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DB Cooper letter reveals hijacker’s true identification, sleuths declare – Fox Information

Posted in Trending Topics on 29th June 2018

A workforce of personal investigators who spent years making an attempt to crack the D.B. Cooper case claimed Thursday they decoded a letter from the hijacker revealing his identification.

The workforce, led by documentary filmmaker Thomas Colbert, claims letter despatched to “The Portland Oregonian Newspaper” incorporates a confession from Military veteran Robert Rackstraw.

The letter was despatched months after a person solely recognized as Cooper hijacked a Seattle-bound flight and parachuted out of a aircraft with $ 200,000 and by no means to be heard or seen from once more.

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FBI sketch of DB Cooper alongside aspect Robert Rackstraw.  (FBI/WikiCommons)

“This letter is just too [sic] let you understand I’m not lifeless however actually alive and simply again from the Bahamas, so your foolish troopers up there can cease in search of me. That’s simply how dumb this authorities is. I like your articles about me however you’ll be able to cease them now. D.B. Cooper will not be actual,” the letter reads. “I need out of the system and noticed a method by means of good ole Unk. Now it’s Uncle’s flip to weep and pay certainly one of it’s [sic] personal some money for a change. (And please inform the lackey cops D.B. Cooper will not be my actual identify),” the letter continued.

Colbert informed The New York Each day Information that he obtained the letter after suing the FBI for the information. He stated he seen that the letter was written in a similar way to a separate letter and he known as a codebreaker to decipher it.

Rick Sherwood, a former Military Safety Company member, informed the newspaper he noticed similarities with the phrases “D.B. Cooper will not be actual,” “Unk” or “Uncle,” “the system,” and “lackey cops.” Sherwood decoded “by means of good ole Unk” to imply “by skyjacking a jet aircraft” utilizing a system of letters and numbers.

Colbert stated the phrases “And please inform the lackey cops” meant “I’m 1st LT Robert Rackstraw.”

“I need out of the system and noticed a method by means of good ole Unk. Now it’s Uncle’s flip to weep and pay certainly one of it’s [sic] personal some money for a change.”

– DB Cooper

“I learn it two or thrice and stated, ‘That is Rackstraw, that is what he does,’” Sherwood informed The New York Each day Information, including that the author was taunting authorities like he usually does. “I used to be undoubtedly shocked his identify was in there. That’s what I used to be in search of and all the pieces added as much as that,” Sherwood stated.

Colbert claimed in February that he believed Cooper was a CIA operative whose identification had been coated up by federal brokers. He informed the Seattle PI that his workforce made the connection from work a code breaker uncovered in 5 letters allegedly despatched by Cooper.

He claimed in a January interview that Cooper was Rackstraw. Colbert stated on the time that a number of individuals who knew Rackstraw have come ahead to assert he had doable connections to the CIA and different top-secret operations.

The investigator informed Seattle PI the person who despatched the letter might have put the codes right into a letter to sign to doable co-conspirators that he was alive.

Rackstraw, 74, of San Diego, served in Vietnam. Colbert stated in a press launch Thursday that Rackstraw served in two of Sherwood’s models, has Particular Forces paratrooper coaching, is an explosives professional and is a pilot with practically two dozen aliases. Colbert stated the FBI cleared Rackstraw in 1979.

In Might, a Michigan writer stated the hijacker was former navy paratrooper and intelligence operative Walter R. Reca. The writer cited audio recordings that claimed Reca was talking in regards to the heist.

In 1971, on the night time earlier than Thanksgiving, a person calling himself Dan Cooper, carrying a black tie and a go well with, boarded a Seattle-bound Boeing 727 in Oregon and informed a flight attendant he had a bomb in a briefcase. He gave her a word demanding cash. After the aircraft landed, he launched the 36 passengers in change for $ 200,000 in ransom and parachutes. The ransom was paid in $ 20 payments.

The hijacker then ordered the aircraft to fly to Mexico, however close to the Washington-Oregon border he jumped and was by no means seen or heard from once more.

The DB Cooper thriller

Regardless of the claims of the publishing firm, the FBI has by no means dominated out the likelihood that the hijacker was killed within the leap — which passed off throughout a rainstorm at night time, over tough, wooded terrain. The hijacker’s clothes and footwear have been additionally unsuitable for a tough touchdown.

Fox Information’ Travis Fedschun, Robert Gearty and Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox Information. Comply with him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.