MO MO - Ricky McCormick, 41, St Louis, 30 June 1999

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  1. SouthWestHiker

    SouthWestHiker New Member

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    Snipped for brevity


    I dont think he owned any house. He gave 3 different addresses for official paperwork but I think it was just places he lived at, maybe family members.
     


  2. KID_OMNI

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    Dear all,

    a new year fortune cookie I received at the end of 2010 saying: "A stranger will become important to you" - I never thought it would be Ricky McCormick.

    This is my first post on websleuths, so I want to introduce myself first.
    I am 40 years old, live in Europe and since childhood I love to solve riddles (sudoku, crosswords) I have no degree, but like sciences such as physics and astrophysics. Years ago, I was hooked by adventure games named "myst", "riven" and others, where you have to combine and use your brain to find hidden secrets. I guess this explains my unbreakable interest in these two notes.
    I am not native english speaking, so please forgive me if I misuse your language by accident ;)

    I admire the dedication and quality of all your brainwork here since day one. There is no other board I know, that is more analytic and yet so open-minded to so many different ideas and points of view as you are - you are all doing such great work! You helped me so much with what you worked out during the past weeks, so I want to share this with you and dedicate it to the McCormicks.

    A few weeks ago, after a long period of reconsideration and hesitation, I finally sent my theory to the FBI - it's unanswered until today.
    The theory about the code is ridiculously simple (that's why I was hesitating) and I guess it works with almost every language, using letters. To write with this code it does not require a degree in rocket science nor authism and I have no doubt, it could have been invented by a smart kid. With a little practice you all can use it in real time.


    So here are the rules for what I call THE MAGIC INK code.:woohoo:

    for a better understanding, I take the word "HELLO" as an example.

    Rule 1
    Spaces between letters are the main part of this code. Just imagine, you are using a pen with an ink that only writes every second letter.

    writing: using this rule, HELLO is written as "H L O" or as " E L "

    Rule 2
    "E"s we use as an "End"-sign of a word - indicating that the last written, visible letter is the last of the word so "E" can be deleted most of the time. Some words we write may end with an "E" - so, sometimes an "E" remains an "E".

    writing: using this rule, HELLO is written as H L O E
    reading: as "O" is the last Letter of the word and "E" as "End-Point" can be deleted

    Rule 3
    "SE"s are also a signal for "End" but with the difference that "SE" indicates the last visible letter is the "S"econd last of a word. Sometimes, like in the rule for "E"s the "S" can remain, but mostly it can be deleted while reading.

    writing: using this rule, HELLO is written as E L S E
    reading: as "L" is the second last letter of the word
    in this case neither "S" nor "E" will be used, so we can delete them both
    while reading.

    Rule 4
    "-" means, there is NO invisible letter in this place. It also closes the space between two letters and combines the letter in front and after "-"

    writing: with this rule added, HELLO is written as H L-L S E
    reading: as there is no letter between "L"s"E" & "S" can be deleted in this case

    also, a combination of "-SE" says that "S" has to be replaced by a letter - in this case it is very easy as "a" is the only word in english that contains only one letter - in slang there are some more as "u" for you or "o'" as short for "of"... but I want to keep it as simple as possible so let's say it just means "a".

    Rule 5
    I am not that sure about this last rule, but want to post it anyway. As we write most letters as capital, we could also use lower case letters for indication of start or end points of words in some way.


    I know these rules may sound silly, but take a look at the following I coded, by using these rules:

    L m D N L S E-H D E-S E-F R S E

    :waitasec: doesn't this look a bit familiar?

    To give you some hints - it's in english, it's the title of a song for kids and it starts with an invisible letter before "L". Maybe I wrote a few words into one segment, as it would be too obvious to finish each word with "E" or "SE".
    Try to crack this by math, statistics or shifts in the alphabet - I would not be surprised if I will be retired before it's been cracked this way :crazy:

    Applying these rules to the notes from Ricky McCormick you will find a very big amount of words as there are many possibilities. Some make more sense, others less. The hardest part will be, to find out what words match best to find out what Ricky McCormick wrote. At this point it will be helpful to know as much as possible about the author.

