Suspects in the DB Cooper skyjacking – sketches, pictures and comparisons

by Bruce A. Smith

As part of the resurgent investigation into the DB Cooper skyjacking case, there has been a recent effort by private sleuths to show pictures of the various suspects to the passengers from the hijacked aircraft.

Here is a collection of photgraphs that the Mountain News has been able to gather over the past few years.


The above FBI drawing of DB Cooper is known as “Composite B,” and is based on the recollections of passengers and crew who interacted with Cooper.  It is widely considered to be one of the most accurate sketches of the infamous skyjacker.

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Bobby/Barb Dayton

In 1978, Barb Dayton confessed to several of her friends, including Ron and Pat Forman of South Hill, WA, that she was DB Cooper.  Barb also told the Formans that she had formerly been Bobby Dayton, and in 1969 she had the first gender-reassignment surgery in Washington state.

After Barb died of pulmonary disease in 2002, the Formans researched their friend’s claims and published them in their book:  The Legend of DB Cooper – Death by Natural Causes.

All pictures of Barb and Bobby Dayton are provided courtesy of Ron and Pat Forman:

 

Barb Dayton, standing beside her Cessna 140

Barb Dayton, as a woman, circa 1970s. Picture courtesy of Ron and Pat Forman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Dayton, standing beside his Cessna 140.

 

 

 

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Pictures of Bobby Dayton compared to the earliest FBI composite sketches of DB Cooper.  This sketch is known as composite “A,” and two versions were developed – one with sunglasses, which Cooper wore during most of the skyjacking, and one without.

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Duane Weber / John C. Collins

While lying in a Pensacola hospital bed nine days before he died of kidney disease, Duane Weber confessed to his wife, Jo, that he was “Dan Cooper.”

However, Jo says she didn’t understand what her husband was trying to tell her.

As a result, he quickly grew frustrated and cursed, adding: – “Oh, let it die with me.”

Later, Jo Weber realized that “Dan Cooper” was the actual name that DB Cooper used when he bought a ticket in Portland and boarded Northwest Orient Flight 305 to Seattle, and the “DB” moniker only entered the case when an Associated Press reporter mixed-up the names in the early hours of the investigation.

Obviously, the name-switch stuck.

When Jo learned that Duane was actually confessing to the skyjacking, she became one of the foremost private sleuths in the case, and ever since, she has been very active to uncover the truth of her husband.

Along the way, she discovered that her husband had a second identity, John C. Collins.  Jo says that she further discovered that a man by the name of John C Collins registered at a Portland airport motel the night before the skyjacking and had been a subject of the FBI’s Cooper investigation.

All pictures of Duane Weber are provided courtesy of Jo Weber.

Duane Weber, 1977

 

 

 

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Comparison of Duane Weber, (right), with a latter sketch, known as composite “C,” (left), developed in the 1980s.

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Kenny Christiansen

Kenny Christiansen was a flight attendant for Northwest Orient Airlines for nearly thirty years, serving mainly on trans-Pacific flights.  However, in the mid-1990s he made a cryptic death-bed confession to his older brother, Lyle, “I have something very important to tell you….”

The family interceded and tried to comfort their distressed loved one; ultimately, Kenny passed away before he could tell Lyle what the important confession was.

Years later while watching a TV documentary on DB Cooper, Lyle realized that his brother could have been DB Cooper, and launched a personal investigation that has included a New York City private investigator, two different book authors, and a documentary on the History Channel.

Lyle is absolutely convinced that his brother is DB Cooper, but has only circumstantial evidence, such as Kenny’s inexplictable ability to buy a house for cash in Bonney Lake, WA shortly after the skyjacking.

Picture provided by Lyle Christiansen:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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William Gossett

Several years ago during a Coast-to-Coast radio interview, two sons of former Marine and Army paratrooper, William Wolfgang Gossett, declared that their father had confessed to being DB Cooper.  These declarations solidified the findings of long-time Cooper sleuth Galen Cook, who also discovered other individuals that had received Mr. Gossett’s confession.  Since then, Galen has been diligently exploring all facets of the case seeking to find corroborating evidence.

