Skip to comments.Zodiac Killer's Cryptic Code and Identity that Man Claims to have CRACKED
Posted on 07/23/2011 12:29:35 AM PDT by nickcarraway
A cryptic code sent by the Zodiac killer on November 8, 1969 to San Francisco Chronicle has baffled authorities for decades, until now.
Now a 27-year-old man is claiming he cracked this code as well as the identity of the Zodiac killer, who murdered at least seven people in the late 60s.
Corey Starliper of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was intrigued by the case after watching a 2007 movie "Zodiac" about the killings.
He claims to have spent nine hours working on cracking the code. "I found it exciting, that I was actually able to get into his head when nobody had for over 40 year," Starliper said to Patch.com.
The code identifies "Leigh Allen" as the killer, which Starliper says refers to Arthur Leigh Allen.
Allen was a prime suspect at one point in the investigation, but was never arrested. He died at age 58 in 1992.
Robert Graysmith, who wrote a book on the case, maintains that Allen is the killer despite the difference in the handwriting.
He said: "Leigh Allen, in that situation, was forcing his handwriting to look different from the way that he normally wrote."
On the other hand, Starliper's claim to have successfully cracked the code has not been received well by San Francisco authorities and Special Investigative Units.
"It's disheartening to know that the authorities have basically shut the door on it," he said.
The following is the full text of the 340-character code that Starliper claims to have deciphered:
KILL/SLF/DR/HELP/ME/KILL/MYSELF/GAS/CHAMBER/AEIOUR/DAY S/QUESTIONSABLE/EVERYY/WAKING/MOMENT/IM/ALIVE/MY/PR IDE/LOST/I/CANT/GO/ON/LIVING/IN/THIS/WAY/KILLING/PEOPLE/I/ HAV/KILLD/SO/MANY/PEOPLE/CANT/HELP/MYSELF/IM/SO/AN GRY/I/COULD/DO/MY/THING/IM/ALONE/IN/THIS/WORLD/MY/W HOLE/LIFE/FUL/O/LIES/IM/UNABLE/TO/STOP/BY/THE/TIME/YOU /SOLVE/THIS/I/WILL/HAV/KILLD/ELEVEN/PEOPLE/PLEASE/HELP/ ME/STOP/KILLING/PEOPLE/PLEASE/MY/NAME/IS/LEIGH/ALLEN
Making the messagr more readable:
kill slf dr help me kill myself gas chamber aeiour days questionsable everyy waking moment im alive my pride lost i cant go on living in this way killing people i hav killd so many people cant help myself im so angry i could do my thing im alone in this world my whole life ful o lies im unable to stop by the time you solve this i will hav killd eleven people please help me stop killing people please my name is leigh allen
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more excellent background info...
Did the 707 area code exist back in the 1960’s?
Also discussed here...
My comment then was “Dollars to doughnuts says this aint it.....”
I havn’t changed my mind.
I’ve had an interest in the Zodiac case for some time, and I’ve seen all the so-called “solutions” to the 340 code and others. One can easily spot the fakes, because they are completely derivative, taking their content from what people think they know about the case, and offering nothing in the way of information that isn’t already extant.
My understanding is the 707 area code didn’t come into existence until the 90’s.
March 1, 1959.
On the ID channel, Aphrodite Jones just did an episode on this. Some guy believes it was his late step-father. A handwriting analyst says the writing is identical, and the guy found the (alleged) long black mask in his SF’s personal effects. The police artist’s sketch and the SF’s actual pic are similar.
Anyhow, FWIW, it was interesting, and they re-run these shows often.
“Did the 707 area code exist back in the 1960s?”
Yes, it was
My family moved into the 707 area back in the mid 60s.
Was lehigh allen a publicly known suspect back when this was originally written?
There are holes in it — the writing style (when decoded) is different from previous messages. Also Leigh Allen rather than Lee Allen is suspicious. However the message itself makes far more sense than previous “solutions” I have seen. I haven’t compared this solution against the coded message so I’ll withhold judgment for now.
http://www.zodiackillerfacts.com/allen.htm — Fingerprint comparisons, palm print comparisons, handwriting comparisons, and DNA comparisons appear to exonerate Allen, and more than three decades of investigation by police, the media and amateur sleuths failed to produce any credible evidence to link the so-called “prime suspect” to the Zodiac crimes.
For later read.
You left off the signature:
/s/ A straight white male Christian Republican anti-Islamic TEA party conservative with a roomful of guns and a gutful of white-hot hatred for anyone who is the least bit different from me.
Just like we always suspected.
1) There is no handwriting sample. Only hand printed samples and most all hand printing appears much the same.
2) There is no chain of custody establishing any DNA links to anyone. Therefore the DNA is essentially worthless.
This Zodiac business is a cottage industry of cultists. In all probability the case will never be solved. Personally, I am fully satisfied that Allen was Zodiac. There was no way possible to rule him out.
Yes, but the 340 area code (US Virgin Islands, split from 809 in 1997) did not.
There used to be a rule that area codes had to contain a 0 or a 1 in the second position while exchange codes had to have 2-9 in the second position. The rule allowed switching equipment to tell whether a number being dialed was long-distance (included an area code) or not.
Area codes were created in 1947. By the 1990s, they began to fill up. So, the NN rule was relaxed, allowing additional area codes to be assigned, and the requirement to dial 1+area code for long distance was introduced, solving the number length ambiguity problem for switches. See here.
I had forgotten that yes it was Leigh Allen. But the way he assigns letters to symbols and does the Caesar shift - is arbitrary, and this is something of a forced solution.
Apparently he started with “My name is Leigh Allen” and went from there, rather than starting with something like “I like killing people.”