The question remains, why did he choose this one. As stated in previous articles there is reason to believe he was driven by a religious doctrine, viewing himself as the redeemer of souls for the afterlife; a paradise that could only be achieved through the collecting of slaves to accompany him on his long journey to the promised land.
Astrology and religion has always gone hand in glove for centuries, so what better name to adopt, than the Zodiac, born out of horoscopes and divination. Before you start running the mouse towards the off button, the next section will demonstrate that, indeed, he viewed himself as some form of savior, similar to Jesus Christ, often placing the name 'Jesus', concealed within many of his ciphers and letters.
Of course the Zodiac Killer had a code and it dominated his entire arsenal of correspondence. So without any numerical trickery, and by that one means, twisting the numbers back and forward until you squeeze out the result you desire or changing the method of operation for each correspondence, we will take the code, apply it and reveal that the name Jesus Christ is present in virtually every card, cipher and letter he sent. The code, unchanged, will work through all three of the Zodiac Killer's crackproof ciphers, that is, the 340 Cipher, 13 Symbol Cipher and Button Letter Map code, along with the Halloween Card, 13 Hole Postcard, Exorcist Letter and the Pines Card. And it is the Pines Card that will begin our journey.
The majority of this has been covered in previous articles, but a recent discovery within the Button Letter code, brings the whole story under one complete banner, so here goes.
The Pines Card was mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle on March 22nd 1971 and with each passing letter and card, the Zodiac Killer was dropping hints within their design, none more so than the Pines Card.
The Pines Card was the last major clue he offered us, and whether this was by intention or his exploits were curtailed by something beyond his control is open to conjecture, because after this card, his correspondence ceased for nearly three years, until the arrival of the Exorcist Letter on January 29th 1974.
The Pines Card appeared on the face of it, a collection of random phrases, that offered little to the observer, and that possibly was the idea behind its design. It was forcing the reader see beyond the words. The phrase 'cannot see the wood for the trees', springs to mind. The answer was in the trees, not the wood. The answer was in the letters, not the words.
Despite the origins of this code, it is shown to work consistently throughout the next section.
The 12 disciples of Jesus Christ (59), after the betrayal, were Matthew (31), James (17), Thomas (23), Bartholomew (37), Philip (24), John (13), Andrew (20), James (17), Simon (15), Peter (25), Judas (21) and Matthias (34). Next we work out the gematric values of the 12 disciples and Christ, using the six days of creation code on the left. (eg; Matthias is 1+1+7+7+6+5+1+6=34).
Then we add up the values of all of them, shown in brackets above, to arrive at a grand total of 336.
SIERRA CLUB = 40
PEEK THROUGH THE PINES = 93
AROUND IN THE SNOW =56
PASS LAKE TAHOE AREAS = 66
SOUGHT VICTIM 12 = 60
The sum of the totals equal 315, exactly the same as the 12 signs of the Zodiac.
This leaves one thing left to do, that is add in the number 12, written in text form as ONE TWO, exactly like the rest of the card. This has a gematric value of 2+1+5+7+4+2 = 21. Now add the 21 to the 315 to arrive at 336 and the twelve disciples of Christ once more. Not forgetting that the number 12 was integral to the design of the Pines Card, the Zodiac crosshair was now emblematic of the 12 signs of the Zodiac horoscope and the number 315. So for the rest of the article the Zodiac crossed circle will be attributed the numerical value of 315.
The next letter and cipher to be examined will be the 13 Symbol Cipher, and for the purposes of time saving, the article 'The Name on the 13 Symbol Cipher', will be replicated here, before we move onto the Button Letter and code. If you have already read this, just scroll the page.
In many previous articles it has been suggested that mathematics and religion may have been two of the main driving forces the Zodiac Killer employed, in his manifesto of evil spanning just over five years. His many letters and cards may have contained hidden messages within them, all concealed within the art of numerology, on the other hand, it may be the case that if you look hard enough, for long enough, you will always find what you want.
Here we will attempt to show the actual name encoded within the 13 Symbol Cipher, mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle on April 20th 1970, using no mind bending mathematical tricks, artistic licence or incredulous leaps of faith. The first will be using the gematric code used in numerous previous articles, fairly successfully and back up the answer we arrive at, with a second code, using standard English numerology, based on A=1, B=2, C=3 etc. Actually there are three pointers and one is hidden in plain sight.
