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Post by Calstock on January 30th 2017, 1:35 pm

ZODIAC BUTTON LETTER “MAP CODE” SOLUTION

This article relates to the 32 symbol long cipher sent to the San Francisco Chronicle on June 26th 1970 by the Zodiac Killer.


The cipher is part of what’s commonly known as the “Button Letter” and you will need the following to work through this with me:


  • ·         A copy of the Button letter, (on screen will do)
  • ·         A copy of the “Little List” letter he subsequently sent on July 26th 1970, (particularly the 2nd 5th pages including the SFPD=o clue and the “Radians & Inches” clue
  • ·         A print off of the “Diablo”, map sent with the button letter. You can do this entirely on screen as well if you want.




I will try to lay out the solution for this cipher in the order things came to me.
Firstly I studied the Button Letter and two things seemed of particular note.
 
Button Letter “clues”
·         The word, “not” is underlined on  the third line of the text
·         And more subtlety… In the last paragraph, the phrase “The Map” has the word capitalised. At this point many will say, “so what” ? The Zodiac makes spelling and grammatical changes constantly and this is just one of many. Fair point but I guess it’s a good thing that to me it stood out because it will be one of our key confirming factors as we go forward.



Manipulate the code…. NOoooo Not another one of those “solves” Thankfully not !

Now, if you look down at the 32 code cipher you will notice the top line has 17 characters and the 2nd line has 15. Again this struck me as unsatisfactory as the Zodiac loves symmetry in his ciphers. So at this point I’m going to ask you to do something that will set alarm bells ringing amongst all cipher breakers …… Move the G character in the top line down a row so that you now have a symmetrical 2 line cipher set of 16 characters each. Believe me, I know you might be getting worried about another  code-manipulation fiasco but don’t be. This is the one and only change we will be making.




NOT NOW!


So, returning to our two Button Letter “clues”, (and that they are!), I noticed that the sixth column has the characters O  and a backwards J. This “J” has been stylised to look like T. Hurried writing or a coincidence? No it’s not my friends! It’s a subtle hint to our first letter decode. Place the letter N above this column and you will spell the word “Not” vertically. A great benefit of this, (and why I’m certain it was intended), is that the Cipher letter O is one of only three to repeat in this code block. So now we place another N above the cipher letter O in the 14th row and guess what? We have now spelt “Not Now” ! I suspect this was referring to the point that he had no intention of planting a bomb now. Also I’ll mention that although this hint has allowed us to place our first two characters, the “Not now” wording doesn’t form part of the de-coded message itself.




Where now ? or where to is more the point


I considered that to solve this puzzle we would almost certainly be looking for a bearing and distance, (or set of), of some kind. In my mind bearing comes first so that was my starting point. I found the word, “bearing” neatly fitted at the start of our code, (aligning perfectly with our letter N). The good thing about this, (intentional I’m sure), is that if we solve this first word, we have the final two repeating cipher characters solved, (making the whole problem that bit easier). I ran with this idea for quite a while but the repeating B from the word bearing gave me all sorts of problems on the 2nd line. So I thought of an alternative word for bearing and came up with Heading. This also fits well with our letter N and is in fact our first correct word…. Hooray !!



A possible clue I picked up as well at this point was I noticed the word CAJI at the start of the code block. I Googled this and it came up with Caji, (short for Cajioste apparently) as a US/Spanish word for schoolmaster. This maybe relevant, it may not but it brought to mind schoolmaster … Headmaster, Head, (as in heading). I’d like to think it’s a nod we’re on the right track.

Radial Units


Zodiac helpfully tells us we will be working in radians on this puzzle, (rather than the more obvious choice of degrees), so I went through an whole cycle of ways of writing this, (and not), including, Radians, rad’s rad, etc… I thought maybe the word radian doesn’t need inserting at all, (and could be assumed), but that didn’t sit right with me so I placed the word “Radians”  in next, leaving a 1 x cipher gap for a unit value. This word fits nicely with our N on column 14 although frankly, a one cipher gap didn’t initially seem enough, (oh and you’re going to need an eraser a bit later to alter the word “radians”, but I need you to follow my lines of though at this point… Trust me!



Value


Now we have to make a decision where we’re going to get our numerical values from and the obvious place, (to me anyway), was to use the geometrical shapes and numerical symbols in the code…. The triangles, squares, x, etc. Straight away you will notice that neatly contained within our word, “Heading” are a triangle and square. I don’t think anyone could argue that the obvious thing to do was to assign a numerical value of 3 for the triangle and 4 for the square. This gives us a value of 3 & 4 or 34 perhaps and I believe I ran with this for a while and got nowhere. Until it was that I thought of using the fourth cipher code symbol I as a number one. Now this is not a bad assumption because as those who are familiar with the Zodiac’s codes will know, he capitalises all his letter L’s.


