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z408 cipher and z340 cipher - zodiac's name revealed

By Ben Casimir

7 April 2018

From my perspective, Ross M Sullivan appears to be the most plausible suspect in the Zodiac case.

For more information about Ross Sullivan as a suspect in the Zodiac Case,
the murder of Cheri Jo Bates, the Riverside desk poem and the Confession letter,
see these two links:
Zodiac Case and Zodiac Prints

With this in mind, I would like to draw your attention to the last line of part three of the Zodiac 408 cipher.
I would like to make two amendments to the original translation by Donald and Bettye Harden of the last line of code.
The two changes are to the translation of the letter "E" and the "Я" (mirror R) as they appear on the last line
of part three of the Zodiac 408 cipher.

If my amendments and interpretation are accurate, it shows that the first name and middle initial of Zodiac's name
are revealed, and his surname is only hinted at.

Before it is translated, this is the last line of the 408.

z408lastline_1

Notice the positions of the two Es and the Я (mirror R):

The original translation of the last line(including the last letter of the line before) of the 408 cipher
by Donald and Bettye Harden is as follows:
EBEORIETEMETHHPITI

The key letter in this part of the cipher is " E ".
I am talking about the "E" as it appears in the cipher, before it is translated.
The question is how should "E" be translated?
When you look at the rest of this code, E mostly refers to itself.
In other words, E simply translates as E.
Except in one instance – with the word "DANGEROUS".
If you translate the "E" on the end of the word as "E", you end up with "DANGEROUE".
However, if you translate "E" as "S" you get "DANGEROUS".

With this in mind, I retranslated the last line of characters.
Instead of:
EBEORIETEMETHHPITI ,

The result is:
EBSORIETEMSTHHPITI

Or to show it another way:
EB SOR IETE M STHHPITI

There are two Es, that have each been replaced by an S.
Take a look at the first S.
The first two letters after the first S are "OR".
Combine the "S" and "OR".
When read left to right, this makes "SOR".
Now, look at the letter "R".
The "R" has been translated from the cipher symbol "Я" (mirror R).
Throughout this code, Zodiac used the "Я" (mirror R) to represent "R".
Yet, what if, in this instance the "Я" (mirror R) symbolises itself.
If "Я" (mirror R) is translated as "Я" (mirror R), then the "Я" (mirror R) should be read from right to left.
When read from right to left, "SOR" or "SOЯ" becomes "ROS".

The last line then becomes:
EB SOЯ IETE M STHHPITI

z408lastline_2

I realise that Ross Sullivan's first name contains the double "S".
Where as, my translation of "ROS" has only one "S".
This does not deter me, as Zodiac was well known for his deliberate misspellings.

The second "S" appears on the right hand side of the last line.
The last eight letters of the translation begin with "S".
The surname "Sullivan" also has eight letters, and begins with S.
What is more, the second "S" is preceded by "M."
M is the initial of the middle name of Ross M Sullivan.

So far, I do not see any clear-cut way of identifying the remaining letters of the surname in the z408.
Other than to say that the double "H" aligns with the double "L" in Sullivan.
However, when I made a slight adjustment to Craig Bauer's translation of the z340,
this reveals a misspelt version of "Sullivan".

For those of you not familiar with Bauer's translation of the z340, he identified the "ROS"
in the misspelt "DANGEROS".
As you can see:

dangeros

Bauer also identified the "M" in the misspelt "Richerd M Nikson":

M

Take a look at the image below.
It shows two lines from the z340.
The first line containing the word "DANGEROS", then a full stop, followed by the gunsight symbol,
which Bauer has left untranslated on this occasion.

dangerosoliwon

In an earlier line of the z340, Bauer translates the gunsight symbol as "O",
as shown below:

O

I propose that the gunsight symbol after "DANGEROS" also be translated as "O".
In addition, I put forth that the "L" after the gunsight symbol should be translated simply as "L".
The picture below shows what this looks like.
The red writing is Bauer's translation.
The blue translation is my translation.

rosoliwon_1

With the "O" and "L" translation, the next step I took was to start reading the translation
from the "R" in "ROS" to the "N" in "WONT".
If you ignore the full stop, this reads as:
ROSOLIWON

Here, one "S" is used to join the first name and surname.
The translated surname uses two "Os".
The first "O" for the "U" in Sullivan.
The second "O" for the "A" in Sullivan.
One "L" represents the "LL" in Sullivan.
The "W" is word play on the "V" in Sullivan
In German, "W" is pronounced as "V."
Like, the composer: Wagner.