Gossett had all of the salient chacteristsics of DB Cooper:  he was 41 years old in 1971; had brown eyes and was 5’10” and 186 pounds; and he was a smoker.   In addition, he had a medium complexion, spoke with no discernible accent, and was trained as a reconbaissance paratrooper with the Marine Force Fleet.

He was also a quirky guy.  After his military service he was a talk radio host in Portland and specialized in paranormal activities.  He apparently discussed the DB Cooper case, and according to his radio side-kick, Gossett’s business card is posted somewhere on the rafters at the Ariel Tavern!  He was also an ROTC instructor in Utah, and even became a priest in an off-shoot version of Catholicism.

Picture of Mr. Gossett is provided courtesy of Galen Cook, and it is the property of the Gossett family.

William Gossett

Sheridan Peterson

By his own admission, Sheridan Peterson has been investigated twice by the FBI in connection to the DB Cooper case, and the reasons are obvious: on paper “Dan” is the ideal suspect.

His identity is being partially obscurred since he says he is not DB Cooper and has not been charged in the crime.

Dan, as he is known to some of his associates, lives in northern California, had been a smokejumper during the 1950s, and was a founding member of the Boeing Employees Skydiving Club, where he worked as a technical editor during the 1960s.  In this latter position, it is believed that Dan gained vital knowledge about the capabilities of the 727 as a skydiving platform.

Also at this time, Sheridan parachuted during a Boeing promotional exercise while wearing a business suit and toting a fifty-pound sack of white flour strapped to his legs, which streamed behind him during his free-fall – all qualities that DB Cooper displayed on the night of November 24, 1971.

Further, Dan has the physical characteristics of Cooper – he’s tall and trim, and by most accounts he carries a grudge.  In fact, Sheridan has told me that he was “invited” to leave Vietnam by the US Ambassador due to his strident advocacy for the south Vietnamese villagers under his care as a refugee advisor.

In addition, Dan’s alibi is wild – he says he was raising two small children in a mud hut in Nepal and writing his accounts of American atrocities in Vietnam when Cooper hijacked Flight 305.

Sherdian’s subsequent travels are also a marvel.  According to his own published accounts on the Internet, Sheridan lived in Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Papua New Guinea, Japan and the Philippines.  The last FBI agent to interview him, Mary Jane Fryar, told me that Dan was the “most fascicnating” suspect she had ever interviewed during her FBI career.

However, all that I know about Sheridan as a DB Cooper suspect comes from his own writings, as he has been a journalist and has published several articles on the Internet about his entanglements with the FBI regarding Cooper.

Because Sheridan is a semi-public figure as per his writing on the Internet, I have also posted his yearbook photo as found there.

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Don Burnworth

Former United Airlines captain, Don Burnworth, may be the only DB Cooper suspect to actually have served time in jail.  Don spent a week in the San Mateo County hoosgow in 1972 for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of his three daughters to a family court judge during a contentious custody dispute.

As he is still alive but not charged in the crime, his identity has been partially obscurred to protect his privacy.

At the time of his arrest in the marital dispute, Burnworth was interviewed by the FBI regarding the still-fresh DB Cooper case.  Burnworth also claims that the Bureau placed a “ringer” in his jail cell to see if he would spill the beans about the hijacking.  In addition, United fired him due to unsavory public relations.

Burnworth says that his ex-wife instigated all of these troubles, and he was he cleared by the FBI in conjunction with the skyjacking.  In addition, United later re-instated Burnworth, but only after a lengthy legal battle.

Although cleared of all complicity in the DB Cooper incident, his photograph is widely considered to be one of the most similar to Composite “B.”

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Ted Braden

One of the most intriguing aspects of the resurgent investigation of DB Cooper in recent years is the information provided by commandos from Vietnam, now that their covert activities have been de-classified.