So now I had the value 314 and that when combined with the fact that we’re working with radians will jump off the page to many as the value Pi. In fact to confirm we are on the right track, you’ll notice the 7th cipher code symbol is the Pi character, (all be it rotated). Also conveniently for us, phew!, the value Pi can be represented by its symbol ∏ and fits very nicely in column 8.

So now we have our heading of Pi radians which conveniently equates to a good old value of 180 degrees, (due south).

To set our bearing on the map & see if we get any more confirmation


You will plainly see on the Diablo map that our compass is set above Mt. Diablo and we’re told to set the compass to magnetic north, (Mag. N.). A search online reveals that magnetic north in the 1970’s California, (it fluctuates apparently and thank goodness for the web!), is 16.8 or 17 degrees, (it matters not). In doing so, if you now draw on the map a line heading due south, you will have our heading.



A break from all this and where inspiration strikes !!


Remember I said within the phrase “The Map” in the Button Letter seemed of significance to me? Well we have arrived at a point where perhaps no one else has trod!
I looked within the cipher code to see if the phrase, “The Map” was in there and sure it was. I expect many have noticed this over the years but I haven’t personally read any article that mentions it and this is my own original thought processes I’m laying out here. The reason I was looking to see if the phrase was present is that it’s quite a common tool to do this and the code once deciphered will spell a significant word under our The Map phrase. Personally I did this work by scribbling on pads, but also having the code block in Excel so that I could link the corresponding cipher solution to the “The Map” phrase and keep an eye on it to see if anything emerges.

The second piece of inspiration


I thought I’d look within the remaining cipher code letters to see if anything else emerged, (and only a straightforward, plain-text solution would satisfy me)- no using letters twice or the like. Sure enough and this was the pivotal breakthrough for me, I found the word, “FOLD”. Now we have the phrase, “Fold the map” and probably the most important clue in this whole scenario.



Fold the map !


Ok, where should we fold the map? Well I studied the map and it seemed to me an obvious solution might be to fold it where the Zodiac did….. You’re kidding right! Nope, staring you right in the face is a vertical fold line in his map, (sometimes more visible on screen and certainly better with the Hi-res map available online). Also there’s a fold about 20% up from the bottom and a last fold just under the number 6 on the clock face of our compass.  
Follow carefully …. Fold the map as he did along the vertical crease, (as accurately aligned to his as you can). Hold the map, (now folded), so that you’re looking at the side with the compass on and make a 2nd fold away from you along the fold marks present toward the bottom of the map. If you study the original map creases you will notice from the peaks and troughs in them, that this was indeed how he did it. You could make the final horizontal fold below the clock-face 6 if you like, but it’s my assumption that this particular fold was simply to fit the map in an envelope. Why aren’t they all for that purpose I hear you say? Well, all I can say at this point is firstly we’ve been “instructed” to fold the map and secondly I thought that someone folding the map to fit in an envelope would either fold it in half, or if that was to big, perhaps fold it into equal thirds. In fact, call it intuition or not, this fold will soon become crucial and quite evident.

You Devil !





If you’ve made the folds correctly, you will notice that our Pi radian, 180 degree or due south line, (whatever you want to call it), passes  through the 6 on the clock face and land at our fold right on one of the 66 symbols from the Phillips 66 map….666 – Mount Diablo, Devil’s mountain, etc.



WHAT MAP SHOULD LOOK LIKE WHEN FOLDED CORRECTLY (above)


OK, enough of this map business- back to the cipher


Inching along!


I now turned my mind to our distance, (or distances), and we know we’re meant to be working in inches. At this point I will say I noticed the word inches almost spelt out in the bottom line as have others according to some forum posts I’ve read. So we’ll do nothing more complicated than put the word Inches we’re it fits, staring on column 6 of the bottom row.








Numerical values ?


We’re back to this again and you all know any cipher solve is going to be viewed ok if we stick to our methodology. So looking at the code block we see we have two remaining triangles and a square… The values 3, 4 and 3. Well believe you me, I played with this combination for ages. Was it 3, 4 and 3 or 34 and 3 or 3 and 34 ! Did the square symbol on column 7 of the bottom row, being halved = 2 instead of 4 or perhaps you could consider it 2x triangles = 6 ? The list could go on but we’re about to get some help, (and perhaps a point where your confidence in me is growing I hope), in the form of our old friend, the backwards J, stylised  T and now number 2, (if you rotate the page to have a look). Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together!
Hang on though, we’re not out of the woods yet because we’ve still got our problem of quite how those numbers, (now the sequence 323), should be used. I tried many things, whilst applying the resulting values to the map in some way, none of which worked. I considered we couldn’t have values of 32 or 23, (we’d be way off the map), but we could us the X on column 1 of the second row has a multiplier to make 3x2 =6. This too put’s us off the map if I remember but now comes another Eureka moment… use the dot in the centre of the circle in column 2 as a decimal point to make 3.2 !

You are kidding right?


