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The purpose of this page is to continue with Sluggo’s “One-Stop-Shopping” concept.

This collection of print articles, videos, audio recordings and transcripts are assembled to aid the serious researcher, newbies, and tangentials in understanding the history of the NORJAK investigation, as it has been presented by the media, without having to wade through the quagmire of information normally found on the internet by using search engines.

 

The fact that an article appears in this collection should not be construed as an endorsement from the Northwest 305 Hijacking Research Site. Many of the myths that have permeated the “Norjak Culture” began with these articles and have been carried forward in other articles by well-meaning researchers.

 

The articles are arranged by publication date. When the collection is complete (or caught up-to-date) the collection can be read start-to-finish as a chronology of the NORJAK investigation. [Note: I will remove the “Under Construction” flag, when the compilation is up-to-date and continue to add contemporary articles as they are published.]

 

Some articles are dated previous to the NORJAK skyjacking. These articles are of interest to the researchers who work in the area of the psychology of Dan Cooper, the statistics of skyjacking, and other aspects of criminal behavior that may apply to NORJAK.  As of this time, the collection spans from 1961 through the present (2008).

 

 

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 This symbol is used to designate that the year has a “What Went On” (WWO) page. At about 10 year intervals I will link to a page that takes information from random newspaper articles for the year.  The WWO pages will help everyone adjust their “Culture Goggles.”

 

 

 

If you have access to articles that you feel might belong in this compendium, e-mail me at Sluggo@N467US.com.

 

 

1961             WWO In 1961

Hijacked Plane Returns To U.S. As Cubans Jail Algerian Pirate

St. Petersburg Times

August 10, 1961

 

Related Story:

Congress is Outraged at Latest Hijacking

St. Petersburg Times

August 10, 1961

 

This story just emphasizes how hijackings were being perceived by Americans and their elected representatives.

 

1968

Black Militant Skyjacks Plane, Robs Passengers

St. Petersburg Times

November 05, 1968

 

This is a newspaper article about the 12th aircraft hijacking (in the US) of 1968 (three years before NORJAK). This was a flight diversion to Cuba which was the common type of hijacking at that time. Note that the term “skyjacking” was already well established in the lexicon.

 

1969

The 6,900-Mile Skyjack

Time Magazine

November 07, 1969

 

This article appeared in Time Magazine about Lance Corporal Rafael Minichiello who skyjacked TWA Flight 85 in 1969.

 

1970

The $100 Million Skyjack

Time Magazine

June 15, 1970

 

This article appeared in Time Magazine about Arthur Gates Barkley who skyjacked TWA Flight 486 over a year before the NORJAK skyjacking.

 

 

 

 

1971           WWO In 1971

Women Sky Marshals Confident Over Role

Rome (GA) News Tribune

June 06, 1971

 

This article explains the role of female Sky Marshals.

 

Hijacker Overpowered by Airline Official

Walla Walla (WA) Union Bulletin

May 30, 1971

 

An ex-NYC cop, James Bennett was captured after hijacking an Eastern Airlines 727 jetliner. He did not request parachutes in this pre-NORJAK skyjacking. There is an additional article about author Rod Serling’s regrets that he wrote the screenplay for a made-for-TV movie titled “Doomsday Flight,” A story about a hijacking of a jetliner with a altitude-fused bomb.

 

Orchard Yields Hacked Bodies of 25 Victims

Rome (GA) News Tribune

June 06, 1971

 

The reason this article is here is because it talks about the US Navy supporting the investigation by using reconnaissance jets to take infrared photos of the area to search for buried bodies. There is a rumor/myth that a Continental Pilot (Capt. Bohan) suggested this technique to Agent Himmelsbach just before his retirement. I can’t help but wonder why the technique wasn’t used in the NORJAK case (regardless if the Bohan story is true or not).

 

AIir Piracy Count Faces Retired Miner

Rome (GA) News Tribune

June 06, 1971

 

The reason this article is here is because it talks about the some 2000 specially assigned federal agents (later called Sky Marshals) that we supposed to be riding flights by domestic carriers. None were on this flight and there were no weapon detection devices at the gate. Since this article was published in June (before NORJAK) could this information have influenced Cooper’s choice of flights?

