Suicide Cryptogram

Status: Undetermined (the cryptogram is probably genuine, but it's meaning is unknown)
image Security expert Bruce Schneier has posted an interesting item on his blog. It's a scan of a cryptogram emailed to him by someone who claims the cryptogram was left behind by a man named David Rayburn, who killed his wife and stepson with a hammer and then hanged himself. It's been confirmed that this murder/suicide did occur, and it seems likely that the correspondent is telling the truth about the presence of the cryptogram at the crime scene, even though news reports didn't mention it. The question is, what does the cryptogram mean? There's a huge amount of debate about this on Schneier's blog. To me the most likely explanation offered so far is that it may be an encrypted password list. (The cryptogram was in a briefcase next to Rayburn's body, along with some CDs of child pornography.) But one person (named Alex, but I swear it wasn't me) posted an intriguing (though slightly sick and twisted) suggestion: "Maybe he was playing hangman with himself and lost."


Posted on Wed Feb 01, 2006


whatever it is, I have no desire to know wtf goes through the mind of someone deranged enough to kill his wife and stepson, never mind the hammer part...add to this the child pornography and man, this was one sick puppy.
Posted by Chuck  in  Rhode Island  on  Thu Feb 02, 2006  at  04:56 AM
I think the strangest part is the fact that some letters are on top of the lines, some with it going through, and some below.
Posted by Dracul  on  Thu Feb 02, 2006  at  01:20 PM
Or maybe he was plain buggy and thought he was writing in an alien language.
Posted by Gee...  on  Thu Feb 02, 2006  at  01:43 PM
I can read it! It says:

"I am a sick and twisted bastard who has nothing else to do but get a boner when children pass me by. suicide, donut, hangman, hangman, hangman"
Posted by Eva  in  New york  on  Fri Mar 17, 2006  at  04:42 PM
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