We’re dealing with inches here, an imperial measurement, not decimal. If you’re going to tell us he measured 3.2 inches or some such ridiculous thing, you’ve fallen at the last hurdle !
Hold your horses. I also had that thought until it came to mind …..Wait for it … the scale of the map is 1inch = 6.4 miles so 3.2 is nothing more complicated than a quite simple, (and tricksy on his part), 3.2 miles or…HALF an inch ! Oh and to confirm we're right, notice how the cipher symbols in the "HALF" inc area sort of say 0.5 ! or 0. F-V-



Filling the gaps in the code


So now we know we have to fit in the values “half” and “three”. As it happens they fit quite nicely either side of our Inches word on the bottom line.
A few things here …. Why write “half inches three” instead of “three and a half”, (as seems more grammatically correct? Cipher coders will no doubt pounce right on this one… Because the Zodiac’s 408 code was ultimately cracked in a large part to double L’ and what with the letter E being both a common letter, (the most common), it might be a sure fire way to crack the code. So what to do ? Put the “THREE” on the end, send one of it’s letters up to line one, make an unbalanced cipher set, the whole conundrum much harder, whilst still retaining a usable value. I personally could read that value as “half inch”, “inches three” or simply “half-inches-three” as it reads. You tell me, when did puzzle makers ever mind bending a few rules? If it suits them that is.



The Map


Those of you who have been following this and filling the grid as we go will now notice, under our phrase, “The Map”, the letters CEARH have appeared. Any code / puzzle enthusiast will know that’s gold-dust because it’s just one letter out from spelling “SEARCH”, (in anagram form).
Search The Map !

The final word


To complete the word, “search” we need to place an S in our code above the cipher letter T. For those of you who followed my early instruction to place the word RADIANS in our code, you will notice we now have a very inconvenient double S, (in columns 15 & 16 of the top line). There’s nothing for it, we’ll have to delete that S off of radians have Pi Radian. It didn’t seem right to me but it’s a case of puzzle makers bending the rules again …. This time for good reason I think!
We now need a three letter word to link our top and better lines. The only word that fits is USE, so put that in. Now we have our completed code block.



You Ass!


Why all that messing about with the S just now? Have a look, he’s spelt the word, “ANUS” on the end of the top line. Was this just for his amusement? Possibly, but I did consider whether if we looked at the words on either end of the top if that had any significance…. HEAD – ANUS
Was a local sports coach an ass and get called Head Ass instead of Head Coach? Did the Zodiac work for / with a Head Assistant or Head Teacher he called Head ASS? It may be something and if my instincts are right, it will definitely have some meaning other than a simple joke.  

The map again


It’s great to be back to the map but what to do with, “half-inches-three” ? Does it mean travelling half inch in one direction and three in another ? Well there’s no room left in our code block, (and I did consider picking things apart to make room), but the simple answers maybe the way to go….
Either travel back up our 180 degree heading line 3.5 inches or ……. Use 3.5 inches to draw a radius from our landing point, (at marker 66 on our folded map line), and see where it takes us.
Perhaps it crosses through somewhere relevant , perhaps I’m yet again going to fall at the very last hurdle ?

BE A SPORT !!!


Truly the last hurdle…


You will find if you in fact draw this radius, it lands on our centre map fold, (surely the right thing to do), smack on top of the Oakland Alameda County Colliseum!
Looks right doesn’t it, but in true coders style, can we be sure ? Well we have one last clue that we haven’t used yet – the SFPD=o clue from the Little List Letter. If you overlay that on the map using photoshop or whatever and if you scale it up, (no stretching it in a singular direction – that’s cheating), just literally grab a corner and scale it, you will see it lands smack down on our “Bomb site”. 

See how that SFPD=0 clue he gave didn't just use a simple circle ? He wasn't only emphasising the bomb site by enlarging the circle, (he no need to have done that), he was actually drawing the Colliseum itself !!!












Apologies for any errors and I hope I included everything relevant .... This is my first forum post !


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Post by ophion1031 on January 30th 2017, 10:09 pm

Holy shit!!! Amazing work! I am not the right person to tell you if it is correct or not, but it is definitely very interesting and it makes sense. I appreciate that you presented it really well because I am a bit on the dumb side but this was easy for me to follow and understand.
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Post by ophion1031 on January 30th 2017, 10:31 pm

Randall Clemons came up with some very cool theories that I think you would find interesting. There is a chance that both of you are right and that your work and his could piece together somehow. I might be wrong, it's hard to say, but it is definitely worth looking into. Randall did a really cool overlay with the 340 and the map. Your theory points out the bomb location while Randall's theory points to potential murder sites (at or near golf courses). To be honest, I love Randall's work and I always thought it would be really neat if there were other things to be found on the map. And now I think you have proven that there is!


Randall's site:
http://www.zodiackillerenigma.com

Both of your work points to Oakland, and both involve sports.


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Post by ophion1031 on January 30th 2017, 10:54 pm

I'm not sure how you narrowed it down to exactly at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, but I get how you got in that area. Is it possible that the bomb location could have been the Oracle Arena instead? I will have to do some research, but I think they are only 250 or so yards from each other. "Oracle" kinda has a Zodiac vibe to it... not sure how to explain what I mean by that.


