The FBI asks for help. [UPDATED – SOLVED?]



There was a murder in the summer of 1999, and it’s remained unsolved. The FBI recently released the cryptic notes found in the victim’s pocket, and asks for help to decipher them.

On June 30, 1999, sheriff’s officers in St. Louis, Missouri discovered the body of 41-year-old Ricky McCormick. He had been murdered and dumped in a field. The only clues regarding the homicide were two encrypted notes found in the victim’s pants pockets.

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.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

1. It’s not a sophisticated code.

2. There are no mysterious symbols, excepting what appear to be typos.

3. It’s a mnemonic code, so character/word frequency counts won’t work well.

4. The scribbled letter “n” stands for “and.”

5. Some of the characters that appear as the letter “R” are actually the letter “Q.”

6. I suspect that the character groups “WLD,” “SE” and “CBE” are the initials or references to people’s names.

7. The character group “on” means the same as the word, followed by a date.

8. “71” likely refers to July 1 1999; “74” refers to July 4; “75” refers to July 5.

9. Parentheses are parentheses. The “+” means “plus” as it’s clearly different from the capital “T” in the cryptogram.

10. The last line indicates Day-Week-Month-Year. MIL suggests the word “military.”

Have at it.


UPDATE I: Apparently the FBI has received so many responses and tips that it’s set up a separate website for them:


UPDATE II: José Galofré Manero. left a comment here with a link  to a site where he’s referred to as “Joseph from Spain.” (Gran obra, mi amigo.)

That links to this:

That links to this:

And also leads you to Jose’s multi-part analysis.  Here’s Part 1 of several:

His conclusions are astounding. I suggested to Jose that he write it up in his native Spanish for clarity.

Jose contends that Ricky McCormick was NOT murdered, but someone else was, and to solve THAT homicide a briefcase/satchel/package must be unearthed in the outskirts of St. Louis MO. Based upon his decryption, Jose has a good idea where it might be found. So far the FBI doesn’t seem interested, but I think that’s about to change.


UPDATE III: José posted links to his original analysis in his native Spanish below. More to come.

Breakfast of Champions

Times 11. And that’s only her second stack. Don’t laugh or she’ll kick your arse… after she finishes the third stack. Suggest you run while you still have time.

[Found here.]

Aside from that, a spammer asked me where Tacky Raccoons links were to FaceBlook and StumbleApron.  Silly me, I’d never bothered about it, and wasn’t sure how to do it, so I emailed raincoaster because she knows everything I don’t – at least about blogging.

She pointed me to a WorpDress Forum (that she moderates as a megageek Goddess of the Internest) that answered my question, and in turn I promised to hawk her chonis online:

transformative social media training

Muchisimas grassyass, rain. You made me feel like a hundred bucks.

P.S. Rain is also author of The Longest Running Thread. Four years, and it’s not dead yet.

P.P.S. If you sign up for any of raincoaster’s seminars, be sure to tell her Bunk sent you. =)

Serious Blockage

Someone spent a lot of time on this sculpture, but what I like best about it is that it’s  made out of wood, hopefully culled from a rain forest somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, and fastened to a board with a toxic adhesive derived from the bile of boogeymen and tested on lab-rabbits’ eyes as required by the EPA.

It also takes electrical energy to view it. Real electrical energy with tungsten filaments heating up the atmosphere to prevent imminent Global Cooling. Cutsey little weenie curly fluorescent lamps just don’t cut it here.

I suppose you could mount it on a wall perpendicular to the rays of the sun, but then you could only see the image for about 30 seconds two times a year. If the day is overcast after you and your friends rearranged work schedules just to view it, you’re screwed, and  that would suck donkeys big time.

[Image found here. Crossposted here.]

Kitchen Knife Potato 7

This image is from a book on radio sound effects. It demonstrates how to easily replicate the sound of a kitchen knife slicing into a potato.

[Found here.]

What a drag.

Whoever you are, I can relate. That is exactly how I felt having to sit through my mom’s “Women’s Club” meetings when I was your age.

[Found via a miscellaneous Google Image Search for Pomona Raceway.]

Bunkmobile Babe Magnet

Fun With Hydraulics 101: The Lowlowrider (or in Hawai’i, The Lolorider).

Even sporting gray primer, this 1959 Buick Electra rocks. The only way it could out-rock itself is if it were a convertible with a candy-apple red/flame-orange blend lacquer paint job with panther print upholstery. It’d get speeding tickets at a stoplight.

If we had an Official Bunkmobile, this pavement polisher could be it, but for now we’ll have to settle for the tuck-n-roll upholstery of the Rec Room couch.

[Image found here; originally posted here.]

Saturday Matinee – Island Soccer, ZZ Embarasses A Keeper, Pencil Test, Technological Threat & Rocket Pen

Great video worth watching. Pure awesome. [via]

Remember “Zezu” Zidane’s infamous headbutt at the 2006 World Cup? He’s running a training camp now. Here’s some more of his dickery.

In 1986, this was state of the art computer animation. Here’s Pixar’s “pencil test” of the most recognizable early computer animation of all time.

In 1988,  Brian Jennings’ and Bill Kroyer’s “Technological Threat” combined digital animation with Tex Avery’s classic style. It was nominated for best animation short (but was beat out by Pixar’s “Tin Toy”).

So now, let’s fast forward to 2011. Computer animation is at its peak with this example of awesome. I love it.
[Courtesy of Bunkessa.]

And with that, have a great weekend, folks. Be back here tomorrow for more fun.

The .Gif Friday Post No.168 – Catzilla, Mother Goose & Stalker

[Found here, here and here.]

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