Joseph D. McCarthy forwarded these interesting notes relating to the mystery of skyjacker "D. B. Cooper" who disappeared on Thanksgiving eve 1971 by jumping out of the airborne plane with a parachute and a $200,000 cash ransom. "Cooper" was never found, although some notes traceable to the ransom paid to Cooper were discovered. Slabbed notes from that discovery were auctioned earlier this year. -EditorFunny that the recent edition of E-Sylum included reference to D.B. Cooper. Because of my stroke I have been going to therapy for the past two years. It is a free service offered by the hospital. For the past year I have occasionally seen a woman who also uses the facilities. We have talked. Now the short story.
Her neighbor was married to a man who was a member of the Air Force (retired), and local police force. The word is that she has been told that there is supposed to be an announcement around Nov. 24th about the "Case/Situation".
A Portland, OR attorney who has been doing research on the D.B. Cooper incident for quite awhile has stated that fingerprints from her dead husband, on file with the military and police departments, match the ones of D.B. Cooper. In addition, a photo of the man was picked out by a stewardess who was on the flight.
The F.B.I. has been keeping mum until recently. The man was known to have a gambling habit, but not much to support it. A son by an earlier marriage states that he went as a young boy on trips with his father that included stops at banks where he took money from safe deposit boxes. There is more, but the full facts could be out soon.
Judge Carter and Emilia Earhart may never be found, and with the trail gone so cold I doubted D.B. Cooper would ever be found, either. But if the stories John reports are true, perhaps we will soon have some more answers on this fascinating decades-old case.
I have one question, however. If the suspect indeed spent notes from the ransom over the years, why haven't any been found? The only notes traceable to the ransom to date are the ones found in 1980 by an 8-year-old boy digging a fire pit along the Columbia River west of Vancouver.
With the Where's George serial number tracking site and years of FBI investigations, I would think that if "Cooper" managed to survive his parachute jump, then notes he spent would have been found before now. Perhaps the FBI has been sitting on evidence. Has anyone else heard anything about this case? -Editor
Wayne Homren, Editor
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