DB Cooper Links


1.  “Legend of DB Cooper – Death by Natural Causes” is a book written by Ron and Pat Forman about their friend, Barb Dayton, who confessed to being DB Cooper in 1978.  The Forman’s account reveals the life of an extraordinary being, who at the very least was the first person in Washington state to undergo a sex-change operation.


 2.  Geoffrey Gray’s book:  “Skyjack – The Hunt for DB Cooper” is the most comprehensive treatise to date on the skyjacking.  Gray had exclusive access to the FBI files, personnel and evidence, and his account of the actual events during the hijacking – and the dialogue between Cooper and the flight attendants – is gripping.


 3.  “Sluggo,” aka Wayne Walker, is the pre-eminent historian of the DB Cooper skyjacking.  He has studied and collected data since the incident occurred, and his web site is the authoritative place to review FBI documents, transcripts of cockpit conversations, and see TV clips from the early days of the investigation.  A must-see for any Cooper enthusiast.

 Sluggo’s web site is officially titled: “Sluggo’s Northwest 305 Hijacking Research Site,” and its URL, n467us, utilizes the registration number for Cooper’s plane, which was the identification number painted on the fuselage.


 4.  “The DZ.”  The most famous and most widely read blog site on the DB Cooper case is a forum that exists as part of a skydiving web site known as “The DropZone.”  Called the “DZ,” it is the wild west of Cooper sharings, and is not for the timid or thin-skinned:


 5.  Lest we forget the FBI, here is their current Cooper site:


6.  Of course, the Mountain News:



48 Responses to DB Cooper Links

  1. Michele says:

    It doesn’t seem like an ‘unsolved hijacking’, they just don’t know who the guy was. He’s most likely dead now, if he didn’t die when he jumped. At any rate it made for good movies, stories and documentaries over the years.Thanks for the memories, D.B. Cooper.

    • My Husband thinks it was the Crew of the plane that set up the whole thing, and kept the money, but that doesn’t explain how some of the money was found on a river bank a few years later. Anything could be possible. From Michele, in Texas.

      • Mark says:

        I personally believe that it is possible that Cooper and Tina Mucklow could have been working together. She brings her suitcase on board, loaded with jump gear. They stash the ransom bills in her suitcase. He jumps and escapes into the darkness. She takes the money and eventually they meet up a few days later.

        Makes as much sense as anything else… if that much was invested in the growing home computer craze, they could have been sitting on hundreds of millions by now, maybe even more. Who knows?

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  5. LARRY JOSEPH says:


  6. Roland Smith says:

    It’s still possible for there to be a D. B. Cooper “copycat”. An airline employee who somehow feels he has been wronged, has simmering grievances, and is intent on retribution, is the most likely person to ever be able to pull off a hijacking similar to Cooper’s. They have almost unlimited access to airplanes, and some have the knowledge to do it if the right aircraft is available. I have recently published a novel, “WEAVER’S NEEDLE” about such an employee and his story. If you are interested, it’s available on Amazon’s Kindle as an ebook or Lulu.com as a paperback. I hope you will take a look at it.

  7. Bob Sailshaw says:

    Bruce: The link to the FBI is a dead end now and leads nowhere. Do you know of a better address to current info from the FBI?
    Bob Sailshaw

    • brucesmith49 says:

      I’ll have to check on that, Bob.

    • Airborne Bob says:

      United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Case No: 16-1790. This is the false filing by Colbert, claiming he is just a journalist and wants the information at taxpayers expense, and his fake news lawyer Zaid for a freedom of information demand through the judge who is a buddy of Zaid. Of special interest is Rackstraw’s Amicus Curiae that outlines criminal murder charges and civil charges of $1 billion (now $2.7 billion) against Colbert and Zaid and over 153 sponsors of the fake news History Channel dog and pony show. Great read.
      And the boat in the show, now for sale.http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/6141651887.html

  8. Bob Sailshaw says:

    Bruce: What is the link to your new wed site?
    Bob Sailshaw

  9. In the 90s, a woman said her husband confessed to her on his deathbed, that he was D.B. Cooper

  10. In the 90s,A woman said that her dying husband confessed on his deathbed that HE was D.B. Cooper, but he never had alot of money.I always heard that deathbead confessions are for real.What would they have to lose by lying?