    I have no complete transcription of these two notes yet; it takes so much time and I have to use online translations like a bot. I am sure you native speakers will see much more, much faster than I ever could.

    So now it's up to all of you brainiacs out there. Do not hesitate to prove my theory wrong and double-check every rule.
    After all, I still could be wrong. I dont want to suggest this is IT, but something that walks like a dog, sounds like a dog and even smells like a dog, can't be an elephant. Maybe it´s a wolf, or a coyote. Who knows?
     
  3. DeadCat

    DeadCat Well-Known Member

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    E-I-E-I-O!
    Interesting, Kid Omni--
    Have you be able to translate any parts of Ricky's code, following your rules?
     
  4. KID_OMNI

    KID_OMNI New Member

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    congratulations for solving my coded message :)

    here are a few examples of what could be written on the NOTES page:

    A L P N T E G L S E - S E E R t E
    1)A slipknot gulps/engulfs a secret
    2) sad/bad/mad lips not gulp a secret
    As you see, I am not sure about the first part but quite sure the second part means "a secret"

    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
    could mean someting like: skull lurks at torus <--> turn(s) make(s) in-marks

    ( S R E G N S E S E N M R S E)
    sure agony is anymore
    sore


    more to come but working on it is like :banghead:
     
  5. liz b.

    liz b. Well-Known Member

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    The federal government/military has some brilliant code breakers. I feel confident that this code would have been broken fairly quickly...MOO I do not understand why the FBI would need to enlist the public. Also, I've noticed that there is a sparse amount of information about this case available to the public. This is an old case... In the Zodiac case, it was an ongoing serial killer at large which motivated LE to ask for help from the public. This is very different. On the face of it,it looks to be a robbery. Both robbery and murder are not that uncommon in the area where this victim was found...MOO Wonder why it is thought that the notes are connected to his murder ?

    Based on the above, I wonder if this is a recruitment project ? Code breaking is not really something which is easily taught. It takes a certain mind set, and a certain skill set to be good at it. MOO

    JMO
     
  6. KID_OMNI

    KID_OMNI New Member

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    Did I mention that the hardest part will be, to find out what Ricky McCormick most probably wrote down in these notes? Well.. now you know what I mean ;)

    T R S E could also mean turf(s) or turd(s) or turk(s)
    P R S E could mean: Park(s), perm(s), perp(s), apart, sport, pork,.........
    R C B R N E (sometimes written as R C B R N S E) could be a name or it could mean:
    crack barin', rock bar in, .....
    W L D could mean awe lady, own LSD... but maybe just an abbrevation?
    N C B E could mean: nice bee, in a cab, on a cub, in a cub, nice bet,....

    each one of these words give a whole new perspective to the notes, so we have to juggle around with assumptions... and hope, someone finds the right combination.
     
  7. KID_OMNI

    KID_OMNI New Member

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    maybe this link, posted a few weeks ago by sfbaynancydrew, explains it:
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/fbi-director-sheepishly-admits-agency-hasnt-solved,19906/


    You are absolutely right - this case is about a fairly unknown person who might have been a victim by coincidence. Wrong place, wrong time - and maybe wrong friends, too. The only thing that keeps the FBI from burying these case files deep in the archives is this code. One thing they cannot stand is not knowing everything.

    either recruiting or maybe it is an evidence of incapacity - with other words, (sarcasm: on) they use taxpayers money responsibly by not wasting it for solving cases like this. They are just wasting our time (sarcasm: off) :crazy: in either case, they will never tell us.


     
  8. DeadCat

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    It sure might be pure coincidence that it offers a result that just looks like the code from McCormick. It would be helpful to know much more about him. He most probably did not write down general informations about weather... so it is hard to find a step into these notes. What was he taking notes about? Family, friends, gardening, sport bets, sex, drugs...?
    To think with someone else's head we do not know much about is very difficult and frustrating:banghead:
     
  10. Diedge45

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    This is what I posted yesterday on another forum. I am interested in your opinion too.

