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The murder of a young girl is the start of a series of circumstances leading to the solution of three perplexing crimes from the twentieth century in the thrilling non-fiction true crime story, Encoded: Based On True Events by R.W. Gates. Growing up near the crash site of the Hindenburg, the father of R.W. Gates is fascinated with the idea that the explosion was an act of terrorism. A Naval Intelligence Officer and an enigmatologist, the mysterious case of the Somerton Man had always intrigued him. Just before R.W. reaches his teen years, one of his friends dies at the hands of a killer near his home in Lakehurst, New Jersey. His father promises R.W. the perpetrator will receive his punishment, and not long after, the prediction proves to be accurate. When another girl disappears within the year, R.W. and his father believe the cases have a link that connects them. Sometime later, a transient woman comes to Lakehurst and gives R.W. and his father incriminating information that links the Hindenburg H-Code with the Zodiac Killer. How are they connected? Do they relate in any way to the Somerton Man?
The codes from the Somerton Man, the Zodiac Killer, and the Hindenburg are explored in the riveting memoir, Encoded: Based On True Events by R.W. Gates. This book is phenomenal! The author had an extraordinary father and a unique childhood that is a fascinating tale in itself. Written as a story, I was captivated by the out-of-the-ordinary incidents and historical revelations; the information and events R.W. Gates covers are astounding. The account, founded on historical events, includes photographs of the codes and some of the instrumental people in the memoir. This tale is engrossing from the first page to the last. It promises to thrill and entertain armchair sleuths and crime story enthusiasts who love to solve puzzles.