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D.B. Cooper Investigators Claim Skyjacker's Identity Confirmed

D.B. Cooper Investigators Claim Skyjacker's Identity Confirmed
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By    |   Friday, 29 June 2018 10:07 AM

D.B Cooper investigators allege the skyjacker's identity was confirmed by decoding a 1972 message contained in a confession from Vietnam veteran Robert Rackstraw – who reportedly had long been a suspect in the case.

If they’re correct, it means the answer to the unsolved crimes was hidden all along in a letter sent to The Portland Oregonian newspaper, The New York Daily News reported.

Rackstraw, meanwhile, is now 74 and living in the San Diego area, untouched by the long arm of the law.

Months before the letter was sent to the newspaper, a man calling himself Dan Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 over the Northwest between Portland and Seattle and then parachuted out of the plane with $200,000 in ransom money.

He was never seen again, but every now and then a letter supposedly submitted by the fictitious Cooper would turn up in the offices of newspapers along the West Coast.

The skyjacker had a knack for taunting the media with his letters, which contained hidden messages, but investigators couldn’t divine his identity in any of his notes.

It was only when Tom Colbert, a television and film producer leading a team of private investigators to track down Cooper, sued the FBI for Cooper's files that he obtained the Oregonian letter.

"No one even knew about this letter," Colbert told the Daily News. "When I got it, I noticed it was typed just like (a different Cooper letter), so I called a code breaker and showed it to him. He said, 'Tom, you’re not going to believe it, but his confession is in here.'"

Cooper opened his letter stating; "This letter is too [sic] let you know I am not dead but really alive and just back from the Bahamas, so your silly troopers up there can stop looking for me," Fox News reported.

"That is just how dumb this government is," Cooper continued. "I like your articles about me but you can stop them now. D.B. Cooper is not real. I want out of the system and saw a way through good ole Unk. Now it is Uncle’s turn to weep and pay one of it’s [sic] own some cash for a change. (And please tell the lackey cops D.B. Cooper is not my real name)."

Rick Sherwood, a former member of the Army Security Agency who had managed to crack the codes in earlier letters from Cooper and was all too familiar with his writing style, immediately saw a pattern in the note.

"I noticed he kept on repeating words in his sentences and thought he had a code in there somewhere," he told the Daily News.

"He was taunting like he normally does and I thought his name was going to be in it and sure enough the numbers added up perfectly."

In a media release, the team of investigators said the FBI had met the new information with silence.

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