Z408

The Last Line

Mercer Is His Middle Name

7 August 2020

Going back to the last line of the Z408, I notice something new.
If you start at the M, and read from right to left, you get:
SOЯIƎTƎM

Here, the Я is serving a dual purpose.
One, to represent the R in Ross.
Two, to symbolise the last letter of his first middle name: Mercer.
His full name is Ross Mercer Stephen Sullivan.

Once again, start from the M and read backwards to the Я.
This reveals:
ЯIƎTƎM

Reverse the order of the letters and this reads as:
METEIR

There is no such word as: METEIR, as far as I know.
However, there is a French word: METIER.
According to the Collins Contemporary French Dictionary(1969, p144):
METIER means: "trade, profession, craft(smanship), loom;".

My view: METEIR is a misspelling of METIER.

So what is the significance of this word: METIER?

To answer this question, we need to look up the meaning of the middle name:
MERCER

This time, I turn to The Concise Oxford Dictionary (1976, p683):
MERCER means: "Dealer in textile fabrics, esp. silks and other costly materials;"
MERCER is derived from the Old French word: MERCIER.

The meanings of METIER and MERCER have a common theme:
Textile fabrics.
The HOMME DE METIER is the craftsman who uses a loom to make the fabric.
Whilst the MERCER is the dealer who sells the fabric.

To avoid making it too easy, Zodiac has not permitted the translation to show: MERCER.
Instead, he uses the word METIER, to stand in its place.
To make the matter more difficult, he misspells METIER as METEIR.
If that were not enough, he then reverses the order of the letters.

The revised translation:

z408lastline_4

Stephen Is His Other Middle Name

Z408
The Last Line
4 September 2020

Back in April 2018, my attempts to find a close match for the surname "Sullivan"
on the last line of the Z408 proved fruitless.

In hindsight, I should have been looking for a close match to the name "Stephen".

Tonight, this is precisely what I have done.

I still think that the second "S" on the last line of the Z408 stands for Sullivan.

Originally, I made the mistake of reading left to right,starting from the second "S".

This time, I interpret the "S" as a mirror "S", like so: "Ƨ".

From what I can tell, no other letters for Sullivan are provided in Z408.

If I am correct, what is provided is a close match for "Stephen".

To see this, I had to start with the last letter on the last line,
and read in reverse.
At first, this did not seem to help.
This was because I translated the ꓘ (mirror K) into an "I" just like the Hardens had done. This led nowhere.
What did help was looking at how the Hardens translated the normal "K".
The Hardens translated the normal "K" as the normal "S".
So I decided that, for the last line, if normal "K" equals normal "S", then
perhaps ꓘ (mirror K) equals "Ƨ" mirror "S".

Reading right to left from "Ƨ", the next four letters I translated as mirror versions of the Harden translations.
"I" was translated as "T".
"U" as "I".
z408 cipher part 3 invert k (inverted K) as "ꟼ" (mirror P).
The theta symbol as "H".

Next hurdle to face was the letter "M".
The Harden translation of "M" being equal to "H" did not help. However, the Bauer Z340 translation of "M" being equal to normal "E" proved useful.
So I translate the "M" on the last line of Z408 as "Ǝ" (mirror E).

Then came the letter "H".
Once again, the Harden translation of "H" as "T" did not add any meaning.
For this reason, I assert that, the "H" on the last line of the Z408 is equal to И (mirror N).

The last line now reads as:

z408lastline_7

In reverse, we have: "NƎHꟼITƧ".
When the order is put back to normal, this becomes: "STIPHEN".
"STIPHEN" is a close match to "STEPHEN".
It is also a German variation of "STEPHEN".

In April 2018, I looked at Bauer's translation of the Z340.
At the time, I pointed out how Zodiac used a German pronunciation of "W" as a "V"
in the misspelt version of his surname "SULLIVAN" as "SOLIWON".
In the last line of the Z408, a German spelling is being adopted for his other middle name:
with "STEPHEN" as "STIPHEN".

