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DB Cooper / Re: General Questions About The Case
« Last post by Lynn on May 08, 2021, 04:33:57 PM »
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I've encouraged Eric to find a way to get Alice to CooperCon21. Ms. Hancock is a tough cookie, and as we ALL know, my "nice" is generally "not nice enough" to get the interview.
 

...I've always found you to be very  nice and personable....


Thank you. Maybe you can tell Tina for me...

So I take it Tina is not one to want to talk about this case that likely ruined parts of her life?  Its too bad because she holds the biggest key to this whole thing since the cigarette butts are poof.  So no DNA, the next best try is Tina.  She is the one that got to interact with him and she is the only one, well maybe Flo, that could possibly get a jolt of memory if she heard his voice or something?  Its a stretch but this entire goose chase is  a stretch.  Sure it could break open if someone came out of the woodwork with evidence.  I would not give up on Tina, no way.
She did a recent interview, the upshot being that she is now speaking a bit more, is being very circumspect about who she's talking with, and while she understands why people want to know and are frustrated by the unsolved mystery, they have to realize that the people who were there moved on with their lives and may not have the same priorities. She particularly mentions that about 90-95% of those approaching her are male and some in the past made her uncomfortable at her home/work, one even telling her that as a Christian she should tell all she knew - which she feels she has. Some have accused her of being traumatized/irrational or insulted her age/memory/eyesight if she said a particular suspect's photo did not match her memory of Cooper. She has devoted her life to helping others in various ways and seems a calm, rational, quiet, kind, intelligent woman who simply doesn't want, in her 70's, to be harassed over an incident in her 20's. If she refuses an interview request, people must simply respect that. She has a right to her own life.
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DB Cooper / Re: General Questions About The Case
« Last post by Lynn on May 08, 2021, 04:19:54 PM »
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Can anyone provide specifics as to the FBI’s investigation into missing persons at the time of the hijacking?
I know it's been discussed before but god knows where lol. There is a missing person thread on this site concerning someone who disappeared some time before the skyjacking- ie. was already missing - but I don't know what their background was apart from counterfeiting, it's been a while since reading it.
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DB Cooper / Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Last post by Lynn on May 08, 2021, 04:16:56 PM »
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Confessing is its own phenomenon: Over 900 people have confessed to being DBC.

DB Cooper didn't evade the authorities for 50 years by confessing to, or bragging about, being DB Cooper. Anyone who has confessed to being DB Cooper is automatically eliminated.
Absolutely agreed. The difference is that the other case was seemingly personal and the crime possibly accidental or unplanned. I don't think Cooper would have confessed, except possibly if someone else were arrested/charged, and no one ever has been.
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DB Cooper / Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Last post by dblea88 on May 08, 2021, 11:49:22 AM »
Hey guys?

As you may or not know, my name is Aaron, I registered the Cooper forum late last winter. I'm a long time illustrator and loved the Cooper story so much, I decided to make an illustrated, digital print. I have them for sale on my site.

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DB Cooper / Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Last post by EU on May 08, 2021, 11:30:36 AM »
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Confessing is its own phenomenon: Over 900 people have confessed to being DBC.

DB Cooper didn't evade the authorities for 50 years by confessing to, or bragging about, being DB Cooper. Anyone who has confessed to being DB Cooper is automatically eliminated.
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DB Cooper / Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Last post by Bruce A. Smith on May 08, 2021, 10:26:48 AM »
Confessing is its own phenomenon: Over 900 people have confessed to being DBC.
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DB Cooper / Re: CooperCon 2021
« Last post by Lynn on May 08, 2021, 03:37:24 AM »
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She had her jump filmed. I did not film my jump.

That said, we jumped at the same time so I'm in part of her video before we jump and then in the background under a blue canopy. The video is viewable at the following link:

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You should plan a jump in November at CooperCon.

That's actually a pretty cool idea. I'm sure 377 would jump too.
You have to do it at night wearing only a business suit and loafers with $200,000 tied to your torso though or it doesn’t count.  :rofl:
Pfft, I'm a first-class chicken, but if someone wants to strap $200,000 to me, shag it, I'll pick up the suit and tie myself. Marty's book convinced me I'd have a better chance of surviving that than a trip downtown at this point. ;)
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DB Cooper / Re: New Forum & News Updates
« Last post by Lynn on May 08, 2021, 03:17:36 AM »
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Prayers are with you all. Nothing but good will on this end.

