DB Cooper letter reveals hijacker's true identity, sleuths claim
A team of private investigators who spent years attempting to crack the D.B. Cooper case claimed Thursday they decoded a letter from the hijacker revealing his identity.
The group, led by documentary filmmaker Thomas Colbert, claims that a letter sent to &ldquoThe Portland Oregonian Newspaper&rdquo contains a confession from Army veteran Robert Rackstraw.
The letter was sent months right after a man only identified as Cooper hijacked a Seattle-bound flight and parachuted out of a plane with $200,000 and never to be heard or observed from once more.
&ldquoThis letter is too [sic] let you know I am not dead but really alive and just back from the Bahamas, so your silly troopers up there can stop hunting for me. That is just how dumb this government is. I like your articles about me but you can cease them now. D.B. Cooper is not genuine,&rdquo the letter reads. &ldquoI want out of the program and saw a way through very good ole Unk. Now it is Uncle&rsquos turn to weep and pay one of it&rsquos [sic] personal some cash for a modify. (And please tell the lackey cops D.B. Cooper is not my true name),&rdquo the letter continued.
Colbert told The New York Everyday News that he received the letter soon after suing the FBI for the files. He said he noticed that the letter was written in a related style to a separate letter and he referred to as a codebreaker to decipher it.
Rick Sherwood, a former Army Security Agency member, told the newspaper he spotted similarities with the words &ldquoD.B. Cooper is not genuine,&rdquo &ldquoUnk&rdquo or &ldquoUncle,&rdquo &ldquothe program,&rdquo and &ldquolackey cops.&rdquo Sherwood decoded &ldquothrough great ole Unk&rdquo to mean &ldquoby skyjacking a jet plane&rdquo employing a technique of letters and numbers.
Colbert stated the words &ldquoAnd please inform the lackey cops&rdquo meant &ldquoI am 1st LT Robert Rackstraw.&rdquo
"I want out of the system and saw a way by way of good ole Unk. Now it is Uncle&rsquos turn to weep and spend a single of it&rsquos [sic] personal some cash for a adjust."
&ldquoI study it two or 3 instances and stated, &lsquoThis is Rackstraw, this is what he does,&rsquo&rdquo Sherwood told The New York Day-to-day News, adding that the writer was taunting authorities like he generally does. &ldquoI was absolutely shocked his name was in there. That&rsquos what I was searching for and every little thing added up to that,&rdquo Sherwood said.
Colbert claimed in February that he believed Cooper was a CIA operative whose identity had been covered up by federal agents. He told the Seattle PI that his team produced the connection from function a code breaker uncovered in 5 letters allegedly sent by Cooper.
He claimed in a January interview that Cooper was Rackstraw. Colbert said at the time that a number of people who knew Rackstraw have come forward to claim he had possible connections to the CIA and other leading-secret operations.
The investigator told Seattle PI the man who sent the letter may have place the codes into a letter to signal to achievable co-conspirators that he was alive.
Rackstraw, 74, of San Diego, served in Vietnam. Colbert said in a press release Thursday that Rackstraw served in two of Sherwood&rsquos units, has Particular Forces paratrooper training, is an explosives expert and is a pilot with almost two dozen aliases. Colbert stated the FBI cleared Rackstraw in 1979.
In May, a Michigan publisher said the hijacker was former military paratrooper and intelligence operative Walter R. Reca. The publisher cited audio recordings that claimed Reca was speaking about the heist.
In 1971, on the night prior to Thanksgiving, a man calling himself Dan Cooper, wearing a black tie and a suit, boarded a Seattle-bound Boeing 727 in Oregon and told a flight attendant he had a bomb in a briefcase. He gave her a note demanding income. Right after the plane landed, he released the 36 passengers in exchange for $200,000 in ransom and parachutes. The ransom was paid in $20 bills.
The hijacker then ordered the plane to fly to Mexico, but near the Washington-Oregon border he jumped and was never observed or heard from again.
Despite the claims of the publishing organization, the FBI has never ever ruled out the possibility that the hijacker was killed in the jump — which took location in the course of a rainstorm at night, more than rough, wooded terrain. The hijacker’s clothes and footwear were also unsuitable for a rough landing.
Fox News&rsquo Travis Fedschun, Robert Gearty and Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.
Published at Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:19:00 +0000