Originally posted by Sublimecraft
3. The Taman Shud Case
I noticed something, and I have the beginnings of a theory regarding this code.
I played a lot of word games in my day, and as soon as I saw "AIAQC" I read it as "And I am quite certain." I saw the "MLIABO" and, except for the B,
it read to me as "My life is already/almost over." I couldn't fit the B in. I thought about the poison and looked for a P. Sure enough, there's "ETP"
at the end of one line: eat the poison.
I don't have the code in front of me but also the last line I believe had something that I saw as "If they take my ... " or "if they tell me." And so
The B still puzzled me, so I looked at the second, crossed-out line, and something struck me immediately about it. The letters are lined up exactly
under the first line, as if the MLIAOI were either him deciphering the line above, or encrypting it. You notice as soon as he writes a second I, he
crosses that line out, as if he realizes there must be a mistake because he has an I corresponding to two different letters.
I think he began again on the lower lines, and may have made a few more mistakes. That could be the reason for the X over the O. In fact that entire
line could indicate all those letters are wrong.
So my theory is that perhaps this is a double cipher of some kind, which makes this something of a Rosetta stone. All four lines are not one code; the
first two lines = the second two, encoded.
The next thing to look for is whether the number of letters match between the first two lines and the second, and they don't, but again I believe
there are mistakes in one or both sets, which is why some of the letters are poorly shaped: they were wrong and he wrote over them.
The second thing to look for is whether the patterns match between the two sets. I can't see the code in front of me, but IIRC the top line had ABAB
in it, so the bottom set should have a similar pattern, and I don't see that, although the T's also form an interesting pattern.
I didn't have a lot of time to work on this, but I wanted to throw this out to you guys to see if you might agree. Thoughts?
edit on 9/21/2012
by lindalinda because: formatting