Plenty of troopers from the Special Operations Group of the Materials Assistance Command-Vietnam are talking to journalists and writing their own accounts of the illegal wars fought in Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam during the larger conflict in South Vietnam from 1962-1975.

Two topics come blaring forward.  First, the DB Cooper skyjacking has all the hallmarks of a SOG operation in terms of the planning, equipment and execution.   Secondly, two leading commanders of SOG units, SgtM Billy Waugh and Major John Plaster say that within their ranks a rogue SOG trooper by the name of Ted Braden is widely thought to be DB Cooper.

Braden’s military career is filled with mystery and intrigue, including the assertions by some in his command that he was a professional intimate of General John Singlaub, one of the founders of the CIA and a leading figure in the Iran-Contra affair during the 1980s.  Further, after Braden went AWOL in Vietnam in 1966 and was caught by the CIA trying to join the commando forces in the Congo civil war, he was incarcerated at Fort Dix, NJ.  According to the officer responsible for inmates at Dix, Braden was later released by the personal intercession of the Army Chief of Staff, General Harold Johnson.

Braden’s whereabouts afterward are still hotly debated.

This picture is from Ramparts magazine, in an article they published about Sgt Braden’s exploits in Africa.  Sadly, Ramparts ceased publication in 1975.

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LD Cooper

Lynn Doyle Cooper is the latest individual suspected of the DB Cooper skyjacking, due to the allegations brought forward by his niece, Marla Wynn Cooper in 2009.

Marla says that when she was eight years-old in 1971, she witnessed a traumatic family incident at her grandmother’s house near Sisters, Oregon.  She claims that early on Thanksgiving morning, her uncles LD (Lynn Doyle) and Dewey arrived at the house and that Uncle LD was bloody and unable to get out of the car.  She says a hub-bub ensued and she heard something about the two brothers hijacking an airplane and that “their money troubles were over.”

In addition, she says that she was told that Uncle LD suffered his injuries during the parachuting getaway.

However, Marla claims her memories stayed murky for 30+ years until a few heart-to-heart conversations with her father and mother in recent years re-kindled her recall of those events.

Subsequently, Marla has been on a quest to present evidence to the FBI, and she claims the Bureau has told her that her Uncle LD is DB Cooper.  However, the FBI has not confirmed that conclusion in the slightest.

Nevertheless, Ayn Dietrich, the Bureau’s Seattle office public information officer, did tell a British journalist that LD is the “most promising” lead the FBI has had in the case.

Further, the Mountain News is waiting for a series of clear pictures of LD Cooper from Marla.  In the meantime, here is the picture of LD Cooper provided to media by Marla that is a picture of a Polaroid shot taken in 1972.  It has been slightly re-formated by a Cooper researcher named Georger to take away some of the elongation seen in the original print.   The picture is believed to have been taken at Christmas, 1972, after which Marla never saw her uncle again.

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Composite Sketches

There is much variance in the sketches of DB Cooper produced by the FBI.  The first one, known as composite A, was done in the days immediately following the skyjacking, and is commonly known as the “Bing Crosby” sketch.

The FBI’s Composite A sketch.

Composite “A,,” (left); Composite “B,” (right).

However, disagreements erupted among eye-witnesses and a few months later another composite was developed, known as Composite B.

Still, disagreements continued and a third sketch was commissioned in the early 1980s by a media organization utilizing the recollections of one of the flight attendants.

An third sketch prodcued indepenedently of the FBI in the 1980s. From “Sluggo’s” renown web site on DB Cooper.

Subsequently, other artists have endeavored to blend the initial composites into a more comprehensive drawing.

“Josh’s” comprehensive blend of composites A, B, and C. From “Sluggo’s” DB Cooper website.

Further, some investigators have attempted to age-advance the composites to reveal what DB Cooper may have looked liked in later years, if he survived, which is unknown.  Below, is such an age-regressed comparison prepared by Jo Weber and found on “Sluggo’s” website, at http://n467us.com/index.htm .

