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

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  1. KayDunn

    KayDunn New Member

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    http://www.stltoday.com/news/article_bcc02074-5b1a-11e0-b199-0017a4a78c22.html

    Here's one address for him and more info on him:

    "McCormick had a St. Louis address, 1400 Chouteau Avenue, and several addresses in Illinois, O'Connor said. McCormick was not married, he said, but he was the father of at least four children. Police are working with McCormick's friends and family members to establish his whereabouts during the past few days.
    He was last seen alive late in the afternoon of June 25 at Forest Park Hospital in St. Louis, the former Deaconess Hospital, where he was receiving medication from his doctor, O'Connor said. No one had reported him missing, he said.
    McCormick had a criminal record, but O'Connor and St. Charles County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Wilson said they do not believe it contributed to his death.
    Authorities said he had a criminal record and was convicted on a charge of statutory rape. He was sentenced to three years but served 11 months, they said.
    Wilson said McCormick was unemployed and on disability welfare; he was not homeless."
     


  2. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Welcome to WS, KayDunn. Excellent first post.
     
  3. Adrian Harbinger

    Adrian Harbinger Undercover Agent

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    The more I think about it, if it is true that he had very little education, perhaps he could not read, but could pronounce the letters of the alphabet and numbers. He would have then developed his own writing system by sounding out the words with the sounds of these symbols to match the way he heard and or spoke words. It would explain the repetition of letter combinations because they might represent common speech sounds.

    When it came to numbers, if technically illiterate, he would certainly recognize them (e.g. highway numbers, etc) and could also use them for phonetic parts of words or whole words (e.g. 6 for sex).

    If I am onto something here (and being a noob at this I'm probably not), it might explain why experts have been confounded by this code. It is not about patterns, it's about sounds. The mystery is how did Ricky hear the spoken word and/or pronounce it himself?

    Take the letter sequence: GLSE for example. I now see that in Ricky-speak as "jealosy". I'm going to have to start all over.
     
  4. Soulmagent

    Soulmagent Well-Known Member

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    I think you right about the way the code is written but also if Ricky had hearing issues would be another thing to have to factor in and if he also read and wrote some letters backwords.

    Then how he spoke ,and the slang he used.

    Why is the FBI even interested? I really think they broke the code already but do they just want to see if it CAN be broken by say anyone? Is this a test of national security? :waitasec:
     
  5. Soulmagent

    Soulmagent Well-Known Member

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    I got the the born date I posted yesterday where it looked as if an E was used as an 8 . I also made out what appeared to be the word murder in the code. Which is why I believe the code will not be uniform . He does not use the sounds and or abrvs, exclusively.

    Of course we could just be nuts.:crazy:
     
  6. Jack

    Jack New Member

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    Tried to post this before but I don't know if it went through. My feeling about his writing crypticly since childhood brings to mind savant linguistics rather than a code to be cracked.
     
  7. Adrian Harbinger

    Adrian Harbinger Undercover Agent

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    You have more faith in the FBI than I do. Lot's of murders go unsolved, this is just one. If by some wild stretch my theory is right, the wonks could easily have over-thought it. It happens all the time in many fields.

    If your suspicion about the FBI's motives are even close to correct, I would see it more as a cheap way to audition new talent because the old talent missed a lot (911, etc). I really respect law enforcement, but they are just people. I suspect getting really stellar people for such a tough job might be more difficult than many think.

    At any rate, I don't care one way or the other. If someone here can crack it, as a noob watching this thought process and learning, I think it would be damned cool.
     
  8. Soulmagent

    Soulmagent Well-Known Member

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    1.ALPNTE GLSE-SE ERTE

    All point glasses
     
  9. tlcya

    tlcya Old and Tired Websleuth

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    or a blind job interview? lol

    ETA guess I should have read the last few posts after Soul's before responding eh Adrian :)
     
  10. mahogoff

    mahogoff New Member

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    Could Ricky have been a gambler? Fairmount Park isn't too far from Alton. With the repetition, looks at a glance to be coded jottings for horse races; exacta, overlay, parlay, superfecta, on the nose, odds to win. But from his pic, his right eye was in charge. His left eye did the work. ;)
     
  11. Adrian Harbinger

    Adrian Harbinger Undercover Agent

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    Or:

    [a] plenty jealousy I see already
    ALPNTE----GLSE---SE---ERTE

    Or:

    Spanish? El Pointe (GLSE?) siete... The point (glse?) 7
     
  12. OneLostGrl

    OneLostGrl I'm going against the grain- I'm going sane

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    For whatever it's worth

    My son is a big time gamer so I just called him out here and had him look at these "codes" he said he has never seen any cheat codes that look like this. I remember when he was younger he used to have me go online and get the codes for him.. once when my printer was broken I had to write 'em all by hand and I don't recall 'em looking anything like what this kid had written either. It's more like what you have written.. left, right, up down, red, yellow, green, etc.
     