Z340

BY THE GUN

BY THE ROPES

BY THE KNIFE

BY THE FIRE

30 September 2020

Edited on 7, 14, 17 and 20, 26, 27, 29 October 2020 and throughout November 2020

What I am about to show you is my solution to the remaining section of the Z340.
My solution is based closely on the method used by Bauer, as he describes in his slide presentation, which can be seen at:
Craig Bauer - Z340 Solution - Slide Presentation - PDF format

Furthermore, my solution is also influenced by the words of Bauer on:
Hunt For The Zodiac Killer : The Code Is Cracked ; Season 1 Episode 5
Bauer talks about how Zodiac used multiple letters to represent themselves in the Z340.
For example, the first letter of the first line is "H", which signifies itself.

In his translation, Bauer finds the phrase:
"BY THE GUN".
On October 27, 1970,
the Halloween letter was sent by Zodiac
to the San Francisco Chronicle.

As Bauer points out, "BY GUN" is written, in conjunction with "BY ROPE", "BY KNIFE", and "BY FIRE".



Zodiac Halloween Letter October 27 1970

This gave me an idea.
Since Zodiac was willing to say "BY THE GUN" in the Z340,
perhaps he was willing to say "BY THE ROPE", "BY THE KNIFE" or even "BY THE FIRE".

Speaking of letters that represent themselves,
the "B" in "BY THE GUN" signifies itself.
The "y" is symbolised by mirror "y".

So I started looking for other instances of "BY" in the Z340.
This is what I found:
Please note:
The red translation is by Bauer
The blue translation is by me.

z340 bauer and casimir translations by bi

As shown above, there are four instances of a near match to "BY" in the Z340.
Match One: Line Three: The "B" and mirror "y" in "BY THE GUN", as found by Bauer.
Match Two: Near the end of Line Ten: Once again, the "B" and mirror "y", as found by me.
Match Three: Line Eleven: The "B" and "q", which I translate as "BI".
Match Four: Line Seventeen: The "B" and "I", which also translate as "BI".

Match Two on Line Ten is closely followed by the letter "R" on Line Eleven.
Line One, Bauer says R = R.
Line Eleven, I say the same, R = R.
From there, I translate this passage as: "BY THE ROPES".

Line Eleven, after the Bq = BI, there is a "KO".
In this case, I say K = K, and O = N.
Bauer also translates O = N earlier in the cipher.
After combining the end of Line Ten with the start of Line Eleven,
this makes: "BI THE KNIFE".

Line Seventeen, just before the "BI" is "F⅃W", which I say equals "SLA".
February 14, 1974, Zodiac sends the SLA Card to the San Francisco Chronicle.
According to Zodiac, "sla" "...is an old Norse word meaning 'kill'." So we end up with the phrase: "SLA BI".

With these changes, it looks like this:

z340 bauer and casimir translations by the gun by the ropes by the knife sla bi

To find the letters inbetween was a painstaking process of trial and error.
If Bauer and I are both right, in the Z340, Zodiac was, for some letters, using a dictionary of keys and values that were unique to the Z340.
Whereas, for other letters, he would sometimes revert to the dictionary he used in the Z408.
If you look at the picture below, you will see what I mean.
This image below shows the translation of all the letters that I have translated thus far.
As always, the red writing shows the translation of Bauer,
and the blue writing is my translation.

z340 bauer and casimir translations by the gun by the ropes by the knife sla bi

Z340

A CLOSER LOOK

Time to take a line by line look at the Z340.



"I METEEROS BE."

Line 9:
The first phrase I translate as:
"IMETEEROSBE."
In part, this was found by following the dictionary used by Bauer in the first eight lines.

Bauer keys and values for line 9:
z340 cipher < symbol = I,
R = R,
F = S,
B = B,
Ɔ = E

The Hardens' dictionary was used also.
Harden keys and values for line 9:
+ = E,
Z = E,

My own dictionary for line 9:
M = M,
ꓭ = T,
z340 cipher low light circle symbol = O,

To put this phrase into more readable English:
"I, MeteeRos be."
Which is a way of saying: "I be Meteer Ros"
or "I am Meteer Ros".
This is reminiscent of Zodiac's message in the last line of the Z408.

Speaking of the Z408, here is the last line revisited:

z408lastline_79

This time, I have included the Harden translation of
the last letter of the second last line
and the first letter of the last line.

Read in reverse:
"ƎꓭƧOЯIƎTƎMƧNƎHꟼITƧ"

With spacing:
"Ǝꓭ ƧOЯIƎTƎM Ƨ NƎHꟼITƧ"

Turned around:
"STIPHEN S METEIROS BE."

Which is his way of saying:
"I BE STIPHEN S METEIR ROS."
or
"I AM STIPHEN S METEIR ROS."

