Since an unknown man, dressed in a suit, jumped out of a plane flying from Portland to Seattle on a cold and rainy November evening in 1971 with $200,000 in cash, the world has been captivated by the daring feat and have been left wondering who was D.B. Cooper?
However, according to The Washington Post a new suspect has emerged. Author Carl Laurin, an octogenarian from Florida, alleges that D.B. Cooper is former military paratrooper and War veteran, Walter R Reca. Reca was a lifelong friend of Laurin and he long suspected that he was the infamous hijacker, “I feel like it was something he would do… I wasn’t surprised.” Laurin told The Washington Post in a recent interview regarding his book, D.B. Cooper & M: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend. WMUR News reported further explosive details released by Laurin including recorded conversations he had with Reca where the man confessed to the heist.
Another suspect that has recently gained attention was Robert Rackstraw, another military man. The man is the key suspect in a film by Thomas Colbert, who had been investigated during the 1970s by the FBI but was dismissed. Colbert claims the investigation was flawed due to Rackstraw’s alleged ties to the CIA according to The Daily Mail. The filmmaker alleges that coded messages sent to the media – but were never published – point to Rackstraw as D.B. Cooper
Over the years other suspects have emerged including family annihilator John List who murdered his entire family on November 9, 1971 before fleeing and hiding for almost two decades. The fact that the murders occurred two weeks prior to the hi-jacking and List looked remarkedly similar to Cooper, raised many suspicions, however he is only one of many suspects in the case.
The only evidence ever found that suggested D. B. Cooper survived the impossible jump was a small bundle of $20 notes from the ransom money found near the drop zone along the Columbia River in 1980.