 

CBS Evening News November 25th, 1971

CBS Evening News

November 25, 1971

 

This is a video clip from the CBS Evening News on the day after the NORJAK skyjacking. Interesting things to note are:

*    The passenger’s clothing

*    Walter Cronkite called the hijacker “D. A. Cooper”

*    It was only the fabric on the aft stairs that was “shredded”

*    How young (and skinny) Bill Curtis was in 1971

 

Hunt Hijacker with $200,000 Ransom

The Bryan (OH) Times

November 26, 1971

 

A very early newspaper article about the NORJAK skyjacking.

Poses Seek Trace Of Parachuting Bandit

Evening Independent

November 27, 1971

 

An early article about the initial search around Lake Merwin. This is the only article (that I know of) that mentions “crew food rations.” Photo Included.

Hijacker Bails Out With Cash

St. Petersburg Times

November 26, 1971

 

This is one of the first newspaper articles about the NORJAK skyjacking.

 

The D.B. Cooper Hijacking

Star Tribune (MN)

November 27, 1971

 

Here’s the Minneapolis Tribune’s Page 1A account of the press conference held at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport two days after the hijacking. This is the home paper for most of the Flight Crew. Notice their home addresses were published in the article. Got your “Culture Goggles” on?

 

Note Linked to Hijacker

St. Petersburg Times

November 30, 1971

 

A letter supposedly from D. B. Cooper is received by a Reno (NV) newspaper.

 

Hijacker Gathers Admirers

St. Petersburg Times

December 1, 1971

 

Just one week after the skyjacking, D. B. Cooper was already garnering admirers. Notice the anti-FBI bias in this report. Some believe the anti-FBI bias may have allowed Cooper to escape.

 

Search Halted For Hijacker

The Deseret News

December 1, 1971

 

The initial search in Northern Clark County (WA) was called off in just six days.

 

The Bandit Who Went Out into the Cold

Time Magazine

December 6, 1971

 

This article appeared in Time Magazine about a week after the skyjacking. The myths were already being born. See if you can spot them.

 

It was a Dark and Rainy Night

St. Petersburg Times

December 12, 1971

 

This article, published about two-weeks after the hijacking was the first to mention the possibility of an accomplice for Cooper. Also note the time reference used for the jump. It says that Cooper opened the door at 8:13 PM and jumped two or three minutes later (8:15 – 8:16 P.M.).

 

Letter From Hijacker Tells of Success, Illness

St. Petersburg Times

December 15, 1971

 

A letter purportedly written by hijacker D. B. Cooper claims he parachuted with the money because he had only 14 months to live.

 

Pilot Criticizes News Media on Plane Hijackings

Rome News Tribune

December 28, 1971

 

This article appeared in Sluggo’s home town (Rome, GA) newspaper. The hijackings had become so numerous the pilot’s unions were asking for some help from many sources.

 

 

 

 

1972

Hijacker Demands Chutes, Cash

St. Petersburg Times

January 27, 1972

 

A newspaper article about an un-named man who hijacked a plane just two months after D. B. Cooper. Like Cooper he demanded $200,000 and parachutes.

 

The Real McCoy

Time Magazine

April 24, 1972

 

A Time Magazine article on Richard McCoy written a week after his arrest for skyjacking a United Airlines, Denver-Los Angeles 727 to San Francisco.

 

D, B, Cooper Probe Continues

St. Petersburg Times

April 28, 1972

 

A short newspaper article about FBI agents visiting merchants in Bremerton (WA) five months after the NOTJAK skyjacking.

 

Honduras On Watch For Plane Hijacker

The Bryan Times

May 26, 1972

 

An interesting NORJAK copy-cat hijacking. The hijacker got away with $303,000.

 

Pilots Launch Worldwide Strike

Rome News Tribune

June 19, 1972

 

This article appeared in Sluggo’s home town (Rome, GA) newspaper. The hijackings had become so numerous the pilot’s worldwide went on strike.

 

Michigan Man Is Charged In Hijack

The Evening Independent

June 29, 1972

 

A newspaper article about Martin J. McNally who hijacked a Boeing 727 seven months after D. B. Cooper. There is also a small article about the Indiana farmer that found the $500,000 McNally ransom and turned it in to the police.

 

Was Hijacking The Perfect Crime?

St. Petersburg Times

November 15, 1972

 

A newspaper article about Donald Sylvester Murphy who was convicted of fraudulently claiming to be D. B. Cooper. Note the “Robin Hood” myth was already in place just one year after NORJAK and the phrase “famous and secretly admired” was applied to D. B. Cooper.

 

 

 

 

1973

The Right Not to Fly

Time Magazine

January 15, 1973

 

The case of John K. Meulener who tried to board an American Airlines flight and activated a magnetometer under laws enacted after NORJAK and subsequent skyjackings.