    When they found Ricky he had only the notes, so we presume that are from hospital. Why? That is his last known destination, and when you are sick, your sickness is most important thing on the world for you. Why notes, that you don't forget this, because it is imposible to remember all information, also if you are taking a heart medications doctors always recomend that you have a list of medications with you (but nobody told Ricky that list must be readable to others). If our theory is correct, his doctor will know if Ricky wrote a note at checkup. Maybe even doctor himself told him to make a note or maybe even dictated him. In that theory his doctor will be able to understand most of the notes. In any case, it should be a his cardiologist to translate.
    The first note is diagnosis and medication.
    Before diagnosis, he had to do some tests (blood test, ultrasound etc.). Most likely he did a test a few days earlier or was ended in ER. It seems that first note is older then a second one, the handwriting is slightly different.
    On the second note, which appears to be made on some other examination (maybe after 3 or 6 month later) the doctor changed his medication and introduce some new. If we are right, then he's been at least 3 times in the hospital and there should be some trace of his treatment.
    What is commonly known facts about Americans? They are mad for the abbreviations, so we assumed that he was written in abbreviations in their own form of expression, most likely phonetic (he wrote as he spoke). The problem is that for some words he use only one letter (first) and for another words he use combination of letters (with some mistakes due to haste).
    Sorry to my English, I am from Croatia and English is not my native language, but I think that you will understand me. Here is what my girlfriend and me think that writes in the notes (possible words and meaning):

    First note:
    (ACSm) = Acute coronary syndrome medication

    (mND mKNEmRSE-N-S-m-KNARE)
    mND = medication and dosage/M.D. name of physician/mind (keep in mind/remind)
    mKNE = medication know/key numbers/keep near
    mRSE = medication RSE/recipe/
    N-S = not skip/not smoking
    mKNARE = medication …/keep near

    TFRNE N P/NSE N PBSE RCBRNSE NPRSE I N C
    P = pils
    RC = Fosinopril and hydrochlorothiazude (for Hb pressure)?

    PRSE N mRSE DPREHLD WLD NCBE (TFXLE TCXL NCBE)
    PRSE = purchase new medication RSE/pressure
    TF =theophylline?
    mRSE DPRE = medication R side effect depression
    HLD = hold warfarin low dose and CBE (WLDNCBE)?
    (TFXLE TCXL N CBE) = try fix level/to fix level take CxL NCBE
    XL = Toprol Xl

    AL-PR PPIT XLYPPIY NCBE mGLKSE WLD RCBRNSE PRSE
    AL = always
    PR = prothrombin ratio/pulse rate/prognosis/pressure/Prilosec or Prevacid medication/prior
    PP = pulse pressure
    PPIT = proton pumps inhibitor (pils)/troponin T or I
    PR PPITXL = prophylaxis with proton pump inhibitors then XL
    XLY = exzactly
    PPIY = supply/apply?

    WLDRCBRNSE N T OSNENTXSE-CRSLE-CLTRSE WLD NCBE
    CLTRSE = control self

    AL WLD NCBE TS mE LRSE RLSE UR GLSNE AS N WLD NCBE
    AL = always WLDNCBE
    TS mE LRSE = take separatly medication
    RLSE UR GLSNE AS N = release urgently glycerine/as necessary/aspirin and WLDNCBE

    (NOPFSE NLSRE NCBE ) NTE GDDmNSENCURE RCBRNE
    NOPFSE = no pulmonary fibrosis in lungs regulary NCBE
    NTE = and take
    GDD = GD atorvastatin calcium 10 mg(lipitor) daily
    NSENCURE = insecure/secure

    (TENE TFRNE NCBRTSE NCBE I N C)
    TENE = atenolol (tenormin)?
    = take … and CBR then use NCBE once

    (FLRSE PRSE ONDE 71 NCBE)
    71 = 71 Pill imprint (Benzphetanibe – for obesity)

    (CDNSE PRSE ONSDE 74 NCBE)
    74 = 74 Pill imprint (Hydrochlorothiazide mix with Losartan – hypertension)

    (PR+SE PRSE ONREDE 75 NCBE)
    DE = daily
    75 = 75 Pill imprint Clopidogrel (PLAVIX medication (imprint 75/75g)?
    = Chlorthalidone (diuretic)
    RE75 = Metoprolol tartrate (hypertension/Angina Pectoris/Myocardial Infarction)
    (TFNRCmSP SOLE mRDE LUSE TO TE WLD N WLD NCBE)
    TF = tirofiban (anti thrombotic drug)
    NRCm = need regulary control medication
    SPS OLE= supress on level
    mRDE LUSE TO TE = medication reduce to the WLDNCBE