This runs in parallel to his phrase on line 9 of the Z340:
"I, MeteeRos be."
Both cases have similarities:
"ROS" is used to represent his first name: "Ross".

"METEIR" (Z408) and "METEER" (Z340) are used
in place of his first middle name:
"Mercer".

"R" joins "ROS" and "METIER".
"R" joins "ROS" and "METEER".

"S" symbolises "Sullivan" in the Z408.
Lines 7 and 8 of the Z340 have "SOLIWON" symbolise "Sullivan".
"ROS" represents "Ross" on line 7 of the Z340.





The Most Dangerous Game



"I WOS KILLINGAME"

The next sentence is:
"IWOSKILLINGAME."
With spacing:
"I WOS KILLLINGAME."
This crosses the end of line 9 and the start of line 10.

My first step was to notice the letter "K".
Bauer made K = I on line 2;
and K = R on line 4 successfully.
On line 9, the sentence only makes sense, when K = K.

Bauer made '-' = I on line 6.
For the first letter of line 9, I also make '-' = I.

Knowing Zodiac's focus on the word: "Kill",
I make the next two characters both equal to L.
For line 10:
gun sight = L;
⅃ = L

The most difficult part of this sentence is the start.
For a while, I was confounded by the first letter.
The mirror y usually represents y in the rest of the Z340.
So this led me to look for a word beginning with y.
This went nowhere.

Until one day, the penny dropped.
Elsewhere, in the code, I substitutes for y.
Such as the I in BI for BY.
On line 11, "Bq" = "BI" for "BI THE KNIFE",
which is a mispelling of "BY THE KNIFE".

That is when it occurred to me that if I can be y,
then maybe y could be I.

So the sentence so far:
"I___KILL______."

From the Hardens, I borrow the A = W, for line 9.
On line 5, Bauer has the circle(black left half, white right half) = S.
From Bauer, I borrow the circle(black left half, white right half) = S, for line 9.

Also on line 9, I declare that the circle with a dot inside = O.
The O is derived from the fact that Zodiac misspelt "was" as "wos"
in the Zodiac Letter of 9 November 1969.

Now it is:
"IWOSKILL______."

For line 10, I take the Hardens U = I.
There are two plus symbols on line 10.
For the first plus, I use Bauer's + = G.
For the second plus, I use the Hardens + = E.

My own dictionary of:
V = N;
Λ = A ;
and J = M
is used on line 10.

My dictionary for line 10
is based on the words of Zodiac: "KILLING WILD GAME"
as translated by the Hardens in the Z408.

The sentence becomes:
"IWOSKILLINGAME".

With spacing:
"I WOS KILLINGAME".

With word separation:
"I WOS KILLING GAME".

Once again, Zodiac deploys the last letter of a word
to connect to the first letter of another.

On line 7, he used the "S" to join "ROS" with "SOLIWON"
in
"ROSOLIWON".

This time, on line 10, the "G" joins "KILLING" and "GAME"
in
"KILLINGAME".



Sketch of Zodiac at Lake Berryessa by Robert Graysmith

Sketch of Zodiac in disguise, with gun and rope at Lake Berryessa.
Artwork by Robert Graysmith, based on the eyewitness account of Bryan Hartnell.



"NOW IS BY THE ROPES."

Not knowing where one sentence ends, and another begins, brings doubt.
It was not until I realised that the next sentence began with "I",
that I worked out the current one.

With "b" and mirror y equal to "by", this narrowed the window.
He had already written "by the gun".
So this only left "by the rope", "by the knife" or "by the fire".

The clue for which one lies in the letter: "R".
Bauer makes the R = R in "HERE IT IS" on line one.

R reappears on line 11.
This is shortly after the "BY" on line 10.
This is how I came to the conclusion that R stands for Rope.

So R = R on line 11.
If R stands for rope,
then the following letters would be:
"O", "P" and "E".

After R on line 10, I make:
/ = O,
black circle = P,
and
ꓕ = E.

The last letter is E.
On line one, Bauer has E = E.
The Hardens have E = E,
except in the word: "DANGEROUS",
where E = S.

On line 11 of the Z340, to make E = E makes no sense.
Whereas, E = S completes the sentence.
"ROPE" becomes "ROPES."

Zodiac has already said "THE" before "GUN".
The pattern continues with "THE" before "ROPES";

ending up with:
- = T (last character of line 10);
U = H (first character of line 11);
+ = E.

