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FBI wants help to crack code, solve murder
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2011/04/02/17850921.html ^

Posted on 04/02/2011 10:21:29 AM PDT by free_life

FBI wants help to crack code, solve murder By QMI Agency

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The FBI has asked for help to decipher a note, shown, found in the pocket of a Ricky McCormick, 41, found dumped in a Missouri field on June 30, 1999. Investigators hope the note will help solve his murder.

Can you crack the code?

The FBI has asked for help to decipher a note found in the pocket of Ricky McCormick, discovered slain in a St. Louis field 12 years ago.

Investigators have tried to decode the two-page note since the body of 41-year-old McCormick was found. But it's still not known what it says, and experts say it could help solve the case.

"We are really good at what we do, but we could use some help with this one," said Dan Olson, chief of the Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit, in a release.

"Breaking the code could reveal the victim's whereabouts before his death and could lead to the solution of a homicide."

His body was found dumped in a field by sheriff's officers on June 30, 1999. In his pant's pocket, investigators found the mysterious note filled with a series of letters, numbers and dashes. It's believed to have been written by the victim up to three days before his death.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnews.canoe.ca ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: fbi
McCormick was a high school dropout, but was able to read and write, and was known to write encrypted notes since he was young. Apparently no one in his family knows how to decipher the secret language.

No reward is offered, "just a challenge -- and the satisfaction of knowing that your brain power might help bring a killer to justice," said the release.

"Even if we found out that he was writing a grocery list or a love letter, we would still want to see how the code is solved. This is a cipher system we know nothing about," Olson said.

If you can help break the code or if you've seen similar codes, contact the FBI online at http://forms.fbi.gov/code or by mail:

FBI Laboratory Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit 2501 Investigation Parkway Quantico, VA 22135 Attn: Ricky McCormick Case

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1 posted on 04/02/2011 10:21:30 AM PDT by free_life
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To: free_life

Maybe he was just writing gibberish.


2 posted on 04/02/2011 10:26:19 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: free_life
It took the FBI 12 years to realize they couldn't crack it and ask for help?!?!?!?!
3 posted on 04/02/2011 10:29:45 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Roccus

I’ll bet some of those wizards at NSA could solve this baby on their lunch break.


4 posted on 04/02/2011 10:31:44 AM PDT by Ax
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To: All

err FBI, try NSA they are right down the road in Md.

http://www.nsa.gov/


5 posted on 04/02/2011 10:36:52 AM PDT by rolling_stone ( *this makes Watergate look like a kiddie pool*)
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To: Ax

beat me to it..I bet they have a forum too...maybe already cracked it.


6 posted on 04/02/2011 10:38:17 AM PDT by rolling_stone ( *this makes Watergate look like a kiddie pool*)
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To: Ax

Who knows?

The older I get, the less regard I have for the effort put into our government’s multitude of endeavors.


7 posted on 04/02/2011 10:40:27 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: free_life

No reward, just a challenge........

I wonder how many gov’t workers would show up for work with only “the satisfaction...” being their pay.


8 posted on 04/02/2011 10:43:40 AM PDT by wrench
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To: free_life

Maybe he found another one of Joseph Smith’s papyri?

http://www.dimmeria.com/?q=node/10


9 posted on 04/02/2011 10:50:33 AM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: CaptainK

Doubtful. There are a couple patterns in it. I’m one of those odd people that have come up with their own encryptions a few times and there’s always an elegant solution to solving them - though this one I must admit is leaving me stumped thus far.


10 posted on 04/02/2011 10:50:33 AM PDT by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: free_life

Shades of the Zodiac case.

That code was cracked by a schoolteacher and his wife.


11 posted on 04/02/2011 10:56:37 AM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: Roccus
It took the FBI 12 years to realize they couldn't crack it and ask for help?!?!?!?!

They already cracked it. It details the exact location of Jimmy Hoffa's body, and the real killers of JFK.

The herd of agents working on the former don't want to "kill the job" and have to do real, well, more pressing work.

And it wouldn't fit the template to acknowledge the real killers of JFK, as well as the conspiracy of farce and useful idiots regarding the investigation.

Seriously, one of the talk show hosts I listen to contacted the FBI about any records they had on him, and the FBI said they didn't have any. His producer found his file on line at FBI.gov.

12 posted on 04/02/2011 11:00:45 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: TheZMan

It actually looks like an encrypted foreign language which is written in shorthand then twisted. None of the patterns line up with English even removing the delimiters. I give up.