Comparison of an “age-regressed sketch, (left), with a pix of Duane Weber, (center), and the composite B sketch, (right).

Perhaps one of the most intriguing new developments in the Cooper case is the information brought forward by Geoffrey Gray in his 2011 book on Cooper, titeld, Skyjack – The Hunt for DB Cooper.  In Skyjack, Geoffrey reveals that one of the passengers aboard Flight 305 claims that Cooper had wavy, “marcelled” hair and wore a “russet” sports jacket, which is similar to maroon in color.  The following picture of this “revisionist” view of Cooper was developed by Geoffrey and used as a poster at the 2011 DB Cooper Symposium in Portland, Oregon.

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34 Responses to Suspects in the DB Cooper skyjacking – sketches, pictures and comparisons

  1. David J Johnson says:

    Hi Bruce,

    Trust you are well and greetings from Portland, UK.

    The various FBI and other sketches are so different, that one could almost choose anyone (hopefully not me) from them, also some of the pics are blurred and not in focus. Frankly, I think that most drawings/pics are of little use.

    Having said all that the pic of Gossett looks the most like “Composite B”. But where is the hard evidence against him?

    Best regards,

    David

  2. Jerome says:

    no question that Gossett is the suspect with the “closest fit” profile. It certainly doesn’t mean that Gossett was DB Cooper. but none of the other suspects even come close. Wasn’t there a site on the internet that allowed people to vote which suspect looked closest to Cooper? Gossett won hands down on that poll. it is stunning how close Gossett and Composite B appear.

  3. Bob Sailshaw says:

    Hi Bruce: You left out that Sheridan X had a very “Olive Complexion” that none of the others had and it was not a sun tan as some hah. He was also 6ft 1in and met all the descriptions of DB Cooper. The DNA under the stamps/envelope flaps of the four letters sent to the newspapers within 10 days after the DB Caper will show the FBI that Sheridan was at the scene of the crime and not in Nepal.
    Bob Sailshaw

  4. Gilbert otto says:

    Long live DB Cooper whoever and wherever he is

  5. Gary Derowitsch says:

    I have been researching the Cooper mystery for ten years now. The one piece of evidence that no one even considered is the mathematical computations of time of take off from Seatac, elevation of the 727 along with air speed and the time of jump as testified by pilot scott. I super imposed a vector flight map flown by the piolts over a regular map and traced the path of the jet. I calculated the miles the plane flew from the time of take off to the time of DB’s jump. My calculations emphatically shows DB jumping at a location no one has checked out. I prefer to keep this secrete due to it being an open case. I’m sure after reading this others will come to the same conclusion. Numbers just don’t lie. I’ve been investigating the location and believe the parachute is hidden somewhere in this drop zone.
    Gary Derowitsch

    • Jason C. says:

      I’m certain the FBI and pilots have already done what you’ve done. The difference is that they aren’t trying to pretend they have something while you are. There isn’t any reason at all why you would keep such information to yourself. No logical, honest reason, anyway. A parachute buried after all these decades would be nearly un-identiafiable as a parachute. If not entirely gone. Your desire to sound as if you hold the keys to the kingdom is odd.

  6. Bob Sailshaw says:

    Bruce: I have come across a photo from the Boeing News (once a week published on Thursdays) of Sheridan Peterson demonstrating how to skydive for an article in the paper as advertizement for the Boeing Skydiving Club which he started and was President in the mid 60’s and just prior to the Norjak caper. MeyerLouis found an execellent resemblance between the photo and the enlarged sketch on the wall at the Tacoma History Museum and Cooper display. The hair line, high forehead. hair part, eyebrows, long thin nose. and thin face and jaw are all very good matches.Sheridan was wearing the suit, tie, and loafers just like he did for a demo jump prior to the same cloths for the Norjak jump. Can’t seem to post the photo but it is posted in the DropZone.

  7. Gary Derowitsch says:

    I think I have found the location of the suit case with the bomb. I’ve put together several clues and my own investigation and plan to search the area I am certain is the location DB landed. Jo Webber agrees.

