WA Wa - Identity Revealed? - D.B. Cooper Hijacking Mystery, 24 Nov 1971 - #4

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  1. barefootpoet

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    You’d think the FBI would be using their DNA sample from the tie clip for “forensic genealogy”. That seems to have a good tract record i.e. Golden State killer.
     
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    DB Cooper suspect Robert Rackstraw, 75, dies of 'natural causes' nearly 48 years after the legendary hijacking of a Boeing 747 which saw a mysterious man disappear without a trace after parachuting out of the plane's backdoor with $200,000 cash
    • Thomas J Colbert identified Robert Rackstraw, 75, a military vet with a murky past riddled by fraud and con-artistry, as the man responsible last year
    • Rackstraw's death was confirmed by his family members on Tuesday, saying he passed from natural causes and was a great-grandfather
    • A man - dubbed DB Cooper by the FBI - hijacked a plane in 1971, demanded $200k as it was still at the airport and then parachuted from it with the cash
    • He was first considered as a suspect seven years after the hijacking in 1978, with investigators saying ‘so many things’ about him seemed to match with Cooper
    • A letter sent to a newspaper months after the hijacking ties Cooper's identity to Vietnam War veteran Robert W. Rackstraw, investigator Thomas Colbert claims
    • FBI closed the investigation in 2016 saying Cooper most likely died of exposure in the woods after the daring escape
    • Colbert claims the FBI is guilty of 'stonewalling, covering up evidence and flat-out lying'
     
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    DB Cooper suspect Robert Racktrsaw dies at age 75: Army pilot passes away from natural causes, a year after cold case sleuths identified him in 'coded' FBI letters as the hijacker who vanished in 1971

    9 July 2019

    In November 1971, a ‘non-descript man’ identifying himself as Dan ‘DB’ Cooper bought a $20 ticket for a Northwest Orient flight from Portland to Seattle, later demanding $200,000 ransom and a parachute in what later become one of the most infamous cold cases of all time – and the only unsolved skyjacking in US history.

    Cooper would later vanish without a trace, skydiving from the rear of the plane with the cash in hand, prompting decades of debate and conspiracy over the brazen thief’s true identity.

    An unexpected breakthrough came last year when cold case expert and author Thomas J Colbert identified Robert Rackstraw, a military vet with a murky past riddled by murder accusations and con-artistry, as the man responsible, citing a decades-worth of research as evidence.

    But on Tuesday, Rackstraw’s family announced the lead suspect had passed away from natural causes aged 75, potentially taking with him the answers of what really happened on that fateful winter’s afternoon.

    ‘I am in touch with Rackstraw family members in six states, and we have learned he died yesterday,’ Colbert said.

    ‘While my cold case team believes he was Cooper, he was also a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Our condolences to the family.’

    DB Cooper suspect Robert Rackstraw, 75, dies nearly 48 years after the legendary hijacking | Daily Mail Online
     
  5. ColyH

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    I don't believe Rackstraw is D.B. Cooper but he seemed to like leading people to believe it might have been him.

    I still believe Cooper died on the night of the hijacking. There is no way he survived that stormy weather at that attitude with just a business suit on. The only way he could have survived is if he never jumped but stayed on the plane and when it landed snuck out but that means he would have needed help from the inside.
     
  6. barefootpoet

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    Well the ransom money being found buried at Tina Bar would very strongly suggest Cooper and the money left the plane. Again I feel the only real path to solving this mystery is forensic genealogy. Far too many Robert Rackstraws are now just being turned into made-to-order new suspects. No wonder the FBI closed the investigation.
     
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    And speaking of Rackstraw. Flight attendant Florence Schaffner, with certainly, said he wasn’t Cooper.
     
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