 

 

 

1974

Hang In There D. B. Cooper

The Evening Independent

July 17, 1974

 

This is a newspaper article about the naming of a racehorse (D.B. Cooper). It is illustrative of the bizarre “folk hero” aspect of the skyjacking.

 

Only Successful US Hijacker Still At Large

The Kingman Daily Miner

November 25, 1974

 

A re-cap article written three years after NORJAK. This is the first reference to Cooper asking for the money to be delivered in a “laundry sack”. Cooper actually asked for a backpack (knapsack), but the money came in a bank bag.

 

Skyjacker Still Missing

The Prescott Courier

November 27, 1974

 

A shorter third anniversary re-cap article.

2 Years and Cooper is Home Free

The Evening Independent

November 28, 1974

 

Three years after the skyjacking, this newspaper article was about the impending expiration of the statute-of-limitations on the NORJAK crime. Notice the use of the phrase “wrote himself into the folklore,” the reference to him asking for a laundry sack. Also note the reference to a 200 mph wind (as if it was that turbulent and a -7 degree (assumed by most to be Fahrenheit) and the mindset of the FBI and other investigators. The search was conducted with the mindset that Cooper could not have survived. Would they have used a different strategy if they had assumed he survived?

 

 

 

 

1975

No Clues to Old Mystery

Columbia Missourian - University of Missouri

January 12, 1975

 

A human skull, weathered clothing, and a parachute hanging from a tree near Portland add nothing to the NORJAK investigation.

 

Is D. B. Cooper Still Alive?

Times Sampler

December 04, 1975

 

Clyde Jabin is the Portland (OR) AP stringer who has been credited with mistakenly identifying the NORJAK skyjacker as “D. B.” Cooper rather than the “Dan” Cooper that he used to purchase his ticket. It is known that Clyde was in close contact with agents in the Portland FBI office. What makes this article interesting, is that it appears that by December 1975, the FBI was aware that the bomb was a fake, and had searched an area near Orchards (WA), 12 miles north of Portland. Lake Merwin (near Aerial, WA) is 26 miles north of Portland. Or, maybe Clyde just got it wrong.

 

 

 

 

1976

Sky Thief

Pittsburg Post-Gazette

November 13, 1976

 

This is a comprehensive article discussing the statute of limitations and whether it applies to NORJAK. If it does, it will expire November 24, 1976. Also Special Agent Himmelsbach talks about some of the FBI’s thoughts on Cooper and whether or not he survived. The “road flares as dynamite” suggestion is discussed.

 

Party To Mark Skyjacking

Pittsburg Post-Gazette

November 19, 1976

 

Operating on the (incorrect) assumption that the statute of limitations ran out on the NORJAK crime on November 24, 1976, the residents of Ariel, Washington plan to give a party for Dan Cooper.

 

Cooper’s Mystery Remains

Rome (GA) News-Tribune

November 26, 1976

 

A federal indictment for “John Doe” also known as “D.B. Cooper” was issued and a pair of paints is found in a tree near the Cooper search area..

Fan Club Throws Party

St. Petersburg Times

November 29, 1976

 

Operating on the (incorrect) assumption that the statute of limitations ran out on the NORJAK crime on November 24, 1976, the residents of Ariel, Washington gave D. B. Cooper a party. This party has become an annual event.

 

 

 

 

1979

New Evidence Found in D.B. Cooper Hijack

Chronical Telegram (OH)

January 18, 1979

 

Carroll Hicks and his hunting partner find the first significant evidence in the NORJAK case.

 

D. B. Cooper Placard?

Indiana (PA) Gazette

January 22, 1979

 

A photo of the torn placard that Carroll Hicks and his hunting partner found near Tootle, WA.

Rule Out Hijacking Suspect

Indiana (PA) Gazette

January 22, 1979

 

Robert Wesley Rackstraw, pilot, explosives expert, and a suspect in assorted crimes, is ruled out as a NORJAK suspect.

 

Staying On the Trail of D.B. Cooper

Monessen (PA) Valley Independent

November 21, 1979

 

On the 8th anniversary of NORJAK, Special Agent Himmelsbach plans for retirement.

 

J.B. Cooper, the Hijacker, Still at Large

Galveston (TX) Daily News

November 22, 1979

 

Yes, I said J.B.! It’s all about typesetting and proof-reading. Another 8th anniversary of NORJAK story. Special Agent Himmelsbach talks about hoaxes (including the pair of pants mentioned in another article).

