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News April, 1st 2011 by Nick

The FBI asks you to solve the puzzle

The FBI is looking for help decoding notes left by a dead man! The Zodiac killings that terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1970s are still unsolved. Therefore the FBI has sent out a public appeal for amateur detectives to help solve a key cryptographic clue in a 1999 murder case.

In St. Louis, Missouri, police officers found the body of 41-year-old Ricky McCormick, who’d been slaughtered and dumped in a field. The only clues investigators recovered from the crime scene were two encrypted notes in Ricky’s pocket.

“Despite extensive work by our Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit (CRRU), as well as help from the American Cryptogram Association, the meanings of those two coded notes remain a mystery to this day, and Ricky McCormick’s murderer has yet to face justice,” the FBI said in a press release today. CRRU chief Dan Olson added, “We are really good at what we do, but we could use some help with this one … Maybe someone with a fresh set of eyes might come up with a brilliant new idea.”

The FBI has reached out to the public with mindf**king teasers in the past. But they were games, not actual cases. This is your real chance for wannabe FBI sleuths to break their brains on code that is part of a current investigation. Read more

 

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