    (194 WLD`S NC BE) (TRFXL)
    194 – LDL cholesterol level (in that case is very high) or total cholesterol (normal level)
    194 – code APR DRG 194 Heart failure (severity index distribution)
    TRFXL = (try fix Level/try to find XL)


    RSE/BSE/RCBRNSE/WLD/NCBE/RCBR/XL = it seems that these are the names of medications?
    WLD = Warfarin low dose
    = weight loss diet
    = with or without LD and CBE
    = Warner Lambert drug (Lipitor)
    nCBE = and Calcium blocker
    = and CBE (some other medication)
    = CB-1 obesity drug


    Second note:
    AL PNTE GLSE - SE ER+E
    AL = always
    PNTE = pay attention
    GLSE = glicerine (nytroglicerine)
    -SE = use
    = seek
    = once (take) ER + E
    ER+E = ever (emergency + Enalapril or maybe Lisinopril – doctors give it after heart attack)
    = emergency (relief or rescue or room)

    VLSE mTSE-CTSE-WSE-FRTSE
    VL = while (use)
    = value
    SE = use
    = side effect
    mT = medication therapy
    SE = side effect
    -CTSE =
    -WSE = Warning/name of the medication/without/use/worse
    -FRTSE = first use effort/

    PNRTRSE ONPRSE WLD NCBE N WLD XLRc msP NE WLD STS mE XL
    PNR = pain relief take RSE
    TR= therapy/try
    SE = use
    ONPRSE = on prescription
    = on pressure
    = prescribe
    XL = toprol XL (high blood pressure med - Metoprolol)
    RcmsP = RC medication suppress
    NE = one/never
    WLD =
    STS = substitute
    mE = medication
    XL = toprol XL (high blood pressure med)/ E x L
    = Procardia XL
    mE X L = medication XL (E x L)

    DULmT 6 TUNSE NcBEXC
    DU LmT = daily use Lung medication therapy/diuretcs
    6 TUNSE = 6 times to unified
    NCBEXC = never combined BExC (medications)/calcium channel blocker
    = necessary
    = and CBE x C
    = and CBE extra cost
    = once BexC (Benazepril/Betaxolol/Bisoprolol)
    (mu NSAISTEN mUNARSE) = Medication use/no sustain medication under no circumstence

    KLSE-LRSTE-TR SE-TRSE-mRSE N-mRSE
    KL =
    SE-LR
    STE = same time
    -TR =
    SE-TRSE-
    mRSE- = medication RSE
    NmR SE = new medication RSE/use/separately/once

    (SAE 6NSE SE n mBSE) = sudenly sickness use new medication BSE/B separately

    NmNRCBRNSEP+E2pTEWSRCBKNSE
    Nm = new medication
    NRC = need regular control/never combined BR and use P+E 2 pils take with …
    BR = before (next appointment)
    nSEP = and separately
    +E2p = immedieately 2 pils take without regular control beats
    TE = take
    W = without/with
    BKNSE = blood control neccessary
    = once

    26 mLSE74SPRKSE29KENO&OLE173R+RSE
    26 mL = Lisinopril (L26M imprint)
    S = sustain/once/use
    E74 = Lovastatin 40 mg anti cholesterol medication (E74 imprint)
    S = sustain/once/use
    PRK = precaution
    SE= use
    29 K = Phentermine, for obesity 37,5 mg (K29 imprint)
    E NO 8 (&)OL = enough
    E173 = Hydrochlorothiazide and Lisinopril 25 mg / 20 mg (E173 imprint)
    R+RSE = +recipe /Ramipril

    356LE CLGSE ouNUTRE DKRSE PSESHLE
    35 = 3 5 (phendimetrazine or Lopressor)
    356 LE = Levetiracetam (356 imprint - for epilepsy?)
    CLGSE O =
    UNUTRE = until/nutrition
    DKRSE = decrease pain/crisis
    PSESHLE = search help
    = pressure
    = precise high level/precisely
    = schedule

