In Bruce Schneier’s latest Crypto-Gram email newsletter, he invites his readers to try to solve a cryptogram left at the scene of a multiple murder and suicide.
I get e-mail, occasionally weird e-mail. Every once in a while I get an e-mail from someone who needs a handwritten real-world cryptogram solved. This one is from 2004, and involves a multiple murder and suicide. The cryptogram was left by the murderer, and is on my blog. Take a look, at the note and the comments, if you are interested in trying to solve the mystery. But please be respectful of the relatives and friends of the victims; they’re also following the progress on the blog.
There are significant amounts of postings in the comments sections, I’ve only had time to print out the letter and tape it to my wall so I can glance at it and ponder of it. I am interested to see what a bunch of arm-chair cryptographers can do with this; an human version of distributed processing?
The note and subsequent comments are at http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2006/01/handwritten_rea.html.