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Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Reply #4350 on: June 19, 2020, 03:29:44 AM »
If it was a dummy reserve would the packing card have said so? Tosaw said when he interviewed Tina, she said he was looking at a packing card. If it did tell you then that would make some sense as to why cooper was checking out a packing card, if tosaw was telling the truth anyway and Tina really told him that.
 

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Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Reply #4351 on: June 20, 2020, 05:45:08 PM »
I tried to post a reply here. I got distracted in the middle of it, and when I came back and finished it, apparently my log-n had timed out. I finished my post, but when I hit 'post', it took me to the log-in page. I re-logged in, but my post was gone. Is there a way to retrieve that, because I don't feel like typing that all again.
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Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Reply #4352 on: June 20, 2020, 10:36:52 PM »
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I tried to post a reply here. I got distracted in the middle of it, and when I came back and finished it, apparently my log-n had timed out. I finished my post, but when I hit 'post', it took me to the log-in page. I re-logged in, but my post was gone. Is there a way to retrieve that, because I don't feel like typing that all again.

If you get timed out and the login page appears go ahead and log in and hit the back button and a re-submission page shows or something like that so hit the back button again and your post will be there..don't leave the site or that option will no longer work..
 

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Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Reply #4353 on: June 21, 2020, 02:21:13 AM »
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If it was a dummy reserve would the packing card have said so? Tosaw said when he interviewed Tina, she said he was looking at a packing card. If it did tell you then that would make some sense as to why cooper was checking out a packing card, if tosaw was telling the truth anyway and Tina really told him that.

A dummy reserve would not have a packing card to begin with.  The dummy reserve was junk and no rigger would sign a packing card for such a thing.
 

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Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Reply #4354 on: June 21, 2020, 03:52:46 AM »
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If it was a dummy reserve would the packing card have said so? Tosaw said when he interviewed Tina, she said he was looking at a packing card. If it did tell you then that would make some sense as to why cooper was checking out a packing card, if tosaw was telling the truth anyway and Tina really told him that.

A dummy reserve would not have a packing card to begin with.  The dummy reserve was junk and no rigger would sign a packing card for such a thing.

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Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Reply #4355 on: June 25, 2020, 06:26:16 PM »
William J. Smith as a suspect

I thought I'd post my recent overview of William J Smith since I know I was a bit confused a year or two ago in the discussions of who was Smith, Dan LeClair, Dan E Clair, etc.

William J. Smith, my overview, June 2020

Another suspect to appear recently is William Smith, advocated by an individual who is known to me but chooses to call himself “Anonymous” in public because of his status as an active-duty US Army “data” analyst. This fellow has nothing to do with the “Anonymous” who penned a highly controversial op-ed piece in the New York Times in 2018 claiming that he was a senior White House official who was keeping President Donald Trump from doing anything really stupid.

Nevertheless, our Anonymous caught the Cooper bug in 2015 or so when he read Max Gunther’s book, DB Cooper – What Really Happened. The book is a tantalizing smorgasbord of Cooper clues and speculations, topped off by Gunther’s claims that the “facts” of the case were supplied in 1972 by a fellow calling himself Dan LeClair, who introduced himself as the real DB Cooper.

However, LeClair broke off communications with Gunther soon after. Nevertheless, Gunter, who was a professional journalist and fiction author, was contacted ten years later by a woman named “Clara.” She said she was the widow of Dan LeClair, and continued telling Gunther the family’s DB Cooper story.

Clara told Gunther that she was living in a cabin in LZ-A in November 1971 and had discovered DB Cooper hiding on her property, nursing a sprained ankle. She says she took care of Cooper and soon fell in love with him. Together, they laundered the money in Atlantic City casinos, eventually settling into a comfortable middle-class life in suburban New York.

When Gunther’s DBC book was published in 1985, it was given a fair amount of credibility based upon his reputation. FBI agent Ralph Himmelsbach acknowledged that he was aware of the book, but he told reporters that he thought most of Gunther’s book was “filler.” Subsequently, DB Cooper – What Really Happened was considered to be pure fiction by the current era by most DB Cooper aficionados.

