St. Louis, Missouri: FBI Seek Help To Crack Encrypted Notes Tied To 1999 Murder

30 Mar

 

In what seems like a throwback to the still-unsolved Zodiac killings that terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s, the FBI has sent out a public appeal for amateur sleuths to help solve a key cryptographic clue in a 1999 murder case.

On June 30, 1999, police officers in St. Louis, Missouri found the body of 41-year-old Ricky McCormick, who’d been murdered and dumped in a field. The only clues investigators recovered from the scene were two encrypted notes stuffed into the victim’s pockets.

“Despite extensive work by our Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit (CRRU), as well as help from the American Cryptogram Association, the meanings of those two coded notes remain a mystery to this day, and Ricky McCormick’s murderer has yet to face justice,” the FBI said in a press release today. CRRU chief Dan Olson added, “We are really good at what we do, but we could use some help with this one … Maybe someone with a fresh set of eyes might come up with a brilliant new idea.”

The FBI has reached out to the public with code breaking brain teasers in the past–but they were games, not actual cases. This is the chance for want-to-be FBI sleuths to break their brains on code that is part of a current investigation. The notes are after the jump.

Channel your favorite CSI character, folks. Here are the notes:

The bureau isn’t offering any reward for assistance in solving the case at this time, but the FBI is asking people who believe they may have some insight into the notes write to the address below:

UPDATE ADDITION: INFO FOR REFERENCE:

SEE COMMENTS:

included jeje mon language translations results – Show only jeje mon language translator

Search Results
  1. Interact with the jejemons. Know the meaning of jejemon or use the jejemon translator. Join the jejemon clan in the Philippines and gain friends. Meet the jejemaster.

    www.jejemon.com – Cached

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

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3 Responses to “St. Louis, Missouri: FBI Seek Help To Crack Encrypted Notes Tied To 1999 Murder”

  1. Thomas Ferguson 0MarchJ2011 at 9:00 pm #

    I was looking at the coded notes on the murder case of Ricky McCormick and I was wondering if there is any more available information on Ricky, Such as, did he have any hobbies that would link him to a specific book? This code is linked to page one of the book that he used for coding purposes. Judging from what I see I believe it to be some form of an engineering style book. Is there any way to find out this information?

  2. rachel stephens 0MarchJ2011 at 11:18 pm #

    this is what it says San Francisco witness
    next person I hope should be
    would be next
    would be released
    never find
    first person on December 1971
    second person on September 1974
    third person on December 1975
    solve the murder then you would find me
    On the page titled “NOTES”, the first 2 lines:
    ALPNTE GLSE – SE ERTE
    VLSE MTSE – CTSE – WSE – FRTSE
    This is an address and phone number for the Missouri Institute for Mental Health, which is located in St. Louis, MO where the man Ricky McCormick who was murdered on June 30 1999 is from, according to the FBI help request (I have yet to find any old articles that talk about the details of this murder btw)
    Address & Phone confirmed with Yahoo Maps: 5400 – ARSENAL STREET – (314) 877-6400
    —————————————————————-
    The three lines underneath that address…so far I got from it “PO DEPUE” (if you take every letter within these 3 lines that proceed the letter “N”:
    PNRTRSE ONDRSE WLD NCBE
    NWLD XLRCMSP NEWLD STS ME XL
    DULMT6TUNSE NCBEXL
    The other information so far that I am getting from this first “paragraph” circled, is that this individual is talking about the nurse in charge, or the “PO” administered; meaning Per Os (mental health jargon meaning medication taken by mouth), that was given to him was the wrong dosage (thus reference to XL), sort of like Effexor XL or Welbutrin, but the dosage was given incorrectly which caused him great troubles or something like that; probably a psychotic reaction or serious health problems from this “error” or possible intentional experimentation on him. This paragraph is basically starting out by explaining what happened to him as a mental health patient and the improper dosage given. That is all I have so far…the rest is slowly coming along…the first page that I haven’t started on yet, well this is a sort of diary of events from him travelling”longitude/latitude coordinates of
    35°29′ N / 99°75′ W [20 Miles away from St. Louis which is where officers found the body ]
    he writes all this in a blog and brags…
    the language he uses is called”jejemon”-see wikipedia it is a Philippine dialect a language not a code hope the fbi reads my email trying to help out here.

  3. rachel stephens 0MarchJ2011 at 11:41 pm #

    o.k. it says San Francisco witness
    next person I hope should be
    would be next
    would be released
    never find
    first person on December 1971
    second person on September 1974
    third person on December 1975
    solve the murder then you would find me
    On the page titled “NOTES”, the first 2 lines:
    ALPNTE GLSE – SE ERTE
    VLSE MTSE – CTSE – WSE – FRTSE
    This is an address and phone number for the Missouri Institute for Mental Health, which is located in St. Louis, MO where the man Ricky McCormick who was murdered on June 30 1999 is from, according to the FBI help request (I have yet to find any old articles that talk about the details of this murder btw)
    Address & Phone confirmed with Yahoo Maps: 5400 – ARSENAL STREET – (314) 877-6400
    —————————————————————-
    The three lines underneath that address…so far I got from it “PO DEPUE” (if you take every letter within these 3 lines that proceed the letter “N”:
    PNRTRSE ONDRSE WLD NCBE
    NWLD XLRCMSP NEWLD STS ME XL
    DULMT6TUNSE NCBEXL
    The other information so far that I am getting from this first “paragraph” circled, is that this individual is talking about the nurse in charge, or the “PO” administered; meaning Per Os (mental health jargon meaning medication taken by mouth), that was given to him was the wrong dosage (thus reference to XL), sort of like Effexor XL or Welbutrin, but the dosage was given incorrectly which caused him great troubles or something like that; probably a psychotic reaction or serious health problems from this “error” or possible intentional experimentation on him. This paragraph is basically starting out by explaining what happened to him as a mental health patient and the improper dosage given. That is all I have so far…the rest is slowly coming along…the first page that I haven’t started on yet, well this is a sort of diary of events from him travelling”longitude/latitude coordinates of
    35°29′ N / 99°75′ W [20 Miles away from St. Louis which is where officers found the body ]
    he writes all this in a blog and brags…
    the language he uses is called”jejemon”-see wikipedia

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