For details on Cooper’s escape, Rackstraw’s secret Army-coded letter messages, where the ransom money went, his CIA Black Ops history, and the ongoing FBI cover-up, CLICK on these media releases:

*9/11/17 Release: Two senior FBI agents on 1980 recovery operation of Cooper cash along the Columbia River are now calling for Bureau to re-investigate Rackstraw

*11/19/17 Release: Documented “evidence” of Cooper’s clean getaway, held by the FBI for 46 years, is released by federal court order; 1 of 12 examples of ongoing cover-up (pgs. 5-7)

*1/4/18 Release: Sleuths crack secret Army-coded message in 5th hijacker letter and definitively identify the living D.B. Cooper

*2/1/18 Release: Army code links Rackstraw to all 5 Cooper letters — and a history in CIA Black Ops

*6/28/18 Release: In the unexpected court release of a 6th Army-coded letter, the FBI-“cleared” Rackstraw admits to being D.B. Cooper and the crime!

*8/8/18 Release: Team reveals the secrets behind all of Cooper’s coding – and his hidden highlife in San Diego (More background on the 50-year-old coding is below the map)

DB Cooper Postal Trail Map

Rackstraw’s former Vietnam Commander, LTC Ken L. Overturf, on Coding Confirmation: “With the ‘Basic Cryptography’ Army manual now in my possession, we have doctrinal validation of the process that (code-cracker) Rick Sherwood used to decipher all of these messages. In addition, DoD records show Rackstraw learned this coding process at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in a Special Warfare Operations Course in 1968.

Cold Case Organizer Thomas J. Colbert: Before algorithms, apps and Apple, there was interpretive code — unique masked messaging created by young soldiers sharing the sleepless nights, putrid smells and guttural screams of hell on earth.

“Project Left Bank” was one of the most classified and valuable intelligence-gathering operations in the Vietnam War (More in 1/5/18 Daily Astorian article — at “Latest News,” page 2). And like other covert units in theater, veterans Ken Overturf and Rick Sherwood developed a private code-speak that only their particular group of brothers in 1969-70 could understand — along with pilots like Rackstraw, radioing in from above.

That’s why the enemy, and later the FBI, failed to crack it. It was the same frustration the Japanese felt in World War II with America’s secret “Navajo code-talkers” (Google it).

If you want to truly comprehend interpretive coding, unplug your computers and smart phones, stop talking to academia under 60 years of age and find a veteran who still remembers real VR. Your bible for this tour is a 200-page code manual from 1950 (at link below), put together by the very brightest men and women in the U.S. Army. Once it’s absorbed,  you’ll be ready to climb into a fox hole or co-pilot seat with our forgotten heroes.