But Anonymous wondered if any of it was true. He linked Gunther’s DBC character, “Dan LeClair” to the actual DB Cooper suspect Dan E. Clair, who was a skydiver in the summer of 1971 at the famous Elsinore Skydiving Center in California, renown as the site of alleged CIA recruiting and a favored locale for many DBC suspects.

When I spoke with Anonymous in 2017, we discussed the value of contacting Max Gunther’s children and learning if they had any of their father’s notes on his Cooper book. Unfortunately, Anonymous didn’t feel comfortable with that task and supposedly enlisted the help of another DB Cooper researcher and author, Marty Andrade. In addition, Doug Perry of the Oregonian also attempted to contact the children of Gunther in support of his reporting on the findings of Anonymous. However, no one was able to establish communication with any of Gunther’s descendants.

Digging deeper though, Anonymous came to the conclusion that Dan LeClair, or Dan E. Clair was not DB Cooper. Rather, Anonymous felt that the real DB Cooper was William J Smith, a life-long friend of Dan Clair. Anonymous feels that Smith used his friend’s identity to mask his communications with Max Gunther, and not only does Anonymous believe Smith is DB Cooper, Anonymous delivered his findings on Smith to the FBI in 2018.

Anonymous bases his claims on a personality profile of Smith, who besides being a gentleman, gained extensive aviation experience in WWII as a combat air crewman and reconnaissance photographer for the Navy. In addition, Smith is a dead-ringer for Composite sketch “B,” including the smirk. Further, Smith was 43 years-old in 1971, and had dark brown eyes and an olive complexion.

Key to Anonymous’ hypothesis is the fact that Clair and Smith worked together for years, especially as “yarders’ for the Penn Central Railroad, which is where Smith might have picked up the strange particles found on Cooper’s tie. Anonymous also feels that Smith’s railroad connections provided him with a superb means of escape after the skyjacking, as railroad tracks are ubiquitous across the United States. Also, riding the rails to freedom would be an absolutely sublime getaway, a notion held by many other Cooper researchers.

Lastly, Anonymous felt the downturn of the railroad industry in the 1960s and 1970s triggered a “grudge” and was the plausible motivation for DBC to hijack an aircraft.

But direct links to Flight 305, PDX, and Portland are thin. Other than an uncanny resemblance to the sketches and intriguing speculations on motive and getaways, most researchers do not consider William J Smith to be a strong candidate for DB Cooper.

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Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Reply #4356 on: June 30, 2020, 10:27:54 AM »
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William J. Smith as a suspect

I thought I'd post my recent overview of William J Smith since I know I was a bit confused a year or two ago in the discussions of who was Smith, Dan LeClair, Dan E Clair, etc.

William J. Smith, my overview, June 2020

Another suspect to appear recently is William Smith, advocated by an individual who is known to me but chooses to call himself “Anonymous” in public because of his status as an active-duty US Army “data” analyst. This fellow has nothing to do with the “Anonymous” who penned a highly controversial op-ed piece in the New York Times in 2018 claiming that he was a senior White House official who was keeping President Donald Trump from doing anything really stupid.

Nevertheless, our Anonymous caught the Cooper bug in 2015 or so when he read Max Gunther’s book, DB Cooper – What Really Happened. The book is a tantalizing smorgasbord of Cooper clues and speculations, topped off by Gunther’s claims that the “facts” of the case were supplied in 1972 by a fellow calling himself Dan LeClair, who introduced himself as the real DB Cooper.

However, LeClair broke off communications with Gunther soon after. Nevertheless, Gunter, who was a professional journalist and fiction author, was contacted ten years later by a woman named “Clara.” She said she was the widow of Dan LeClair, and continued telling Gunther the family’s DB Cooper story.

Clara told Gunther that she was living in a cabin in LZ-A in November 1971 and had discovered DB Cooper hiding on her property, nursing a sprained ankle. She says she took care of Cooper and soon fell in love with him. Together, they laundered the money in Atlantic City casinos, eventually settling into a comfortable middle-class life in suburban New York.