  13. sfbaynancydrew

    sfbaynancydrew Well-Known Member

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    Maybe an origami swan? Like in Prison Break? ROFL
     
  14. Adrian Harbinger

    Adrian Harbinger Undercover Agent

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    No, I think that he may have used the pronounced sound of the letter (eg L as in Leg) as well as the letter sound (eg L and in EL-evator). That is perhaps why the letter Q is conspicuously absent; because it is as difficult to use in this code as it is in the game of Scrabble.
     
  15. erick

    erick New Member

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    I'm from some of the same places where this guy lived. There's a lot of focus on Missouri and St. Louis on this thread , but you shouldn't forget that three of his former addresses are on the Illinois side of the river. For example, if you look at his county records (in Illinois), you can still find him listed for two serious charges that were dismissed:

    http://www.circuitclerk.co.st-clair.il.us/icjSearch.htm

    05/01/1991 1 - CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT 91CF0058001 (Class 1 Felony) 11134 - BELLEVILLE CLOSED - DISMISSED

    05/01/1991 2 - AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ABUSE 91CF0058002 (Class 2 Felony) 11134 - BELLEVILLE CLOSED - DISMISSED
     
  16. smartytime

    smartytime New Member

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    Here's some random data that might spur some thought. I did the following analysis with all the data squished, so it may generate some strange results. I'll post some more in a second.


    ######## Frequency of characters with length=1 ########
    41 Unique Values
    Top 25 Results:
    E was found 135 time(s)
    S was found 99 time(s)
    N was found 90 time(s)
    R was found 67 time(s)
    L was found 51 time(s)
    C was found 43 time(s)
    T was found 42 time(s)
    B was found 33 time(s)
    D was found 31 time(s)
    M was found 31 time(s)
    P was found 29 time(s)
    - was found 22 time(s)
    W was found 15 time(s)
    ( was found 14 time(s)
    ) was found 14 time(s)
    K was found 13 time(s)
    U was found 12 time(s)
    A was found 12 time(s)
    O was found 12 time(s)
    F was found 10 time(s)
    X was found 10 time(s)
    H was found 8 time(s)
    I was found 8 time(s)
    1 was found 7 time(s)
    G was found 7 time(s)
    2 was found 5 time(s)

    ######## Frequency of characters with length=2 ########
    298 Unique Values
    Top 25 Results:
    SE was found 70 time(s)
    EN was found 27 time(s)
    CB was found 25 time(s)
    RS was found 24 time(s)
    NC was found 21 time(s)
    BE was found 18 time(s)
    NS was found 17 time(s)
    LD was found 14 time(s)
    E- was found 12 time(s)
    RE was found 11 time(s)
    TS was found 11 time(s)
    WL was found 11 time(s)
    E) was found 11 time(s)
    EP was found 10 time(s)
    LS was found 10 time(s)
    TE was found 9 time(s)
    DN was found 9 time(s)
    NE was found 9 time(s)
    PR was found 8 time(s)
    RC was found 8 time(s)
    EW was found 8 time(s)
    TR was found 8 time(s)
    )( was found 7 time(s)
    BR was found 7 time(s)
    NM was found 7 time(s)
    EO was found 6 time(s)

    ######## Frequency of characters with length=3 ########
    562 Unique Values
    Top 25 Results:
    RSE was found 21 time(s)
    SEN was found 18 time(s)
    CBE was found 18 time(s)
    NCB was found 17 time(s)
    NSE was found 13 time(s)
    WLD was found 11 time(s)
    SE- was found 10 time(s)
    SEP was found 9 time(s)
    LDN was found 8 time(s)
    LSE was found 8 time(s)
    TSE was found 7 time(s)
    BE) was found 7 time(s)
    DNC was found 7 time(s)
    ENC was found 7 time(s)
    TRS was found 6 time(s)
    E)( was found 6 time(s)
    CBR was found 6 time(s)
    RCB was found 6 time(s)
    EWL was found 6 time(s)
    EON was found 5 time(s)
    BRN was found 5 time(s)
    KSE was found 5 time(s)
    SEW was found 5 time(s)
    PRS was found 5 time(s)
    SEO was found 5 time(s)
    ENM was found 4 time(s)

