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    The search for D.B. Cooper: Investigators say they've confirmed skyjacker's identity by decoding long-lost 'confession'

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    A team of cold-case investigators claim they?ve decoded a 1972 message by D.B. Cooper ? and that it contains a confession from Vietnam veteran Robert Rackstraw, long suspected of being the infamous skyjacker.

    The letter was addressed to ?The Portland Oregonian Newspaper.?

    Months earlier, a man identified as the fictitious Cooper had hijacked a Seattle-bound flight and later parachuted out of a plane with $200,000, never to be heard from again.

    ?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. That is just how dumb this government is. I like your articles about me but you can stop them now. D.B. Cooper is not real,? it reads.


    ?I want out of the system and saw a way through good ole Unk,? he writes. ?Now it is Uncle?s turn to weep and pay one of it?s own some cash for a change. (And please tell the lackey cops D.B. Cooper is not my real name).?

    Television and film producer Tom Colbert ? who?s led a team of about 40 private investigators in the search for Cooper ? said he received the letter after successfully suing the FBI for the Cooper files.

    ?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,'? Colbert said.

    Rick Sherwood, a former member of the Army Security Agency ? which deciphers signals ? said he spotted four phrases or words that were repeated throughout the note, including ?D.B. Cooper is not real,? ?Uncle? or ?Unk? referring to Uncle Sam, ?the system,? and ?lackey cops.?

    ?D.B. Cooper? and ?lackey cops? appeared in the same sentence, ?as did ?Unk? and ?the system,? suggesting to Sherwood that the coded messages could be contained in those sentences.

    He decoded ?through good ole Unk? to mean ?by skyjacking a jet plane,? using a system of letters and numbers.

    ?And please tell the lackey cops? was decoded to mean ?I am 1st LT Robert Rackstraw,? according to Colbert.

    Sherwood had deciphered earlier letters from Cooper and had become familiar with his writing style.

    ?I read it two or three times and said, ?This is Rackstraw, this is what he does,?? Sherwood told the Daily News.

    ?I noticed he kept on repeating words in his sentences and thought he had a code in there somewhere. 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,? he said.
    He said the entire decoding process took him a couple weeks.

    ?I was definitely shocked his name was in there. That?s what I was looking for and everything added up to that,? he said.

    An earlier letter, addressed to four different newspapers, contained hidden identifiers ? including his military units ? that pointed to Rackstraw, now 74 and living in the San Diego area. Rackstraw, who could not be reached for comment, was previously investigated and cleared by authorities of being Cooper, but he remains the most likely suspect in the elusive case.

    ?Let?s just say we closed the case and this is icing on the cake I didn?t expect, it truly is. We not only had his initials and units in the other letters, but we now have him saying, ?I am Cooper.? Rackstraw is a narcissistic sociopath who never thought he would be caught,? Colbert said.

    ?He was trying to prove that he was smarter than anyone else. But he couldn?t fight 1500 years of brainpower on our team. We beat him. I didn?t expect it, but it?s the icing.?

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    Sheridan Peterson, long considered a suspect in the D.B. Cooper skyjacking case, died Jan. 8 in California. He was 94.

    The California native served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and later worked as a technical editor at Boeing, the aerospace manufacturer based in Seattle.

    He also was an experienced smokejumper. He loved skydiving and taking physical risks, even reportedly “experimenting with homemade bat wings.” These were key reasons his name has flitted for years around internet message boards devoted to the D.B. Cooper case, the only unsolved skyjacking in U.S. history.

    A man using the name Dan Cooper hijacked Northwest Orient Flight 305 out of Portland on Nov. 24, 1971. He parachuted out of the plane with $200,000 in ransom – and disappeared. This led to the skyjacker becoming a folk hero. The case has inspired books and documentaries and even a feature film starring Treat Williams.

    Phoenix entrepreneur Eric Ulis spent years trying to figure out if Peterson was the famous criminal, ultimately deciding he was “98%” certain he was.

    “Whether Sheridan Peterson was D.B. Cooper or not,” he said Thursday in a statement to The Oregonian/OregonLive, “may I suggest that he more than atoned for his life’s failings?”

    Ulis said that, through his investigation, he had “learned to appreciate how deeply (Peterson) cared for those less fortunate. … Sheridan helped establish freedom schools in the Deep South in 1965 during the Civil Rights battles. He then spent years in Vietnam during the Vietnam War assisting refugees. Later he would witness and speak out against the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. And it didn’t stop there. Sheridan was very vocal about public policy until the very end.”

    Ulis believes Peterson’s experiences in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War “radicalized” him, leading to the skyjacking.

    The FBI showed an interest in Peterson soon after the 1971 crime, and in the years that followed the suspect often was coy about whether he was in fact D.B. Cooper.

    “Actually, the FBI had good reason to suspect me,” Peterson wrote in a 2007 issue of Smokejumper, a magazine published by the National Smokejumper Association. “Friends and associates agreed that I was without a doubt D.B. Cooper. There were too many circumstances involved for it to be a coincidence.”