  8. Ernst Lubitsch says:

    Did he also kill Kennedy btw ?

  9. Chuck D says:

    Kenny Christianson is probably db cooper. The mountain of circumstantial evidence makes him a 95 % chance in my book. As for looking the part, the flight attendant who served him said in 2007 that his picture maches closest after his brother exposed him as possible suspect. He was broke before hijackings after buying houses in cash afterwards. He left his brother close to $200, 000 when he died, almost as if he wanted him to know. But the real kicker is Bernie Geestman. Look that up!

    • brucesmith49 says:

      The current research on Kenny Christiansen refutes your claims, especially about the money. See the DB Cooper forum for details, and photographic evidence that KC had mortgages, etc. Or my book.

      The claim by the flight attendant that the picture of KC was the closest, etc. has not been confirmed. Florence Shaffner refuses to talk to any researchers after allegedly making that claim, which was announced by Geoffrey Gray. Later, GG told me that he didn’t think that KC was DB Cooper. Yes, GG has later refuted that claim as well, and now publicly lists KC as a suspect, along with Duane Weber and LD Cooper.

      I’m not sure what you mean when you say Bernie Geestman is the “kicker.” Bernie sure appears to me to be a slimeball, and the behavior of the Brad Meltzer team letting him off the hook regarding his deceptions in their docu was inexcusable.

      As for the truth of Kenny, I think a lot could be found in Tokyo. I don’t think he made his money by stealing airplanes. I suspect other pursuits were more likely.

      Bruce A. Smith
      Mountain News-WA
      Author: DB Cooper and the FBI – A Case Study of America’s Only Unsolved Skyjacking

      • Jason C. says:

        Bernie Geestman was indeed suspicious in that interview. He was looking mighty nervous. I”m not sure why, though. He’s nearly dead and my only guess is that he fears being called a criminal. Back in his lifetime, being called a criminal meant ugly things. In today’s world. the stupid kids actually look up to criminal acts. Or maybe he just fears prison that somehow they might throw at him. The crew called him a “retired engineer” but he sure didn’t come across nor look the part of a retired “engineer.”

    • Jason C. says:

      The FBI ruled Christianson out a a suspect but did so with a totally bogus thought process. They claimed he was overqualified, essentially, because he was a trained paratrooper. That kind of “profiling” is guesswork and they’ve just excluded a solid suspect for no reason other than believing in their magic hocus-pocus.

      One flight attendant said the hijacker looked “latin” (Hispanic). Look at Christianson in a close up photo. Olive skin color. She said he was calm but firm. A persona characteristic of someone who takes pressure. Christianson graduated paratrooper school when more than half his class had washed out. Christianson had inside knowledge of the planes and the company. He lived in the drop zone region. He had money troubles. The FBI said he was too small in stature… basing that statement entirely on eye witnesses testimony which is notoriously inaccurate. And, despite the FBI claiming the hijacker died in the act, a documentary interviewed a former military paratrooper turned civilian parachute instructor who said emphatically that “people pay extra money today to jump the DB Cooper jump off that specific aircraft which is still in use privately.”

      • brucesmith49 says:

        I’ve never heard an FBI official claim Kenneth Christiansen was “overqualified.” When and where did you receive this information, Jason?

      • Jason C. says:

        I said the FBI essentially said Christianson was overqualified due to his experience as a paratrooper. They didn’t use that word (overqualified) in the documentaries. They ESSENTIALLY said that because their opinion was the suspect didn’t have expert skydiving skills.

        I think they also mentioned that he missed the fact that one chute was a training unit and sewn shut. That a qualified skydiver would have spotted that. However, not everything in this world goes according to plan. Cooper might have missed that not because of being inexperienced but simply because he had lots on his mind due to the nature of what he was doing and the knowledge that he could end up being in prison for life. Experienced, overqualified people do make mistakes. Look at medical surgeons.

        All in all, the suspect list was a pretty good one. Each suspect had strong circumstantial evidence against him.