This now reads:
"_____BYTHEROPES."

Going back to the first letter: O.
Bauer makes O = N on lines 2, 4, 6.
Likewise, the Hardens have O = N.

One line 10, I also make O = N.
On line 4, Bauer has the first q = O.
So to, I say the q on line 10 is also equal to O.

Keeping with the Bauer dictionary for:
z340 cipher < symbol = I,
and
F = S;
we find the word : "IS".

With only one letter to remain,
we can infer that it is equal to W.
On line 10, triangle with dot inside = W.
This gives us the opening word: "NOW".

The complete sentence is:
"NOWISBYTHEROPES."

With spacing:
"NOW IS BY THE ROPES."

The meaning of this is quite clear.
At Lake Berryessa,
Zodiac used rope
to tie the wrists of
Cecelia Shephard and Bryan Hartnell.

Most likely, he did the same with
Linda Edwards and Robert Domingos.



Bryan Hartnell car door at Lake Berryessa

Zodiac "By Knife" Message
on the Car Door of Bryan Hartnell
at Lake Berryessa



"I DY BI THE KNIFE TO TIL NONE."

This sentence also contains a form of "BY".
Bauer makes:
B = B on line 3.
q = I on line 2.

Using this dictionary:
"Bq" = "BI" on line 11.
Of the four weapons, it had to be "KNIFE"
or "FIRE".

The "K" on line 11 gave me the answer.
K = K for line 11.
If K stands for "KNIFE",
then the next four letters are "NIFE".

Bauer provides:
O = N;
Ɔ = E.
I provide:
circle(black top with white below) = I;
z340 cipher < symbol = F;

Following the formula:
What comes between "BI" and "KNIFE" must be "THE".
For which I have:
ꓭ = T;
T = H;
and
Bauer brings M = E.

Back to the beginning:
On line 11:
I bring from Bauer
I = I; (as per line one).
D = D; (as per line two).
y = y; (as per line two).

In this case, "DY" is for "DIE".

The sentence then reads:
"IDYBITHEKNIFE_________."

"TO" was found by the Bauer dictionary on line 4:
⅃ = T;
R = O.
This was not the first time Zodiac
had misspelt "TOO" as "TO".
The Confession Letter of November 29, 1966
has "TOO" spelt as "TO".

"TIL" came from Bauer:
J = T (line 8);
I = I (line one);
Square (black left triangle and white right triangle) = L (line 6).
"TIL" being brief for "UNTIL".

Dark circle = N was the key to "NONE".

On line 8, Bauer has:
Dark circle = N.

On line 12, I too, have:
Dark circle = N.

Bauer brings:
M = E on line three.
Which I have M = E on line 12 as well.
I was left with T = O to complete the word.

To show:
"IDYBITHEKNIFETOTILNONE".

Spaced:
"I DY BI THE KNIFE TO TIL NONE".

Earlier in the Z340:
Bauer finds: "I LIVE BY THE GUN".

"I DY BI THE KNIFE"
continues this theme.

Here, Zodiac is saying that
he kills people by the knife
until there is no one left.



Cheri Jo Bates

Cheri Jo Bates


Zodiac did kill Cecelia Shephard with a knife.
Hartnell survived, despite his knife wounds.
A knife was also Zodiac's weapon of choice,
when he murdered Cheri Jo Bates.





"GOT SO EASY A GETTS BETTAR THAN IVE GOT."

This time Zodiac was kind enough to provide a full stop.
One before and one after.

The first thing that struck about this was the letter B.
One line 13, I put B = B. (From Bauer)
Also from Bauer:
Ɔ = E.
circle with vertical line = T.
R = R.
⅃ = T.
N = N.
Λ = I.
ꟻ = V.
dark circle = E. (from line 5)
circle(dark top and white low) = G. (from line 4)

So far:
on lines 13 and 14:
"BE_T_R T__N IVE G__."

Now to apply the Bauer dictionary to the first part:
+ = G.
F = S.
gunsight = O.
S = S.
mirror y = y.
dark square = A.

Now this:
from line 12 to line 14:
"G__ SO __SY A G___S BE_T_R T__N IVE G__."

Then to apply the Harden dictionary:
circle with dot inside = E.
N = E.
I = T.
dark circle = T.

Finally, I apply my own dictionary:
hollow triangle = A.
dark triangle = A.
dark P = O.
B = T. (line 12)
mirror B = T.
stylised mirror E = T.
G = H.
F = A.