    Those “circumstances,” he wrote, included:

    “At the time of the heist, I was 44 years old. That was the approximate age Cooper was assumed to have been, and I closely resembled sketches of the hijacker. But what was even more incriminating was the photo of me simulating a skydiving maneuver for Boeing’s news sheet. I was wearing a suit and tie – the same sort of garb Cooper had worn, right down to the Oxford loafers. It was noted that skydivers don’t ordinarily dress so formally.”

    A paid obituary for Peterson, published in the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press-Democrat on Sunday, stated that Peterson’s son Sheridan Jr. and daughter Ginger “were born in Nepal under very astir conditions.”

    Peterson, when pressed by FBI agents, insisted he was in Nepal at the time of the skyjacking.

    The FBI never detained or arrested Peterson in connection to the case. In fact, the federal law-enforcement agency didn’t even interview him until 2004.

    “He was a charming guy,” former FBI agent Mary Jean Fryar told the Oregonian in 2019.Fryar and another agent questioned Peterson and took a DNA swab from him. (The FBI has never said anything about the sample, even though it publicly ruled out other Cooper case suspects via DNA.)

    Peterson was interviewed for a 2020 episode of History Channel’s “History’s Greatest Mysteries” that was devoted to the D.B. Cooper case.

    Sheridan Peterson, (94) deceased has been named as a person allegedly connected to DB Cooper.

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    Sheridan Peterson, long considered a suspect in the D.B. Cooper skyjacking case, died Jan. 8 in California. He was 94.

    The California native served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and later worked as a technical editor at Boeing, the aerospace manufacturer based in Seattle.

    He also was an experienced smokejumper. He loved skydiving and taking physical risks, even reportedly ?experimenting with homemade bat wings.? These were key reasons his name has flitted for years around internet message boards devoted to the D.B. Cooper case, the only unsolved skyjacking in U.S. history.

    A man using the name Dan Cooper hijacked Northwest Orient Flight 305 out of Portland on Nov. 24, 1971. He parachuted out of the plane with $200,000 in ransom ? and disappeared. This led to the skyjacker becoming a folk hero. The case has inspired books and documentaries and even a feature film starring Treat Williams.

    Phoenix entrepreneur Eric Ulis spent years trying to figure out if Peterson was the famous criminal, ultimately deciding he was ?98%? certain he was.

    ?Whether Sheridan Peterson was D.B. Cooper or not,? he said Thursday in a statement to The Oregonian/OregonLive, ?may I suggest that he more than atoned for his life?s failings??

    Ulis said that, through his investigation, he had ?learned to appreciate how deeply (Peterson) cared for those less fortunate. ? Sheridan helped establish freedom schools in the Deep South in 1965 during the Civil Rights battles. He then spent years in Vietnam during the Vietnam War assisting refugees. Later he would witness and speak out against the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. And it didn?t stop there. Sheridan was very vocal about public policy until the very end.?

    Ulis believes Peterson?s experiences in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War ?radicalized? him, leading to the skyjacking.

    The FBI showed an interest in Peterson soon after the 1971 crime, and in the years that followed the suspect often was coy about whether he was in fact D.B. Cooper.

    ?Actually, the FBI had good reason to suspect me,? Peterson wrote in a 2007 issue of Smokejumper, a magazine published by the National Smokejumper Association. ?Friends and associates agreed that I was without a doubt D.B. Cooper. There were too many circumstances involved for it to be a coincidence.?

    Those ?circumstances,? he wrote, included:

    ?At the time of the heist, I was 44 years old. That was the approximate age Cooper was assumed to have been, and I closely resembled sketches of the hijacker. But what was even more incriminating was the photo of me simulating a skydiving maneuver for Boeing?s news sheet. I was wearing a suit and tie ? the same sort of garb Cooper had worn, right down to the Oxford loafers. It was noted that skydivers don?t ordinarily dress so formally.?

    A paid obituary for Peterson, published in the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press-Democrat on Sunday, stated that Peterson?s son Sheridan Jr. and daughter Ginger ?were born in Nepal under very astir conditions.?

    Peterson, when pressed by FBI agents, insisted he was in Nepal at the time of the skyjacking.

    The FBI never detained or arrested Peterson in connection to the case. In fact, the federal law-enforcement agency didn?t even interview him until 2004.

    ?He was a charming guy,? former FBI agent Mary Jean Fryar told the Oregonian in 2019.Fryar and another agent questioned Peterson and took a DNA swab from him. (The FBI has never said anything about the sample, even though it publicly ruled out other Cooper case suspects via DNA.)

    Peterson was interviewed for a 2020 episode of History Channel?s ?History?s Greatest Mysteries? that was devoted to the D.B. Cooper case.

    Sheridan Peterson, (94) deceased has been named as a person allegedly connected to DB Cooper.

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