Cold case cracked? Publisher tells story of new D.B. Cooper details

Vern Jones, CEO of Principia Media

D. B. Cooper hijacked a plane and $200,000 in ransom money 45 years ago and mysteriously disappeared. Recently, some news sources have reported that this mysterious man has finally been identified and a Michigan publisher has all the details.  Matt Bubala talks with Vern Jones, CEO of Principia Media shares Carl Laurin’s story behind “D.B. Cooper & Me: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend.”

Filmmaker Thomas Colbert believes that D.B. Cooper is Robert Henry Rackstraw, a Vietnam vet from San Diego–so much that he has sued over some information released.  New theories from Laurin’s book shares that his best friend, Walter R. Reca is the real hijacker. Principia Media’s Vern Jones says the FBI first suspected parachute skydivers. Walter Reca had more skydiving experience than the average person during 1971, but he was never on the FBI’s radar. Reca was living in Washington at the time and Jones says his hijacking stemmed from financial circumstances because he was tired of being poor.” Jones says that Reca’s friend, parachuter Don Brennan picked him up from a small café, where he gave him a sum of the money. The rest of it was put in Canadian banks or spend on items like a home, a car or furniture. “The idea that banks automatically checked every twenty dollar bill is ridiculous,” Jones says.  Banks did have serial numbers, but sometimes dollar bills could be in circulation for a few years. The only thing that was checked for was counterfeit bills.

Reca died in 2014, but Jones says he confessed his story back in 2008. Reca says he went through a period of “dark years”–where he cut off contact with friends and family. Eventually, he started telling Laurin about his overseas adventures which were recorded conversations. Rumors stated that the FBI didn’t want any new information, because the real Cooper may have worked for the CIA.  Some believe that federal officials lied, but the FBI case is now closed due to limited resources, evidence and suspects. To purchase Laurin’s book, visit Principia Media’s site or check out Amazon.