Thursday, March 31, 2011

FBI can't crack code. Can you?


































For those interested in a cryptographical challenge, the Feds are asking for help on the cracking of a code written by Ricky McCormick, 41, three days before he was found dead on June 30th, 1999 in a St. Louis field.

"We are really good at what we do," said Dan Olson, the chief of the FBI's Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit. "But we could use some help with this one."

Read more on the challenge at MSNBC.

6 comments:

Kea said...

The FBI information is lousy. At 41, he is old enough to have developed particular interests. What were they? Where had he traveled, if at all?

Kea said...

Perhaps it is a suicide note? The top right word looks like an anagram of Psalm, and psalm 71 starts: In you Lord, I have taken refuge.

Kea said...

It was posted too early (U.S. time) to be an April Fool's joke ... no?

PhilG said...

I thought this must be an April fools but it has appeared before and after the date. It is even in new Scientist.

Some people claim to recognize a lot of abbreviations used to designate models and features of Nissan cars. It's basically just a mechanics shorthand for orders or work he did.

Apparently the FBI have been looking for it for 10 years without noticing that, unless they think there is a hidden message beyond that.

kneemo said...

I hadn't looked into it lately, but the mechanics shorthand observation is interesting. As Michael Benes, over at msnbc stated, a line like:

36 mlse 74 sprkse 29 kenos ole + 73 rtrse

could be referring to spark plugs, rear tires, etc. I guess the Feds are reading all the msnbc comments, so that might be enough info to decipher most of the contents of the notes.

JOSEPH from SPAIN said...

2nd note, last line, look this:
O-W-m-4 H8L XORLX = OWN FOR I AM MCCORMICK.
It is THE FIRM and the testament.
Is a children´s game.
bye.