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An Internet Search for D. B. Cooper

November 25, 2006

My article posted on November 23, 2006 titled "I am not D. B. Cooper" which you can read by clicking on the underlined title created thousands of hits. Thanks!

Because I love using the Internet for research I decided to see what I could find about the mystery man old D.B. and his exploit.

This current document will be a chronological account of what I find with comments from me and links to the more interesting material. I hope you have as much fun reading the material as I had finding it.

I will be making periodic updates to this document as I find more information. If you want to follow my research and comments, take note of the date of each update to keep track of what I have posted...and you have previously read.

Here goes...


November 25, 2006

On Thanksgiving Eve, 1971, D. B. Cooper hijacked and an airliner after threatening to blow it up with bomb he claimed to have in a briefcase. He extorted $200,000 from Northwest Orient Airlines and then leaped from the airborne 727 with 21 pounds of $20 bills strapped to his torso.

The above picture is the FBI sketch created from interviews with passengers and crew who encountered him face to face.

So far in my search for information about Cooper I found the following article the most comprehensive and well-written. You can click on the following link which I have purposely included in it's entirety rather than an imbedded, unreadable link:

 http://www.crimelibrary.com/criminal_mind/scams/DB_Cooper/index.html

The article has an excellent bibliography which can be viewed by clicking on the link within the article page. The bibliography list five non-fiction books, three fiction and over a dozen newspaper articles.

If you are as intrigued by the daring chutzpah of Cooper start by reading the above article. It is the best I've found on the 'Net so far.

FBI agent Ralph Himmelsbach, who retired in 1980, considers Cooper "a rodent," "a bastard," "a dirty, rotten crook" and "nothing more than a "sleazy, rotten criminal who jeopardized the lives of more than 40 people for money." 

This fascinating bit of information is from the article:

"The FBI distributed to law enforcers and banks 100,000 copies of a 34-page pamphlet listing all the serial numbers from the Cooper $20 bills. Besides those found on the Columbia River, not a single bill has ever shown up in circulation, as far as the FBI admits."

A former FBI agent, Richard Tosaw, from California, offered a $100,000 reward for one of the 10,000 bills. The airline and a newspaper offered $30,000 as a reward. There were no takers on either Towsaw's offer or the reward.

On February 10, 1980, three packs of $20 dollar bills totaling $5,800 were found by an 8 year old boy who was digging along the Columbia River.

Interestingly, the point where the boy found the money was 40 miles upstream from the FBI determined 'pinpoint' location of the aircraft exit.

One of the more fascinating points made in the article is found on page nine where the successful exploit of another hijacker who jumped after receiving $500,000 in cash is detailed. This particular hijacker was caught only two days after the hijacking.

The hijacker, Richard F. McCoy, was an ex-Green Beret and avid skydiver. His big mouth got him caught.

Interestingly, after being found guilty at trial and sentenced to 45 years in prison McCoy escaped. Three months later he was found in Virginia and killed in a gun battle with police.

An FBI agent, Russell Calame, co-authored a book,  "D.B. Cooper: The Real McCoy," in which Calame makes the argument that Cooper and McCoy were the same man. Calame's theory is based on the similar methods of the hijackings, McCoy's military and skydiving experience as well as similar, very key, evidence. Cooper left behind a skinny black tie with a mother-of-pearl clasp. McCoy owned a mother-of-pearl clasp identical to the one left behind by Cooper.

From the article:

"Calame said McCoy was asked directly whether he was Cooper during interrogation following his arrest. According to Calame, McCoy responded, 'I don't want to talk to you about it.'"

"O`Hara, the agent who killed McCoy, bought [Calame's] theory, saying, 'When I shot Richard McCoy, I shot D.B. Cooper at the same time.'"

Apparently the FBI made no public comment regarding FBI Agent Calame's written speculations but McCoy's widow won a monetary settlement against the co-authors and the publisher.

Even more interesting for the thousands of skydivers who have been reading the comments by Jo Weber, 'skyjacker71', in the DropZone.com forums here is Duane Weber's picture:

Again from the article:

"Another Cooper claim involved a San Diego cabby who stepped forward in 1986."

"But the FBI rejected the story for lack of evidence, just as it rejected Duane Weber's. For example, no fingerprint found on the jet matched either man's."

The article lists three additional claimants to the DB Cooper legacy. Read it yourself. It is very well researched and informative.

Apparently, skyjack71 is one of a long line of people claiming to have a connection to D. B. Cooper.


If you have comments or question regarding this document you can send email to me at the following address: sayers at aicommand.com Replace the 'at' with '@' and remove the spaces.

2006 Bernard Sayers


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