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Ricky McCormick note 1 as published by the FBI

The Ricky McCormick murder notes are two hand printed documents found in the pants pockets of murder victim Ricky McCormick when his body was discovered in a field by sheriff’s officers in St. Louis, Missouri on June 30, 1999. The documents appear to be in some form of secret writing. On March 29, 2011, U.S. FBI issued an appeal for help from the public in obtaining the meaning of the messages. Despite extensive work by the FBI's 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 up to that date and Ricky McCormick’s murderer had yet to face justice. According to the FBI, Ricky McCormick’s encrypted notes are one of CRRU’s top unsolved cases. “Breaking the code,” said CRRU chief Dan Olson, “could reveal the victim’s whereabouts before his death and could lead to the solution of a homicide. Not every cipher we get arrives at our door under those circumstances.” There is no reward being offered, just a challenge.[1][2]


According to the FBI, McCormick, who was 41 when he died, was a high school dropout, but was able to read and write and was said to be “street smart.” According to members of his family, McCormick had used such encrypted notes since he was a boy, but apparently no one in his family knows how to decipher the codes. Investigators believe the notes in McCormick’s pockets were written up to three days before his death.

Transcription of the notesEdit

Here is an attempt to transcribe the text of the two notes. Some characters are ambiguous and there may be more than one possible interpretation:

Note 1 text:

:( M N D M k N E M R SE-N-S-M-K N A R E ) (( A ( S M )) or ( A C S M )
T F R N E N P I N S E N P B S E R C B R N S E N P R S E I N C
P R S E N M R S E D P R E H L D W L D N C B E ( T F X L F T C X L F N C B E )
A L -P R P P I T X L Y P P I Y N C B E M G K S E W L D R C B R N S E P R S E
W L D R C B R N S E N T O S N E N T X S E - C R S L E - C L T R S E W L D N C B E
A L W L D N C B E T S M E L R S E R L S E v R G L S N E A S N W L D N C B E
( N O P F S E N L S R E N C B E ) N T E G D D M N S E N C V R E R C B R N E
:( T E N E T F R N E N C B R T S E N C B E I N C )

:( F L R S E P R S E O N D E 71 N C B E )
:( C D N S E P R S E O N S E 74 N C B E )
::( P R t S E P R S E O N R E D E 75 N C B E )
( T F N R C M S P S O L E M R D E L U(V?) S E T O T E W L(C?) D N W L D N C B E )
::::( 194 W L D' S N C B E ) ( T R F X L )
Note 2 text:

A L P N T E G L S E-S E E R t E
V L S E M T S E-C T S E-W S E-F R T S E
P N R T R S E O N P R S E W L D N C B E
N W L D X L R C M S P N E WLD S T S M E X L
D V L M T 6 T U N S E N C B E X C

:((N) or M K(U?) N S A R S T E N M K N A R S E)
K L S E-L R S T E-T R S E-T R S E-M K S E N-M R S E
:(S R E G N S E S E N M R S E )

N M N R C B R N S E P T E 2 N T E W S R C B R E S E
36 M L S E 74 S P R K S E 29 K E N O S O L E I (1?) 7 3 R T R S E
35 G L E C L G S E U K N N T X E D K R S E P S E S H L E
651 M T C S E H T L S E N C U(V/N?) T C T R S N M R E
99.84.5 2 U(K?) N E P L S E N C R S E A O K T S E N S K S E N B S E
N S R E O N S E P V T S E W L(C?) D N C B E (3 X O R L)

N M S E N R S E I N 2 N T R L E R C B R N S E N T S R C R S N E
L S P N S E N G-S P S E M K S E R B S E N C B E A U(V?) X L 'R
H M C R E N M R E N C B E 1/2 M U(k?) N D D L S E


D-W_M-Y(4?) M(H?) I(8/P?) L X D R L X

Discussion and possible theoriesEdit

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