented the Zodiac crosshairs, both unsolved ciphers would equal 444, and applied to the 13 Hole Postcard would equal 888. But that is exactly what happens.
The alphabetical characters on any code are directly placed into the gematric code key to give them a value, any symbols are simply converted to text form to give them a value.
It was often questioned whether or not the symbols were either three 8's to give us 888 or they were three Taurus symbols. It is entirely plausible the Zodiac Killer circled them so they could be interpreted as either. The three Taurus symbols for example, are applied into the code as follows.
TAURUS = 7+1+6+5+6+6 =31. But there are three, so 3 X 31 = 93. The whole code totals 444 or JESUS.
This technique is then applied in exactly the same manner to the Button Letter 32 Symbol Cipher (seen below) This time we have an Omega symbol, so again the code is applied.
OMEGA = 2+1+5+7+1 = 16
The 13 Hole Postcard conforms to this gematric code also.
When the phrases on the card are applied into the code the sum total of the card equals 888. It can be noticed that it leaves the name Jesus squarely alongside the name Zodiac on the postcard, declaring he was indeed the savior of souls. As with the symbols, the number 1 and 3 has been converted to text to attain a gematric value. This is not done for convenience, it is following the same principle throughout (See below).
He even placed a red crucifix on the card to point us in the right direction. Also take a careful look at the very measured third line with the number 13 conveniently sandwiched in between- but this time leave the number as 13. The third line would now add up to 217+13+130, which equals 360. There are 360 degrees in a circle and the Zodiac did indeed punch 13 holes into the fabric of this card.
It was previously noted that it was comprised of 37 letters, with 24 letters in the four quadrants. The Pines Card was comprised of 74 letters, exactly double that of the Halloween Card configuration, but we were left with the number 12 on the Pines Card, which conversely was exactly half of 24. However: 37 X 24 and 74 X 12 both equaled 888 once again.
To view the Halloween Cipher in greater detail click here.
One more curiosity was the envelope or address side of the Halloween Card, in which he misspells Paul Avery to Paul Averly and underlines it. Why did he do this?
The idea that the Zodiac Killer designed his Halloween Card based on the Rota Fortunae or Wheel of Fortune, was inspired after reading a thread on the ZodiacKillerSite forum. The discovery was made by Tahoe27, when she noticed that a comic strip publication bore striking similarities to the October 27th 1970 offering from the northern California killer.
The Red Ryder comic strip was created by Stephen Slesinger and Fred Harman in 1938, and there was one particular publication entitled 'Tim Holt: The Death Wheel' that caught her attention.
The Death Wheel contained the four methods of death, the same as the Zodiac Killer had placed around his cross of Paradice and Slaves- By Gun, By Rope, By Knife and By Fire. Moreover, the word 'By' was styled in near identical fashion. The Death Wheel in its entirety, showing the 12 methods of death, places the four Zodiac methods of murder in exactly the same order as we travel around the wheel, and the use of the wording 'Lady Doom' reminds us of the wording around the knothole of the tree on the Halloween Card, where the Zodiac Killer places the phrase 'Peek-a-boo you are doomed'. Not only that, he designs it in a circular fashion.
Furthermore Fred Harman owned a ranch in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where a particular style of cattle branding would elevate this finding to the next level, when the branding itself was compared to the strange symbol the Zodiac Killer placed on the Halloween Card envelope and the foot of the card once opened. Apart from the four dots, it is strikingly similar.
But what does he mean and what is he saying. It is a curious phrase, that is, until you place it in the gematric code once again. It now makes perfect sense, and is just another clue, in a long list of clues the Zodiac Killer was pushing in our direction.
CHRONICLE = 3+6+5+2+1+5+3+2+5 = 32
And 32 does indeed equal 32.
This is why the Pines Card was the most important card of all, it tried to point us towards the number 315, that was integral to all the unsolved ciphers- and the address side was the final stamp of approval.