a new 'd.b. cooper' suspect? yet another possible identity for elusive hijacker - pet film producer
Exploring the identity of "D"B. Cooper" -
The Phantom alias, who hijacked a northwest-facing flight from Portland, Oregon to Seattle in 1971, parachuted out of the plane for $200,000 --
It has been almost 50 years since it was empty.
But the only unsolved hijacking mystery in the United StatesS.
History drives the cottage industry of writers, documentary producers and self
They were appointed detectives who believed they had done what the FBI could not do.
Or at least want to make some money claiming they have.
On Thursday, a whole new theory appeared in Carl Laurin, 84. year-
Old pet sitter living in dela, Florida.
His Michigan Publishing Company, Laurin, announced at a news conference that he had written a memoir detailing an old friend Walter R. , who allegedly committed the crime.
Former paratroopers and intelligence officer Raqqa. Laurin's $17.
The title of the book is D. B.
Cooper and I: a criminal, a spy, my best friend.
One problem: Reca, who lives in Oscoda, Michigan, died on 2014 at the age of 80.
Second question: The FBI shut down its D. B.
Cooper's investigation in 2016
Third: Laurin and his publisher, Principa Media, have never reviewed their theory at the FBI.
The fourth question: The FBI says it will only re-hear the case if anyone finds any item related to the hijacker's parachute or money, neither of which is Laurin can
Vern Jones, publisher of princitia Media, said he was skeptical about finding clues to Cooper and didn't want to fall into a conspiracy theory trap.
He said his team hired a Michigan police officer who led an investigation into Jimmy hofa and helped review the story of Raqqa.
"We're not looking for this.
We did not ask for this opinion.
"We are willing to ignore the story," Jones said . "
"But what we were driving was that every time we checked what Carl gave us or what Walter said, everything seemed to have been confirmed.
We have not encountered anything untrue.
This is overwhelming evidence.
"Laurin, who owns the pet custody business, did not immediately interview on Thursday.
Two years ago, Cooper's latest suspect, Robert "Bob" W, was a big name.
Vietnam veterans in Southern California.
The 70-year-old has been hiding from the media whether he is Cooper, but his lawyer told the Post two years ago that his client was not Cooper.
The FBI left larkstrau out of the suspect a long time ago, but Los Angeles-
Tom Colbert, a TV and film producer, grabbed him tightly and began to believe he was a real parachuter.
He approached Rackstraw many times and urged him to sign his rights to life so that Colbert could write a book or film and share the profits.
The History Channel even aired two episodes.
Part of the documentary recorded Colbert's quest, but it was really Cooper who ended the series without ending rakot.
Three years ago, the Daily Beast provided a good run-
The whereabouts of other Cooper suspects :-
Former paratrooper Kenneth cristianson worked in the northwest. Lynn Doyle "L. D.
Cooper, a veteran, grew up in Oregon as a logging worker.
Duane Weber claimed to be Cooper before he died, and his wife contacted the FBI when the FBI believed her story because he looked like Cooper.
Richard McCoy, a Vietnam War veteran, hijacked a plane in 1972 and parachuted for $500,000 before being caught a few days later. (
McCoy was found guilty, but then escaped from prison and was later killed by the FBI while agents surrounded him. )
In the case of Walter Reka, self
The appointed detective relies heavily on the recorded testimony given to his good friend Laurin several years before his death.
According to Jones, publisher of princiia Media, Reca gave Laurie his story on the condition that he would not be able to publish the evidence until he died.
Jones said both men had served in the Army, met as parachutists in their 1950 s, and had been in contact for the past few decades.
From the moment Laurin learned about the hijacking on 1971, he and several of his friends immediately wondered if their friend, the brave friend Raqqa, liked breaking the law.
On one occasion, Mr. Jones said, Raqqa tried to rob a Big Boy restaurant.
Later, Reca continued to work as an "intelligence officer" and often traveled around the world, but never specified which agency, Jones said.
Jones said that after years of coaxing and joking about the Cooper case, Raqqa finally admitted to Laurin about a decade ago that he was the infamous Sirius. By late 2015 -
U to a year after
Laurie told his niece the confession of his friend Cooper.
Niece Lisa McNeilley, who happened to be the contract editor at princiia Media, recommended the book to her employer.
Soon the company signed an agreement with Laurin.
"I would be disappointed without any skeptics," Jones said with a smile . ". "I was!
I think it's crazy.
But we will be as open as possible.