NORMAN — Inside his cell at the Cleveland County Detention Center, Michael Masten had what he describes as a “computer download of letters into his brain” this past year. He was serving a jail sentence for an alcohol related offense and began spending time reading his Bible.
He focused on the first five books of the Old Testament and the genealogies of the various Biblical characters.
“From that point forward, I became obsessed with the Bible. I started digging and studying,” he said.
He writes the names from the Bible books, in genealogical order, backward and forward and then connects the corresponding letters. He began finding number patterns and letters that spelled words. First, “A cup, “A Code Are Here.” A drawing revealed an alien looking creature. A throne. A chalice. A jewel. Then some type of craft. The word “Jet.” Now, he was hooked and out of jail.
“From that point on, I was a passenger. I gave everything up to God.”
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Masten, 51, grew up mostly in Norman. He ran track in high school, was a musician and later a disc jockey. He traveled and set up electronic systems for a national restaurant chain. His father’s work required the study of blueprints that helped Masten figure out patterns and codes. Masten quickly seized on drawing lines between common letters in the names of Biblical characters, sort of like a set of blueprints.
“I’ve probably spent 3,000 hours on this. I’ve not read anything except the Bible sitting on my bunk. I didn’t set out to find this. I had no preconceived notions,” he said in an interview. “I just hope to get noticed and then I am going to present the evidence.”
He wants to enlist the help of a computer scientist or engineer that can build a program based on the code he believes to have discovered.