 

Skyjacker, $200,000 Never Found

Oelwein (IA)

November 24, 1979

 

Ever wonder if Cooper invested his $200,000?

 

 

 

1980

Children Find Tattered Pieces of Cooper Loot

Bulletin-Journal

February 12, 1980

 

This was an early newspaper report on the Ingram money find. Things to note are that Brian’s mom was identified as Christal Ingram rather than Pat Ingram. This article also contends that Denise and Brian were her (Christal’s) children, yet Denise refers to Brian’s mom as “my Aunt Pat.” This is an example of how confusing media reports were from the beginning.

 

Boy Digs Up Cash from 1971 Hijacking

Casa Grande (AZ) Dispatch

February 13, 1980

 

Another report on the Ingram find, now the find belongs to Brian alone.

 

$200,000 Treasure Hunt Is On

The Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard

February 14, 1980

 

Another report on the Ingram find, this one is a little more detailed. Note the reference that Agent Himmelsbach makes about the fist-sized waded bunch of $20 bills that was found on Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

”Cooper” Cash Search Ended, FBI Decides

Titusville (PA) Herald

February 15, 1980

 

Brian Ingram found the money on Sunday. The FBI began digging on Tuesday, and called off the search on Friday. That means they searched for only four days.

 

Cooper money ‘From One Bundle’

Chicago (IL) Daily Herald

February 15, 1980

 

Special Agent in Charge, John Pringle, says the money that Brian Ingram found was from one bundle.

 

DB’s Loot -  More Pains Than It’s Worth

Elyria (OH) Chronicle Telegram

February 23, 1980

 

The Ingrams aren’t enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. Also, this is the first mention of the disagreement about whether Brian or his 5-year old cousin, Denise found the money.

Bank Deposit

Time Magazine

February 25, 1980

 

This is a magazine article about the Ingram money find. Note reference to some bills being three feet deep. Something that is unconfirmed to this day.

 

D. B. Cooper Sleuth Can Forget Now

The Capital (Annapolis, MD)

February 29, 1980

 

Another article about Special Agent Himmelsbach, with a glimpse of his life outside of NORJAK.

 

Pop Jailed

The Syracuse (NY) Post-Standard

March 20, 1980

 

Brian Ingram’s father is arrested after the publicity from the money-find.

 

 

 

1982

The D. B. Cooper Hunt Goes On

St. Petersburg Times

February 11, 1982

 

Richard Tosaw (pronounced “TOO-saw”) a retired lawyer with plenty of money to spend, began pursuing his hobby of pursuing Cooper. He made an offer of $25,000 to anyone delivering cooper (dead or alive).

Items may give clues to Cooper’s whereabouts

Bulletin Journal

December 17, 1982

 

Blake Payne, working for Richard Tosaw finds a scrap of canvas and a bone just two weeks before the release of Tosaw’s book.

 

 

 

1983

Hijacker Killed While Holding 41 Hostages in Oregon

Daily Collegian - Penn State University

January 21, 1983

 

Portland, Oregon’s airport has had its share of hijackings four in the previous five years. This one was similar to NORJAK in several aspects, even though the skyjacker did not ask for money. Note the inaccurate statement that NORJAK occurred on a flight from Seattle to Portland.

 

Writer Says He Knew Legendary Hijacker

Chicago Daily Herald

November 25, 1983

 

Robert Macy (AP) talks about Byron Brown’s article that appeared in the Las Vegan about Jack Coffelt as a NORJAK suspect.

 

 

 

1985

D. B. Cooper Hunt On Again

St. Petersburg Times

September 13, 1985

 

Richard Tosaw (pronounced “TOO-saw”) a retired lawyer with plenty of money to spend, continued to pursue his hobby of pursuing Cooper. Tosaw wrote the book “D.B. Cooper: Dead or Alive,” published in 1984.

 

 

 

1986

Cash Traced to Jet Hijacking Is Given to Boy and Insurer

The New York Times

June 13, 1986

 

An article about the court-ordered award of almost $3000 of the NORJAK money. NWA’s insurer, Globe Indemnity Co., was ordered to give the money to Ingram who was then 15 years old.

 

Fairy Tale Ends Semi-sweetly for Finder of Jet Hijacker's Loot

The Oklahoman

June 20, 1986

 

Another article about the court-ordered award of almost $3000 of the NORJAK money. NWA’s insurer, Globe Indemnity Co., was ordered to give the money to Ingram who was then 15 years old.

