"D.B.Cooper" is the story that never dies. Yet another potential suspect has been named in a new book discussed in this May 17, 2018 Washington Post article. Several notes traceable to
the ransom payment have entered numismatic circles; I've illustrated one below. See the earlier E-Sylum articles for background on how it was found. -Editor
The quest to reveal the identity of “D.B. Cooper” — the alias of the daredevil who hijacked a Northwest Orient flight from Portland to Seattle in 1971 and parachuted out of the plane with $200,000 — has come up empty for
almost 50 years.
But the mystery of the only unsolved skyjacking in U.S. history has fueled a cottage industry of authors, documentary makers and self-appointed sleuths who believe they’ve done what the FBI could not. Or at least want to
make some money claiming they have.
On Thursday, a whole new theory emerged from Carl Laurin, an 84-year-old pet sitter who lives in DeLand, Fla. Laurin, his Michigan publishing firm announced at a news conference, has written a memoir detailing the
confessions of a longtime friend who supposedly committed the crime: Walter R. Reca, a former military paratrooper and intelligence operative.
One problem: Reca, who lived in Oscoda, Mich., died in 2014 at the age of 80. A second problem: The FBI closed its D.B. Cooper investigation in 2016. A third: Laurin and his publisher, Principia Media, never vetted their
theories with the FBI. And a fourth issue: The FBI said it would reopen the case only if someone found any items related to the hijacker’s parachutes or money, neither of which Laurin could dig up.
The article references a list of all Cooper suspects who've emerged to date. Who knows? Maybe one of them really is the guy. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
A new ‘D.B. Cooper’ suspect? Yet another possible identity for the elusive
To read earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
D.B. COOPER RANSOM BANKNOTE OFFERED (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v19n35a35.html)
CERTIFYING THE D.B. COOPER RANSOM BANKNOTES (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v19n36a20.html)
D. B. COOPER MYSTERY CONTINUES (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v18n48a43.html)
D.B. COOPER EVIDENCE CLAIMED (http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n03a20.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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