    651 mTCSE HTLSE n CUTCTRS nmRE
    651 = Jenloga medication for hypertension (651 imprint)
    mT = medication therapy
    CSE = to controlise
    HTLSE n CUTCTRS = heart pulse and contractions/HTL = half tablet
    NmR = new medication R / number

    99.84.32 UNE PLSE NCRSE AOKTSEn SKSENBSE
    99.8 4.3 (5) = 99.8 temperature or % of blocked arthery?/ troponin level 4.5
    99.84 = blood pressure 99/84, 99.8 cholesterol level
    9 9 = Adipex-p (9 9 imprint) Phentermine for obesity
    99 = Codeine sulfate (imprint 99)
    99.8 +- 4.5 Heart rate/beats per min
    4.3 = risk factor
    2UNE = to understand/to unified pulse
    PLSE NCRSE AOKTSE = Pills increase doktor said /after ordinary kontrol
    nSKSENBSE = and seek BSE

    NSREONSE PUTSEWLDnCBE (3xORL)
    NSREONSE P(QV)UTSEWLDNCBE (3XORL) = No response put self on (WLDNCBE)
    3 times oral (he means 3 times per day)

    NmSE NRSE 1n2nTRLERCBRNSEnse nTSRCRBNE
    NmSE = new medication side effect/use/separately
    NRSE = no response/increase
    (I)1N2 =want to/one to two
    NTRLERCB = intolerance/and try level RCB
    RNSE = response
    NTSRCRBNE = …prescribed
    CBR = Complete bed rest

    LSPNSENG-SPSE mKSERBSEnCBE AV XL`R
    LSPNSE = expence
    = low response
    = low spense
    N GSPSE = good response/great expance
    mKSEKR = medication …
    BSENCBE AV XL’R = BSE NCBE average/after XL and R

    Hm CREN mRENCBE 1/2MUNDPLSE
    Hm = Heart medication
    CRE = creatinine
    Nm = new medication
    RE NCBE =
    1/2MUNDPLSE = half amount pills
    ___________________________________________________________

    D-W-m- = D – W – medication/danger warning medication
    4 HPL = for help/ Heart pulse
    XORLX = x (times) oral x (times) (means take how much you need)
     
  11. dotr

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    Very impressive Diedge45, sounds plausable to me....
    Maybe he was murdered for his prescribed drugs.
     
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    Diedge45 New Member

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    Thanks dotr!
    He was most likely had all medications in one bottle and have identified the pills by imprint on them. Maybe some junkie thought that Ricky in the bottle holding drugs. If my assumption about the notes and about Ricky`s health conditions is correct, and if he had money to buy medications, then he was sure keep the bottle in the pocket all the time (at least nitroglycerine). This can be checked.
    But is there any cardiologist on forum or at least a doctor, or maybe someone can ask someone from the medical profession?
     
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    I don't know...There's definitely something to the routine S and E's....I think Kid Omni has the start of something at the very least....this is going to drive me nuts! Why did I open this thread? :)
     
  14. Mikebr

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    Interesting thread. I did see this article when the fbi wanted help and i guess i forgot about it until running across it here. I am going to have a look at it this weekend. I am not a code breaker and really have not read up on code breaking but i do have some thoughts after reading thru the many comments here...
    First i think this is probably very simple to the victim. its not a code he would translate english into. it was something he wrote out very quickly as we all scribble notes to ourselves. I was more reminded of how bookies use to create codes to disguise their bets from law enforcement. Since i am unclear if McCormick was involved in criminal activity my first thought was that he was not as concerned with law enforcement as just prying eyes..perhaps a little paranoid. If this coding started as a child, it sounds more like his own private language that he never grew out of. To scribble it out quickly the rules must be easy for him i would think. Perhaps many of the letters are just jibberish intended to deceive and there are letters or letter combos that signal this to him or signal the end of words or phrases if he is not using words. I keep seeing the repetition of SE and a few other similar combos..TE, CE, BE..i think, like many others, these letters are somehow the key. I also found it curious he wrote p1 on one of the pages as if they were instructions and he was concerned he might mix them up. could be a habit of his though. wonder why he felt no need to code p1.
    I wonder if any of his siblings or friends ever asked him about any of his codes. I think if i had a friend or brother who did this i would have teased a bit and been very curious...most likely i would have asked a few questions over the years about what things might mean. I think the family is holding back.
     
