by Bruce A. Smith
If you crave more DB Cooper – even after the History Channel broadcasted their four-hour documentary and the FBI closed the case last month – you can partake in another Cooper fete at the Puyallup Library next week.
I am the author of DB Cooper and the FBI – A Case Study of America’s Only Unsolved Skyjacking, and on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, I will be speaking on DB Cooper as part of their local author series. The conversation will begin at 6:30 pm, and is free.
To begin, I will give a brief overview of the case for those unfamiliar with this internationally gripping whodunit that is also very local – DB Cooper flew right over our homes on his getaway flight on November 24, 1971.
But I’ll focus more sharply on the topics the History Channel skimmed over and the FBI has avoided steadfastly over the past four decades – the evidence.
When the FBI closed the case on July 8, they claim they had exhausted all of their credible suspects, but they failed to reveal how deeply they examined the evidence in existence. Albeit, it is scanty, as little has been found from DB Cooper’s hijacking – no body, no parachutes, no briefcase or bomb, and only a handful of the ransom money was found on a Columbia River beach eight years after the skyjacking – but no one knows how the money got there or when.
But the FBI has lost the cigarette butts DB Cooper left on the plane, and they contain dried saliva that could reveal the skyjacker’s identity. More troubling, the FBI says they collected hair and skin samples off the head rest of Cooper’s seat, but to date the Bureau has not mentioned any findings from those telling bits of evidence.
Continuing, the Citizens Sleuths team of investigators found shards of titanium on DB Cooper’s tie, and no one seems to be looking for how such an unusual piece of evidence came to exist.
Most troubling, though, the History Channel never mentioned this last piece of evidence, and the FBI never commented at all of their evidentiary failings when they closed the case.
Are the feds hiding something? Is the FBI piggy-backing on the History Channel’s documentary as a way of obscuring the fact that they bungled their DB Cooper investigation and now want to be done with it?
Come to the Puyallup Library and join what will be a lively discussion.