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Zodiac “340 Cipher” cracked 51 years after it was mailed to the S.F. Chronicle.

It was beginning to seem like a hoax, a jumbled mess of nonsense characters with no true meaning. But This week, the Zodiac serial killer's infamous "340 Cipher" has finally been cracked. The cipher was one of several sent in a letter to the S.F. Chronicle in November 1969 from the Zodiac, the serial killer who killed five people in the San Francisco Bay Area between 1968 and 1969. He has never been caught. David Oranchak, a 46-year-old web designer from Virginia has been working with a group to crack the code since 2006. In an interview on Friday, he told reporters, "We’ve been sitting on the solution since last Saturday. When I first started looking at the Zodiac ciphers all those years ago, I thought, ‘Oh, I

Weird ad: Looking to produce super baby, man seeks women to impregnate during 2017 solar eclipse

Solar eclipses can be eerie events. At totality, a creepy darkness settles and shadows change into unsettling broken forms. It’s a weird experience to say the least. But a guy from Europe has submitted a proposal which adds a whole new level of weirdness to the occasion. An unusual ad appeared on San Francisco Bay Area’s Craigslist this week from a man seeking a women to impregnate during the solar eclipse (the proposed location is reportedly Oregon). The objective is to time the act to reach climax during totality. According to the ad, the result will be “a child that will be on the next level of human evolution”. The overexuberant advertiser claims the act will allow the two participants’ cosmic energy to align resulting in knowledge

Police puzzle over dozens of creepy spiked baseball bats found chained to poles across San Francisco

They mystery began to unfold early Thanksgiving morning when San Francisco police received calls from concerned citizens regarding creepy spiked baseball bats chained to street poles throughout the city. The bats, which have long metal spikes running through them, were found chained to parking meters, street lights, sidewalk benches, and sign posts. By the end of the day, fifteen weaponized bats had been discovered across the city. By Saturday morning, the number had increased to 27. When the sightings of these strange bats were first reported to the police, SFPD was placed on alert and treated the sites as standing as a potential risk to human lives. One resident told ABC reporters: “This is a little stranger than normal, so, we called the cops just in case and

The bizarre life, disappearances, and deaths surrounding millionaire Robert (Bob) Durst

It’s not difficult to see that Robert (Bob) Durst is different. Born April 12, 1943 in New York City, the oldest of four children, he is the son of New York City real-estate moguls Seymour and Bernice Durst and brother of commercial developer Douglas Durst of the Durst Organization – and an heir to the enormous Durst skyscraper fortune. The first thing you will notice about Bob Durst is his coal black eyes which give him an unusual, otherworldly appearance. Throw in the occasional stutters, a habit of mumbling to himself, frequent squinting and blinking of his eyes, and intermittent references to himself as “we” and it becomes near impossible to see him as anything but different. His unusual physical and behavioral quirks are compounded by

Saddle Ridge Hoard – couple discovers $10 million in old gold coins buried in backyard

It’s amazing when even a single Gold Rush era gold coin is found, let alone a thousand of them.  But that’s the sort of phenomenal find that a Sierra, Nevada couple ran across last month and they didn’t have to go far to find it – it was buried right in their backyard.  Dubbed the Saddle Ridge Hoard and valued at $10 million dollars, it is believed to be the biggest hoard of gold coins ever unearthed in the United States.  But, the excitement Lady Luck's touch aside, the find has left some wondering if the newly discovered cache is long-lost stolen loot from an unsolved San Francisco Mint heist in 1901. The Saddle Ridge Hoard find – gold coins aplenty! The mysterious gold coin cache was found