Crowdsourcing unsolved codes has been done before. (Remember the San Francisco Chronicle appealing to the masses to crack the Zodiac killer's mystery missives?) But, it hasn't been done often by the FBI
. So it is strange to see the Bureau open up a 12-year-old case
, in which a man was found murdered with nothing but a bizarre note in his pocket, to the public. Perhaps the distance between the date of death and now makes it a good tool to get amateur crackers, erm... cracking, but the truth is that the FBI may be banking on the public's love of a good puzzle.