In the 17th century, a Sicilian nun who claimed she was possessed by the devil wrote a rambling letter alluding to her demonic nature.
More than 340 years later, the letter has been decoded by scientists using decryption programs they found on the deep web.
Sister Maria Crocifissa della Concezione from the Monastery of Palma di Montechiaro is said to be the author of the letter.
Early one morning on August 11, 1676 she awoke covered in ink like substance and claimed she had been possessed by Satan himself. She claimed he forced her to scribe the message.
During this period, claims like this were taken very seriously, however, no one could decipher the archaic language that the letter was written in, Italian news Radio 105 reports.
Numerous attempts have failed over the following centuries to decode the letter and its hidden message. The Sisters monastery, in 1960 even offered a month-long vacation as a reward to anyone who successfully translated the scripture.
Ludum Science Center in Catania now has the letter and are happy to announce that they’ve broken the code. They have been deciphering the symbols using a code-breaking software found on the dark net.
Daniele Abate, director of the Ludum Science Center, told The Times:
“We heard about the software, which we believe is used by intelligence services for codebreaking. 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.”
15 lines of the letter have already been translated and thus far, their intricate work has revealed that the message speaks of the relationship between God, Satan, and humans.
“God thinks he can free mortals. This system works for no one… Perhaps now, Styx is certain…”
The following lines go on to convince the nun to abandon her religion and faith, suggesting that God is merely the invention of man and that Jesus and the Holy Ghost are “dead weights”.
The question remains however, for what reason, and how, did the nun manage to write this?
The researchers have suspected that the woman was suffering from bipolar disorder, so was certainly prone to experiencing delusions or hallucinations. She spent a lot of her time studying linguistics and was fluent in many languages.
Abate told Radio 105:
“My theory is that this is a precise alphabet, invented by the nun with great care by mixing symbols she knew. Each symbol is well thought out and structured, there are signs that are repeated, perhaps an intentional and perhaps unconscious initiative. The stress of life in the monastery was very strong.”