Mysterious D.B. Cooper Hijacking: FBI Accused Of Cover-Up After New Letter Surfaces In Notorious Cold Case

The infamous case of the mysterious aircraft hijacker generally known as D.B. Cooper simply took one other curious flip, which has some saying the nameless prison who parachuted out of a aircraft with $200,000 in stolen money might nonetheless be alive.

A brand new letter that was signed by Cooper was lately made public for the primary time in a freedom of knowledge lawsuit, in reference to the 1971 hijacking and the FBI’s investigation into that now chilly case.

In the letter—given to filmmaker and creator Tom Colbert, who’s investigating the case with a 40-member crew—Cooper stated he “knew from the start that I wouldn’t be caught.” Colbert says the brand new letter together with a memo from the FBI is “proof” the bureau was making an attempt to cover elements of the case in a “cover-up,” he informed the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The letter goes on to say that Cooper used putty make-up and a toupee that threw off investigators and artists who sketched wished posters after he boarded a industrial Boeing 727 below a faux identify on November 24, 1971, claimed to have a bomb, demanded $200,000 after which parachuted from the aircraft—disappearing into skinny air. Literally.

Cooper was by no means discovered however investigators did discover some traces of his leap after-the-fact. Some of the $20 payments had been situated in a wooded space of southwest Washington state. Colbert and his crew additionally lately discovered items of a strap and foam within the woods, which may very well be a part of Cooper’s parachute. They despatched the artifacts to the FBI, however the bureau hasn’t stated it plans to reopen the case, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

A memo given to Colbert with the letter particulars the FBI’s examination of the letter and poses the query of whether or not the letter was written on authorities stationery, “noting that it resembles the carbon copy of the airtel material used by the Field Offices.”

The letter is barely one of many identified letters despatched by Cooper—or somebody claiming to be Cooper—that hadn’t been publicly launched, which has triggered some to query why the FBI hadn’t launched it till a lawsuit pressured them.

“This letter proves to me that there’s been a cover-up and continues to be a cover-up in this case,” Colbert stated.

The FBI closed the case final yr, so it is unknown if the general public will ever discover out what occurred to Cooper—or if his precise identify will ever be discovered. Some consider he died after leaping from the aircraft.

It was identified that Cooper despatched letters to newspapers alongside the West Coast. This newly launched doc, despatched to The Washington Post, makes the fifth letter he despatched to a publication.

The FBI might by no means show whether or not this letter or the others had been genuine. It’s simply the newest piece of proof Colbert says he found.

In the newest batch of paperwork he obtained from the FBI, a memo states the bureau was often updating then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover on the case and labored to substantiate whether or not the letter was certainly despatched by Cooper.

The memo additionally features a quantity typed on the backside of the letter, 717171684, which was positioned subsequent to The Washington Post within the backside nook. The FBI stated it was unable to determine what the numbers meant.

Though it’s nonetheless an entire thriller as to who Cooper was or what occurred to him, Colbert and his crew have their very own concept in regards to the case.

He believes after Cooper landed, he received in a second aircraft then dumped a few of the cash to throw authorities off. Colbert informed Fox News he believes a person named Robert Rackstraw is definitely Cooper, however Rackstraw denies the notion and has stated the accusation has ruined his life.

Still, regardless of the case could also be, the FBI has checked out greater than 1,000 suspects however by no means discovered the person generally known as D.B. Cooper, who could be in his 90s if he’s nonetheless alive.

The full letter is detailed under:


I knew from the beginning that I would not be caught.

I did not rob Northwest Orient as a result of I believed it could be romantic, heroic or any of the opposite euphemisms that appear to connect themselves to conditions of excessive danger.

I am no modern-day Robin Hood. Unfortunately do have solely 14 months to stay.

My life has been one in every of hate, turmoil, starvation and extra hate, this gave the impression to be the quickest and most worthwhile approach to achieve a number of quick grains of peace of thoughts.

I do not blame individuals for hating me for what I’ve completed, nor do I blame anyone for wanting me to be caught and punished, although this could by no means occur.

Here are some (not all) of the issues working in opposition to the authorities:

I am not a boasting man

I left no fingerprints

I wore a toupee

I wore putty make-up

They might add or subtract from the composite 100 instances and never give you an correct description; and we each comprehend it.

I’ve come and gone on a number of airline flights already and am not holed up in some obscure backwoods city.

Neither am I a psycho-pathic killer. As a matter of truth I’ve by no means even obtained a rushing ticket.

Thank you on your consideration.


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