 

 

 

1987

Tom Manning; F.B.I. Official, 65

The New York Times

November 12, 1987

 

Obituary of Tom Manning, who played a key role in the FBI’s investigation of the D. B. Cooper airliner hijacking in 1971, died Tuesday. He was 65 years old.

 

 

 

1988

Divers Claim Finding Cooper's Chute

The Victoria Advocate

November 23, 1988

 

Almost 17 years to the day, and three years after beginning his search in the Columbia River, Richard Tosaw (pronounced TOO-saw) thinks he might have found part of D. B. Cooper’s parachute. Photo included.

 

Tiny Parachute Not Cooper's

St. Petersburg Times

November 29, 1988

 

Richard Tosaw (pronounced TOO-saw) thought he might have found part of D. B. Cooper’s parachute. It was not Cooper’s chute.

 

 

 

 

1989

THE TALK OF WESTFIELD - Old Crime Held Town In Thrall

The New York Times

June 07, 1989

 

John Emil List, who murdered his entire family in November of 1971 was once considered a likely suspect for D. B. Cooper. After eighteen years using the alias “Robert Clark” he was arrested in Virginia.

 

WHY N.J. MURDER SUSPECT MIGHT BE D.B. COOPER

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

June 30, 1989

 

There are at least five good reasons why a multiple-murder suspect sitting in a New Jersey jail could be D.B. Cooper, says a retired FBI agent who investigated the 1971 skyjacking case for eight years. But his gut feeling tells him no. John Emil List, who murdered his entire family in November of 1971 was once considered a likely suspect for D. B. Cooper. Eighteen years later he was arrested. This is a very interesting article, but notice how in comparing List to Cooper, “eyeglasses” were used to support the comparison. List wore thick prescription glasses, Cooper wore sunglasses. Did Agent Himmelsbach just forget or was he mis-quoted. No wonder the investigation failed.

 

 

1991

D. B. Cooper, Still Among Us

The New York Times

November 24, 1991

 

A somewhat interesting (but not very informative) article by Karen Karbo, a novelist, written on the 20th anniversary of NORJAK. It is mostly speculation but notice how some of the speculation (from a prestigious publication) later morphed into the mythology.

 

 

 

1994

 Man, 85, Dies In Skydiving Jump

The Seattle Times

February 14, 1995

 

An 85-year-old former iron worker with a thirst for adventure was killed on his first skydiving attempt when his parachute didn't open. This incident happened at Sheridan Sky Sports (owned by Ted E. (Teddy) Mayfield). Teddy was once considered a suspect in the NORJAK hijacking.

 

 

 

 

1995

 Skydiving Operator Faces Charges Over Deaths Of 2 Jumpers

The Seattle Times

February 13, 1995

 

In the 22 years Sheridan Sky Sports (owned by Ted E. (Teddy) Mayfield) was in business, 13 people died parachuting from planes it sent from a dirt airstrip in this tiny Western Oregon town. Teddy was once considered a suspect in the NORJAK hijacking.

 

 

 

1996

D.B. Cooper -- Perfect Crime or Perfect Folly?

The Seattle Times

November 17, 1996

 

An article about Jerry Thomas who has searched the Washougal River Watershed looking for signs of D. B. Cooper.

 

D.B Cooper's Leap Into Infamy : Daring hijacker escaped by jumping from plane 25 years ago his fate still being speculated.

San Francisco Chronicle

November 24, 1996

 

A comprehensive article written in 1996.

 

D.B. Cooper legend lives

The Oregonian

November 24, 1996

 

This is a comprehensive article written in 1996 (on the 25th anniversary of NORJAK) with a lot of errors, misinformation and mythology. A good read, but what happened to “journalistic integrity”?

 

 

 

 

1997

Former Skydive Business Owner Returns to Court

The Oregonian

October 02, 1997

 

This article contains interesting background on Ted E. (Teddy) Mayfield, who was identified as a NORJAK suspect within a few hours of the skyjacking. He was actually mentioned before the plane landed in Reno.

 

Leap of Faith

ABC News 20/20

December 04, 1997

 

A transcript from an ABC News 20/20 program about skydiving safety with some focus on Ted E. (Teddy) Mayfield, who was identified as a NORJAK suspect within a few hours of the skyjacking. He was actually mentioned before the plane landed in Reno. This is good background on Mayfield.

