Annals of Crime #32

Original Caption:

Vallejo -- A high school teacher in Salinas, Donald G. Harden, and his wife cracked a code of a man threatening mass murder, a code which the Navy and FBI experts have failed to break in a week of effort. Ciphers were contained in a letter sent to three newspapers in which the author claimed to have committed three recent lovers lane murders. The code, a portion which is shown with Haden's version, reads: "I like killing people because it is so much fun it is more fun than killing wild game in the forest . . . when I die I will be reborn in paradise and all I have killed will become my slaves. I will not give my name because you will try to slow down or stop my collecting of slaves." (1969)


swac said...

I don't keep a lot of the promotional bumf that comes my way from the movie companies (although that Lemony Snicket Magic 8 Ball was tempting) but when Paramount was promoting the Zodiac movie they sent out exact reproductions of some of the letters. For some reason I felt compelled to hang onto that one. Go figure.

Vanwall said...

Uhhh...If you hang on to anything concerning Herman W. Mudgett, remind to stay on the left coast.