The Albany Letter - a revisit -------------------------------
In the presumed,but unofficially authenticated Albany Letter,Zodiac wrote the following :
You Were WRONG I AM NOT DEAD OR IN THE HOSPITAL I AM ALIVE AND WELL AND IM GOING TO START KILLING AGAIN Below is the NAME AND LOCATION OF MY NEXT VICTIM But you had Better hurry be cause I'm going to kill her August 10th at 5:00 P.M. when the shift change.ALBANY is A nice Town
The implication is that Zodiac intends to kill a female member of staff,at Albany Medical Centre.This,after the FBI's presumed solution to the cryptogram,that Zodiac had written,below the text of the letter.
But,should we take Zodiac's word,for the threat ?
Indeed,did the FBI Cryptanalysis unit,correctly solve the cryptogram ?
There are many towns and cities called ''Albany'',in the U.S.A. .In fact,there is a town,close to Berkeley,and on the SF Bay coast,called Albany.This town became developed in the 19th Century,with settlers,mostly from Texas.
Having studied the ''Albany Cryptogram'',and as I have alluded to before,the symbols employed in encrypting the cryptogram are difficult to read,and symbols that ''Zodiac'' appears not to have used before.
I conclude that it is certainly possible that the decryption of the ''Albany Cryptogram'' is the following :
DONNIE H HENLY ALBANY VEHICAL CENTER THIS ONLY THE BEGINNING
Notes : --------
i] The beginning of what ?
If a ''vehical centre'',then the beginning of Zodiac's love affair with motorcars.
ii] Donnie H Henly ?
Donnie Hugh Henley is the lead vocalist for the famous rock band,''The Eagles''.The band became global stars,in 1973,with early hits such as ''Tequila Sunrise'' and ''Desperado''.
''Don Henley'' is from Linden,a town to the east of Dallas,Texas.Albany is a town to the west of Dallas,Texas.
Don Henley was born in 1947,and would have been in his teens,in the early 1960's.
Don Henley's father,Con Junell Henley,was a NAPA auto parts dealer.Although travelling,it is possible that Con Junell also held an outlet,such as shop or garage.It is known that Don Henley assisted his father,with his business,part-time,while an adolescent and young man.
The Zodiac was proven to be a bomb hoaxer,and want to take ''credit'' for murders that he did not commit.He was also a known plagiarist.
The Zodiac shifted between honesty and dishonesty,according to how it suited him,at a given time and circumstances.
It is entirely possible that : '' DONNIE H HENLY ALBANY VEHICAL CENTER THIS ONLY THE BEGINNING ''.....is the correct solution to the Albany Cryptogram.
The implication that Zodiac was familiar with Don Henley as he grew up,working for his father.....and,in the vicinity of Dallas,Texas.
Albany,California,is a town of approximately 20,000 population,which lies on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay,bordering the city of Berkeley.
Albany's commerce,includes ''landlord revenue'' from student residency,linked to the world famous Berkeley University.
Albany is noted for its ''Albany Hill'',along the coastline.The first non-indigenous settlers arrived in 1772,from San Antonio,Texas,and duly named the hill ''Cerrito de San Antonio'',in honour of their homeland.
There is a body of opinion that,given the Zodiac's confirmed first two serious crimes [....at Lake Herman Road and Blue Rock Springs...],he resided in the city of Vallejo.
Vallejo is approximately 20 miles north of Albany,and can be directly accessed by road.
I have found evidence in the past,that the Zodiac acquired his ''very specific'' 8-ball symbol,employed in his ''My name is ---'' cipher,from the documents wing of Berkeley University Library.
Did the Zodiac visit ''nearby'' Albany ?
Did the Zodiac find Albany to be ''A nice Town'' ?
Another look at the Albany cryptogram of August 1973 :
Given that the Albany cryptogram is available only in poor photocopy condition, I decided to have a fresh look at it and, discovering that there appear to be actually 52 characters, including a '' dot '' and an '' arrow '', this resumed a curiosity in the cryptogram, for me, with the possibility/probability that the ( presumed ) Zodiac planned the cipher/cryptogram as 4 rows of 13 columns. Similar, I believe, to the 1990 Celebrity Cipher which, I concluded was constructed as 5 rows of 13 columns.
