Code Dead: The McCormick notes. A solution from Spain. — This solution is from Jose Galofre, one of our readers from Barcelona, Spain. (Thanks!!!)

Jose Galofre  (Barcelona, Spain)

By Jose Galofre | Barcelona (Spain)

Hello from Spain

I have a possible solution to FBI.
–In my humble opinion the master key is in the 2nd note, last line.
–I see that: “O-W-m-4 H8L XORLX”

Can you see which letters aee repeated and where?
Can you remember the Arthur´s C. Clarke joke about HAL 9000?

Yes? It is a STENOGRAPHIC problem.

Your grabs a pencil and paper and follow my instructions.

Then my solution is:

+If O=O, W=W and R=R
+If m=N, H=I and L=M using Caesar Code B or +1 move.
+If X= Variations of the letter “C” (MC,C and CK) using shorthand
+If 4= four= FOR by phonetic solution like SMS language.
+If 8= eight= “eit”= “ei” = letter “A” by phonetic solution like SMS language (example L8= late or leight, H8= hate)
+If the hyphen join the letters in a word.
+If we add vowel “i” by transcription shorthand solution.


“O-W-m-4 H8L XORLX”  means  “OWN-FOR I AM MCCORM(i)CK.”

It is the signature,The notes are the last will or testament of Mccormick.

+ If you think “4″ is not “4″ but “y” then the solution is:

“Y”= “wai”= WHY or WAY by phonetic solution, similar sound.


This is a child game  + Only exist a Stenographyc text that was hidden with a personal shorthand system with some measures of deception.+

Sorry for my bad English.

Goodbye from Spain.

Barcelona June 28, 2013.


Addenda: If you want to see the full text translated (2 notes) you can see it on the facebook page of the FBI. (and my name).

The notes seem to display elements of secret languages and simplified phonetic spellings. For example, “MLSE” could be code for “miles.”