    ######## Frequency of characters with length=4 ########
    705 Unique Values
    Top 25 Results:
    NCBE was found 16 time(s)
    CBE) was found 7 time(s)
    DNCB was found 7 time(s)
    LDNC was found 7 time(s)
    WLDN was found 7 time(s)
    NSEN was found 7 time(s)
    EWLD was found 6 time(s)
    CBRN was found 5 time(s)
    BE)( was found 5 time(s)
    PRSE was found 5 time(s)
    RCBR was found 5 time(s)
    TRSE was found 5 time(s)
    SENC was found 5 time(s)
    SEWL was found 4 time(s)
    NSEP was found 4 time(s)
    RSE- was found 4 time(s)
    BRNS was found 4 time(s)
    SEON was found 4 time(s)
    RNSE was found 4 time(s)
    ENCB was found 4 time(s)
    CBE( was found 3 time(s)
    RSEO was found 3 time(s)
    RTSE was found 3 time(s)
    EPRS was found 3 time(s)
    SEPR was found 3 time(s)
    ERCB was found 3 time(s)

    ######## Frequency of characters with length=5 ########
    775 Unique Values
    Top 25 Results:
    DNCBE was found 7 time(s)
    NCBE) was found 7 time(s)
    LDNCB was found 7 time(s)
    WLDNC was found 6 time(s)
    RCBRN was found 5 time(s)
    CBE)( was found 5 time(s)
    BRNSE was found 4 time(s)
    EWLDN was found 4 time(s)
    CBRNS was found 4 time(s)
    SEWLD was found 4 time(s)
    NCBE( was found 3 time(s)
    ENCBE was found 3 time(s)
    RSEON was found 3 time(s)
    RSEWL was found 3 time(s)
    SEPRS was found 3 time(s)
    EPRSE was found 3 time(s)
    -S-M- was found 2 time(s)
    (MNDM was found 2 time(s)
    RNSEN was found 2 time(s)
    RNSEP was found 2 time(s)
    NARE) was found 2 time(s)
    E-N-S was found 2 time(s)
    -TRSE was found 2 time(s)
    -N-S- was found 2 time(s)
    RSE-N was found 2 time(s)
    SEOND was found 2 time(s)

    ######## Frequency of characters with length=6 ########
    810 Unique Values
    Top 25 Results:
    LDNCBE was found 7 time(s)
    WLDNCB was found 6 time(s)
    NCBE)( was found 5 time(s)
    CBRNSE was found 4 time(s)
    RCBRNS was found 4 time(s)
    SEPRSE was found 3 time(s)
    EWLDNC was found 3 time(s)
    SEWLDN was found 3 time(s)
    RSEWLD was found 3 time(s)
    DNCBE( was found 3 time(s)
    RSE-N- was found 2 time(s)
    NSENTS was found 2 time(s)
    -N-S-M was found 2 time(s)
    RNSENT was found 2 time(s)
    CBE)(T was found 2 time(s)
    BRNSEN was found 2 time(s)
    ERCBRN was found 2 time(s)
    NSEPRS was found 2 time(s)
    DRCBRN was found 2 time(s)
    SENCBE was found 2 time(s)
    EPRSEO was found 2 time(s)
    -TRSE- was found 2 time(s)
    N-S-M- was found 2 time(s)
    BRNSEP was found 2 time(s)
    PRSEON was found 2 time(s)
    SE-N-S was found 2 time(s)