The concept of using this code on the Zodiac correspondence, is based on the splitting of the alphabet and the design of the 13 Symbol Cipher. The Zodiac Killer began the 13 symbol code with an A and finished it with an M. Also perfect symmetry or mirroring was exposed within the cipher, using simple mathematics. See The-symmetry-of-the-13-symbol-cipher.html, so this code was the only logical next step, based on Genesis and the six days of creation.
It has always been debated whether or not the three circled symbols on the 13 Symbol Cipher, were actually three circled 8's or three circled Taurus symbols, but in fact, it may have been both all along, designed in such a fashion, for the purposes of the coding, as we will see.
The other symbol may well have been an inverted Aries symbol.
As explained in a previous article the Zodiac is based on the yearly cycle of the 12 houses of the Zodiac, each sign is represented by 30 degrees, thereby 12 X 30 = 360 degrees and our full compliment of Zodiac signs of the astrological calendar. It is these we shall use throughout the first stage.
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 up to 315.
Their gematric code values using the chart (above right) are shown in brackets.
So lets apply the numerical values, to all the symbols on the 13 Symbol Cipher.
The Zodiac sign or crosshair represents the 12 signs of the Zodiac and this = 315.
There is one Aries symbol, that has a gematric value of 22.
If we now add up the grand total of the symbols on the 13 Symbol Cipher we get 315 + 93 + 22 = 430.
All that is left to do now, is to add up the numerical values of the alphabetical characters on the cipher and they equal 14, as shown above in the diagram above. So the entire value = 430 + 14 = 444. Remember this number.
On October 5th 1970, five and a half months after this correspondence, the Zodiac Killer mailed us his 13 Hole Postcard.
Were the 13 holes he punched through the card significant to this 13 Symbol Cipher, who knows, but maybe his wording pasted onto the card was. He pasted the phrase 'There are reports city police pig cops are closeing in on me, FK I'm Crackproof, What is the price tag now'.
Simply, F is the 6th letter of the alphabet and the 6th letter on the 13 Symbol Cipher is K, giving us FK I'm Crackproof. It has also been shown that the letters FK in the gematric code are 63, the number of symbols in the 340 Cipher. So is the number six relevant to the 13 Symbol Cipher, as possibly a key.
In the 'Hidden Message in the Pines' article, the number 315 was integral to the Pines Card wording, as well as the name Lawrence Kane. Also 315 degrees, was shown on a compass, to be the positioning of Clair Taappan Lodge from the Sahara Tahoe Hotel, the last known sighting of Donna Lass on September 6th 1970. Jesus Christ and his 12 disciples also played heavily in the make up of this card. SEE HERE.
The diagram on the right, is the second code, based on standard English gematria, where each number of the alphabet is attributed a number ie:A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, E=5 etc.
But in this case, based upon the FK I'm Crackproof hint, possibly suggesting the key as 6, I shall multiply all the numbers above by 6. Hence A=6, B=12, C=18, D=24, E=30 and so on through the entire alphabet.
I shall now look for the name JESUS in the new code.
Remember no extraordinary manipulation has been applied, just the numbers in the right diagram will all be multiplied by a factor of 6.
JESUS = 60+30+114+126+114 = 444. The same number found above in the 13 Symbol Cipher, using the gematric code based on Genesis and the six days of creation. The two sets of numbers using two separate codes, = 444.
Place the name Jesus in the English Gematria calculator here for confirmation.
If we add up both results of 444, we get 444 x 2 = 888. The number evident on the 13 Symbol Cipher, ie the three circled 8's.
This coupled with the three 8's found at the foot of the 340 Cipher seems significant.
The Zodiac Killer sent us his complex 340 Cipher, but ever the egotist, was it possible, one of the keys he used within the cipher, was his own moniker, Zodiac. And it was to be placed alongside the only apparent reference to his name, on the 20th line of the 340 Cipher. Shown here on the right.
If we then count alphabetically, the numerical difference between the columns, ZOD produces no difference at all, ie; 000.
The IAC element produces 888. The Zodiac Killer possibly took the 000 and 888 and incorporated these elements, in the form of three circled 8's into his following 13 Symbol Cipher on April 20th 1970. Even the crossed circle and inverted Aries were carried forward.
The number 888 in the Greek system of numerology also represents Jesus. SEE HERE IN WIKIPEDIA.
The Greek spelling of Jesus is IESOUS = 10+8+200+70+400+200 = 888.
'This is the Zodiac speaking. By the way have you cracked the last cipher I sent you ? My name is... Jesus Christ'.
Of course the Zodiac Killer loved to taunt the police, newspapers and authorities, and this may just be another example of this, then again, it is always possible he left us his real name, but not likely.