To get this:
"GOT SO EASY A GETTS BETTAR THAN IVE GOT."

Zodiac boasts about how "easy"
it is for him to kill
and evade capture.

The "A" is used like an ampersand to symbolise "AND".

Key words from this sentence
have appeared in Zodiac's writing before.

"BETTER THAN"and "GET" are used in the Z408.

To quote the Z408:
Zodiac describes killing as:
"IT IS EVEN BETTER THAN
GETTING YOUR ROCKS OFF
WITH A GIRL."

The words "SO" and "EASY" emerge in the Confession Letter.
To quote Zodiac:
"SO DON'T MAKE IT TO EASY FOR ME."



The Incident At Lake Berryessa by Nathan Chesshir

Artwork: The Indicent At Lake Berryessa
by Nathan Chessshir



"ESPECLY BORRESA CEE SUNLIGHT."

This one has multiple misspellings.

The Bauer dictionary provides some guidance:
Ɔ = E.
V = S.
mirror y = y.
B =B.
Dark square with white dot in top right = R.
Circle with dark left and white right = S.
C = C.
E = E.
forward arrow = E.
U = U.
Z = N.
- = I.
+ = G.

To apply the Bauer letters that add meaning:
"ES____YB__R_S_CEESUN_IG__."

With spacing:
"ES____Y B__R_S_ CEE SUN_IG__."

Only one Harden letter adds meaning:
X = O;

To apply Harden:
"ES____Y BO_R_S_ CEE SUN_IG__."

The other letters had to be inferred, based on two factors:
One: The Bauer and Harden letters.
Two: The sentence before.

Zodiac boasts about how "EASY" is to for him to kill
and that this "GETTS BETTAR".

To illustrate how things are "EASY" and get "BETTAR",
he gives one example:
"BORRESA",
which is a misspelled version of
Berryessa.

Lake Berryessa was the scene of his crime
where he used rope and knife
to attack Shephard and Hartnell.

"CEE" stands for "SEE".
At Berryessa, Zodiac struck during "SUNLIGHT".

As Bauer points out in:
Hunt For The Zodiac Killer : The Code Is Cracked ; Season 1 Episode 5;
most of the Zodiac crimes occurred at night.

A Zodiac Letter of August 1969 refers to the Lake Herman Road shooting at night.
Zodiac talks about his need to use a "flash light" to aim with.
In the Z340, Zodiac seems to imply that "SUNLIGHT" at "BORRESA"
made it "EASY" for him to "CEE".

We end up with:
"ESPECLY BORRESA CEE SUNLIGHT."



"GOT KILL."

To solve this one, I compared lines 16 with 18.
Both lines have one thing in common.

They both share a pattern.
Each made of four characters.

One starts with: "K".
The other with: "/".

Both end with q.

They also share the same second character:
circle with vertical line.

The third character is aslo similar:
One with "O".
The other: Theta.

"KILL" starts with the letter "K"
and has four characters.

"K" sometimes symbolises itself in the Z340.
This includes line 16.

"/" is code for "K" in the Z408.
This applies to "/" on line 18 of the Z340.

For line 16:
K = K.
circle with vertical line = I.
O = L.
q = L.

This makes:
"___KILL_."

Spaced:
"___ KILL_."

As on line 12:
B = T on line 16.

As on line 5 and line 7:
gun sight = O.

We now have:
"_OT KILL_."

From this, I infer:
"GOT KILL_."

It may also be:
"GOT KILLS."
or:
"GOT KILLS?"

Either way, the meaning is much the same.
It is either singular or plural.
"KILL" or "KILLS".
It is either a statement or a rhetorical question.
Zodiac and his audience already know the answer.





Gothic Cemetery Raven by vickie666

Artwork: Cemetery by vickie666





"CEMOTRE BE LOOC."

This is a curious one.
The first word was the most difficult part.
Once again, due to the misspellings.

My working out:
Bauer has:
ꟻ = V on line 2.
ꟻ = C on line 8.

ꟻ = V on line 16 did not help.
In contrast, ꟻ = C put me on the right path.

So did:
M = E (Bauer).
Q = M (Hardens).
G = O (Bauer).
Dark circle = T (Hardens).
R = R (Bauer).
Ɔ = E (Bauer).
T = B (Bauer).
+ = E (Hardens).
L = L (Bauer).
C = C (Bauer).

Here we have:
"CEMOTREBEL__C."