  11. brucesmith49 says:

    922 people are reported to have confessed to being DB Cooper, including Duane Weber, who allegedly confessed to his widow nine days before he died of kidney failure. These issues are discussed in more detail in my book, DB Cooper and the FBI – A Report on America’s only Unsolved Skyjacking.”

    You can read excerpts of the book on the Mountain News, or at “DB Cooper discussion site – Word Press” blog.

    • Lynn says:

      Yup. False confession is no new phenomenon. I remember this hilarious character on Barney Miller called the Confessor. He confessed to everything but the Lincoln assassination!

  12. Jo Weber says:

    I am that Woman who s husband told me he was DAN COOPER. I had NOT one clue what he was talking about until 1 yr and 2 months later when a friend told me that D.B.Cooper used the name of Dan Cooper. I contacted the FBI in May of 1996 and told them about my strange life with this man.

    I begged for his records, but few were forth coming and the last one I did not see until this past year in 2013. A file the FBI denied me access to. It included a picture of Weber as I had never seen him.
    The head was tilted down which made the chin appear to be smaller, but the prior and after pictures showed a much larger chin. The fact Weber had missing lower teeth in the 1966 Jefferson intake picture – made since. Weber later was had a fixed lower and I had never seen him without it.
    The pursing motion the FBI composite artist told one reporter about was the reason he could NOT make the mouth satisfy any of the witnesses.

    Well, Weber had a temporary lower partial in 1971 – and retaining it in his mouth required he make that motion.

  13. TheMadTrapper says:

    What are theories why none of the money ever surfaced in circulation? (besides the $5800)

    • brucesmith49 says:

      I’m not sure there are “theories,” but there are certainly reasoned speculations:

      1. The money is lost – either buried in a mud pit somewhere, along with DB Cooper and the rest of his gear, or in some lake or river.
      2. Similarly, the money entered a river and eventually washed out to sea, along with Cooper and all of his stuff, ie: Carr and kaye and their Propeller Theory.
      3. The money got laundered in a casino – pick your favorite: Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Hong Kong, Macau, Monte Carlo…
      4. The money entered the “dark economy,” which is estimated to be 40% of the global economy, and includes all the monies from drug trafficking, arms dealings, bribes, embezzlements, sex trafficking, black market trading in appliances and intellectual properties, etc.
      5. The money never got spent because DB Cooper didn’t spend any, ie: Barb Dayton.
      6. The reality of under-paid and over-worked clerks in banks actually finding a Cooper 20 was zilch.
      7. The 20s were sold to the Mafia, which in turn striped the ink off the bills and then re-printed them as 100s. See Kim Jung-Il and the gang in N. Korea for more details…
      8. The money was deposited in an “off-shore” bank and used as collateral for, um… real estate development by…oh, how about Donald Trump? Or his brother Dan….

  14. TheMadTrapper says:

    I am currently reading Bruce Smith’s excellent book right now…

    • brucesmith49 says:

      Thanks Trap!

      By the way, the 2nd Edition of DB Cooper and the FBI – A Case Study of America’s Only Unsolved Skyjacking was just published in paper form by Amazon.

  15. TheMadTrapper says:

    Thanks. I bought the e-book and will give a glowing review; I can tell already at 50% through. So which speculation do you lean toward? For myself, #’s 3, via Viva Las Vegas, and 6.

    • brucesmith49 says:

      I would say a little here, a little there. With a bunch in certain bars in Saigon. I suspect a few dollars ended up in the Caymans. Maybe Geneva. Wherever SF troopers like to go with the buddies in the Company…I’d certainly look in the til at the Caravelle.