  15. Etilema

    Etilema Kind to the cruel = Cruel to the kind

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    Has it already been discussed that some of these "codes" could be stock market abbreviations? Like TFX and NCBE?
     
  16. Etilema

    Etilema Kind to the cruel = Cruel to the kind

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    Searching around online, I see that posters on some on other forums have made that connection, pointing out many stock related meanings, and that the oft-repeated "E" means "equity".

    Stock exchange abbreviations can be found here:

    http://www.abbreviations.com/acronyms/STOCKEXCHANGE
     
  17. Mikebr

    Mikebr Former Member

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    Ok here is some links including to 1999 newspaper articles about the case.
    http://www.stltoday.com/news/from-b...cle_bcc02074-5b1a-11e0-b199-0017a4a78c22.html
    http://www.stltoday.com/news/from-m...cle_60dc223e-5b1b-11e0-9833-0017a4a78c22.html

    here is a search link results from the Stltoday for ricky mccormick..seems other bodies were found in that area. not sure its related. I did not subscribe to read the entire articles..
    http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SL&p_theme=sl&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&s_dispstring=ricky%20mccormick&p_field_date-0=YMD_date&p_params_date-0=date:B,E&p_text_date-0=2000%20-%202008|2011|1998%20-%202000|2000&p_field_advanced-0=&p_text_advanced-0=("ricky%20mccormick")&xcal_numdocs=20&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no

    Here is a good case summary
    http://coldcasesleuth.blogspot.com/2011/04/ricky-mccormick-mysterious-death.html

    I have read other boards that suggest its some type of phonetic language like pig latin..but of his own creation. perhaps its not a code but a short hand written with a rhyme scheme. I cannot find anywhere that mr. mccormick was adult autistic but his early use of this code seems to suggest something was different about him early on. Perhaps rhyming compulsions combined with some spoken shorthand..also someone pointed out that the page 1 was written neatly and as if on lined paper and the second one disorganized, and not so neatly.

    He was on disability and found in a bad part of town. Could it be his customer ledger if he was a dealer? i think it could be meaningless..perhaps his shorthand mixed with the rhyme that had no rules other than his abbreviations that even he might not remember what it meant days later. someone asked a good question...why is the fbi even curious about this case? the facts we know are, a 41 year old man, on disability, had serious heart disease, found dead in a drug area of saint louis from homicide..hmmm..no interstate link mentioned, no federal crime suggested....is it all because he had notes the local police could not figure out? i think the fbi has some splainin' to do.
     
  18. liz b.

    liz b. Well-Known Member

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    An alternative is that the victim could have been an FBI informant..MOO In what capacity I have no idea...seems doubtful, but I think there has to be some pressing reason for the FBI to be so into this case ? There is also the distinct possibility that this case could be waaay more complicated than thought...MOO

    I wonder why the "code" is thought to be connected to his murder ?
     
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    Now you really got me thinking...perhaps the fbi think that this is info on the cases he was assisting them with...maybe mr mccormick was working for the fbi and was holding back info to keep the fbi strung along for a while..the code perhaps was to protect his info and sources and his money supply....just a thought, but i cannot understand the fbi being curious about the written scribbles of a dead poor man unless there is way more to it.
     
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    Some things don't add up : RNM's body was so badly decomposed that no apparent cause of death was present ? So badly decomposed after only 3 days ? And yet, RM was identified by his fingerprints ?

    And, LE was not even sure initially that RM actually had been murdered.... News reports state only that he "appeared" to have some type of head injury. Was an autopsy performed, and if so, what was the actual cause of RM's death ?

    Also, I cannot find any reference to searches of RM's property ...I know he had supposedly been evicted shortly before he was found. But, where were his possessions ? He must have had some stuff ? Any notes,or similar "code" ?

    There is a pressing reason for the FBI's interest here. MOO But, what ? I wish someone in the know would give us a clue...Sigh...
     

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