Spaced:
"CEMOTRE BE L__C."

From this, I infer that on line 17:
Dark Circle = O.

This brings:
"CEMOTRE BE LOOC."

What does this mean?
Look at the last sentence:
"GOT KILLS."

Zodiac claims to have "GOT KILLS."

Now he is saying, if you do not believe him,
then "LOOC" in the "CEMOTRE".

"CEMOTRE" is a misspelling of "CEMETERY".

"LOOC" stands for "LOOK".

"BE" as in the place where the bodies are buried
"BE" the "CEMOTRE".

This phrase is not prose.
It is poetry.

Just like:
"IS MI WRIST NI LOCKS?"

We know that Sullivan wrote poems.
Most likely, he wrote the desk poem found at Riverside City College Library.

I was wondering whether this phrase had been written before.

So I did a Google search for:
"cemetery be look".

To my surprise, I found:
Figaro in London - Volumes 1-2 - Page 59;
- Google Books Result books.google.com.au › books.



Figaro In London 1831

Page 59 has the following passage:
"'I'm called upon to subscribe to the National Cemetery.'
cried the Duke, 'What the devil can cemetery be? Look out Cemetery.'
It was found to be a place for burial.
'Lord a mercy' continued his Royal Highness, 'that's a plan
for burying every body then.
What an extraordinary undertaking.'"

This could be just a coincidence.
As I do not know if Zodiac was aware of Figaro in London.
Or indeed whether he had read page 59.
It is noteworthy, nevertheless.

What we do know is that Zodiac liked the Mikado.
The Mikado is a comic opera.
March 14, 1885: The Mikado opened in London.
With music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert.

The character, Ko-Ko becomes Lord High Executioner.
July 26, 1970 in the "Little List" Letter:
Zodiac paraphrases a passage from the Mikado,
where the Lord High Executioner reads off a list of those "who would not be missed".


The Mikado



December 10, 1831 is when Figaro in London was first published.
Figaro in London was named after: "...the French satirical daily Le Figaro,
founded five years before. The allusion there had been to the hero of
Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais' play, Le Mariage de Figaro." (from wikipedia)

Le Mariage de Figaro inspired the comic opera of the same name.
Written in 1778, the play was to be followed by the opera in 1786.
The opera was composed by Mozart, with an Italian libretto written by Lorenzo Da Ponte.


Le Mariage de Figaro The Marriage of Figaro

Le Mariage de Figaro





Earlier on page 59 of Figaro in London, the subject of torture arises:
"If Russian despotism deserves to be stigmatised as ferocity,
the English method of military torture
is of a higher degree of barbarity."

"In Russia there is an escape from punishment,
for a man has the power by lying down
to end it when he pleases."

"As Knowles says in William Tell,
of the Wolf with reference to his prey.
He finishes, not mangles, - then leaves."

"So it is with Russian barbarity, but English cruelty
is of a more exquisitely savage order."

"A man is taken down and flogged until he can bear no more.
Surgical skill is then employed to restore him to a state
in which he can sustain at intervals
the remainder of his punishment."

I see a connection between
Figaro in London and the Mikado.
The dark sense of humour.
The themes of satire, comedy, opera, death, execution, torture and sadism.
All of this runs through the Zodiac writing.





Night Fire

Artwork by
© Ben Casimir



"I SLA BI THE FIRE."

As already stated, the "BI" told me that this indicates "BY THE".
The only question is "BY THE" what.

On October 27, 1970, the Halloween letter was sent by Zodiac to the San Francisco Chronicle.
As Bauer points out, "BY GUN" is written, in conjunction with "BY ROPE", "BY KNIFE", and "BY FIRE".

So far, in the Z340, Zodiac has already used:
"BY THE GUN",
"BY THE ROPES",
"BY THE KNIFE".

This leaves only one weapon:
"BY THE FIRE."

To look at this letter by letter:
By Bauer:
z340 cipher < symbol = I;
F = S ,
W = A ,
B = B ,
I = I ,
+ = F ,

From Hardens:
+ = E ,

To start with:
"I S_ABI___F__E."

Spaced:
I S_A BI ___ F__E.

In Zodiac's "SLA" message of February 14 1974,
he points out that "SLA" is Norse for "KILL".

This makes ⅃ = L.

We now have enough letters to infer the rest.
"I SLA BI THE FIRE".

November 8, 1969:
The Z340 was mailed to the San Franciso Chronicle.