This is what I concluded as a solution to the Albany cryptogram :
'' William Rogers '' '' Arkansas at war '' '' Walmart mother '' '' Samuel Walton's ''
Notes : William Rogers was a lawyer and diplomat, serving under both President Eisenhower and President Nixon. His public service is most noted when, as U.S.Attorney General, he was tasked with finding a solution to a famous racial dispute in Arkansas, in 1958, at Little Rock Central High School, Arkansas.
Samuel Walton was the founder of the eponymous WALMART chain of retail outlets which, first opened in 1962, with a '' mother '' store, in Rogers, Arkansas. Walton, at one time, was America's richest man and, probably at about the time of this August 1973 Albany Letter.
So, it is possible that the Zodiac had craftily designed a solution which, incorporated a historical racial dispute and the beginning of the retail phenomenon of WALMART - both having an Arkansas connection.
For example : '' WILLIAMROGERS '' contains '' I am Rogers ''. A possibility that '' Rogers '' is a family surname of belonging - either paternal or maternal. Perhaps the employment of '' MOTHER '' indicates a mother's maiden name ?
The Albany letter surfaced in the public domain circa 2013, and remains a mystery why the cryptogram, in particular, is displayed in such poor readable condition. Although a few internet contributors have made efforts to enhance its readability, there are no guarantees that the symbols offer a true representation of how its author originally presented them.
Particularly since the Albany letter is reported to have been pointed out to the Zodiac contributor Doranchak by the head of the FBI's Cryptanalysis Unit, Dan Olson.
In addition, that there is clear evidence now, that the FBI have played around with, and masked some correspondences, such as the 1990 Celebrity Cipher commercial print, to which I can personally attest to, and prove, in research work carried out to establish the precise picture postcard employed.
If Rubislaw 32's '' Arkansas '' solution is accepted, a few interpretations could be ventured. One such :
Split the words or expressions up into their component parts, WILLIAM ; ROGERS ; ARKANSAS ; AT WAR ; WALMART ; MOTHER ; SAMUEL ; WALTON'S .
For the '' Walmart '' clues, we can justifiably select : SAMUEL WALTON'S WALMART, ROGERS, ARKANSAS . ( Walmart's first store, opening in 1962 )
What then remains ? WILLIAM AT WAR MOTHER.
Is this a message, albeit spoken to himself, the Zodiac ?
'' William at war, Mother.''
Who then is William ? And, who is Mother ?
The Zodiac was '' at war '', as such. Was '' William '' at war, also ? And, at war with the Zodiac ?
At the time of the Albany Letter, William Joseph Grant was applying for a court injunction against all of law enforcement, on the grounds of Police Harassment, following a bungled surveillance operation carried out on him by the Vallejo P.D. . William Grant had been the first official Zodiac suspect, going back almost 5 years to the Lake Herman Road double-murder of David Faraday and Betty Lou Jensen.
William Grant was to win his court battle, and secure illegal suspect status for himself. A court of law had recognised that the Vallejo P.D. were unjustified in harassing Grant, on scant Zodiac-related evidence, and with no foreseeable plans to arrest him, despite evidence garnered that Grant had been in breach of the so-called Sodomy Laws.
'' WILLIAM AT WAR '' ? Did this refer to William Grant ( ? ), with the Zodiac's message as one of '' reportage '' - at least in the Zodiac's own mind.
Rubislaw32: The Zodiac then in his writings, imitating life imitating art imitating life. There seems to have been that surrealistic side to him in evidence - imagining himself as Dan Cooper the skyjacker, a desk top poem, a mural, and even a message in a bottle.
Dec 7, 2022 19:47:30 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: But, if we examine Jack as a template of fear used by the Zodiac, we see a man who actually strangled all his known victims - only to then desecrate them after death. And, someone who was impersonated in writing by someone else, using red ink - not blood.
Dec 7, 2022 19:31:22 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: ...likely an old sword bayonet was employed - accompanied by a gun for persuading victims' submission. Thereafter, the Zodiac appears to have often referenced Jack the Ripper by inference, to perpetuate the lie that he was an ''all round killing machine''.
Dec 7, 2022 19:23:47 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: ...which represented the facts about him. All indications to date suggest that the Zodiac was not a ''man of blades'', with his Lake Berryessa attack a ''one-off'' on account that he was running out of guns. And in that case, a double-edged blade, most...
Dec 7, 2022 19:15:33 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: ..yet to be brought to justice, so nothing actually ''from the horse's mouth''. And B) The Zodiac kept reminding us that his writings were all about leaving ''clews'' - a combination of truth, lies and red herrings. And up to the readers to sort out that..
