Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Wednesday Weird: Ricky McCormick Death

We're only a few days away from Christmas for those that celebrate so it seems like a good time for another Wednesday Weird!

As i said last week, since we're counting down the days until ASSASSIN'S HEART releases, the Wednesday Weirds are all going to be strange, creepy or unsolved deaths.

Today we're talking about Ricky McCormick.

Ricky McCormick was 41 years old when his body was found in a cornfield, June 30th, 1999 in Missouri. He hadn't been reported missing, but someone had seen him five days earlier so at the most he could have been missing for less than a week.

Despite that, his body was strangely decomposed already. And the cornfield was 15 miles from his home, and not only did he not have a car, there were no bus lines that lead out their either.

Ricky also supposedly suffered from either a heart or lung condition and was a high school dropout. His family would later say that Ricky was more or less illiterate. He could write his name but really nothing else.

And for twelve years, that was all anyone knew about Ricky McCormick's death.

Until the FBI released more information in a plea for the public's help.

Because Ricky had had notes in his pockets. But not just any notes. These notes were written in a cryptic code and had been written at least 3 days before his death.

The FBI had spent 12 years trying to break the code of the letters and were unsuccessful, and so they were reaching out for the public's help in the hopes that the notes will help lead to Ricky's killers.

And that's where the case stands today. The encrypted notes are listed as the FBI's Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit's (CRRU) top unsolved cases.

Thoughts or theories?


Rena said...

I like this one. I am especially intrigued by the code (I should have gone into cryptography). what I find intriguing about this one is that it is either complete ggibberish, or it is a surprisingly complicated code given the letter repetition (or lack thereof). Or you know, he could have made up his own language, that seems totally possible.

My question though, where was the paper from, and had he ever written like that before... Now that I think about it, there was another case, but the killer had abducted a little girl. He left codes on hotel paper that the fbi were unable to crack, but that code was a list and possibly an address(from casual observation and guesses ), this one looks like coordinates (the dash sequences). alas, off to work.

Maria Zannini said...

The decomposition wouldn't be hard to explain in a warm, humid environment.

The 'code' though looks strangely organized, like a list or like Rena said, a set of coordinates.

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