Using the same code throughout all of his ciphers and cards we have shown that the numbers 888 and 444 are present in all of them, and despite the scepticism people have for number play, the idea was to use the same code throughout, with no deviation in its use from one cipher or card to another, and thereby creating a viable and uniform theory.
Incidentally, the number 888 in the Greek system of numerology represents Jesus. SEE HERE IN WIKIPEDIA and 444 represents Jesus in standard English gematria [type here for confirmation]. In all the examples previously documented, each alphabetical letter was substituted by a number from our code key and where a symbol existed, it was simply attributed its name. For example; if the symbol was ARIES, then these five letters would be placed in the code- that's all.
However, before we could start we had to find a value for the crossed circle symbol of the Zodiac Killer, as this was present in all his three unsolved ciphers, and without knowing its value any comparison could not be made. Some people believe it simply to be a moniker, yet the author placed it within his codes, which may imply it was integral to their make up.
A recent further finding in the 'Pines' card has finally placed the cherry on top of this particular cake and cemented the idea that the Zodiac Killer based his agenda on religion, and Jesus was at the forefront to his illusion of unbreakable ciphers.
There are 12 signs of the Zodiac- so lets go out on a limb and place them all in the gematric code he chose- based on the '13 Symbol' cipher.
The reasoning behind the code has been explained multiple times before, so if this is new to you, place gematric in the search engine on this site and trawl through the available articles. The 12 signs of the Zodiac are Aquarius (34), Capricorn (28), Sagittarius (56), Scorpio (26), Libra (15), Virgo (24), Leo (9), Cancer (18), Gemini (24), Taurus (31), Aries (22) and Pisces (28). These total 315 when placed in the code. This number would now become representative of the Zodiac symbol. The code is shown to the right. For example ARIES = 1+5+5+5+6 = 22 and TAURUS = 7+1+6+5+6+6 = 31.
All the card totals can be found in 'The Three Unsolved Ciphers Linked' article.
However, in his later correspondence, namely the 'Halloween' card, 'Pines' card and 'Exorcist' letter, his approach may have changed- using simple mathematics to edge us in the right direction.
You will notice that the 'Halloween' card has 37 letters in and around the PARADICE and SLAVES configuration. We used this to generate 888, using the 'sorry no cipher' key, in the article 'The Halloween Card Cipher'.
However, on the front of the card 'SECRET PAL' was evident in bold writing, and the number 14 was present on the skeleton's hand. He never actually wrote 'secret pal', but he did choose the card.
When SECRET PAL is placed in the gematric code it equals 37. [ 6+5+3+5+5+7+3+1+2 = 37 ].
When FOURTEEN is placed in the gematric code it equals 37. [ 6+2+6+5+7+5+5+1 =37 ]
Three instances of 37 all integral to the mathematics of the card.
The 'Pines' card, although appearing an array of random pasted words, was actually the key to the whole picture, and may be the final piece in the jigsaw he supplied, thereby giving us one last chance to see his master plan of coding. As explained earlier, the 12 signs of the Zodiac equaled 315 in our code. On the 'Pines' card he wrote five random phrases that together made little sense- probably because they were never meant to. The key, like the 12 signs of the Zodiac, was in the letters.
Let us examine the 'Pines' card phrases (excluding the number 12 after 'Sought Victim') and their numerical values in the gematric code above.
SIERRA CLUB = 40
PEEK THROUGH THE PINES = 93
AROUND IN THE SNOW =56
PASS LAKE TAHOE AREAS = 66
SOUGHT VICTIM 12 = 60
The sum total is 315, exactly the same as the 12 signs of the Zodiac.
This has been explained in much greater detail in the 'Hidden Message in the Pines' article.
It was always striking that on this card he declares 'Sought Victim 12', when he had already declared 12 victims in the 'Button' letter nine months earlier. In other words, it was totally out of sequence with the rest of his correspondence.
In the above linked article, when the 12 was added back into the equation, in the text form of ONE and TWO, it revealed Jesus Christ and his disciples, making the figure 12 front and center to the make up of this card.
We added up the total of the letters in the gematric code to give us 315, that was key to unlocking 888 and 444 in the '13 Symbol' cipher, '13 Hole' postcard and 'Button' letter. The figure 888 was also found in the 'Halloween' card, and may have been instrumental in the 340 and 408 ciphers. But what about the 'Pines' card.
In the 'Halloween' card we had 37 letters in the arrangement- so dropping the gematric code for a second, we will now add up the number of letters on the 'Pines' card.
Sierra Club, Peek Through the Pines, Around in the Snow, Pass Lake Tahoe Areas and Sought Victim = 74.
In the 'Halloween' card the 37 was multiplied, after the 'sorry no cipher' key was applied, to produce 37 X 24 = 888.
Here the cipher key is 12 (as it is integral to the card and also out of place)- and once applied to the letters, exactly like the 'Halloween' card, it produces 74 X 12 = 888, for one final time.