A letter written in code by a 17th-century Italian nun has finally been decoded by scientists using codebreaking software downloaded from the Dark Web. Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione from the convent of Palma di Montechiaro in Sicily, believed that the letter had been dictated to her by the Devil. It is the only surviving text of a series of such letters written in 1676.
Researchers from the Ludum Science Center in Sicily finally cracked the code using an algorithm retrieved from the Dark Web. Centre Director Daniele Abete told The Times “We primed the software with Ancient Greek, Arabic, the Runic alphabet and Latin to de-scramble some of the letter and show that it really is devilish.”
The letter is written in a mixture of languages in a confused and rambling fashion and refers to God, Satan and Mankind. Sister Maria wrote that the Holy Trinity were “dead weights” and that on of the basic principles of Catholic doctrine “works for no one.”
Another part of the letter states ‘God thinks he can free mortals, perhaps now, Styx is certain’.
Abete was convinced that the Nun was suffering from a serious mental condition and stated that “I personally believe that the nun had a good command of languages, which allowed her to invent the code, and may have suffered from a condition like schizophrenia, which made her imagine dialogues with the Devil. That has not stopped numerous interested Satanic sects contacting me since I published our findings.”