[Rushtalk] D.B. Cooper

Tom Matiska tom.matiska at att.net
Sat Feb 3 04:26:45 MST 2018

I think he did not survive the jump.  Except for the small amount of money recovered from the river,  most of the money was lost to the elements and never spent.  DB never lived to know what Iran Contra was.  Somebody not named DB got some kicks writing the letters.   ...But.... that does not sell books.   Conspiracies do sell, but I don't buy them that easily.  Tom

On Fri, 2/2/18, John Quayle <blueoval57 at verizon.net> wrote:

 Subject: [Rushtalk] D.B. Cooper
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 Date: Friday, February 2, 2018, 11:54 PM
     News Offbeat
       ‘Flat-Out Lying’: DB
         Cooper Hijacking Case Just Got a New Plot Twist
         By Jonathan
         February 1, 2018 at 4:34pm
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       Another wrinkle has been added to the already
         mystery surrounding the D.B. Cooper hijacking case
 of 1971.
       A documentary filmmaker named Thomas Colbert
 claimed Thursday
         he believes the mysterious man to be a black ops CIA
         potentially involved with Iran-Contra whose identity
 has been
         suppressed by federal agents.
       Colbert recruited a 40-person team to help him
 decipher the
         identity of the mysterious criminal who in 1971
 hijacked a
         Northwest Orient Boeing 727 and parachuted out the
 back of the
         plane with $200,000 in ransom money.
       In January, Colbert revealed to the Seattle
         that the number “717171684” found on the bottom
 of the letter
         came from an Army veteran named Robert W. Rackstraw
 who is
         reportedly still alive and residing in San
       Colbert revealed that his team came to this
 conclusion after
         utilizing information gathered from a code breaker
 who studied
         the five letters allegedly drafted by Cooper.
 Memo Released
       “The new decryptions include a dare to agents,
 directives to
         apparent partners, and a startling claim that is
 followed by
         Rackstraw’s own initials: If captured, he expects
         get-out-of-jail card from a federal spy agency,”
 Colbert stated
         in a Thursday media release.
       The investigator also noted that multiple people
 who knew
         Rackstraw came forward and claimed that he had
 connections to
         the CIA.
       Another investigator on Colbert’s team revealed
 that other
         evidence gathered throughout the investigation shows
 that the
         FBI deliberately tried to keep the case a
       “As we suspected, records show the Bureau has
         stonewalling, covering up evidence and flat-out
 lying for
         decades,” the investigator told The
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     As noted by Fox News, Colbert believes that the
 nine-digit code
       found at the bottom of the letter may have been an
 attempt by
       Cooper to notify other conspirators that he was still
 alive after
       the heist.
     The investigator claims that the number is a
 reference to three
       units in the Army that Rackstraw had connections to
 during his
       time in the military.
     However, a former FBI agent believes that the idea of
       utilizing coding techniques is somewhat far-fetched,
 but that
       Rackstraw might be the culprit.
     “I think the coding thing is remarkable, but I’m
 a hard skeptic,”
       Dorwin Schreuder, a former FBI agent told the Seattle
 PI in
       January. “The circumstances of those codes being
 what Tom says
       they are, that he says nobody but him would know these
 units and
       these figures, if it’s true that’s pretty hard to
 argue against.
       Rackstraw might be his guy.”
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     Schreuder worked on the Cooper case back in the
 1980s, Fox News
     The fifth and final letter was released by the FBI in
       2017 through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
     In the letter, Cooper explained why he believed
 authorities would
       never be able to capture him.
     “I didn’t rob Northwest Orient because I thought
 it would be
       romantic, heroic or any of the other euphemisms that
 seem to
       attach themselves to situations of high risk,” the
       hijacker allegedly wrote in the fifth and final
     The statement continued: “My life has been one of
 hate, turmoil,
       hunger and more hate, this seemed to be the fastest
 and most
       profitable way to gain a few fast grains of peace of
     “I don’t blame people for hating me for what
 I’ve done nor do I
       blame anybody for wanting me to be caught and
 punished, though
       this can never happen.”
     In an almost prophetic fashion, he went on to note
       authorities would have trouble finding him because he
 “left no
       fingerprints” and is “not a boasting man,” among
 other things.
     He ended the letter by stating that he is not a
 violent person.
     “As a matter of fact I’ve never even received a
 speeding ticket,”
       Cooper concluded.
     As noted by Seattle PI, the case of D.B. Cooper is
 the only
       unsolved incident of air piracy in U.S. history.
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