Is This The Zo­diac Speak­ing?

Real Crime - - Dr. Mark Hewitt -

In his book, Dr. He­witt sug­gests that the non­sen­si­cal ramblings of the Zo­diac have spelt out his true iden­tity all along – in ‘ rough ana­gram’ form

“ask the sound of your cruzei”

( 6- Page let­ter, page 2)

Theodore Kaczyn­ski “The Mikado

Opera” ( Tor­ture let­ter, pages 2, 3- 5,

Ex­or­cist let­ter)

I am Theodore

H PhD “I am crack


( LA Times let­ter)

I am Prof


The FBI, when they took codes out of Kaczyn­ski’s cabin, they said some of these codes are the most com­plex we’ve seen

since the height of the Cold War

killed three peo­ple us­ing guns and so peo­ple as­sumed it was a threat to use a gun again. But the Zo­diac him­self used it in other sit­u­a­tions by mak­ing marks around it, plac­ing it on Mount Di­ablo, and putting num­bers around it – and that’s not what you do with a crosshair sym­bol.

Why do you think po­lice didn’t find any ev­i­dence in his cabin that di­rectly linked him to the Zo­diac?

Be­cause he had 25 years to sani­tise his cabin and make sure he had noth­ing at­tach­ing him to that, and the rea­son for that is be­cause the Zo­diac cam­paign was a failed cam­paign and he came to be un­der­stood as some sick psy­cho. Kaczyn­ski did not want to be iden­ti­fied as that, he wanted to be seen as an in­tel­li­gent per­son who had good rea­sons for killing peo­ple.

There’s no foren­sic match be­tween the items in the cabin and the Zo­diac case, but what I found very in­ter­est­ing was that there were cat­e­gories of items that you would ex­pect to find in the home of the per­son who was re­spon­si­ble for the Zo­diac crimes: dis­guises, pre­cisely the type of dis­guises, a hood and sun­glasses. There was also bomb- mak­ing ma­te­ri­als and bomb di­a­grams, which is sim­i­lar to Zo­diac stuff. There were codes and keys to codes.

If you look at those three cat­e­gories of items and pick any other se­rial killer, they didn’t have those cat­e­gories of items in their homes, and what­ever they did find did not give any in­di­ca­tion what­so­ever that there was a con­nec­tion to the Zo­diac, but with Kaczyn­ski all three of these cat­e­gories were there [ in his home].

Both Kaczyn­ski and the Zo­diac liked to ex­press them­selves through their writ­ings and through codes. You’ve looked into the con­tents of both their writ­ings, is there a no­tice­able com­par­i­son be­tween the two?

Oh to­tally. Not so much with codes be­cause Kaczyn­ski’s codes tended to be quite a bit dif­fer­ent to the Zo­diac, but then again they were writ­ten 25 years apart and ob­vi­ously the Zo­diac was writ­ing codes that were not meant to look like those of a math­e­ma­ti­cian. So there’s less of a com­par­i­son there, other than the fact that both were in­volved in writ­ing codes. What I found in­ter­est­ing was that none of the Zo­diac codes used num­bers as sym­bols. A math­e­ma­ti­cian would be very care­ful to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween num­bers and sym­bols. At the same time, Kaczyn­ski wrote a code that was en­tirely in num­bers so it also sep­a­rated num­bers from sym­bols, as you would ex­pect from a good math­e­ma­ti­cian.

The Zo­diac ob­vi­ously wrote with a cer­tain amount of stag­ing in­volved. He ap­par­ently at­tempted to dumb down his let­ters, tak­ing out most of the big words and used awk­ward phras­ing, mak­ing it look as though he wasn’t able to spell very well, didn’t know gram­mar and vi­o­lated all types of gram­mat­i­cal rules. But if you look at it very closely you re­alise that it was the work of some­body who was quite in­tel­li­gent and quite ed­u­cated. The big­gest clue to me was the ‘ More Ma­te­rial’ let­ter, which in­cor­po­rates three semi­colons in it. Most peo­ple don’t write with semi­colons, they don’t know how to, or if they were to try would do it in­cor­rectly. Well the three semi­colons in that let­ter are used ex­actly cor­rectly and that shows some­body who has at least a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion, prob­a­bly grad school ed­u­ca­tion, so that gives us an in­di­ca­tion that this per­son is a whole lot more in­tel­li­gent than he’s let­ting on.

above What first ap­peared to be a gun sight, a sig­nal that the Zo­diac would strike again, Mark says re­sem­bles a math­e­mat­i­cal di­a­gram of the equa­tion

X2+ Y2= 1, which was a part of math­e­mat­i­cal ge­nius Kaczyn­ski’s pub­lished works

I noted sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the word­ing of the Zo­diac let­ters and the Un­abomber man­i­festo, be­tween the Zo­diac let­ters and the 1971 doc­u­ment writ­ten by Kaczyn­ski, and then huge com­par­isons be­tween vo­cab­u­lary, gram­mar, punc­tu­a­tion and spell­ing. Also there was all kind of things with the Zo­diac let­ters and The Se­cret Agent by Joseph Con­rad, which is sig­nif­i­cant as it’s a favourite book of Kaczyn­ski.