13 posted on 04/02/2011 11:02:31 AM PDT by TheZMan (Just secede and get it over with. No love lost on either side. Cya.)
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To: free_life; All

14 posted on 04/02/2011 11:06:24 AM PDT by fso301
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To: fso301

I was wondering how long it would take for someone to come up with that one:)


15 posted on 04/02/2011 11:11:06 AM PDT by calex59
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To: free_life

I had a long look at it last night. There are repetitive elements in it.

Also, the 2nd part looks like driving (walking) directions if you look closely.

____________________________________________________________

(MND MK N* RS-N-S-*-KNAR) (ACSM)
*TFRN NP*NS NPBS RCBBNS NPRS 1NC
PRSE NM*S *PREHLD WLDNCB(TFXL* TCXL NCB)
AL-*RPPIT XLYPPIY NCB M*KSWCD RCBR NS PRS
WLDRCBRNS NT **N*T*S-CRSL-CITRS WLDNCB
ALWCPNCBETSM LRS RLS UR GLSN AS N WLDNCB
(NOPFSENLSRE NCB) NT GDDMNSENCURERCBRN
(TEN TFRNENCBRTSENCB 1NC)

(FLRSE PRSE ONDE 71 NCB)
(CDNSE PRSE ONS*E 74 NCB)
(PR+SE PRSE ONREDE 75 NCB)

(TF N*CMSP SOLE MRDE LUSE TOTE WLD*WLDNCB)
(194 WLD’S NCB)(TRFXL)

Document 2

[ ALPNTE GLSE-SE ER+
YLSE MTSE-CTSE-WSE-FRTS
PNRTRSE ONPRSE WLD NCB
N WLD XLRCMSP NEWLD STS MEXL
*ULMT * TUNSE NCB ** ]

[ (M*NSA*STEN MUNARS)
KLSE-LRSTE-TR SE-TRSE-M*S *-MRS
(SAE*NSE SE N MRC) ]

[ NMNRCBRNS PTE 2PT WSR*B****
36 MLSE 74SPRKS E 29KE NO*OLE 175 R*RS
35 SLE CLGSE *UNUT*E *KRSE PSESHLE
651 MTCSE HTLSE NCUTCTRS NMRE
99.84.5 *UNEPLSE NCRS AO*TSE N S*SE N* SE
N5REONSE PVTSE WLD NCBE (JXOR*) ]

[ *NMSE NRSE 1N2 NTRCE RCB*NSE NTSRCR*N
LSPNSE N GSPSE MKSE R BSE N CBE *XL*R

HM CRE N MRE NCBE 1/2 MUN D DLSE ]

[ D-W-M14 *PL X*RLX ]


16 posted on 04/02/2011 11:15:35 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: free_life

More info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_McCormick_murder_notes

http://www.stltoday.com/news/article_bcc02074-5b1a-11e0-b199-0017a4a78c22.html


17 posted on 04/02/2011 11:17:11 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: free_life

If it’s a good one time pad, you’ll be better off spending your time trying predict the next winning lottery numbers.


18 posted on 04/02/2011 11:17:13 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Emperor Palpatine

“That code was cracked by a schoolteacher and his wife.”

Yes, but they only cracked one of the ciphers. There are a few others that remain unsolved. One is so short, it’s probably unsolvable, but another is long enough it should be crackable, but still stumps the NSA, FBI, and CIA to this day.


19 posted on 04/02/2011 11:19:13 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: free_life

The second one says: “Send More Chuck Berry!”


20 posted on 04/02/2011 11:26:18 AM PDT by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: free_life

I think it is not a traditional code. (NSA would have cracked it.)

I think the letters are first initials of words, and the author “remembers” the message.


21 posted on 04/02/2011 11:26:56 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: All

Here’s my 2 cents guess, I guess this is a mildly interesting thread.

I don’t think they’re going to get much from this note.

