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Originally posted by onedrkflame
here is the original news article...the guy was originally from IL
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.
Originally posted by thePharaoh
Originally posted by Frankenchrist
This is just a question.
Was he black?
no...he was an albino...the Mc in his name indicates a scot....pratt
Originally posted by jpMocs
There is also a fair amount of repetitiveness in this (and other places in the notes) GLSE - SE ERtE could be directional (Go Left, South East - South East - East Route East) The "S" could also be a 5, and not an S, denoting distance (Go Left 5 ?) I would be hesitant to say that it IS a 5, as the prevalence of SE and NE appear too often, I would take them to be North East and South East. The 7th line of "Notes" is "KLSE-LKSTE-TR SE-TRSE-M?SE N-???SE". "TRSE" is repeated, and we cannot (again) chalk this up to be a "type". The whole thing could be something along the lines of "?? South East, ?? South Turn East-Turn Right-South East-Turn Right South East" or "?? 5 ?-?? 5 Turn East-Turn Right 5 ?-Turn Right 5 ?-Make Turn Right 5 ?" (I used "turn right" as the second character in M?SE looks like both a lower t and an r combined. It could just be a sloppy R, but this is doubtful as most of the "R"s in the document are well formed, and the top loop is well rounded and positioned.
With the first document, there is also some repetitiveness, again with "SE" or "5E" appearing throughout. In this one, however, the most significant elements are at the end, with the repetitiveness of "NCBE". The numbers, "71 NCBE", "74 NCBE" and "75 NCBE" appearing in sequence, then after a line, "194 WLD'S NCBE" These are all set off by brackets () from the rest of the note. We again have but to assume that bracketing here would mean much the same as bracketing in any normal document, which is to say that these are probably "notes" pertaining to the main part of the note. This is further supported by the fact that these lines all begin more in the center column, signifying that they are supportive lines.
Now... let's look at the case, and see what can be learned from that. The note (allegedly) were found in the pocket of a murder victim, Ricky McCormick, who was found in a field in St. Charles County, Missouri on June 30, 1999. As he was the VICTIM of the murder, we can't really say that the notes are significant to the murder at all. To say that they were would mean that the victim knew he was going to be murdered (in which case he would likely NOT make it so hard to find his killers) or that the notes were left on the body by the murderer(s). The only thing I can find to be significant about the placement of the body was that it was in the South East corner of the field. Since the family verified that Mr. McCormick wrote in code since a child, although no one knew how to decypher them, we can assume that these are his and not the killers.
There have been numerous attempts to assign meaning to the (seemingly) random strings of letters, but I feel that they are all suffering from a preconception of what it is they are looking for. As I mentioned, MOST seem to treat Mr. McCormick as the criminal, and not the victim, and make the notes out to be him casing a job or tracking someone. To look at it with this preconception taints any productive decryption of it, as it would seem that the intent is to fit the notes into a pattern, rather than determine what the pattern is.
Page 1 - The most relevant thing on this page, to me, is the persistence of the sequence "NCBE", the formatting of the lines near the bottom, and the sequence of the numbers. There have been efforts to relate this to everything from parts for a car to notes on drug transactions.
Disregard these. I am not sure that it was ever established that Mr. McCormick was a mechanic, and if so, I doubt his customers came to him in chronological order. Customers COULD have come in with vehicles from 71, 74 and 75, but I doubt they would have come in with that order...
And while Mr. McCormick did have a criminal record, there is no evidence he was a big time drug lord, either. To the contrary, he seems to have been rather financially shot. He died in '99, so why would he have some listing of transactions from 71, 74 and 75. If anything, those would be VERY old debts... anyone why skipped on debts from then would certainly have skipped out on other debts since, and any debt that old would long since have been collected on.
I would say that those three are years, as they are chronological. I know that Mr. McCormick had 4 children, and he was 41 at the time of death, so those would fit in somewhat to the years potential children could have been born, but there are only 3 listings. The last line is in somewhat the same format, but the number is 194, which blows the year thing if they are taken together. They are NOT together, however, so I would look at the three indented lines together, and only loosely consider the other lines when looking at them.
There are several instances of 5 character strings, TFXLF, TRFXL, etc. The LAST 5 characters of the first document are TRFXL, and the last 5 characters of the "notes" document are "XDRLX"
There is one example of an apostrophe, which if taken to be ownership, reads: "194 WLD'S NCBE" which would mean WLD is a person, and NCBE is something that can be owned by that person.
Look for similarities, look for consistencies, look for patterns. Remember that what you are looking at has meaning to the person reading it, but may be totally irrelevant to anything or anybody else. It could be directions to someone's house, a shopping list, or the words to a song he was thinking about. He wrote it because it was important to him at the time, and was not meant for anyone else to ever read.
The cryptic nature of the code is not meant to obfuscate it. He wasn't writing it to hide it from anyone else, no more so than anything else he wrote. He wrote these notes in this cypher because that is how he wrote, and had since a child. The fact that it is encrypted means nothing, other than that he wrote it.
Do some research on Mr. McCormick. Look to the clues that other people have posted, but always keep in mind that each of them has an idea as to what the notes mean BEFORE they decoded them, and most of them are going on the assumption that these notes have some criminal element to them. Remember, these are normal notes a man took of his normal life, even if they were potentially criminal, and he wrote them this way because he wrote that way all the time, not that these notes were anything special.