What do you think can be said about the Zo­diac’s 340- char­ac­ter cipher that re­mains, like the zo­diac him­self, un­solved. Is this the work of Kaczyn­ski?

No, not that I have found, that re­mains a big mys­tery to me. I can spec­u­late based on if Kaczyn­ski had pre­pared it, and if he had there’s a good rea­son it hasn’t been bro­ken: it’s be­cause he’s a bril­liant math­e­ma­ti­cian and if he didn’t want it bro­ken he could make it com­plex enough to be un­break­able. The FBI, when they took codes out of Kaczyn­ski’s cabin, they said some of these codes are the most com­plex codes we’ve seen since the height of the Cold War. If it weren’t for keys in­cluded in the cabin they never would have been able to de­ci­pher them.

You wrote to Ted Kaczyn­ski at the su­per­max prison in Colorado: tell us a bit about what you no­ticed from his let­ters to you.

We ex­changed let­ters, and there was no smok­ing gun in any of the let­ters that he sent me, but there were lit­tle hints here and there that it was the same per­son. If any­thing was a smok­ing gun it was how he wrote the word ‘ Zo­diac’ in his own hand­writ­ing in the fi­nal let­ter that he sent me. In my book I line that up and com­pare it to the Zo­diac’s use of that word, and they look very sim­i­lar to me.

The high- pro­file ar­rest of Joseph DeAn­gelo for the Golden State Killer crimes puts cold cases like the Zo­diac killings back on the map. Do you think ge­neal­ogy would be a good av­enue for in­ves­ti­ga­tors to ex­plore with the Un­abomber and Zo­diac?

That would be my ab­so­lute dream – that my book comes out, peo­ple have a few months to get com­fort­able with the idea and then ‘ boom’, the DNA match is made. That would be ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic be­cause in mod­ern so­ci­ety DNA is every­thing. Now we have be­come hy­per- fo­cused on it, but we have got to re­mem­ber that, back in 1986 and be­fore then, we were still able to catch crim­i­nals and put them be­hind bars with­out DNA. So I think what I of­fer in my book is a lit­er­ary DNA com­par­i­son – a new field of lit­er­ary foren­sics or foren­sic lin­guis­tics.

It’s easy to com­pare some­body’s writ­ing if they write some­thing on Wed­nes­day and then write some­thing else on Thurs­day, but what we have is two peo­ple writ­ing 25 years apart and some of the writ­ing is de­lib­er­ately staged, so the hand­writ­ing is fake, the gram­mar is fake and the spell­ing is fake. How do you com­pare some­body who is stag­ing one thing with writ­ing that they’ve done on another occasion when they weren’t feel­ing com­pelled? I be­lieve a match can be made, but you have to re­alise the dif­fer­ences in the stag­ing and re­alise that de­spite the stag­ing there are still in­cred­i­ble com­par­isons to be made with vo­cab­u­lary, with sen­tence struc­ture, with para­graph struc­ture, with gram­mar, and even with the faked gram­mar. I be­lieve that even­tu­ally lit­er­ary foren­sics will start to catch up and re­alise that ‘ Mark has made a com­par­i­son and he’s spot on with his iden­ti­fi­ca­tion’.

be­low- left Foren­sic lin­guist and the former FBI agent who helped snare the Un­abomber, James R. Fitzgerald, has de­nounced all spec­u­la­tion that the Un­abomber and the Zo­diac killer are the same per­son

above- left Kaczyn­ski’s cabin was a trea­sure trove of ev­i­dence against him for the Un­abomber crimes. Just like the Zo­diac, he had drafted bomb di­a­grams, but un­like the Zo­diac, the Un­abomber had ac­tu­ally fol­lowed through on these plansabove Ted Kaczyn­ski fol­low­ing his ar­rest. Kaczyn­ski has never in­di­cated that he is linked to the Zo­diac killer

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