Investigators, who worked on the Zodiac Killer case, have finally identified who he was... but sadly, it's too late.
Three years too late to be exact, as the killer reportedly died in 2018.
If it was Gary Francis Poste, today I am thinking about his victims pic.twitter.com/QrxzDuRNLq— jacob richardson (@jjarichardson) October 6, 2021
The zodiac killer, who went on a rampage in Northern California, has finally been identified as Gary Francis Poste.
According to investigators at the time, Poste is responsible for at least 5 murders in San Fransisco between 1968 and 1969 but claimed to have killed thirty people in that time. The elusive killer became known all over the world for sending letters to the San Francisco Chronicle laced with riddles and codes to figure out his identity, tormenting police in the process.
Now, fifty-one years after the killings took place, a set of codebreakers have finally discovered who he was, using Poste's famous 340-character cipher that was sent to the paper, back in 1969.
He sent 4 ciphers in total to the press, the first of which was decoded in 1969, and the second in 2020, but the last 2 remained unsolved... Until now.
The 3-person team, who are all computer programmers from around the world, used high-tech computer systems to run the codes sent by Poste in search of a theme between them all. And after months of processing his codes, the program finally picked up a disturbing message hidden within the symbols.
One of the team members, David Oranchak, has since posted a video to YouTube explaining how he, Van Eycke, and Sam Blake managed to decode the messages using "fast and powerful cipher solver" programs.
It seems like Gary Francis Poste shared a lot of info on his deathbed. A man named Glynn Barnes didn’t even try to hide this. Posting the info all over Facebook and Reddit in 2018. #Zodiac #GlynnBarnes #GaryFrancisPoste pic.twitter.com/W5sg7jk4ic— Evert Bulcke (@EvertBulcke) October 6, 2021
But even then, the task was almost impossible, due to Poste's use of encrypted symbols, decoding his message was particularly difficult. According to zodiackillerfacts, who has been in touch with the trio since their discovery, the computer system had to go through 650,000 "possible reading directions" to figure out the correct way to decipher the message.
The message in question writes...
If you think java scripts, pythons and codings are difficult, then think about these Zodiac killer cipher codes which literally took 51 years to decode. Fact is that the Zodiac killer is still unknown for everyone!👀 pic.twitter.com/CtIqVSJhDk— Subham Sekhar Acharya (@SubhamSekharAc1) September 29, 2021
"I hope you are having fun trying to catch me. That wasn't me on the TV show. Which brings up a point about me, I am not afraid of the gas chamber, because it will send me to paradise all the sooner. Because I now have enough slaves to work for me where everyone else has nothing when they reach paradise so they are afraid of death. I am not afraid because I know that my new life is life will be an easy one in paradise death."
The clue to the cipher being valid lies in the words "that wasn't me on the TV show," as someone had called in to a talk show claiming to be the zodiac killer just days before the message was sent to the press.
The FBI's San Fransisco division has since posted a tweet about the cipher, acknowledging that "private citizens" have solved the case, confirming their belief that the killer is in fact, Gary Francis Poste.
Sadly, he wasn't brought to justice before his death, although we hope this revelation can provide some comfort to the families of the victims.