If we also look at the Button Letter mailed to the San Francisco Chronicle on June 26th 1970, the sixth line yet again places the F and K in relative proximity.
If you then revisit the 340 Cipher, the FK is positioned either adjacent or diagonally exactly six times within the 340 character cipher, placing the number 6 key to all of the codes, inclusive and subsequent to November 8th 1969.
See Symmetry of the 13 Symbol Cipher
The total of the letters and reversed letters on the Button Letter code is 91, in the gematric code. (see right).
The Aries symbol = ARIES = 1+5+5+5+6 = 22.
The Omega symbol = OMEGA = 2+1+5+7+1 = 16.
We already know the crosshair = 315.
These added up form a total of 444.
Exactly the same method as the one used on the 13 Symbol Cipher above. Both ciphers came to 444 in the gematric code, so both ciphers combined = 444+444 = 888, once again, and the holy name of Jesus.
Was the Zodiac Killer playing mind games and taunting the observer, with the concept he was our savior or messiah. Did he believe that his murderous campaign was in some way divine and conducted for a higher purpose. Or is the mathematics a coincidence or slight of hand and the Zodiac Killer was simply a sick, demented individual who just threw these letters and cards together on a whim. I will leave that for you to decide.
The Halloween Card was sent to the San Francisco Chronicle on October 27th 1970, it contained religious overtones in the form of a cross or crucifix, separating the four sections of By Knife, By Gun, By Rope and By Fire, around the words Paradice and Slaves.
There was an X on the inside of the envelope stating 'sorry no cipher' and there were four large eyes on the main body of the card under the word BOO!
What were they imploring us to see.
Also if we multiply the amount of letters (37), in and around his cross of Paradice and Slaves, by the amount of letters around the cross ie By Knife, By Gun, By Rope and By Fire, which equal 24, we get 37 X 24 = 888.
Nevertheless this numeric value 888, of Christ the Redeemer appears to have been resurrected by the Zodiac Killer several times throughout his correspondences, possibly even using his own moniker on the 340 Cipher to draw the comparison.
Is there nothing sacred in life anymore.
Finally the article '888 Revealed in the 13 Hole Postcard' has been placed below in its entirety, to complete the journey.
Over the past few months it has been shown that the Zodiac Killer was basing his agenda on a twisted concept of religion, indeed, declaring himself as the redeemer and flying in the face of any morality when placing himself next to Jesus Christ in the pursuit of the afterlife and the savior of souls. This sounds like a ridiculous statement, until you examine the mathematical aptitude he employed in all of his ciphers and cards to reveal over and over again the name of Jesus in every one, without exception. As explained before through 18 articles he employed the use of two codes predominantly, the first was derived from the 13 Symbol Cipher and the fact that it split the alphabet, starting with the letter A and ending with the letter M, and this code, shown on the right is based on Genesis and the six days of creation. The second code was the standard English gematric code we are all familiar with, ie: A=1, B=2, C=3 etc.
The number 888 has been shown to be a running theme right from his 408 Cipher, split into three parts of 8 lines, through to his first three crimes and first three murders. To bring you up to date on the concept of 888, you may also want to read http://www.zodiacciphers.com/zodiac-news/the-three-eights or negotiate the previous 18 article links placed at the foot of this page. But on this occasion we will be showing the reasoning behind the design of the 13 Hole Postcard, using the gematric code above and employing the identical technique used on decoding the Pines Card. SEE HERE.
Next we just apply the code to the wording on the 13 Hole Postcard and we arrive at the values on the left.
As explained in a previous article the first row, after 'Dear Editor', adds up to 120, exactly one third of the degrees of a circle. Then second row, with the number 13 sandwiched in between, quite possibly was lined up for a reason. Well, 217+13+130 = 360, the exact number of degrees in a complete circle and just maybe the reason behind the design of the card itself. ie: 13 circles of 360 degrees.
As shown before the FK in 'FK I'm Crackproof' is represented by the number 63 in the code above. The number of symbols in the 340 Cipher.
All that is left to do is now add up the values of the whole card ie; 43+120+36+217+130+342 = 888 and our name of Jesus one more time. This may be the reason that he added the CROSS in the first place, it was key to the entire card.
You may be asking why the word 'Zodiac' on the card has not had the code applied to it, well that was his signature and as explained at the very beginning of this article, he was pronouncing himself as the redeemer and was flying in the face of any morality, when placing himself next to Jesus Christ in the pursuit of the afterlife and the savior of souls, and that is exactly what he did, placing 888 right next to his signature name. He was indeed claiming they were one and the same, however uncomfortable a thought that may be.