WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!
"police ... indicated that the killing was connected to the U.S Virgin Islands."
"Starliper believed that the “340” of the 340 cipher was significant," (it's the area code for the Virgin Islands - fair enough)
"This is where it gets even creepier. 3+4+0=7. Right. So you get 7+0=7. 707...707 are the area codes for Vallejo, Napa, and Solano. So I figured, why not start this with Caesar code using 3,4.”
WOOP WOOP WOOP! Mathematician's junk alert! Random assertion based on silly patterns that you can find BILLIONS of if you look. Hey, did you know, you can find messages from the devil if you play your records backwards and the Bible has codes in it?!
"Starliper extracted symbols and changed them to letters they ****could**** correspond with."
To quote Scooby: Ruh-roh.
"After everything symbolic had been interpreted alphabetically, he started applying reverse Caesar shifts. He found the first two letters to be “K” and “I”. “What are the next two going to be? right? I figure, what’s the first word he’s going to throw in there? Kill,”
OMG please, send this kid to school. So you basically MADE it be L and L and made up whatever pattern you liked.
"For the first few lines, the pattern remained constant, but it changed beyond that. He said he was able to figure out the non-patterned series that by finding “similarities in the numerical sequence.”
Translation: He made it fit a pattern he wanted it to.
"When he was done, he had decoded the following text: KILL/SLF/DR/HELP/ME/KILL/MYSELF/GAS/CHAMBER/AEIOUR/DAYS/QUESTIONSABLE/EVERYY/WAKING/MOMENT/IM/ALIVE/MY/PRIDE/LOST/I/CANT/GO/ON/LIVING/IN/THIS/WAY/KILLING/PEOPLE/I/HAV/KILLD/SO/MANY/PEOPLE/CANT/HELP/MYSELF/IM/SO/ANGRY/I/COULD/DO/MY/THING/IM/ALONE/IN/THIS/WORLD/MY/WHOLE/LIFE/FUL/O/LIES/IM/UNABLE/TO/STOP/BY/THE/TIME/YOU/SOLVE/THIS/I/WILL/HAV/KILLD/ELEVEN/PEOPLE/PLEASE/HELP/ME/STOP/KILLING/PEOPLE/PLEASE/MY/NAME/IS/LEIGH/ALLEN/"
So apart from the bad text, bad spelling, random words, complete gibberish, complete guesswork whenever it looks like it's going wrong, rubbish patterns, pre-supposed ideas, it's not bad right? Except the Zodiac actually had a reputation and history of pretty well structured messages and codes and nothing like the mistakes in this one (which, if they were encoded merely incorrectly, would have resulted in gibberish rather than a lovely pattern from the next word)
"Along with a lack of progress contacting Solano, Vallejo, and Napa counties, Starliper has contacted the San Francisco Cold Case Unit and Special Investigative Unit without response.
He even sent the code to a cryptographer, who, after looking over the solution, said that it appeared “not valid,” according to Starliper."
Hint: The cryptographer and all those other people do this for a living, and have their works tested in courts.
Complete and utter fail, Register - how dare you stoop to reciting this Daily Mail trash?