Monday, January 13, 2014

Cryptic Notes On Monday Mystery...!

This story from Listverse is mysterious in more ways than one, if you ask me.

I mean, I have to ask just why the FBI was even working on this man's death? Was it at the family's request? Why, after all this time, was it determined that his passing needed to be explored again? Whole lot of questions, if you ask me!

Ricky McCormick Notes

On 30 June, 1999, 41 year old Ricky McCormick’s body was discovered in a field in St. Charles County, Missouri. An unemployed high school dropout, McCormick was said to have heart and lung problems, lived on and off with his mother, and was receiving disability at the time of his death. He had served time in jail for multiple offenses. His body was found several miles from where he lived, and there was no indication of foul-play, nor was any cause of death ever established.

Found inside his pockets were two hand written notes that appeared to be encrypted. Were the encrypted notes clues to his death? The FBI’s Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit (CRRU) and the American Cryptogram Association both tried, and failed, to decipher the meanings of the notes. The notes and the death of Ricky McCormick are listed as one of the CRRU’s top unsolved cases.

Twelve years later, the FBI had changed its mind and now believed McCormick may have been murdered. They also believed whatever was written on the notes might explain his death and lead to the killer, or killers. On 29 March, 2011, the FBI asked the code-breakers of the world to help determine the meaning of the coded messages. Within days of posting the messages on the Internet, the FBI website was inundated with messages from the public offering ideas, suggestions and assistance. According to members of McCormick’s family, McCormick had used encrypted notes since he was a boy, but apparently no one in his family ever knew how to decipher the codes. Now it is up to the public to try to help the FBI decode these notes.

I'm thinking there must be more to this story somewhere. I just do not see what the encrypted notes found on a dead man would suddenly, after 12 years, capture the interest of the FBI and their team of experts. Why is this unexplained death so important after all this time? What do you think?

Coffee outside this morning. Light rain is expected, but the temps are warm!


Chickenmom said...

Wow - good one Mr. Hermit! There are tons of stories out there on this guy!
Coffee on the patio sounds wondeerful!

linda m said...

Hmmmmm, that is a good one. Why indeed is the FBI suddenly interested. Coffee on the patio sounds good to me. I'll bring crullers!

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Just wanted to give you something to research a little, ya know? Interesting case!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Linda M...
Makes for a good mystery, doesn't it?

Thanks for the visit today!

JO said...

The FBI didn't like the fact they couldn't figure it out so lets reopen the case and spend tax dollars. They didn't list cause of death, and if someone murdered him for his notes why didn't they take them. Good Grief Charlie Brown.

Coffee on the patio sounds nice pass the pot please.

Dizzy-Dick said...

That note was dictated by aliens. That is my story and I am sticking to it (grin).

edifice rex said...

I tend to agree with you Jim. Seems odd to me the FBI would be so interested in this case. Or even get involved in the first place if there wasn't more to it.

Anonymous said...

I agree, there must be more to this otherwise they wouldn't care about those notes after twelve years.
I hope someone can solve what the notes says!

Have a great day!

Rob said...

Too much time on somebody's hands...