  10. But Bruce…you are not in possession of the latest information on Kenny Christiansen. There is the August 2015 video on him at YouTube. There is the confidential report on he and Geestman that went to the FBI. Mortgage on the house? Only for half. The other half was a promissory note from Ann and Joe Grimes that no one can seem to locate today. It is listed with the mortgage papers. When I asked the son of Joe Grimes whether his dad would accept a promissory note on half the house…he told me no way his dad would wait long to get his money. What we think happened is that Kenny wrote them a note for half (which disappeared) and then assumed the balance from the SeaFirst mortgage. Plus that ‘ten dollars and other considerations’ clause in the contract. Bernie Geestman, who was Best Man at the Grimes’ wedding, probably fronted up for Kenny with Mr Grimes.

  11. We believe that Kenny paid off the alleged promissory note for half the balance on the house within a very short time. Geestman was interviewed for three hours. The Decoded show got less than five minutes of film they could actually use. This is not the fault of Decoded, but Bernie’s BS. What BS? Like when he says on the show he was at Kenny’s deathbed. Not true. He only called on the phone and hadn’t spoken to Kenny in years. Or when he tossed Kenny under the bus by saying, “Yes, he looks just like him….” (the sketch) when the cast asked him if Kenny could be Cooper. Problem is, four different witnesses have testified that Kenny and Bernie were TOGETHER the entire week the hijacking occurred. We think Bernie called Kenny at the house a few days before Kenny died because he was checking to see if Kenny was planning on a last-minute confession. Kenny’s ‘There is something you should know, but I can’t tell you…’ to his brothers Lyle and Oliver point strongly to that possibility.

  12. brucesmith49 says:

    Editor’s Note: Jason C’s comments to other comments above has been re-posted below due to an editing glitch.

    Jason C. says:
    May 12, 2016 at 4:50 am (Edit)

    I said the FBI essentially said Christianson was overqualified due to his experience as a paratrooper. They didn’t use that word (overqualified) in the documentaries. They ESSENTIALLY said that because their opinion was the suspect didn’t have expert skydiving skills.

    I think they also mentioned that he missed the fact that one chute was a training unit and sewn shut. That a qualified skydiver would have spotted that. However, not everything in this world goes according to plan. Cooper might have missed that not because of being inexperienced but simply because he had lots on his mind due to the nature of what he was doing and the knowledge that he could end up being in prison for life. Experienced, overqualified people do make mistakes. Look at medical surgeons.

    All in all, the suspect list was a pretty good one. Each suspect had strong circumstantial evidence against him.

    • brucesmith49 says:

      Jason, your understanding of the FBI and the parachute issue is mostly correct. However, recent investigations by a number of journalists and Cooper researchers have been shown the FBI’s facts and interpretations to be incorrect, false, or misleading, such as all the canard supplied by Earl Cossey during his 40-year association with the Bureau’s Norjak investigation. All of these dynamics are discussed at length in my book, at the DB Cooper Forum, and elsewhere at the Mountain News-WA. I invite you to take a look. In the meantime, the most compelling assessment of Kenny Christiansen still resides with former case-agent Larry Carr, who said that KC’s only qualification to be DB Cooper was that “he was male.”

  13. brucesmith49 says:

    To All Kenny Christiansen Lovers:

    Ahoy! There is a major piece of the KC story still missing. Kenny flew routes to Asia exclusively during his career with Northwest Orient. Tina Mucklow reports the same in an interview she gave to the Eugene Weekly in 2012. So, did the woman held hostage for five hours by DB Cooper ever meet her erstwhile hijacker while flying to Tokyo, Hong Kong, or Manila?