Here is some information on the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum if anyone is interested.....
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland%E2%80%93Alameda_County_Coliseum

And here is the Oracle Arena. Both were opened in 1966.....
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oracle_Arena

A couple of things to point out here in regards to Oakland and sports... A person that has been looked into as a POI thanks to Randall's theory is a huge fan of Oakland sports teams - Raiders, Warriors, A's and he is a well respected individual in the sports world. I really can't say much more than that but I can PM you if you would like to know more....... also, there was the incident where a couple were mailed tickets to an A's game that were supposedly from 'the Zodiac.' If anyone wants more info on the man who is a die-hard Oakland sports fan, send me a PM. I cannot post his name here... As far as the incident with the A's tickets, here is a link to that story:
http://zodiackiller.forumotion.com/t726-oakland-a-s-tickets-mailed-to-gerald-tagert


Don, if you read this thread, here is something you will find interesting. The Grateful Dead played at the Oracle Arena 66 times. They played shows there more than any other venue.


EDIT: I guess Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Oracle Arena are only 35 yards from each other.
EDIT 2: Sorry, I didn't realize until now that the Coliseum is actually marked right there on the map.


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Post by ophion1031 on January 30th 2017, 11:25 pm

Calstock, I moved your thread into the Cipher & Code Discussion section... hope you don't mind.
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Post by Don Pseuym on January 31st 2017, 6:39 am

Yes I did notice they played oakland coliseum, but not that many times ..wow


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Post by Calstock on January 31st 2017, 7:05 am

Not sure if my reply just got lost but...

You do realise the tickets addressed to "Gerald Tagert" is an anagram of LARGE TARGET.

IF THAT'S NOT A CONFIRMATION, i DON'T KNOW WHAT IS.

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Post by Calstock on January 31st 2017, 8:32 am

I've just realised.. I think he was targeting the ORACLE next door as I also had the word FOLD along with THE MAP when looking for a secondary confirmation of the result. THE MAP corresponded to SEARCH and FOLD gave ANSL. I discarded it because it didn't seem relevant but now I see he was telling us to "Search the lanes", (on the track).

Well I couldn't get everything right, could I ?

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Post by marclean on January 31st 2017, 11:25 am

Wow, it's refreshing to see new ideas. I see a similarity to Randall's theories, and I think even the two theories, if well studied, add up.
Congratulations
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Post by ophion1031 on January 31st 2017, 8:49 pm

Calstock wrote:Not sure if my reply just got lost but...

You do realise the tickets addressed to "Gerald Tagert" is an anagram of LARGE TARGET.

IF THAT'S NOT A CONFIRMATION, i DON'T KNOW WHAT IS.

Wow, that is pretty cool. I wonder if Zodiac just found that name in the phonebook at random because of the anagram or if he actually knew Tagert.
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Post by ophion1031 on January 31st 2017, 9:01 pm

marclean wrote:Wow, it's refreshing to see new ideas. I see a similarity to Randall's theories, and I think even the two theories, if well studied, add up.
Congratulations

I agree 100%... I gave Randall a link to this thread. I think that there is a damn good chance that these two are both right with their theories. This is pretty amazing stuff.
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Post by Calstock on January 31st 2017, 11:27 pm

Hi guys, don't be concerned the anagram misses by one letter, I'm going to be placing information on this very subject today on this and the ZodiacKiller forum that will blow this case wide open. I will say in this thread for now is the information you / I are missing on this particular anagram puzzle is the original letter. Only that will inform you how to interpret the message.

If anyone reading this wants a challenge right now, try solving what I'm certain is another anagram on the Diablo Map in the form of "O is to be set to Mag. N." 

I haven't got time myself right now, there's more important developments to deal with but the main clue he's given you is the capitalised M & N. This is crucial I assure you and will maybe end up revealing a name associated with the target or some such reference. I already got words like signpost and Boston Times, etc., but it's not cracked yet.

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Post by ophion1031 on February 1st 2017, 1:19 am

Calstock wrote:Hi guys, don't be concerned the anagram misses by one letter, I'm going to be placing information on this very subject today on this and the ZodiacKiller forum that will blow this case wide open. I will say in this thread for now is the information you / I are missing on this particular anagram puzzle is the original letter. Only that will inform you how to interpret the message.

If anyone reading this wants a challenge right now, try solving what I'm certain is another anagram on the Diablo Map in the form of "O is to be set to Mag. N." 

I haven't got time myself right now, there's more important developments to deal with but the main clue he's given you is the capitalised M & N. This is crucial I assure you and will maybe end up revealing a name associated with the target or some such reference. I already got words like signpost and Boston Times, etc., but it's not cracked yet.

Happy hunting!!!