June 4, 1963:
After killing Linda Edwards and Robert Domingos,
Zodiac attempted to "set the shack on fire."

March 22, 1970:
Zodiac kidnapped Kathleen Johns and her infant daughter.
Johns escaped along with her daughter.
Zodiac unleashed his rage by setting her car on fire.



"WEPNS TO KILL."

Earlier, I showed that to solve the "GOT KILL" part,
I compared lines 16 with 18.

As already stated:
Both lines have one thing in common.

They both share a pattern.
Each made of four characters.

One starts with: "K".
The other with: "/".

Both end with q.

They also share the same second character:
circle with vertical line.

The third character is aslo similar:
One with "O".
The other: Theta.

Now I apply the line 16 solution to line 18.
This gives us:
"______KILL."

We have the end of the phrase.

To start, we have "W".
W = A
by Bauer
does not aid us on line 18.

Neither does W = E
from the Hardens.

What did was Bauer's realisation, that sometimes,
a character can be itself.

When W = W,
suddenly a word starts to appear.

P = P on line 18.

Bauer brings:
Ɔ = E.
O = N.
S = S.

We have:
"WEPNS",
which is short for
"WEAPONS".

The Hardens do the rest:
H = T.
T = O.
We end up with:
"WEPNSTOKILL".

With spacing:
"WEPNS TO KILL."

The weapons being referred to are:
"GUN",
"ROPES",
"KNIFE"
and
"FIRE".

November 9, 1969 letter:
Zodiac uses the phrase:
"killing tools".

"Weapons to kill" is another way
to say this.



Golden Gate Bridge Acrylic Painting By Steven Powers

Artwork: Golden Gate Bridge by Steven Power


"IS KILLAR BAY
NOT
RICHERD M NIKSON?"

Bauer found:
"RICHERD M NIKSON".

We start with:
"_____________RICHERDMNIKSON"

Bauer brings:
I = I.
F = S.
ꓘ = K.
B = B.
white square = A.
y = y.
O = N.

We then have:
"ISK_____BAYN_RICHERDMNIKSON."

Spaced:
"IS K_____ BAY N_ RICHERD M NIKSON."

"IS" frames the question.
So we finish with a question mark:
"IS K_____ BAY N_ RICHERD M NIKSON?"

The Hardens also help with:
triangle with dot inside = A.
ꓕ = R.

Revised:
"IS K___AR BAY N_ RICHERD M NIKSON?"

We know Zodiac's fondness for the four letter word:
"KILL".

This makes:
"IS KILLAR BAY N_ RICHERD M NIKSON?"

Only one letter missing.
I look to my own translation of B as T on line 16.

To give:
"IS KILLAR BAY NT RICHERD M NIKSON?"

"NT" stands for "NOT".

Rewrite as:
"IS KILLAR BAY NOT RICHERD M NIKSON?"

What does this mean?

To answer this, one must look at:
"KILLAR BAY".

Zodiac has taken the French approach
of placing the noun before the adjective.

"KILLAR" comes before "BAY".

In standard English, the adjective comes first.
This would be:
"BAY KILLAR."

The "BAY" is San Franciso Bay.

Those who are familiar with the Zodiac case,
know that Richard M Nixon was not Zodiac.

So why mention his name?

Because Nixon and the "KILLAR" share one thing in common.
Their middle initial:
M

Nixon's middle name was Milhous.
Sullivan's first middle name was Mercer.



Giant Redwood Trees In California 1874 by Albert Bierstadt

Artwork: Giant Redwood Trees In California 1874 by Albert Bierstadt


"WAY I KIL."

To get the letters:

Bauer first:
dark triangle = W.

The Hardens:
A = W
did not add meaning.

A = A did.

So did I = I (Bauer),
K = K,
stylised mirror E = I ,
+ = L.

We have:
"WAIKIL."

Spaced:
"WA I KIL."

To make this more readable:
"WAY I KIL."

Standard English would be:
"WAY I KILL."

The Z408 outlines why Zodiac killed people:
"I LIKE KILLING PEOPLE
BECAUSE IT IS SO MUCH FUN.
IT IS MORE FUN THAN
KILLING WILD GAME
IN THE FORREST."

In contrast, the Z340 shows how Zodiac killed people.
The "WAY" or "WAYS" in which he killed were:
"BY THE GUN",
"BY THE ROPES",
"BY THE KNIFE",
and
"BY THE FIRE".