    ######## Frequency of characters with length=7 ########
    Disconnected from the target VM, address: '127.0.0.1:63121', transport: 'socket'
    829 Unique Values
    Top 25 Results:
    WLDNCBE was found 6 time(s)
    RCBRNSE was found 4 time(s)
    SEWLDNC was found 3 time(s)
    LDNCBE( was found 3 time(s)
    EWLDNCB was found 3 time(s)
    BRNSENT was found 2 time(s)
    NSEPRSE was found 2 time(s)
    DRCBRNS was found 2 time(s)
    RSEWLDN was found 2 time(s)
    E-TRSE- was found 2 time(s)
    CBRNSEP was found 2 time(s)
    CBRNSEN was found 2 time(s)
    NCBE)(T was found 2 time(s)
    RSE-N-S was found 2 time(s)
    RNSENTS was found 2 time(s)
    SE-N-S- was found 2 time(s)
    SEPRSEO was found 2 time(s)
    E-N-S-M was found 2 time(s)
    EPRSEON was found 2 time(s)
    -N-S-M- was found 2 time(s)
    FXLFTCX was found 1 time(s)
    SE74SPR was found 1 time(s)
    FSENLSR was found 1 time(s)
    CBRNE(T was found 1 time(s)
    ’RHMCRE was found 1 time(s)
    BE(TFXL was found 1 time(s)

    ######## Frequency of characters with length=8 ########
    841 Unique Values
    Top 25 Results:
    WLDNCBE( was found 3 time(s)
    SEWLDNCB was found 3 time(s)
    EWLDNCBE was found 3 time(s)
    SE-N-S-M was found 2 time(s)
    CBRNSENT was found 2 time(s)
    E-N-S-M- was found 2 time(s)
    RCBRNSEN was found 2 time(s)
    SEPRSEON was found 2 time(s)
    DRCBRNSE was found 2 time(s)
    BRNSENTS was found 2 time(s)
    RSEWLDNC was found 2 time(s)
    RCBRNSEP was found 2 time(s)
    RSE-N-S- was found 2 time(s)
    ARSE)KLS was found 1 time(s)
    NSEPRSEW was found 1 time(s)
    LFTCXLNC was found 1 time(s)
    KNSE26ML was found 1 time(s)
    FLRSEPQS was found 1 time(s)
    BETSMELR was found 1 time(s)
    WLDNCBEN was found 1 time(s)
    BEXC(MUN was found 1 time(s)
    ENBSENSR was found 1 time(s)
    CBE)(BRT was found 1 time(s)
    SE74SPRK was found 1 time(s)
    WLDNCBET was found 1 time(s)
    PTE2PTEW was found 1 time(s)

    ######## Frequency of characters with length=9 ########
    849 Unique Values
    Top 25 Results:
    SEWLDNCBE was found 3 time(s)
    RSE-N-S-M was found 2 time(s)
    CBRNSENTS was found 2 time(s)
    RCBRNSENT was found 2 time(s)
    SE-N-S-M- was found 2 time(s)
    RSEWLDNCB was found 2 time(s)
    FSENLSREN was found 1 time(s)
    9.84.55UN was found 1 time(s)
    ASNWLDNCB was found 1 time(s)
    PRSEONSDE was found 1 time(s)
    PPITXLYPP was found 1 time(s)
    BE)(TFNQC was found 1 time(s)
    CDRCBRNSE was found 1 time(s)
    NQCMSPSOL was found 1 time(s)
    SE(SAE6NS was found 1 time(s)
    SOLE173RT was found 1 time(s)
    LSRENCBE) was found 1 time(s)
    ARE)(MNDM was found 1 time(s)
    NCBE)(TRF was found 1 time(s)
    55UNEPLSE was found 1 time(s)
    WLDNCBENW was found 1 time(s)
    ITXLYPPIY was found 1 time(s)
    DMKNEARSE was found 1 time(s)
    M14HILXDR was found 1 time(s)
    EXC(MUNSA was found 1 time(s)
    CBE)AL-PR was found 1 time(s)
     
  17. smartytime

    smartytime New Member

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    This is the message with the lines in the same order, but the contents of each line being reversed:

    )ERANY-M-S-N-ESR?ENVMDNM(
    )ERANK-M-S-N-ESRAENKMDNM(
    CNIESRPNESNBBCRESBPNESNIPNEHRFT
    )EBCNLXCTFLXFT(EBCNDLWDLHERPD ESRMNESRP
    ESRPESNRBCRDCWESKGM EBCNYIPPYLXTIPPRP-LA
    EBCNDLWESRTLC-ELSRC-ESXTNEHSSTN ESNRBCRDLW
    EBCNDLWNSAENLGRUESLRESRLEMSTEBCNDLWLA
    ENRBCRERUCNESNMDDGETN)EBCNERSLNESFPON(
    )GNIEBCNESTRBCN ENRFTENET(
    )EBCN17EDNOESQPESRLF(
    )EBCN47EDSNOESRPESNDC(
    )EBCN57EDERNOESRPESTRB(
    )EBCNDLH1NDLWETOT ESULEDRMELOSPSMCQNFT(
    ETRE ES-ESLG ETNPLA