Which anagram? I'm assuming you mean the Gerald Tagert - Large Target one? Was there an actual letter that accompanied the baseball tickets or was it just a note saying "From Zodiac" or what? Whatever it was, I wonder if the FBI still has it. Calstock, have you considered doing an FOIA request on Gerald Tagert? Maybe this will lead somewhere. I seriously doubt the FBI has anything on your suspect, but it could be worthwhile to submit a request on him as well. Also, if you do post the suspect's name at some point, I am really curious to see what people's responses will be.
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Post by Calstock on February 1st 2017, 1:24 am

It won't lead anywhere because Gerald Tagert will equal large target absolutely guaranteed. In the original letter he will tell you to "lose the D" in some fashion, I'm certain beyond any doubt.

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Post by ophion1031 on February 1st 2017, 1:38 am

I'm not doubting you at all, I just want to see the letter if possible, but I doubt it exists anymore.
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Post by Sick E. Von Brutal on February 2nd 2017, 12:59 am

ophion1031 wrote:I'm not doubting you at all, I just want to see the letter if possible, but I doubt it exists anymore.
hey it might still be in the fbi's possession you wont know until you try to ontain a copy
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Post by Metal Years on February 5th 2017, 8:49 pm

Calstock wrote:ZODIAC BUTTON LETTER “MAP CODE” SOLUTION


This article relates to the 32 symbol long cipher sent to the San Francisco Chronicle on June 26th 1970 by the Zodiac Killer.

I URGE YOU TO READ THIS SOLUTION BEFORE READING THE STATEMENT I’M GOING TO LEAVE AT THE END. BY THAT TIME I HOPE YOUR CONFIDENCE IN MY ABILITIES WILL BE SUFFICIENT THAT YOU WILL GIVE ME SOME CREDIBILITY FOR WHAT IS A MOST STUNNING DEVELOPMENT


The cipher is part of what’s commonly known as the “Button Letter” and you will need the following to work through this with me:


  • ·         A copy of the Button letter, (on screen will do)
  • ·         A copy of the “Little List” letter he subsequently sent on July 26th 1970, (particularly the 2nd 5th pages including the SFPD=o clue and the “Radians & Inches” clue
  • ·         A print off of the “Diablo”, map sent with the button letter. You can do this entirely on screen as well if you want.





I will try to lay out the solution for this cipher in the order things came to me.
Firstly I studied the Button Letter and two things seemed of particular note.
 
Button Letter “clues”
·         The word, “not” is underlined on  the third line of the text
·         And more subtlety… In the last paragraph, the phrase “The Map” has the word capitalised. At this point many will say, “so what” ? The Zodiac makes spelling and grammatical changes constantly and this is just one of many. Fair point but I guess it’s a good thing that to me it stood out because it will be one of our key confirming factors as we go forward.



Manipulate the code…. NOoooo Not another one of those “solves” Thankfully not !

Now, if you look down at the 32 code cipher you will notice the top line has 17 characters and the 2nd line has 15. Again this struck me as unsatisfactory as the Zodiac loves symmetry in his ciphers. So at this point I’m going to ask you to do something that will set alarm bells ringing amongst all cipher breakers …… Move the G character in the top line down a row so that you now have a symmetrical 2 line cipher set of 16 characters each. Believe me, I know you might be getting worried about another  code-manipulation fiasco but don’t be. This is the one and only change we will be making.




NOT NOW!


So, returning to our two Button Letter “clues”, (and that they are!), I noticed that the sixth column has the characters O  and a backwards J. This “J” has been stylised to look like T. Hurried writing or a coincidence? No it’s not my friends! It’s a subtle hint to our first letter decode. Place the letter N above this column and you will spell the word “Not” vertically. A great benefit of this, (and why I’m certain it was intended), is that the Cipher letter O is one of only three to repeat in this code block. So now we place another N above the cipher letter O in the 14th row and guess what? We have now spelt “Not Now” ! I suspect this was referring to the point that he had no intention of planting a bomb now. Also I’ll mention that although this hint has allowed us to place our first two characters, the “Not now” wording doesn’t form part of the de-coded message itself.




Where now ? or where to is more the point


I considered that to solve this puzzle we would almost certainly be looking for a bearing and distance, (or set of), of some kind. In my mind bearing comes first so that was my starting point. I found the word, “bearing” neatly fitted at the start of our code, (aligning perfectly with our letter N). The good thing about this, (intentional I’m sure), is that if we solve this first word, we have the final two repeating cipher characters solved, (making the whole problem that bit easier). I ran with this idea for quite a while but the repeating B from the word bearing gave me all sorts of problems on the 2nd line. So I thought of an alternative word for bearing and came up with Heading. This also fits well with our letter N and is in fact our first correct word…. Hooray !!



A possible clue I picked up as well at this point was I noticed the word CAJI at the start of the code block. I Googled this and it came up with Caji, (short for Cajioste apparently) as a US/Spanish word for schoolmaster. This maybe relevant, it may not but it brought to mind schoolmaster … Headmaster, Head, (as in heading). I’d like to think it’s a nod we’re on the right track.

