A coded letter written by a 17th-century Italian nun who claimed it had been dictated to her by the Devil has been deciphered by scientists using codebreaking software found on the Dark Web.
Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione wrote the coded letter in 1676, and claims to have been possessed by Lucifer at the time she wrote it.
Now, 340 years later, a group of researchers from the Ludum Science Center in Sicily managed to decrypt the code using software obtained on the dark web, and discovered that the letter did indeed carry a disturbing Satanic message.
According to the letter, God was invented by man, adding that “this system works for no one.” The text also describes God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as “dead weights,” and says “God thinks he can free mortals.”
Another sentence reads: “Perhaps now, Styx is certain,” referencing the River Styx that separates the Earth and the Underworld in Greek and Roman mythology.
“We heard about the software, which we believe is used by the intelligence services for codebreaking,” Center 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 group translated 15 lines of the letter and concluded that the letters were a jumble of languages and were composed and written by Sister Maria herself; she had become a skilled linguist during her time at the convent.
They say the letter is rambling and not entirely consistent and understandable. This supports the theory held by modern scientists that – rather than being ‘possessed by the devil’ – Sister Maria suffered from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
“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,” Abete told The Times. “That has not stopped numerous interested Satanic sects contacting me since I published our findings.”
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