MOVIE MAKERS, TRUE-CRIME READERS & “COOPERITES”: 2019 UPDATE
Court-released FBI records and four retired military commanders (with supporting documents) collectively conclude the missing ’71 hijacker was Robert W. Rackstraw Sr. (R.I.P., 7/9/19).
After we closed our investigation at a 2018 news conference outside FBI Headquarters, the race was on for the story rights. As one senior WME agent put it to my manager, Michael B. London: “We know Tom solved it.”
Hollywood, however, went directly to Rackstraw. Sources tell us he was given a private jet-ride in for a confidential meet-and-greet with leading producers, studios and streamers. Fortunately, my wife and I were fully prepared for this end-run – thanks to our cold case team.
Rackstraw’s negotiations fizzled because: 1) he was the polar opposite of the folk hero many imagined; 2) our new case details and evidence have been copyrighted – including his getaway with the help of crime partners, the parachute recovery, Rackstraw’s decrypted Army-coded Cooper letters and his deep CIA history; and finally, 3) when he traded an FBI prison cell for years of black ops work, authorities warned the contractor he’d be re-incarcerated if he ever went public. (His concern about this “secret indictment” is noted in the posted 8/8/18 CBS News-WBBM story.)
Dawna and I are very grateful to the hundreds who helped us (including his family members) to document Rackstraw’s full life narrative in an award-winning book – our 21st discovery for the big and small screens. But there’s no race to make history here; we’re looking for the right partner that respects our team’s efforts and (tongue firmly in cheek) won’t take us for a ride. TJC
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