    )LXFRT()EBCNS’DLW491(
    ESTRF-ESW-ESTC-ESTM ESLV
    EBCN DLWESRDNO ESRTRNP
    LXEMSTSDLWENPSMCRLZDLWN
    CXEBCN ESNUT6TMLUD
    )ESRANUMNETSIASNUM(
    ESRM-NESKM-ESRT-ESRT-ETSRL-ESLK
    )ESBMN ES ESN6EAS(
    ESNKBERSWETP2ETPESNRBCRNMN
    ESRTR371ELOSONEK92ESKRPS47ESLM62
    ELHSESP ESRKDEKTUNUOESGLC EL653
    ERMN SRTCTUCNESLTHESCTM156
    ESBNESKSNESTLDAESRCNESLPENU5 5.48.99
    )LROX3( EBCNDLWESTVP ESNOERSN
    ENBRCRSTNESNRBCRELRTN2NIESRNESMN
    R’LXVAEBCPESBKESKMESPSGNESNPSL
    ESLPDNUM2/1 EBCFERMNERCMH
    XLRDX LIH41M-W-D

    This is the entire message reversed:

    XLRDX LIH41M-W-D
    ESLPDNUM2/1 EBCFERMNERCMH
    R’LXVAEBCPESBKESKMESPSGNESNPSL
    ENBRCRSTNESNRBCRELRTN2NIESRNESMN
    )LROX3( EBCNDLWESTVP ESNOERSN
    ESBNESKSNESTLDAESRCNESLPENU5 5.48.99
    ERMN SRTCTUCNESLTHESCTM156
    ELHSESP ESRKDEKTUNUOESGLC EL653
    ESRTR371ELOSONEK92ESKRPS47ESLM62
    ESNKBERSWETP2ETPESNRBCRNMN
    )ESBMN ES ESN6EAS(
    ESRM-NESKM-ESRT-ESRT-ETSRL-ESLK
    )ESRANUMNETSIASNUM(
    CXEBCN ESNUT6TMLUD
    LXEMSTSDLWENPSMCRLZDLWN
    EBCN DLWESRDNO ESRTRNP
    ESTRF-ESW-ESTC-ESTM ESLV
    ETRE ES-ESLG ETNPLA
    )LXFRT()EBCNS’DLW491(
    )EBCNDLH1NDLWETOT ESULEDRMELOSPSMCQNFT(
    )EBCN57EDERNOESRPESTRB(
    )EBCN47EDSNOESRPESNDC(
    )EBCN17EDNOESQPESRLF(
    )GNIEBCNESTRBCN ENRFTENET(
    ENRBCRERUCNESNMDDGETN)EBCNERSLNESFPON(
    EBCNDLWNSAENLGRUESLRESRLEMSTEBCNDLWLA
    EBCNDLWESRTLC-ELSRC-ESXTNEHSSTN ESNRBCRDLW
    ESRPESNRBCRDCWESKGM EBCNYIPPYLXTIPPRP-LA
    )EBCNLXCTFLXFT(EBCNDLWDLHERPD ESRMNESRP
    CNIESRPNESNBBCRESBPNESNIPNEHRFT
    )ERANK-M-S-N-ESRAENKMDNM(
    )ERANY-M-S-N-ESR?ENVMDNM(
     
  18. Soulmagent

    Soulmagent Well-Known Member

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    Um.. That doesnt look like a swan.
     
  19. carbuff

    carbuff Well-Known Member

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    In a sample that small, it's entirely possible Q didn't appear in the first place.

    I think you're onto something with the pronounced sound.
     
  20. Sleuthsayers

    Sleuthsayers New Member

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    Social Security Death Index has a Ricky McCormick , from Missouri, that died in 2004.
    There are 5 results for "Ricky McCormick" but none died in 1999.
    If he was on Social Security disability he would definitely show up on the SSDIndex. But there are no Ricky McCormicks on there that died in 1999.
     

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