 

 

 

1999

Co-Pilot Of Airliner In 1971 D.B. Cooper Hijacking Retires

The Seattle Times

June 30, 1999

 

Announcement that Northwest Airlines Capt. William Rataczak has retired.

 

 

 

2000

 Philippine officials identify hijacker; money missing

CNN.com

May 26, 2000

 

This article tells how Philippine officials recovered the body of the man suspected of hijacking a Philippine Airlines plane and robbing its passengers before unsuccessfully trying to parachute to freedom using a home-made parachute. The hijacking is compared to NORJAK, and is usuful when discussing Cooper’s level of preparation.

 

 Skull goes from fable to clue

The Seattle (WA) Times

June 13, 2000

 

A grandmother from Nebraska finds a skull on the Columbia River in Washington that might belong to D.B. Cooper. Her family members thought it was just one on “Grandma’s fables”.

 

Skyjacker At Large

US News and World Report

July 24, 2000

 

The article by Doug Pasternak that broke the story of Jo Weber whose husband confessed to being Dan Cooper a few days before his death.

 

 a.k.a. D.B. Cooper

The St. Petersburg Times Online

August 01, 2000

 

A good article about the story of Jo Weber, whose husband Duane confessed to being Dan Cooper a few days before his death.

 

 

 

Florida Woman's Search For D.B. Cooper Isn't Business, It's Personal

The Oregonian and OregonLive.com

August 03, 2000

 

This is one of the better articles about the story of Jo Weber, whose husband Duane confessed to being Dan Cooper a few days before his death. According to Jo, the author took a few liberties with her story (literary license) but essentially captured the major facts. The article details Ralph Himmelsbach’s reasons for believing that Jo was relating her story truthfully and why he recommended (to the FBI) that her story be further investigated based on over 100 phone conversations he had with Jo.

 

 

 

 

2001

Former cabbie's tale is a wild ride

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

November 22, 2001

 

Jon Hahn talks about Jerry Curtis, a Seattle cab driver, who claims he drove Dan Cooper around to “case” a West Seattle supermarket one month before NORJAK. Notice that Hahn refers to Duane Webber as “Duane Web.”

 

30 years ago, D.B. Cooper's night leap began a legend

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

November 22, 2001

 

This is very thorough article on the 30th anniversary of NORJAK, with a few factual errors. This was the first of many witness reports where the witness reported (many years after-the-fact) hearing large, jet airplane sounds. Note the erroneous references to bags (plural) of money, the search area being in the Washougal watershed and the map showing Tena Bar in an incorrect location.

 

 

 D.B. Cooper puzzle: The legend turns 30

Seattle Times

November 22, 2001

 

If you believe a persuasive San Diego cabdriver, D.B. Cooper was a drifter and card player who died of a cocaine overdose in California. If you believe an equally insistent Florida realtor, D.B. Cooper was her late husband, a chain-smoking ex-con who revealed his true identity to her as he lay dying in a Pensacola hospital. And if you believe the FBI, the notorious skyjacker, died in the jump. No matter that his body has never been found.

 

 

 

2005

Still looking for D.B. Cooper

KMSB-TV Tucson

May 26, 2005

 

A good article and video about Richard Tosaw’s (pronounced TOO-saw) search. He insists his quest is a hobby and not an obsession. Click on “Chris Ingalls reports” in the small blue box in the upper right-hand of the story column to link to the video.

 

D.B. Cooper -- the search for skyjacker missing since 1971

The San Francisco Chronicle

September 04, 2005

 

This is a very complete article on what drives Richard Tosaw (pronounced TOO-saw). It has one glaring error, however. Himmelsbach is quoted as saying: “Cooper jumped from 10,000 feet into a minus 7 degree temperature -- 69 degrees below zero when calculated with wind chill …” Actually, the Outside Air Temperature was reported by NW 305 as being -7º C (19 ºF). The initial wind chill (as Cooper jumped) would have been -14º C (8º F) and would be negligible when he was “under canopy”. The lowest ground temperature for that night was 43º F. Himmelsbach was/is a pilot, he should know that the wind chill numbers he is quoted as giving are incorrect. Maybe he was misquoted.

 

 

 

2006

Arkansan to auction ’71 skyjack ransom

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

February 12, 2006

 

This is an article about the proposed sale of some of the Cooper ransom money by Brian Ingram, the man who found the money on the bank of the Columbia River when he was eight years old. The article also gives a history of the NORJAK investigation. This article was written before the FBI began releasing (to the public) information about the case.