  16. TheMadTrapper says:

    Personally, I think McCoy was indeed ole Dan Cooper. What’s the ‘proof’ against him? McCoy had blue eyes and his credit card was used in Vegas at the time?? Anyone smart enough to pull the whole thing off, certainly had the smarts to cover those things. They come out with soft contact lenses in 1971.
    Plus his wife could have used his credit card in Vegas while Richard did his thing, just for the alibi. She DID seem knowledgeable about her husband’s 2nd heist of the half million, so why not the first?
    Possible scenario, he dropped and lost the cash (thus the $5800 discovery in the Columbia River, the rest was just lost). So then a few months later he did it again, this time asking for 2.5 times as much, knowing he could do it and from the confidence of his earlier success.

  17. TheMadTrapper says:

    McCoy was 29 at the time but Cooper was 40 something? If you look at photos of R. McCoy, he LOOKS like he’s in his early 40’s; out the aft window goes that so called proof.

    • brucesmith49 says:

      So, Trapper, you’d like us to believe that DB Cooper and Richard McCoy are one and the same? Okay, but you’re suggesting that DBC/RM was smart enough to plan a bold skyjacking, displaying knowledge beyond what the pilots had – or even flight ops at NWO – but was not smart enough to either hold onto his money, or know what to do with it once he got home? That doesn’t sound too solid.

      It begs the question – why are you so invested in Richard McCoy?

      • TheMadTrapper says:

        I think he WAS smarter than most or all involved and obviously had some flying experience. But the best laid plans of mice. . . In an endeavor like that, SOMEthing is going to go wrong. . . nothing goes perfectly. Once he got home as McCoy? Yep, bad planning there. Maybe he didn’t think he’d get that far and did not have a plan. Maybe after stashing it in his house, he planned to get it out the next morning. I don’t know.
        I’m not invested in any way to anyone but I DO know why people clam up when YOU try to talk to them any more.

  18. brucesmith49 says:

    As for Richard McCoy’s age and how it might look to you or I in a picture, the real question is what age DBC/Richard McCoy looked to Bill Mitchell, Tina, and Flo. Remember, initial reports into the FBI at NWO flight ops at Sea-Tac pegged Cooper at 60!

    Also, I’d like to recommend that you purchase the 2nd Edition book that is now available at Amazon. It discusses these kinds of dynamics more thoroughly than the 1st edition Kindle book that came out last year, which you apparently just purchased. I apologize for the confusion, but Amazon and I are figuring out how to make the 2nd Edition paperback the Kindle version, too, and remove the “old” edition from the market.

  19. brucesmith49 says:

    Okay, Trap, you say: “I’m not invested in any way to anyone but I DO know why people clam up when YOU try to talk to them any more.”

    So, why DO people clam up when I try to talk to them?

  20. TheMadTrapper says:

    If you recall, the parachutes did NOT have the D rings…a possible deal killer…in a panic, as he knew he had to jump at a certain time, he tied the 22 lb bag on himself but did a shoddy job, thus it came off during the jump. Very plausible.
    Kudos for trying alternate searches, but some may think you’ve gone around the bend.

    • brucesmith49 says:

      Agreed. DB Cooper had no “D” rings with which to attach anything to his main parachute – neither a reserve or the money bag. Hence, it is plausible that it broke away from him in his decent. If so, the Big Question is: Where Is It?

      Some theorize that the bag impacted as a singular unit near Tina Bar, and the three money bundles that were discovered in 1980 transported themselves via natural means to the discovery spot on the beach, leaving the rest of the bills where they cratered into the earth.

      AS you suggest, many have thought that I have gone around the bend, but my question to you – and the rest of the world – has always been, how far around the bend? And are you peeking around the corner to see how far down the road I’ve gone???

      In any regard, it’s unlikely that I will return from the bend. Somebody’s gotta keep lookin’ for DB!

      By the way, Trap, you’re making a few characterizations without any substantive cause: “panic,” “knew he had to jump at a certain time,” “shoddy job,” Upon what do you base your speculations?