Fellow was just confused, possibly rapid-cycling bipolar (overuse of parentheses that was in the other note). The parentheses help him feel organized, he is trying to organize his thoughts, but essentially has something like stack overflow/underflow is my theory. He starts writing a word then his mind gets ahead of itself letterwise and alphabetwise and can’t keep straight what letter he should write next to get his word out. He uses all the vowels, but not quite enough. I think his mind is going back and forth and is slightly off on the consanants and vowels and is skipping letters here and there. Kind of like:

BUILD 2 WEBSITES BY THURSDAY
becomes
BTN2CWBTVEDYTVSBIX

As he includes parentheses, indenting and makes sections, he’s feeling more organized and optimistic and starts writing uphill more, whereas his long paragraph in the other note they publicized the note starts downhill, i.e., feeling stressed or pessimistic. It’s quite possible he was just making notes which makes him feel better and after a few weeks or months he would not remember what his notes even said if asked to really read them back. He includes numbers as part of his ramblings, he’s referring to values or abbreviating and numbering items in lists. The boxes in this note are also organizing; he likes nice square boxes around this hierarchically organized memo, but he’s just not that organized a person, he can’t draw 90 degree corners with straight lines in a box shape, but that is what he would like to see.

I think the FBI is hoping for a contextual cue as to where he was when he died or the people he came in contact with the last week or two, but these are probably notes about things he was hoping to accomplish or musings, not something like “was at the 7-11 on saturday”. I doubt there are any references to the person who killed him unless it was some “arch-nemisis” in his mind who he might be mentioning in his notes regarding what he thought they should do or how they should change. Any other notes that he wrote throughout his life should be compared in the same analysis, though any common words will probably not be represented by same text string, but a string which is close or in a vague pattern in terms of the ASCII table. I would hope the FBI had done that type of crunching already, but perhaps they have not.

I would guess that a stranger who was just an angry person came into contact with him by chance and become annoyed and agitated at him.

Or I could be all wrong, since this is not my field and I’m just guessing. I would hope that experts would have thought along this vein as much as it is relevant.


22 posted on 04/02/2011 11:31:07 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: fso301

Flaming globes of Sigmond


23 posted on 04/02/2011 11:31:18 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: free_life
Were there any other “documentation” found in the decease's possession, home, safe deposit, etc.? Computer, diary, files, other writings, etc.?

5.56mm

24 posted on 04/02/2011 11:46:54 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: free_life
I broke it

Rot-13.







Kidding!

25 posted on 04/02/2011 12:04:25 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: PieterCasparzen
So, you hypothersize that the victim wrote about like this reporter talks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxupxBKatX0&feature=related

Might still be code of some sort. A mentally ill person codewriting in ebonic street slang could be tough to decipher.

I wonder what meaning some autistic people might find in the text?

26 posted on 04/02/2011 12:08:09 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Roccus

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, that are dreamt of in your philosophy....”


27 posted on 04/02/2011 2:45:49 PM PDT by Ax
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To: CaptainK

It is almost certain that he was writing gibberish, if you ask me.


28 posted on 04/02/2011 3:04:00 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Triple

.gov is concerned lately about shifting prime numbers..


29 posted on 04/02/2011 3:17:42 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: fso301

That’s a really good point.


30 posted on 04/02/2011 7:49:48 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: Ax

Believe it or not, that doesn’t cheer me at all. As to dreams......I have none.


31 posted on 04/02/2011 8:14:38 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: free_life

If this is truly a cipher, I think it must be a fairly simple substituion cipher, at least for the first note, since there are so many repeating patterns. If the cipher included a shift, that wouldn’t happen.

For example, the phrase “NCBE” repeats throughout the note, and usually at the end of a line, often preceeded by “WLD”, and once, interestingly, by “WLD’S”. This leads me to believe that the “NCBE” might be a key thing that the note is referring to, possibly a unit of measure or an item that is being tallied, a word like “road”, or something of the sort.

The middle section is particularly interesting, because it has 3 lines which are nearly, but not quite identical, and so judging by what elements change, you can separate it into possible word breaks (which seem to match up with the spacing of how it was written):

(FLRSE PRSE ONDE 71 NCBE)
(CDNSE PRSE ONSE 74 NCBE)
(PRtSE PRSE ONREDE 75 NCBE)

Seems to fit the pattern of some sort of list, and I can’t shake the feeling that the repetitiveness of it, and the way it is written, seem like driving directions or something of the sort.


32 posted on 04/02/2011 10:35:48 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

I agree, the sense I get it is personal instructions ... do this ... then do that, with possible directions or addresses/locations included. He might also be calculating something with different variables being considered resulting in different sums/conclusions.


33 posted on 04/04/2011 12:06:54 PM PDT by free_life (If you ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you, He will.)
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