**Averly Equals Chronicle**

**Zodiackiller.com Message Board: Letters: Averly Equals Chronicle **

By Douglas Oswell (Dowland)
(41.philadelphia01rh.15.pa.dial-access.att.net - 12.90.16.41) on Wednesday, July
04, 2001 - 05:53 am: |

In his correspondences, Zodiac uses two different styles of notating the
"score" between himself and SFPD. In the first of these, he uses a dash to
separate name and count, i.e., SFPD - 0. In the second, he uses an equal sign, i.e., SFPD
= 0.

On the front (address side) of the Pines Card, the writer adds the line "att. Paul
Averly = Chronicle."

This suggests a mathematical mindset on the part of the letter writer, especially as it
relates to the Pines Card, where a mathematical symbol is used to show equivalency between
two completely non-arithmetical entities.

By Zoe Glass (Zoe_Glass) (max2-25.evansinet.com -
63.69.48.25) on Friday, July 06, 2001 - 10:47 pm: |

Douglas, Interesting notation , as always. Could the dash also be a mathematicians expression of negative zero as an absolute?

By Ryan Olesin (Ryan) (d141-193-74.home.cgocable.net -
24.141.193.74) on Friday, July 06, 2001 - 11:03 pm: |

But a minus, or an equals sign are basic math that everyone learns. There are other pieces of the Zodiac case that point to someone with a stronger knowledge of math, but I don't think this is it.

By Douglas Oswell (Dowland)
(176.philadelphia01rh.15.pa.dial-access.att.net - 12.90.16.176) on Friday, July
06, 2001 - 11:14 pm: |

I don't think the dash was meant to be a minus sign. Zodiac might have imputed a
"minus" to the SFPD, but never to himself. I agree that other aspects of the
case point to an understanding of mathematics, but to my mind the use of an equivalency
symbol to compare non-arithmetical objects is one of them.

A few others: (1) Zodiac's use of abstract symbolism; (2) his habit of enumerating things;
and (3) his use of the word "about" to show approximation when dealing with
inexact quantities.

By Ryan Olesin (Ryan) (d141-193-74.home.cgocable.net -
24.141.193.74) on Friday, July 06, 2001 - 11:36 pm: |

Sometimes though, a cigar is just a cigar. What are others ways of saying A = B? Its
not like there are 1,000 ways to imply A equals B and Zodiac choose a mathematical way of
implying it.

SFPD - 0

SFPD = 0

SFPD equals 0

SFPD has 0 points

Zodiac choose to express his dominance over the police in a sports format of points. Does
this mean Zodiac was athletic or a sports fan? It could be, but sometimes things can
become over analyzed and I think this may be one of them. However this will probably be
something that is always up for debate.

By Douglas Oswell (Dowland)
(239.philadelphia01rh.15.pa.dial-access.att.net - 12.90.16.239) on Saturday, July
07, 2001 - 07:31 am: |

Here's the text of an interesting USENET post that appeared in 1995, half a year before
Kaczynski's capture:

From: mentifex@scn.ORG (SCN User)

Newsgroups: sci.math

Subject: Detecting mind of mathematician

Reply-To: mentifex@scn.org

Date: Sat Sep 30 11:14:37 1995

The Unabomber is a mathematician.

His so-called manifesto is freely available on the Internet at

"http://pathfinder.com" as a 221,188-byte file of HTML text with

NUMBERED paragraphs.

The mathematical Unabomber writes in paragaph 17 of "rational

calculation," and in paragraph 39 of "the pursuit of goal X." In

paragraph 57, the mad bomber speaks of "a new, ordered community"

which a non-mathematician would have called an orderly community.

In paragraph 99, the cowardly killer writes, "Think of history as

being the sum of two components...." (Think, rather, of the Una-

bomber as being a mathematician who uses perhaps a permutation of

his own national identification number as an authentication code

in dealing with The New York Times.) The mathematical psychotic

continues in paragraph 143: "In the past, human nature has been

approximately constant, or at any rate has varied only within

certain bounds." Q.E.D.

People tend to leave their "fingerprints" on everything they touch, and the
"fingerprints" aren't necessarily of the physical variety.

By Zoe Glass (Zoe_Glass) (max1-47.evansinet.com -
208.202.125.78) on Saturday, July 07, 2001 - 05:34 pm: |

If we do consider that dash , as an expression

of negative zero as an absolute as in the context of Doug's opening post, we would have a

particular string, that could be identified as computer language.

Douglas was there found a black box or two among Ted's belongings?