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Shutter:
Here we can talk about any given suspect.

sailshaw:
Suspect Number 1 in my book is Sheridan L Peterson who lived at my house for a month and it was ten years before Norjak. I am very sure that he did the job as he was planning the caper when at my place. He wanted to know all I knew as a Boeing Engineer about the 727 and if the aft airstairs could be deployed in the air. I told him he could find out all about the 727 by getting a job a Boeing in the Manuals and Handbooks Group, which he did. While working at the Boeing Company he staarted the Boeing Skydiving Club which did jumps out of the Issaquah Sky Sports DZ. He had to have known Earl Cossey who worked there as the Rigger. Did he enlist him as a partner in the Norjak caper as the ground man and launderer of the loot?

Sheridan's qualifications:
1) right age and had been a Smoke Jumper for three years
2) Olive complextion and looks just like the FBI sketch
3) 6 ft tall and many skydiving experiences
4) Photographed for an advertizement in the Boeing News (May 1962) wearing the same cloths and shoes as DB Cooper did in 1972.
5) He made Boeing event jump wearing the same cloths and carrying a 50 lb bag of flower (to make smoke trails) between his legs.
6) Calm composure and a good talker
7) Obtained his Instructor Certification at Issaquah Sky Sports
8) He was a Marine Machine Gunner during WWII having joined at 16 in 1941
9) He was visited twice by the FBI and they took his DNA and fingerprints

Bob Sailshaw
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smokin99:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginSuspect Number 1 in my book is Sheridan L Peterson who lived at my house for a month and it was ten years before Norjak. I am very sure that he did the job as he was planning the caper when at my place. He wanted to know all I knew as a Boeing Engineer about the 727 and if the aft airstairs could be deployed in the air. I told him he could find out all about the 727 by getting a job a Boeing in the Manuals and Handbooks Group, which he did. While working at the Boeing Company he staarted the Boeing Skydiving Club which did jumps out of the Issaquah Sky Sports DZ. He had to have known Earl Cossey who worked there as the Rigger. Did he enlist him as a partner in the Norjak caper as the ground man and launderer of the loot?

Sheridan's qualifications:
1) right age and had been a Smoke Jumper for three years
2) Olive complextion and looks just like the FBI sketch
3) 6 ft tall and many skydiving experiences
4) Photographed for an advertizement in the Boeing News (May 1962) wearing the same cloths and shoes as DB Cooper did in 1972.
5) He made Boeing event jump wearing the same cloths and carrying a 50 lb bag of flower (to make smoke trails) between his legs.
6) Calm composure and a good talker
7) Obtained his Instructor Certification at Issaquah Sky Sports
8) He was a Marine Machine Gunner during WWII having joined at 16 in 1941
9) He was visited twice by the FBI and they took his DNA and fingerprints

Bob Sailshaw
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so far so good, but then....

eye color = blue
had a serious case of receding hairline (aka ale pattern baldness ;) going on at the time
Claims he can prove he was in living in Nepal at the time and that children were born there.
Since he 's not been arrested for the caper, maybe the prints and DNA didn't match?

Just looking at qualifications Sheridan Peterson would make a great candidate, but you can't list his qualifications without also listing the stuff that you have to explain away by  things like colored contacts, wigs, surreptitious flights back into the US, and the FBI screwed up so they have no prints/dna to compare against.
Just saying there might be reasonable explanations or ways to exclude the items I listed, but on the face of it they do impinge on his qualifications.

smokin99:
You are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginYou are not allowed to view links. Register or LoginSuspect Number 1 in my book is Sheridan L Peterson who lived at my house for a month and it was ten years before Norjak. I am very sure that he did the job as he was planning the caper when at my place. He wanted to know all I knew as a Boeing Engineer about the 727 and if the aft airstairs could be deployed in the air. I told him he could find out all about the 727 by getting a job a Boeing in the Manuals and Handbooks Group, which he did. While working at the Boeing Company he staarted the Boeing Skydiving Club which did jumps out of the Issaquah Sky Sports DZ. He had to have known Earl Cossey who worked there as the Rigger. Did he enlist him as a partner in the Norjak caper as the ground man and launderer of the loot?