Radial Units


Zodiac helpfully tells us we will be working in radians on this puzzle, (rather than the more obvious choice of degrees), so I went through an whole cycle of ways of writing this, (and not), including, Radians, rad’s rad, etc… I thought maybe the word radian doesn’t need inserting at all, (and could be assumed), but that didn’t sit right with me so I placed the word “Radians”  in next, leaving a 1 x cipher gap for a unit value. This word fits nicely with our N on column 14 although frankly, a one cipher gap didn’t initially seem enough, (oh and you’re going to need an eraser a bit later to alter the word “radians”, but I need you to follow my lines of though at this point… Trust me!



Value


Now we have to make a decision where we’re going to get our numerical values from and the obvious place, (to me anyway), was to use the geometrical shapes and numerical symbols in the code…. The triangles, squares, x, etc. Straight away you will notice that neatly contained within our word, “Heading” are a triangle and square. I don’t think anyone could argue that the obvious thing to do was to assign a numerical value of 3 for the triangle and 4 for the square. This gives us a value of 3 & 4 or 34 perhaps and I believe I ran with this for a while and got nowhere. Until it was that I thought of using the fourth cipher code symbol I as a number one. Now this is not a bad assumption because as those who are familiar with the Zodiac’s codes will know, he capitalises all his letter L’s.


So now I had the value 314 and that when combined with the fact that we’re working with radians will jump off the page to many as the value Pi. In fact to confirm we are on the right track, you’ll notice the 7th cipher code symbol is the Pi character, (all be it rotated). Also conveniently for us, phew!, the value Pi can be represented by its symbol ∏ and fits very nicely in column 8.

So now we have our heading of Pi radians which conveniently equates to a good old value of 180 degrees, (due south).

To set our bearing on the map & see if we get any more confirmation


You will plainly see on the Diablo map that our compass is set above Mt. Diablo and we’re told to set the compass to magnetic north, (Mag. N.). A search online reveals that magnetic north in the 1970’s California, (it fluctuates apparently and thank goodness for the web!), is 16.8 or 17 degrees, (it matters not). In doing so, if you now draw on the map a line heading due south, you will have our heading.



A break from all this and where inspiration strikes !!


Remember I said within the phrase “The Map” in the Button Letter seemed of significance to me? Well we have arrived at a point where perhaps no one else has trod!
I looked within the cipher code to see if the phrase, “The Map” was in there and sure it was. I expect many have noticed this over the years but I haven’t personally read any article that mentions it and this is my own original thought processes I’m laying out here. The reason I was looking to see if the phrase was present is that it’s quite a common tool to do this and the code once deciphered will spell a significant word under our The Map phrase. Personally I did this work by scribbling on pads, but also having the code block in Excel so that I could link the corresponding cipher solution to the “The Map” phrase and keep an eye on it to see if anything emerges.

The second piece of inspiration


I thought I’d look within the remaining cipher code letters to see if anything else emerged, (and only a straightforward, plain-text solution would satisfy me)- no using letters twice or the like. Sure enough and this was the pivotal breakthrough for me, I found the word, “FOLD”. Now we have the phrase, “Fold the map” and probably the most important clue in this whole scenario.



Fold the map !


Ok, where should we fold the map? Well I studied the map and it seemed to me an obvious solution might be to fold it where the Zodiac did….. You’re kidding right! Nope, staring you right in the face is a vertical fold line in his map, (sometimes more visible on screen and certainly better with the Hi-res map available online). Also there’s a fold about 20% up from the bottom and a last fold just under the number 6 on the clock face of our compass.  
Follow carefully …. Fold the map as he did along the vertical crease, (as accurately aligned to his as you can). Hold the map, (now folded), so that you’re looking at the side with the compass on and make a 2nd fold away from you along the fold marks present toward the bottom of the map. If you study the original map creases you will notice from the peaks and troughs in them, that this was indeed how he did it. You could make the final horizontal fold below the clock-face 6 if you like, but it’s my assumption that this particular fold was simply to fit the map in an envelope. Why aren’t they all for that purpose I hear you say? Well, all I can say at this point is firstly we’ve been “instructed” to fold the map and secondly I thought that someone folding the map to fit in an envelope would either fold it in half, or if that was to big, perhaps fold it into equal thirds. In fact, call it intuition or not, this fold will soon become crucial and quite evident.

You Devil !





If you’ve made the folds correctly, you will notice that our Pi radian, 180 degree or due south line, (whatever you want to call it), passes  through the 6 on the clock face and land at our fold right on one of the 66 symbols from the Phillips 66 map….666 – Mount Diablo, Devil’s mountain, etc.



WHAT MAP SHOULD LOOK LIKE WHEN FOLDED CORRECTLY (above)


OK, enough of this map business- back to the cipher


Inching along!


I now turned my mind to our distance, (or distances), and we know we’re meant to be working in inches. At this point I will say I noticed the word inches almost spelt out in the bottom line as have others according to some forum posts I’ve read. So we’ll do nothing more complicated than put the word Inches we’re it fits, staring on column 6 of the bottom row.