When Gunther’s DBC book was published in 1985, it was given a fair amount of credibility based upon his reputation. FBI agent Ralph Himmelsbach acknowledged that he was aware of the book, but he told reporters that he thought most of Gunther’s book was “filler.” Subsequently, DB Cooper – What Really Happened was considered to be pure fiction by the current era by most DB Cooper aficionados.

But Anonymous wondered if any of it was true. He linked Gunther’s DBC character, “Dan LeClair” to the actual DB Cooper suspect Dan E. Clair, who was a skydiver in the summer of 1971 at the famous Elsinore Skydiving Center in California, renown as the site of alleged CIA recruiting and a favored locale for many DBC suspects.

When I spoke with Anonymous in 2017, we discussed the value of contacting Max Gunther’s children and learning if they had any of their father’s notes on his Cooper book. Unfortunately, Anonymous didn’t feel comfortable with that task and supposedly enlisted the help of another DB Cooper researcher and author, Marty Andrade. In addition, Doug Perry of the Oregonian also attempted to contact the children of Gunther in support of his reporting on the findings of Anonymous. However, no one was able to establish communication with any of Gunther’s descendants.

Digging deeper though, Anonymous came to the conclusion that Dan LeClair, or Dan E. Clair was not DB Cooper. Rather, Anonymous felt that the real DB Cooper was William J Smith, a life-long friend of Dan Clair. Anonymous feels that Smith used his friend’s identity to mask his communications with Max Gunther, and not only does Anonymous believe Smith is DB Cooper, Anonymous delivered his findings on Smith to the FBI in 2018.

Anonymous bases his claims on a personality profile of Smith, who besides being a gentleman, gained extensive aviation experience in WWII as a combat air crewman and reconnaissance photographer for the Navy. In addition, Smith is a dead-ringer for Composite sketch “B,” including the smirk. Further, Smith was 43 years-old in 1971, and had dark brown eyes and an olive complexion.

Key to Anonymous’ hypothesis is the fact that Clair and Smith worked together for years, especially as “yarders’ for the Penn Central Railroad, which is where Smith might have picked up the strange particles found on Cooper’s tie. Anonymous also feels that Smith’s railroad connections provided him with a superb means of escape after the skyjacking, as railroad tracks are ubiquitous across the United States. Also, riding the rails to freedom would be an absolutely sublime getaway, a notion held by many other Cooper researchers.

Lastly, Anonymous felt the downturn of the railroad industry in the 1960s and 1970s triggered a “grudge” and was the plausible motivation for DBC to hijack an aircraft.

But direct links to Flight 305, PDX, and Portland are thin. Other than an uncanny resemblance to the sketches and intriguing speculations on motive and getaways, most researchers do not consider William J Smith to be a strong candidate for DB Cooper.

I recommend anyone who wants to learn more about William Smith to check out the website that has been developed for him as a suspect.

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Some interesting stuff. Some of the coincidences are no doubt just nothing more than coincidences. But others definitely make you think. There's names and birthdays that match between Smith and his family and that of LeClair. A high school friend killed in WW2 named Dan Cooper. Neighbor of Smith's wife named Paul Cotton. A lot of interesting tie-ins between Smith and the book and then also with FBI docs released many years after the book. If you read the Gunther book (which is a pretty quick read) and then check out the website it's certainly interesting to think about all the connections. All the Cary Grant North by Northwest stuff is neat too. Also give a listen to Darren's podcast episode where he had "Anonymous" as a guest talking about William Smith. Good stuff.
 
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Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Reply #4357 on: July 01, 2020, 12:58:16 PM »
I have talked and texted Anonymous on numerous occasions. I’ve read Max Gunthers book and also find it to be a very good read by a highly successful Author! So far I have found William Smith to be a suspect that has merit which most so called suspects have none ! I’d like Darren to do a follow up podcast featuring Anonymous as there are so many interesting coincidences in Max Gunthers book relating to William Smith.