Same here.
OMG, had no idea several of you were hit with this. We've  had several waves here but hubby and I don't go out much, and we've been in lockdown again for weeks. Half vaxxed now but not fully till August. So very sorry you and Marty have gone through this. Hope you're feelng much better, and stay safe, everyone.
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DB Cooper / Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Last post by Lynn on May 08, 2021, 02:27:56 AM »
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Has anyone seen any composite sketches on the other hijackers?  I'm watching the HBO documentary and was thinking of how some people say Cooper was McCoy, based off the composite.  But have we seen what witnesses described McCoy as looking like?

Other thoughts.  Why did he dye his hair black?  What was he trying to hide (blonde, grey)? Or was he just trying to be cool or uncool as Bill Mitchell said?

Other thought. Duane Weber says on his death bed (while on pain meds) I'm Dan Cooper.  I've heard some crazy stuff come from people when they are asleep, or on pain meds.  Same for me, I've said some crazy stuff, none of it true.  Most of it from movies.  Duane easily could have just been fascinated with Cooper.

Random thoughts.
Agreed on the Weber confession. He just doesn't fit, and if he was medicated or delusional, or seeking posthumous notoriety (which, sought or not, he got) that could explain an untrue confession. But confessing also wouldn't eliminate a suspect, obviously, and knowing how often people falsely confess to high profile cases can blinker sleuths against confessions as well. How many credible suspects confessed to being Cooper? I know of Weber, Dayton, and Gossett off the top of my head. Were there others? (Of the three, I'd only really take Gossett seriously as a suspect, though Dayton would be the greatest story ever. But height alone eliminates her for me.)

This case turned me off confessions so much, in fact, I had to re-open my mind on the case I'm currently researching. In this case, which already had 3-4 viable suspects at minimum, 40+ years after the murder, a reclusive little old lady who'd recently converted to RC and begged for a priest in the throes of a heart attack, wound up confessing to a neighbour that she'd killed a silent film director in 1922. After her death, they found a chest of old photos and memorabilia confirming she had once been a silent film actress, had worked with said director 4 times, and had a criminal history of prostitution and later gang extortion involving the Mann Act. She'd also fled the country for a number of years with the second of three husbands - the first of whom she married so he wouldn't have to testify against her in her extortion arrest. Her heart attack occurred one day after she'd seen a TV doc on the cold case and became very agitated, insisting she was the killer to the neighbour's mother, who only revealed the first confession after the second. She was 73 and had exhibited no signs of dementia or illness prior. So the confessions became quite credible after her death, though the case remains unsolved. (The problem is, those other 3-4 suspects were pretty shady, too; all vehemently denied the killing, apart from one who vanished forever.)
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DB Cooper / Re: Suspects And Confessions
« Last post by Lynn on May 08, 2021, 01:55:07 AM »
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If Sheridan matched to 1%, That still leaves a ton of people who would also test positive. Odds would still be a false positive.
That may match tons of people, but how many of them would be DBC suspects? We don't know exactly how limited the suspect pool is, but it's tiny - the person had to have been long missing before Norjak, as no one matching the description was very recently missing, and/or have had no alibi for the night before Thanksgiving, fit the key witness descriptions to some degree, particularly on height and age, and know quite a bit about the region and the 727 and at least enough about skydiving not to need instructions when putting on the gear. Of all the suspects already identified, some are fairly easy to eliminate, like Weber and Kenny. Cross the remaining number of suspects (even ones not yet found; it will still be a very small number vs the general population) with  that hypothetical 1% (hey, make it 10%, even), and the probability of someone else being DBC seems far lower. Having said that, are there any other suspects the FBI did test that they did not eliminate?

All that aside, I've been researching another book and working from home and only learned yesterday that Sheridan had passed. He's fascinated me in his own right since I got interested in the case, and Cooper or not, I'm so sad to hear about it. i only recently saw this photo of him as well and really think it captures all the complexity of the man himself. Gentle but intelligent and sharp-eyed, really a face with so many stories behind it.
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