    • Gary says:

      I am not trying to keep secrete my location for the area DB landed. It is It is further North up I5 about five to ten miles. After much research William Gossett resembles the sketch better than anyone mentioned. I believe he was set up by the CIA and after jumping was picked up by them and driven away. I don’t believe the FBI was included in the exercise. I believe Tina Mucklow was in on the hijacking. She immediately took over being the one who talked to DB on the plane even though Florence Schaffner was the first to confront him. Also, after the hijacking she refused to give an interview and became a nun at a convent. Sounds like she was afraid for her life, and possibly joined the convent to ease her conscience. One thing about the hijacking that always bothered me was that it was the only one in the United States that wasn’t solved. I also believe there is a chance he never jumped and it was all staged. Anyway this is my theory.

      • brucesmith49 says:

        Gary, you have lots of opinions and theories, and you publicly accuse Tina Mucklow of being a co-conspirator in an act of sky piracy. Can you back it up? Or is your opinion simply that she is a criminal because she intervened when Florence left the scene? Along those lines, do you think Florence committed a crime by abandoning Tina to spend the next three hours alone with a predator threatening to kill her and 36 passengers and the other five crew members?

        Plus you say that you have conducted “much research.” So, what did you think of my book? Was it part of your research? If not, why not?

  14. verserockswell says:

    https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/richard-floyd-mccoy#disablemobile I know I’m late on the board but how come all you self proclaimed super sleuthing geniuses don’t know who Richard Floyd McCoy is or the fact that almost every military paratrooper and pilot in the suspected age range fits the description and capabilities??? Maybe it’s not a false flag conspiracy…. perhaps it wasn’t an inside job…. sometimes good people go bad and the romanticized old west outlaw comes out. took the feds 45 years to give up chasing a suspected white man for stealing 200k- 2 weeks and they gave up on who killed Chris notorious b.i.g. Wallace (Whole other topic) the power(s) that be dictate while we speculate. I myself have been a bank robber (convicted ) train/bus hijacker (no trials) and overall armed robbery specialist (court cases and FBI #s to prove) and this can only be either a crime of opportunity or staged effort to force a change or shift in policy, ideology or procedure… a la 9/11- for this to be the former, an individual or group of individuals wouldn’t have to believe the gain far outweighs the risk – they would have to simply believe this was the best chance of anonymous escape and/or offered an easier course of action towards completion -a race bike rider would most likely use that training to elude law enforcement, such the case with paratroopers using acquired skills to escape. Get out and make some change happen. Be the progress we need.

    • brucesmith49 says:

      Greetings Verse,

      I encourage you to read my book, DB Cooper and the FBI. It contains a full chapter on Richard McCoy. I think you might also be pleaed to read what I write about on the subject of pursuing true criminal justice

      – BAS

  15. Sue lyons says:

    We knew Wolfgang Gossett in Depoe Bay , in fact he had dinner at our house on several occasions. He died having never repaid us the $2000 he borrowed ) said he ‘needed desperately” to pay rent because his army pension was held up), but in fact went to the casino with. I guess not everyone can say they were scammed by D B Cooper!
    Still, we liked him and he certainly had stories to tell!

  16. Galen Cook says:

    Sue: Stand in line to collect your loan. Gossett did this to dozens. btw, why is it that Gossett is the ONLY suspect not dismissed by the FBI? Larry Carr contacted Gossett’s youngest son in 2009 to talk about Gossett. Young Gossett asked Carr if the fingerprints of the elder Gossett submitted by me (Cook) matched the alleged fingerprints left by D.B. Cooper on the in-flight magazine? Carr’s reply was, “well even if they did match, it still doesn’t mean that Gossett was on the plane on 11/24/71.” That’s all Carr would say. Interesting reply from a case agent who wants to crack the case.

  17. Jerry says:

    It’s Bob Rackstraw. My dad knew Rackstraw while at Fort Rucker, says the sketch and skills needed could only be Rackstraw. Swears up and down Rackstraw dressed in a dark suit and tie all the time and would tell people he was C.I.A.

  18. Jim Davis says:

    The FBI should check out a person named Olin Crandall Wilkinson. A parachute rigger in the navy who was a dead ringer for D.B. Cooper and once boasted to me that he was going to hijack an eaircraft when we were stationed at the Pt. Mugu Naval Air Facility in 1966.

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