Numerical values ?


We’re back to this again and you all know any cipher solve is going to be viewed ok if we stick to our methodology. So looking at the code block we see we have two remaining triangles and a square… The values 3, 4 and 3. Well believe you me, I played with this combination for ages. Was it 3, 4 and 3 or 34 and 3 or 3 and 34 ! Did the square symbol on column 7 of the bottom row, being halved = 2 instead of 4 or perhaps you could consider it 2x triangles = 6 ? The list could go on but we’re about to get some help, (and perhaps a point where your confidence in me is growing I hope), in the form of our old friend, the backwards J, stylised  T and now number 2, (if you rotate the page to have a look). Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together!
Hang on though, we’re not out of the woods yet because we’ve still got our problem of quite how those numbers, (now the sequence 323), should be used. I tried many things, whilst applying the resulting values to the map in some way, none of which worked. I considered we couldn’t have values of 32 or 23, (we’d be way off the map), but we could us the X on column 1 of the second row has a multiplier to make 3x2 =6. This too put’s us off the map if I remember but now comes another Eureka moment… use the dot in the centre of the circle in column 2 as a decimal point to make 3.2 !

You are kidding right?


We’re dealing with inches here, an imperial measurement, not decimal. If you’re going to tell us he measured 3.2 inches or some such ridiculous thing, you’ve fallen at the last hurdle !
Hold your horses. I also had that thought until it came to mind …..Wait for it … the scale of the map is 1inch = 6.4 miles so 3.2 is nothing more complicated than a quite simple, (and tricksy on his part), 3.2 miles or…HALF an inch ! Oh and to confirm we're right, notice how the cipher symbols in the "HALF" inc area sort of say 0.5 ! or 0. F-V-



Filling the gaps in the code


So now we know we have to fit in the values “half” and “three”. As it happens they fit quite nicely either side of our Inches word on the bottom line.
A few things here …. Why write “half inches three” instead of “three and a half”, (as seems more grammatically correct? Cipher coders will no doubt pounce right on this one… Because the Zodiac’s 408 code was ultimately cracked in a large part to double L’ and what with the letter E being both a common letter, (the most common), it might be a sure fire way to crack the code. So what to do ? Put the “THREE” on the end, send one of it’s letters up to line one, make an unbalanced cipher set, the whole conundrum much harder, whilst still retaining a usable value. I personally could read that value as “half inch”, “inches three” or simply “half-inches-three” as it reads. You tell me, when did puzzle makers ever mind bending a few rules? If it suits them that is.



The Map


Those of you who have been following this and filling the grid as we go will now notice, under our phrase, “The Map”, the letters CEARH have appeared. Any code / puzzle enthusiast will know that’s gold-dust because it’s just one letter out from spelling “SEARCH”, (in anagram form).
Search The Map !

The final word


To complete the word, “search” we need to place an S in our code above the cipher letter T. For those of you who followed my early instruction to place the word RADIANS in our code, you will notice we now have a very inconvenient double S, (in columns 15 & 16 of the top line). There’s nothing for it, we’ll have to delete that S off of radians have Pi Radian. It didn’t seem right to me but it’s a case of puzzle makers bending the rules again …. This time for good reason I think!
We now need a three letter word to link our top and better lines. The only word that fits is USE, so put that in. Now we have our completed code block.



You Ass!


Why all that messing about with the S just now? Have a look, he’s spelt the word, “ANUS” on the end of the top line. Was this just for his amusement? Possibly, but I did consider whether if we looked at the words on either end of the top if that had any significance…. HEAD – ANUS
Was a local sports coach an ass and get called Head Ass instead of Head Coach? Did the Zodiac work for / with a Head Assistant or Head Teacher he called Head ASS? It may be something and if my instincts are right, it will definitely have some meaning other than a simple joke.  

The map again


It’s great to be back to the map but what to do with, “half-inches-three” ? Does it mean travelling half inch in one direction and three in another ? Well there’s no room left in our code block, (and I did consider picking things apart to make room), but the simple answers maybe the way to go….
Either travel back up our 180 degree heading line 3.5 inches or ……. Use 3.5 inches to draw a radius from our landing point, (at marker 66 on our folded map line), and see where it takes us.
Perhaps it crosses through somewhere relevant , perhaps I’m yet again going to fall at the very last hurdle ?

BE A SPORT !!!


Truly the last hurdle…


You will find if you in fact draw this radius, it lands on our centre map fold, (surely the right thing to do), smack on top of the Oakland Alameda County Colliseum!
Looks right doesn’t it, but in true coders style, can we be sure ? Well we have one last clue that we haven’t used yet – the SFPD=o clue from the Little List Letter. If you overlay that on the map using photoshop or whatever and if you scale it up, (no stretching it in a singular direction – that’s cheating), just literally grab a corner and scale it, you will see it lands smack down on our “Bomb site”. 