 

 

 

 

2007

KOIN Real DB Cooper Segment #1

 KOIN Real DB Cooper Segment #2

 KOIN Real DB Cooper Segment #3

KOIN – TV Portland, OR

Approximate Release date: 10/2007

 

Three segments from KOIN News about the claims made by Matt Meyers and Dan Dvorak that Ted E. (Teddy) Mayfield is D. B. Cooper.

 

KOIN Real DB Cooper Segment #1

Inside Edition, CBS Television

Approximate Release date: 10/2007

 

A 3:54 minute segments from Inside Edition about the claims made by Matt Meyers and Dan Dvorak that Ted E. (Teddy) Mayfield is D. B. Cooper.

Unmasking D. B. Cooper

New York Magazine

October 22, 2007

 

A very comprehensive (and long) article that first introduced the similarities between D.B. Cooper and Kenneth Christiansen, and presents Christiansen as a suspect. The article also includes a timeline of the major events of the NORJAK case.

 

Investigators: FBI Looking for New Leads in D.B. Cooper Case

KING-5 News

October 26, 2007

 

Videos and text articles about the evidence in the NORJACK case. Much of which has been released to the public by the FBI. There are several links embedded in this page. [Note: You may need to update your flash player to view video(s).]

Related Content:

Investigators:FBI using DNA from tie in search for D.B. Cooper

 

 FBI rejects latest D.B. Cooper suspect

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

October 26, 2007

 

Larry Carr dismisses Kenneth Christiansen as a viable suspect in the NORJAK case.

 

 

 D.B. Cooper expert doubts latest claims

The Columbian

October 27, 2007

 

This is an interesting article about Ralph Himmelsbach’s response to the New York Magazine article about Kenneth Christiansen. Note that in this article the outside air temperature when Cooper jumped was minus 16 degrees. Maybe Himmelsbach just gets confused about temperatures.

 

Turning the spotlight of time on FBI's D.B. Cooper

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

November 23, 2007

 

A video and print article about FBI Special Agent, Larry Carr, showing some of the evidence from the NORJAK Case.

 

Everyone wants a piece of the D. B. Cooper legend

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

November 27, 2007

 

The story of how longtime journalist Clyde Jabin, who worked for the Portland bureau of United Press International when the skyjacking occurred, gave “Dan Cooper” the famous name “D. B. Cooper.”

 

Cold D.B. Cooper case gets resurrected

Deseret News

December 02, 2007

 

An interview with FBI Special Agent, Larry Carr, about the “new energy” in the NORJAK case.

 

 

 

2008

D.B. Cooper money to go on auction block

CNN.com/crime

January 3, 2008

 

Brian Ingram wants to auction money he found as a boy. The $5,800 in $20 bills was linked to mysterious D. B. Cooper. Cooper allegedly skyjacked a plane, then parachuted out with $200K in 1971. Cooper vanished and the FBI believes he didn't survive.

 

Jack Sheehan Names “Names”

Las Vegas SUN

January 3, 2008

 

Jack Sheehan talks about mysteries. He also introduces “Jack Cofelt” into the NORJAK discussion.

 

Famed skyjacker's loot is up for sale

The Oklahoman

February 3, 2008

 

A story about Brian Ingram’s attempt to sell the NORJAK bills he was awarded by the courts as a result of his find along the Columbia River in 1980.

 

 Chute Find Rekindles D.B. Cooper Legend

FOX News.com

March 26, 2008

 

One of the first articles (from AP) after two children from Amboy, WA found a mostly buried parachute. The reference to the distance between Amboy and Ariel (20 miles) is incorrect. Ariel is about 6 miles NW of Amboy. The media doesn’t seem to thing these details are important, and they may not be important to the news-story, but these kind of  mistakes frustrate researchers.

 

Discovery may leave D.B. Cooper mystery up in air

The Oklahoman

March 27, 2008

 

The Amboy parachute find and comments from Brian Ingram.

 

 

Texas man claims to be D.B. Cooper's brother

KATU.com

March 27, 2008

 

Family members believe “black sheep” was Cooper.

 

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Parachute found buried in Washington state isn't hijacker D.B. Cooper's, FBI says

Herald Tribune

March 27, 2008

 

A tangled, torn parachute found buried last month is not the one used by plane hijacker D.B. Cooper when he bailed out of a plane over the Pacific Northwest, the FBI said Tuesday.

 Parachute not from D.B. Cooper, says man who provided the chutes

The Seattle Times

April 01, 2008

 

A parachute found near Amboy could not have been used by D.B. Cooper in 1971, says the man who packed all four parachutes that were given to the skyjacker.

