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DB COOPER: Who was he? Unsolved hijacking - 1971

Discussion in 'Cold Cases' started by noZme, May 8, 2015.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    More from your link:


    The scientific team has been analyzing particles removed from the clip-on tie left behind by Cooper after he hijacked a Northwest Orient passenger jet in November 1971.

    A powerful electron microscope found more than 100,000 particles on old the JCPenny tie, including cerium, strontium sulfide and pure titanium.

    “These are what they call rare earth elements. They’re used in very narrow fields, for very specific things,” said Tom Kaye, lead researcher for the group that calls itself Citizen Sleuths.

    Kaye said the elements were rarely used in 1971, during the time of Cooper’s daring leap with a parachute from the passenger jet.

    One place they were being used was for Boeing’s high-tech supersonic transport plane, which was being developed with government funding in the 1960s and 1970s.

    Kaye wonders if Cooper could have been a Boeing employee or a contractor who wore the tie to work.

    “The tie went with him into these manufacturing environments, for sure, so he was not one of the people running these (manufacturing machines). He was either an engineer or a manager in one of the plants,” Kaye said.


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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Or, did he purchase it from a thrift store the day before?
     
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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Fair enough.

    Here's the website for the "Citizen Sleuths" working the DB Cooper case. There's a whole section about the tie.

    http://www.citizensleuths.com/

    It's also the place to report tips to anyone who might have them.
     
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  4. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    The theory he worked for Boeing makes sense. He was intimately aware of the plane he jumped from, including the necessary air speed and altitude. If he did work for Boeing he must have been fired before the hijacking. You'd think a guy not showing up to work would be noticed. It would also explain his need for money. JMO
     
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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  6. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Must remember this trick when planning illegal activity - great way to add confusion.
     
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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    SHHHH!!!! We're not supposed to tell the bad guys! :eek:
     
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  8. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    You started it Spacegirl!! :slap:
     
  9. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    The FBI has released investigative files pertaining to the DB Cooper case under the FOIA

    https://vault.fbi.gov/D-B-Cooper

    This release consists of FBI's investigative files from its search for "Cooper" between November 1971 and May 1992.
     
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  10. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    DB Cooper mystery: 'Potential' physical evidence uncovered in search

    August 10, 2017
    A crew of volunteer cold-case investigators in the Pacific Northwest, led by a former FBI agent, has uncovered what they believe to be “potential evidence” in the 46-year-old mystery of D.B. Cooper.

    Thomas Colbert, a TV and film executive who helped put together the team with his partner and wife Dawna, confirmed to Fox News that his group had uncovered what “appears to be a decades-old parachute strap.”

    Colbert declined to make the precise location of his crew’s dig public, but claimed the potential strap was located “right where a credible source claimed the chute and remaining money are buried.” Colbert added that he planned to pass the possible evidence to the FBI on Friday, while his team would offer the dig site to the Bureau on Monday.


    Colbert, who maintains a website, DBCooper.com, and has co-written a book about the case with veteran writer Tom Szollosi, believes they have identified Robert Rackstraw, a 73-year-old Army veteran with a prior criminal record, as “Dan Cooper.” However, investigators questioned Rackstraw about the Cooper case in 1978 and eliminated him as a suspect the following year. Rackstraw himself has repeatedly denied any involvement in the caper.

    The FBI could not immediately be reached for comment on Colbert’s claims. However, Bill Baker, the Bureau’s former assistant director of criminal investigations, has said the idea that Rackstraw is Dan Cooper needs another look.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/1...al-physical-evidence-uncovered-in-search.html

    https://webcache.googleusercontent....tps://dbcooper.com/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
     
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  11. patsella

    patsella Well-Known Member

    Very interesting. Thank you for posting noZme.
     
  12. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    @noZme - thanks for this thread. D. B. Cooper is so interesting. His caper has always just amazed me.
     
  13. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Intriguing case. From the very beginning, it was hard to not pull for the bad guy - it was an amazing stunt & nobody really got hurt (except Cooper who if he survived, had a pretty hard landing.) I just wish Rackstraw or someone would say, "Yep, you got me. A lot has been researched & a whole lot has been written, I'm old & ready to talk." THAT book would have a place on my bookshelves with all the other DBs. Actually, his book could replace all the others.
     
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  14. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member


    I saw a documentary within the last year that makes a very good case for Rackstraw being D.B. Cooper. The people in the documentary even go to talk to him and he refuses.
     
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