January 3, 2021
Los Angeles, California
I am the first to admit that in the world of ciphers and cryptograms at a first look my mind immediately blurs and fades to black. Clearly, I got zero of my father’s genes when it comes to the world of codes and mathematics.
Fortunately, many of my readers are not so afflicted.
Three weeks ago, I blogged on the recent developments of the International Team (David Oranchank, VA, USA; Sam Black, Australia, and Jarl Van Eykcke, Belgium) in cracking the Zodiac 340 Cipher.
As we begin the New Year I would like to update what I believe are some dramatic new linkages that build on and from the solving of the 340 cipher.
The credit for this potential linkage goes to two separate individuals.
Here are their separate contributions as I received them in chronological order.
LINKAGE NO. 1- James Valks aka “No Excuses”
In December 2020, shortly after the Zodiac 340 cipher was solved, in reading the comments section of the team’s YouTube solution I came across an entry by an individual identifying himself as “No Excuses.” (That person has now given me permission to use his real name, which is JAMES VALKS.) James using the 340 cipher solution applied it to Zodiac’s “My Name Is… Thirteen Letter cipher” and believes it translates as indicated below.
SKH Note- In my previous book publications and writings as relates to the “Zodiac Thirteen Letter Cipher” I had suggested that two potential signatures of my father could potentially fit: DR GEORGE HODEL or GEORGE HODEL MD.
Huge KUDOS to James Valks for this initial linkage to a separate Zodiac Letter as a potential anagram using Zodiac’s 340 Code.
LINKAGE NO. 2 – Dr. Luigi Warren
I have known and communicated with Dr. Warren (he has a Ph.D. in Biology from Cal Tech) for many years and his thoughts as relate to my father’s history and actions have been invaluable. He also has communicated much of his thinking as relates to GHH crimes both as Black Dahlia Avenger and Zodiac in his public tweets through the years.
I approached Luigi with the following email on January 1st, 2021:
Luigi responded the following day:
Click below to open Luigi’s PDF response and analysis:
The Fairfied Letter
Many self-proclaimed “Zodiac experts” have for decades opined that two letters allegedly sent by Zodiac back in December 1969 and postmarked from Fairfield, CA, were not written by Zodiac and were “copycat” letters and “not legit.”
The second Zodiac letter followed and was mailed to the San Francisco Examiner on December 16, 1969. In addition to the letter it contained a crude drawing of “the bleeding knife of Zodiac”.
I have always maintained that both of the 1969 “Fairfield Letters” were absolutely legitimate and both were written by Zodiac.
I believe the handwriting (printing) is that of my father, Dr. George Hill Hodel.
Further, compare the word “knife” written in the drawing “bleeding knife of Zodiac” to the word “knife” written on the car door at the Lake Berryessa Zodiac assault.
Here is what I wrote in Black Dahlia Avenger III (Rare Bird Books 2018), as relates to the Fairfield Letter and linking “Zodiac’s Bleeding Knife” to George Hodel. It is my position that GHH inspired by his hero “Jack The Ripper” and his crude drawing of a bleeding knife in his mailing of the “Boss Letter” copied JtR and his drawing in both his Black Dahlia Avenger and Zodiac letters to the press.
BDA III pages 42-43
With this as background let us now return to the further analysis of the good Dr. Luigi Warren.
And after his Fairfield Letter contribution, Luigi follows it up by sending his below analysis, just a few hours ago:
Zodiac’s Celebrity Cipher
Now looking at the 1990 Celebrity Cypher Card – the one with a picture of Carmel Beach – using the Z340 key to get the clear text and assuming that is an anagram. It sure looks like a lot of interesting words are popping out. There’s several ambiguities in the available image of the lettering, and I always end up with a few letters left over. Still, I believe the message may go something like this:
BE NOT AFEARD (or NOW FREE?)
HE (or HODEL?) CANNOT FUC (or WOO?) THAT WANTON WOMAN IN HELL
“THE AVENGER” really stands out. You can’t miss it – look at the second and third lines of the clear text (below).
The plot thickens…
My respect and sincere appreciation to both JAMES VALKS and LUIGI WARREN for their contributions and anagrammic insights into our ongoing investigation. I say to both of you- AMAZING WORK.
Here’s a slightly clearer sample of the Celebrity Card along with my observation. I see the card was mailed in September, 1990 which means it was after my father and his wife June had permanently relocated to their 39th floor condo at 333 Bush St. in DTSF. During one of my visits in the early Nineties, June showed me her full page collection of stamps. These were all of the major poets as recognized by the USPS. I point that out as I see the stamp used on the Celebrity Post Card was that of the American poet, “Marianne Moore 1887-1972”.
PPS: See Comments Section below from Luigi Warren. Here is his latest, revised version from the Celebrity Cipher Anagram:
FATE CANT FAIL THE WANTON WOMAN CAN BURN IN A HELLHOLE THE AVENGER WON