Mysteries in the Skies: The D.B. Cooper Case

AVIO News

April 04, 2008

 

The Amboy, WA parachute find in March of 2008 caused an increase interest in NORJAK. This article (in Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) format) was the first to introduce the possibility of the Albert Weinberg cartoons (from the 1950s) being the inspiration for the name “Dan Cooper” that the skyjacker used when he purchased his plane ticket. AVIO News is an Italian aviation web site. The Italian-to-English translation is cumbersome, funny, but understandable.

 

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The FBI wants to be less mysterious about a mystery

Los Angeles Times

April 21, 2008

 

The bureau reveals its slender evidence in the D.B. Cooper mystery. It hopes the public can help solve the 1971 crime.

 

Was This Man D. B. Cooper?

Depoe Bay Beacon

May 28, 2008

 

In late 2007 and early 2008, Spokane (WA) lawyer, author, and (by some accounts) huckster, Galen Cook released information about his latest NORJAK suspect. Cook made the tour of the spooky/paranormal talk-radio shows and web sites promoting his suspicion of a deceased Depoe Bay (OR) priest, whom he would not name, supposedly out of respect for the family. The Depoe Bay Beacon broke the story on May 28, 2008 and named the suspect as William Gossett just as barrister Cook retreated to Alaska to put the finishing touches on his upcoming book.

 

The Beacon is a local newspaper that has a definite “Grocery Store Tabloid” look and feel. The article is found on the cover and page 16 of this Adobe Reader (.PDF) file.

 

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D.B. Cooper through the eyes of FBI agents

KOMO TV

Jul 24, 2008

 

An interview with FBI Agents John Detlor and Bob Fuhriman and a brief discussion about Ron and Pat Forman’s claim that D.B. Cooper was their friend Barbara Dayton (a transsexual).

 

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Tall Tale or Actual Account?

Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner

July 27, 2008

 

The story of a Utah attorney who believes he came face-to-face with D.B. Cooper. This is part of the Greg Gossett/Galen Cook saga.

 

Has The Mystery of D.B. Cooper Been Solved?

INSIDE Edition

October 06, 2008

 

Another “I knew D. B. Cooper” saga. This time an Executive Producer for INSIDE Edition, while researching the descendants of President Abraham Lincoln, uncovered a story that makes him believe that a chauffer named Jack Cofelt was D. B. Cooper. It is curious to note that the only Cooper suspect brought into the public eye after the FBI announced they had DNA evidence sufficient to rule-out suspects, was cremated and left no DNA. Go figure!

 

Citizen Sleuths Help with the D. B. Cooper Case

KING-5 TV Seattle (WA)

November 25, 2008

 

Information about the efforts of Tom Kaye, a Forensic Paleontologist who is examining the Ingram bills. The information gained has changed the NORJAK profile. NOTE: KING-5 TV sometimes moves their videos around on their web site. If these links appear dead, please go to KING5.com, select the “Video Home” tab, and search for “D.B. Cooper.” You will find the video there. Please report broken links to SLUGGO.

 

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Ariel, Washington: Whatever Happened To D.B .Cooper?

National Public Radio (NPR)

Morning Edition

December 01, 2008

 

Harriet Baskas visits the D. B. Cooper Day party in Ariel, WA. She talks with Special Agent Larry Carr and residents speculate about what happened in the country’s most famous unsolved hijacking.

 

 

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2009

 Amateur Detectives Fish for D.B. Cooper Clues

OregonLive.com

Thursday March 05, 2009

 

This week Tom Kaye, a retired owner of a paint-ball equipment business and amateur scientist from Sierra Vista, Ariz. led a team of investigators through the thick woods west of Vancouver and along the sandy shores of the Columbia River, trying to figure out what happened after the mysterious figure who became known as D.B. Cooper jumped out of an airliner more than 37 years ago.

Finding the Bank Robber in the Sky: The Search for D.B. Cooper

KUOW Radio

November 21, 2009

 

It was 38 years ago this week that Dan Cooper, better known as D.B. Cooper, hijacked a Boeing 727 bound for Sea–Tac Airport in Seattle. Cooper eventually parachuted out of the plane along with $200,000 in ransom money. Some of the money has been found. But not D.B. Cooper. KUOW's Dave Beck spoke with Larry Carr the FBI agent who is committed to keeping the Cooper case in the public imagination..

 

 

 

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