From ‘The 340 Character Cipher’ blogpost/article on Richard Grinell’s ZodiacCiphers.com:
“The Zodiac accompanies his cipher with a brief message “This is the Zodiac speaking. I though you would nead a good laugh before you hear the bad news. You won’t get the news for a while yet. Could you print this new cipher in your frunt page ? I get aufully lonely when I am ignored, so lonely I could do my Thing.” This was followed by a running total of seven victims, detailed chronologically, “Des, July, Aug, Sept, Oct = 7”. From the beginning of the Zodiac attacks in December, they were followed by further attacks in July, September and October. However, this gives us five victims, possibly six if we we retrospectively include Cheri Jo Bates, murdered outside the Riverside City College Library on October 30th 1966. The August murder/s claim remain unknown.”
I’ve made a few discoveries with the new Z 340 representation shown above- by laying out more of the ‘filler’ material, at least what I’d previously thought was just filler. In so doing I think I’ve discovered something very disturbing as it relates to the accompanying ‘Dripping Pen Letter’ which Grinell describes above. In particular “You won’t get the bad news for awhile yet’ stands out for me as a chilling threat. There is another victim lined up. Grinell has gone over this ground in some of his posts. And now It’s clear to me he was on to something quite significant. Besides some areas where Zodiac seems to be adlib-ing from the song ‘Old Macdonald Had a Farm’ :
Old MACDONALD had a farm
And on his farm he had a pig
With a oink oink here
And a oink oink there
Here a oink, there a oink
Everywhere a oink oink
Old MacDonald had a farm
Again Zodiac thumbs his nose at police- as he does with “Peggey from No Nine Fun”, where he refers to the police screw-up around the Stine Cab murder.
The RN- Registered Nurse
But more ominous is the repeated ‘RN’. Eleven times repeated, at least in what I believe I’ve solved so far. Most of these follow after the keywords – ‘my Thing’.
Nurse RN Donna Lass was hired in August of 1970 before she went missing from her place of business, Del Webb’s Tahoe ‘Sahara Casino/Hotel’, in early September, 1970.
It was stated in an independent report by Tahoe Police Officer Harry Hines that Larry Kane knew Donna Lass in SF previous to the Dripping Pen Letter in Nov. ’69. Was he employed by K & M? Several researchers say he was working just down the hall from Donna at the Sahara. Was she a ‘tasty morsel’ provided especially by Joe K for Kane to do with whatever he wished?
And is she the ‘RN’ mentioned in the Z 340 as I’ve laid it out? If so this would be a murder premeditated for over a year and not a (seemingly) random killing like the others. It seems especially sick to plan and even…
…publicly discuss a murder you are going to commit a year later.
To knowingly lead an innocent young woman into a death trap over such a long period of time strikes me as the ultimate cruelty, the deadly action of a incredibly patient, outwardly charming (I’m sure), highly intelligent businessman who now becomes a depraved and dangerous psychopathic predator. It goes way beyond the typical profile of a serial killer, and may be what the public and investigators have sensed all along, beyond his terroristic threat towards children. It’s part of the reason why Zodiac is still considered the ultimate in fear and evil, in our country at least.
Zodiac was certainly counting on the 340 being ‘crackproof’. Or was he? Did he want to be caught before any harm came to to Donna Lass, knowing he couldn’t help himself? It seems Joe K may have developed quite a taste for murder.
But here, decide for yourself:
Before Joe Goes…
One final clarification- I believe it’s not ‘BEFORE JOE GO SO MY THING’ but instead: ‘BEFORE JOE GO’S…O! MY THING! (One last murder for the Kane cover-up, remember he’s under ‘contract’!) It’s followed by a grouping of initials: 2 x RN’s, GN- for general nurse (or gun?) and MD for medical doctor. Seems Zodiac has been hanging around, stalking, at the local hospital (Letterman Hospital in the Presidio, SF) and he’s found his next victim. ‘Tyhre Eye OO, etc’- he’s weary of this game- but just one last one.
Sympathy for the Devil….