  21. Bob Sailshaw says:

    Bruce: As you know I have submitted the FLAW I found in Sheridan Peterson;s phony alibi to the Seattle FBI Office in Jan/Feb 3016 and Ayn Dietrich (Seattle FBI Office) has e-mailed back that she has passed it on to the Case Agent. I have heard nothing so far and expect they are on “stop work on the case”. The FLAW I found in the alibi was that he could not have been delivering one of his two children in Nepal at the time of Norjak (Nov 24, 1971) as per public records from persopo.com, his son was born the year before (1970) and the daughter the year after (1972) and both in Nepal. This FLAW exposes Sheridan in a lie to the FBI (A Fedral Crime with jail time possible). The FBI could offer to exchange jail time for the rest of the story from Sheridan Peterson. Simple was to solve the almost 45 year only unsolved skyjacking the FBI has on their books. I think the FLAW proves Sheridan is DB Cooper as why would anyone lie to the FBI unless they were the guy?
    Bob Sailshaw

  22. brucesmith49 says:

    Why does anyone lie? Why does the FBI lie? Do they? There are 8 million souls in the Naked City, and 8 million stories….

  23. CD says:

    Brand new podcast explores the mystery and legend of “DB” Cooper. Check it out!

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  24. Amboyone says:

    How did you find Klansnic? It’s hard to believe somebody that looks that much like Cooper and worked at Boeing went undetected. Especially being a prisoner of war and of German heritage.

    • Nicky says:

      Boeing directory…he hid in plane sight best place to hide imo… went back to work on Monday carried on with normal life which if you take into consideration no body/chute was found and no missing persons reported in the states with in 3 days of the hijacking it backs that up. Klansnic did the deed and went back to biz as usual.He wasnt a criminal and never in trouble with the law… I believe himmi was looking for a dirty rotten criminal to quote him. Klansnic didn’t need the money wasn’t about the mula it was about the government stopping funding on sst which he put in a great deal of work into the project on the break system and so many of his coworkers losing their jobs. My guess is fbi did look at Boeing people but focused on ones who were laid off and or had criminal backgrounds…FBI agent Williams was just as surprised as you when she learned the details of klansnic…when she typed his name in the computer and nothing came up her exact words were my goodness how did we miss this guy! Ive been going through klansnic with a fine comb and too many things add up for him not to be cooper. Every box I’ve looked to check he’s darn well checked it and I actually challenge anybody to find something that goes against klansnic you’ll be hard pressed.

  25. Mark says:

    I seriously think that the FBI has invested tons of $$$ trying to cover up the fact that they know more than anyone thinks. I honestly believe that the FBI may have been involved in the planning as well as execution of the Cooper jump. If nothing else, they know who it was and are actively covering up to keep the Bureau from looking bad.

    Why? Maybe in order to force President (at the time) Nixon to put security check points all over the country. It makes as much sense as anything else…

    By the way, Bruce, we had traded e-mails in the past, a few years ago… I’m going to be picking up your book soon. Look forward to reading it.

  26. Giles Hanson says:

    Yes, made a few comments on Bruce’s sites now and after reading all will just add this;
    Iv’e studied the psychological profile of Dan Cooper in depth and I would stake my life on the fact that Dan Cooper WAS NOT any special forces guy. By the same token Dan Cooper was NOT someone who worked for the company in any capacity.
    Once you establish the type of person your dealing with then you’ve got a better chance. The problem with this mystery is everyone wants it to be a certain kind of person and that a certain kind of profile is required; not so.

  27. Nicky says:

    Yes Giles I would be interested to here your profile on old DB?

  28. davy says:

    Have we ever established that Robert Rackstraw was NOT D B?

    • brucesmith49 says:

      1. Too young
      2. Dismissed by FBI
      3. No twenty dollar bill
      4. No parachute
      5. Majority of circumstantial evidence is lame or incorrect, ie: money at T-Bar.

  29. I know the real.author of the book
    Ha Ha Ha DB Cooper. He’s alive and well. Of course wanting to stay anonymous. If You have ever read this book it has countless detals Of the incident that one would think this author was there. No other book comes close to the details of the DB Cooper incident. This book is available now for $39.95. There is very few copies left of this book still available. All of them have the original signature of the author too
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