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December 7, 2011

The most viewed story at FBI.gov for 2011...

with more than 1.4 million page views was their posting about the murder of 41-year-old Ricky McCormick
whose dead body was dumped in a field in St. Louis. Police found two encrypted notes stuffed into the victim's pockets, but have been unable to break the code, which remains a mystery to this day. -- Most Popular Online News Stories for 2011 - The Morning Delivery

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 7, 2011 11:07 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Any chance the victim was schizophrenic, or otherwise prone to consuming psychosis inducing drugs (ie. meth, cocaine, or both?)

Because if either are the case the notes may be nothing more than undecipherable gibberish.

High school dropouts typically not being capable of generating codes that provide much resistant to common analytical techniques.

Posted by: ThomasD at December 8, 2011 5:59 AM

I once had to rush to a rehab center in order to interpret for a Russian patient. He was tied to an extra large wheel chair with bed sheets, because he was more than 400 lbs. maybe even closer to 500 lbs. He was rambling, completely incoherent, and the nurse had handed him a tablet to better explain himself in his own language.

And that was as incoherent. Just scribbles. I could decipher his name out in all that scribblage, but nothing else made sense. I asked one of the nurses if anyone in his family spoke English, and she said yes, but that they didn't know what he was saying.

I still haven't figured out why they thought I would.

Posted by: Jewel at December 8, 2011 6:16 AM

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