Sheridan's qualifications:
1) right age and had been a Smoke Jumper for three years
2) Olive complextion and looks just like the FBI sketch
3) 6 ft tall and many skydiving experiences
4) Photographed for an advertizement in the Boeing News (May 1962) wearing the same cloths and shoes as DB Cooper did in 1972.
5) He made Boeing event jump wearing the same cloths and carrying a 50 lb bag of flower (to make smoke trails) between his legs.
6) Calm composure and a good talker
7) Obtained his Instructor Certification at Issaquah Sky Sports
8) He was a Marine Machine Gunner during WWII having joined at 16 in 1941
9) He was visited twice by the FBI and they took his DNA and fingerprints

Bob Sailshaw
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so far so good, but then....

eye color = blue
had a serious case of receding hairline (aka ale pattern baldness ;) going on at the time
Claims he can prove he was in living in Nepal at the time and that children were born there.
Since he 's not been arrested for the caper, maybe the prints and DNA didn't match?

Just looking at qualifications Sheridan Peterson would make a great candidate, but you can't list his qualifications without also listing the stuff that you have to explain away by  things like colored contacts, wigs, surreptitious flights back into the US, and the FBI screwed up so they have no prints/dna to compare against.
Just saying there might be reasonable explanations or ways to exclude the items I listed, but on the face of it they do impinge on his qualifications.

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meant to share this again also - in case anyone was interested. Wonder if this guy came across Peterson  :)

georger:
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Just saying there might be reasonable explanations or ways to exclude the items I listed, but on the face of it they do impinge on his qualifications.

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During the recent WSHM events, Bill Mitchell remarked that of the suspect photos he was shown
post 11-24, a large number were from the Eugene area. This may relate to the 'Eugene Incident'
which happened in Eugene airspace the weekend before 11-24, as related to me by controllers
and others involved in the Cooper case.

During the evening of Nov 20th, 1971, the weekend before the Cooper hijacking at Portland, the
control tower and local law enforcement at Eugene began to get calls about someone dropping
flares from a small airplane, then flying in patterns indicative of tracking the flare's drift and
descent. Attempts to communicate with or track and identify the aircraft failed. Approximately 90
minutes later an unidentified small aircraft appeared on Eugene radar again, and more reports of
the flare dropping activity began to come in, to the Eugene airport and to local law enforcement,
in a different area outside Eugene. Officials directly involved that night say that an FAA report was
filed, and the FBI notified.

This incident gained further attention the night of the Cooper hijacking, and was openly discussed
by ATC and FBI officials after #305  had safely passed through Portland - Eugene airspace and the
investigation began to take form and commence. Mucklow had described the bomb as consisting
of red sticks ... and Himmelsbach believed 'red sticks' indicated road flares, not actual dynamite.
Those recalling the flare dropping at Eugene just a few days earlier, wondered if there could be a connection ?

Then the Janet report at Vancouver surfaced! Janet contacted the FBI in the days following the
Cooper hijacking, with another 'flare/fire' dropping report. Janet claims that FBI agents visited her
home and asked her to 'keep quiet' about her report, except that at least two others surfaced at
Vancouver with similar 'fire' (dropping) reports, almost immediately after the hijacking. (Janet
and/or her husband may be the origin of all of the reports made at Vancouver - this has never
been clarified).

So, when Bill Mitchell says he was shown a large number of photos of 'suspects' from the Eugene
area (and was told these suspects were from the Eugene area), the Eugene flare dropping
incident may be the 'link' the FBI was trying to explore, in the hope of finding Mr. Cooper.

Perhaps Cooper was practicing for the hijacking in the Eugene area prior to the hijacking, or he
knew someone and was in league with someone who had a light plane in the Eugene area, ...
but of the suspects Bill Mitchell was shown it would be interesting to see how their genetic
profiles compare with the 'partial' the FBI apparently has.

Geoff Gray says nothing about the Eugene incident in his book. Apparently he didn't run across
the files? Himmelsbach doesn't mention the incident in his book either.

Maybe the Eugene incident and the Cooper hijacking are not related at all.



 

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