The gravestone of John Laird McCaffrey in Montreal, Canada, bears a hidden message. Last week I had the chance to go on site and take a look at it.
Gravestones bearing steganographic messages are very rare – only two of them are mentioned in the literature known to me. Over the last few days I had the chance to visit both of them. So, I decided to write a two part report about my expeditions to steganographic gravestones. Here is part 2.
The grave of John Laird McCaffrey
The more famous of the two gravestones bearing a hidden message is located in the Notre-Dame-des-Neige Cemetery in Montreal, Canada. When last week I attended an exhibition in Montreal …
… I took the chance to visit this cemetery.
It goes without saying that this gravestone is mentioned in my Cryptologic Travel Guide (I introduced it in my last blog post; the page was made by Christian Baumann).
The Notre-Dame-des-Neige Cemetery is one of the largest in Canada. When I went there last Monday I had wonderful fall weather.
The grave I was looking for is located in section C, lot 01369 (date buried: 14/08/1995). Without this information it is as good as impossible to locate a particular grave in this huge cemetery.
Here’s the grave I was looking for – the one of John Laird McCaffrey. It doesn’t look very special …
On the front side not much can be seen:
The hidden message is encoded on the rear-side of the gravestone:
The hidden message
I hope you can see the message on the following picture:
The following picture is the proof that I was actually there:
As you see, it doesn’t take much to create a gravestone that stands out among thousands of others – at least if one knows what is special about it.
Shortly before I finished this article, I discovered a website mentioning a similar gravestone, which is located in a cemetery in Hollywood. Now, my collection of steganographic gravestone has grown to three.
Further reading: How a blog reader solved the Tengri 137 mystery