by Chandu Kona
Ranked among the greatest unsolved ciphers in history, Ricky McCormick’s notes have baffled intelligence agencies, wanna-be sleuths, and everyone in between for the past two decades. In 1999, Ricky McCormick was found dead in a ditch with two notes hidden inside his pocket. First revealed to the public a decade later, the notes appear to be filled with nonsense and unreadable sentences; but this seemingly random sequence of characters may not be so random at all. The authorities believe that these notes may hold the key, quite literally, to solving Ricky McCormick’s murder, but to this day the notes have yet to be deciphered.
Ricky McCormick. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://cipherfoundation.org/modern-ciphers/ricky-mccormick/.
Tritto, C. (2019, July 29). Code Dead: Do the encrypted writings of Ricky McCormick hold the key to his mysterious death? Retrieved from https://www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/code-dead-do-the-encrypted-writings-of-ricky-mccormick-hold-the-key-to-his-mysterious-death/Content?oid=2498959.
Help Solve an Open Murder Case, Part 2. (2011, March 29). Retrieved from https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/help-solve-an-open-murder-case-part-2.
Nickpelling, & Nickpelling. (2013, March 12). Ricky McCormick’s mysterious notes… Retrieved from http://ciphermysteries.com/2013/03/12/ricky-mccormicks-two-mysterious-notes.
More information may be found in any one of the hyperlinks pasted above.
All music taken from Kevin Macleod on incompetech.filmmusic.io.
Image: Ricky McCormick Note #2, Wikimedia Commons