Dec 7, 2022 19:10:14 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: As negative criticism is heaped on the new Netflix TV series about Jeffrey Dahmer for deliberate misrepresentation of the facts, it's worth considering the pertinence of any filmic representation of the Zodiac for accuracy, given that A) The Zodiac has....
Dec 7, 2022 19:04:02 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: Donna Lass reward poster : ''Family are confident that her abductor/murderer will be arrested, tried and found guilty.''. Now then, human remains were placed by Flume Trail, just 7 weeks before the FBI's Dec 11th 2020 Tweet. Everything out at once - FBI ?
Dec 6, 2022 18:59:55 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: You are the weakest link FBI, as CA DOJ considers arresting the Zodiac. With the MA DOJ having little to be proud about. But FBI - instead of behaving yourselves, you have become headless chickens in the wake of Comey's dismissal and disgrace. Dead meat.
Dec 6, 2022 16:03:58 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: So you see FBI, Z has your number on attempting to blame him for Donna Lass - an Achilles heel for you FBI. In addition, Z will know that Boston D.A. Jonathan Blodgett assisted James Comey to impress the Crown Office with Joan Webster's case file.
Dec 6, 2022 15:54:45 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: ...to Donna's victimhood, instead of Judith Hakari. Then in (circa) 1997, with the Zodiac's poster superimposition of a cipher, indicating that the Zodiac had changed his assessment, Z blamed the FBI exclusively (BEWARE I AM STALKING DOUBLE-ZERO !).
Dec 6, 2022 15:48:57 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: So, for the Zodiac out there still at liberty, in 1974 he sent Donna's sister Mary a Christmas card inferring that Donna had been allocated ''Guardian of the Pines'' - believing that Mary was in on knowledge that the FBI had allocated the Pines card to....
Dec 6, 2022 15:44:20 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: Face it FBI - you are ''screwed'' in all directions with influential LE hierarchies - and all of your case cover-ups have been observed; each with reasons, known by your peers. A ''can of worms'' - eh FBI ? But morally, the worst of these is Donna Lass.
Dec 6, 2022 9:01:04 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: Moreover, and as far as I am aware, NCIS Washington D.C. were actually the first to know about the ''solution'' (MR Z = SON) under the Marianne Moore postage stamp, beyond CA DOJ & FBI. NCIS's first contact then, was with the Crown Office or US DOJ.
Dec 6, 2022 8:54:13 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: The implication then, that Comey cottoned on to Grant's DNA indicating he was Z's probable father, in 2014 - and went off in a ''hissy fit'', then breaking the law. And, with this information having emanated via the Crown Office (UK). Comey's downfall.
Dec 6, 2022 7:54:47 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: And, this is what the fall-out in the Zodiac case between CA DOJ & FBI seems to have come down to : James Comey felt that CA DOJ should have informed FBI about William Grant's DNA in 2002/2003. Whereas CA DOJ were officially, under no obligation to do so.
Dec 6, 2022 7:35:31 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: ...testing & eliminations that involved CA DOJ & FBI work, at the behest of President George W Bush. It may be the case then, that the FBI feel they were ''blind-sided'' by CA DOJ. FBI however, were in the service of CA DOJ like PD's, and no extra rights.
Dec 6, 2022 7:26:45 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: ...Zodiac Intelligence processors, one can't be certain if they the FBI received a similar circular as police departments, from CA DOJ. But 2004 would be in keeping with the DNA testing and suspects eliminations that took place 2002/2003. Those DNA....
Dec 6, 2022 7:23:02 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: ...from case custodians CA DOJ, to proactively investigate - so it seems that the circular was more related to letting PD's know that specific task requests from CA DOJ would no longer be forthcoming. Since the FBI held a different case role, as ....
Dec 6, 2022 7:19:16 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: Albeit unconfirmed, information I have read is that in 2004, a general circular went out to all PD's with Zodiac case connections, from the CA DOJ, that the case was to be ''run down'' on scale of investigations. PD's had to be served or gain permission...
Dec 6, 2022 7:14:20 GMT -8
Rubislaw32: That was poetic : The FBI peeled away the Marianne Moore postage stamp on the 1990 Celebrity Cipher card, to reveal that ''MR Z = SON''. Horrors for the FBI to find later that the CA DOJ had done them over William Joseph Grant's DNA. He was Z's Secret Pa.
Dec 5, 2022 23:26:02 GMT -8