DB Cooper and the FBI – video on the Citizen Sleuths now on YouTube

By Bruce A. Smith

The Citizen Sleuths segment of the DB Cooper and the FBI video series is now available for viewing on YouTube. Link is below.

The Citizen Sleuths are a group of private citizens recruited by the FBI in 2009 to assist in the analysis of evidence pertaining to the DB Cooper skyjacking, the only unsolved case of its kind in the United States.

Although the FBI officially closed the case in 2016, the Citizen Sleuths and other researchers are still investigating. In particular, the Travel Channel’s host of the “Expedition Unknown” series, Josh Gates, supplied monies to the Citizen Sleuths to advance their examination of particles found on the tie left behind by DB Cooper. In the January 2017 broadcast of “Expedition Unknown,” these sleuths – in conjunction with McCrone Laboratories – revealed that over 100,000 particles have been discovered, including such rarities as pure titanium, rare earth minerals, and stainless steel.

These discoveries have energized the investigation, and researchers are now combing through the archives of specialized foundries and manufacturing plants, such as Tektronix, that supplied Boeing and its titanium-based Super Sonic Transport with oscilloscopes and monitors that would utilize these kinds of exotic materials.

Is DB Cooper a former Boeing or Tektronix employee? The Plot Thickens, eh Watkins?

This video also examines the other work the Citizen Sleuths performed on the case, such as investigating the ransom money found, and DB Cooper’s getaway flight path.

So watch this video and join in the Hunt for DB Cooper!

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4 Responses to DB Cooper and the FBI – video on the Citizen Sleuths now on YouTube

  1. Galen Cook says:

    You have a lot to say about this case, Bruce, and you present in a friendly manner. “Georger” should take some lessons from you regarding the art of being polite. Georger’s problem is that his internet personality is repulsive. You are a much, much nicer person.

    Editor’s Note: This comment has been modified by the request of the individual mentioned. “Georger” is the Internet screen name of a well-known and widely respected DB Cooper researcher.

  2. Derek Godsey says:

    Bruce I know you are a smart man. James Klansnic looks just like the sketches, was a hydraulic engineer for the Boeing 727’s. The aft stairs and flight controls ran off of Hydraulics. He had been shot down and captured for 13 months by the Nazis, he was fluent in German so he could have actually read the Dan Cooper comics. He was stationed at McChord so he knew exactly how far it was to Seatac. James Klansnic was DB Cooper and I believe it was a CIA job. We over complicate everything. Some people would rather have a Hollywood movie about Cooper, than have the actual truth. James Klansnic was the only one smart enough to have pulled this off. He’d been through worse situations so it didn’t phase him.

  3. Derek Godsey says:

    Punched a few holes in the Norman DeWinter theory. The Disneyland Trip was actually in November.

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