See how that SFPD=0 clue he gave didn't just use a simple circle ? He wasn't only emphasising the bomb site by enlarging the circle, (he no need to have done that), he was actually drawing the Colliseum itself !!!










And that’s it my friends, 46 years in the waiting !


Apologies for any errors and I hope I included everything relevant .... This is my first forum post !


SOME FINAL ­­VERY IMPORTANT POINTS.


·         As fun as it may seem solving a puzzle, let’s not forget this one was set by a criminally insane, mass murderer.
·         Let’s give a thought to those victims and their families.
·         I personally don’t think for one tiny second the Zodiac ever intended to place an actual bomb, certainly not where this map indicates.
·         I would have preferred to relate this information  the authorities first, but it seems that’s nigh on impossible when dealing with the Zodiac case.

I I

AND WHAT WAS THAT STATEMENT I WAS GOING TO LEAVE ?


WELL, IF AFTER READING THE ABOVE SOLUTION AND (HOPEFULLY) THINKING THAT FIRSTLY I’M RIGHT AND SECONDLY, I AT LEAST HAVE SOME NOVEL IDEAS, I’M GOING TO TELL YOU, IN ALL SINCERITY……..


I HAVE FULLY, TOTALLY, 100% AND BEYOND ANY SHADOW OF A DOUBT CRACKED THE 340 CIPHER CODE !


The code once cracked, (using methodical methods has you have just witnessed), reveals enough information to keep enthusiasts interested for another 40 years. It reveals information relating to murder sites, taunting messages, (you knew they were coming) and information about the guys parents and much more.

I’ve been interested and looking at these ciphers for just one month at the time of writing this. I know that will throw sceptics into a tail spin. I have no idea why I can do it when others could not but all I can think of is the 408 was solved by a Schoolteacher and his wife over a kitchen table over a weekend! Sometimes the experts don’t get there first I suppose.

PLEASE don’t ask a flood of questions about the decode 340. This time the authorities really did ought to hear the news first hand and I’m hoping that someone with enough credibility in the Zodiac community will read my Map solution, agree with it and put some wheels in motion.

Regards

Gary

p.s. Another reason is if you thought the map solution was a long read, believe me, the 340 will take ten times that long !

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Post by Don Pseuym on February 6th 2017, 10:41 am

I say ...the map image is just to show the zodiac symbol and another point in the map , use that -like an overlay ,over a point ( that is not in the roadmap shown) and the zodiac symbol points to the supposed bomb placement .

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Post by ophion1031 on February 6th 2017, 8:23 pm

Don Pseuym wrote:I say ...the map image is just to show the zodiac symbol and another point in the map , use that -like an overlay ,over a point ( that is not in the roadmap shown) and the zodiac symbol points to the supposed bomb placement .

I really think Calstock and Randall Clemons should join together with their work on the map and see what else might be hidden on it!
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Post by Metal Years on February 6th 2017, 10:43 pm

We have a couple of people on this board, Doranchuk and Marcello, who know a lot about codes and Zodiac's ciphers. I hope they'll consider looking this over and tell us what they think.

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Post by ophion1031 on February 7th 2017, 12:25 am

I think Marcello did look at it... I'm no expert on codes, not even close, but I do find it really interesting. Metal Years, are you familiar with Randall Clemons' theories? They are somewhat similar but point to about a dozen places on the map, and they are all golf courses and Oakland is also the point of origin. Randall's website is a little harder to follow, but worth checking it out if you haven't already.

www.zodiackillerenigma.com

In Randall's theory, "paradice" is spelled like that intentionally, telling people to look for dice... or, the dots on the 340. If Randall is right, which I think there is a good chance he is, then the Zodiac was a damn genius!
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Post by Metal Years on February 7th 2017, 8:35 pm

I waz vaguely aware that there's a respected Zsearcher named Randall Clemons (his cousin, Clarence, waz a helluva sax player!) but hadn't checked his site. When it comes to the codes, I'm easily confused and befuddled. That doesn't stop me from believing that the 340 is unsolvable! But what do I know?

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Post by ophion1031 on February 7th 2017, 9:04 pm

Metal Years wrote:I waz vaguely aware that there's a respected Zsearcher named Randall Clemons (his cousin, Clarence, waz a helluva sax player!) but hadn't checked his site. When it comes to the codes, I'm easily confused and befuddled. That doesn't stop me from believing that the 340 is unsolvable! But what do I know?



I'm with you, I am confused by... well, not the codes themselves, but a lot of the theories confuse me.
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Post by Metal Years on February 7th 2017, 10:02 pm

O Hell yea! Jungleland!
I have a lot of respect for those like Marcello and Dorankchuk that know what they're doing, but me trying to understand it? No way.

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Post by ophion1031 on February 7th 2017, 10:53 pm

I agree 100%. I love that there are people like them putting a shitload of time and effort into solving the codes, but most of it is hard for me to follow. Calstock's theory on the Phillip's 66 Map is very easy to follow.
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