March 26, 2016
Los Angeles, California
Original 1970 Zodiac Halloween “You Ache To Know My Name” Card
Mailed to San Francisco Chronicle
This video presents the decryption and solving of the mysterious cipher included in the authenticated mailing by the serial killer known as “Zodiac” to the San Francisco Chronicle in 1970. The cipher was deciphered in 2015 by M. Yves Person, an educator, who teaches Literature at a high school in the suburbs of Paris, France. Complete details of the investigation and findings are presented in my sequel, Most Evil II: Presenting the Follow-up Investigation and Decryption of the 1970 Zodiac Cipher in which the San Francisco Serial Killer Reveals His True Identity (Rare Bird Books) published in 2015.
As seen in the above original Zodiac card “You Ache To Know My Name, And So I’ll Clue You In.. ” the serial killer promises a clue to his name. Law Enforcement at the time speculated that “the clue” might be the writing on the back of the card which read: “By Fire, By Gun, By Knife, By Rope…” They guessed it might be written in the shape of a possible monogram for his name in the form of the letter “H”. (Ultimately, they would be proven correct. H as in HODEL, but ironically, it would also serve as a red-herring. They had no idea, that the real clue and solution to the crimes could be found on both the envelopes return address and at the bottom of the card as Zodiac’s signatory and a signed confession using his real name signed in an ancient 4th Century Ogham “Tree Alphabet.” )
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