(WJLA) — Is a San Diego man the real DB Cooper skyjacker from 45 years ago? Members of a group calling itself the Cold Case Team say they are so certain he is that on Thursday they filed suit at the U.S. District Court in D.C. to compel the FBI to make public all of its files on the Cooper case.
The FBI in July announced it was declaring the case unsolved and shutting it down.
Mark Zaid, a D.C. attorney with the Cold Case Team, accused the FBI of “dropping the ball.” So does author and TV producer Thomas Colbert. They and the committed 40 investigators, whom they say include retired FBI agents, insist that Robert Rackstraw of San Diego, a Vietnam vet, is the Cooper skyjacker. They even released an ambush interview they did with him, in which he never actually denied he was DB Cooper, but denied he was ever on a Northwest jet.
It was November of 1971 when a man that actually wrote his named “Dan Cooper” boarded a Northwest Orient jet, hijacked the plane for $200,000 ransom (a million in today’s money), and parachuted out of the plane into woods over Washington state, never to be seen again.
In 1980, $5,000 of the money was found by a family along a river in Washington state.
Members of the Team, on Thursday, said the family was connected to Rackstraw, even more proof that he’s Cooper.