DBCooper.com documents the relentless investigation surrounding Robert W. Rackstraw Sr. — an acclaimed Vietnam pilot, explosives expert, paratrooper, four-time felon and a former suspect in the hijacking.
For seven years (2011-18), a volunteer cold case team led by retired FBI agents tracked his trail through five countries, where he utilized 22 fake identities while engaging in six careers and raising three families. The Special Forces-trained veteran escaped not once, but three times by plane and once by river. More than 100 pieces of recovered evidence — from letter trails, DNA, cracked Army-coded messages, to testimony from his women and former crime partners — all of it firmly pointed back at the mysterious Rackstraw.
Through our website updates (Latest articles and “Time-Line” link on homepage), media stories, court rulings, and the team’s award-winning narrative, The Last Master Outlaw, the public has learned all about Rackstraw, AKA “D.B. Cooper” — including the cover-up of his secret double-life with the CIA.
The private team was assembled by true-crime producer and author Thomas J. Colbert, along with his partner-wife, Dawna — an inspiring character from one of his earliest stories.
HISTORY BUFFS, TRUE-CRIME READERS & “COOPERITES” — THANK YOU!
People have asked why we dedicated 7 long years to a crime case that happened when we were tweens. The truth is we didn’t plan to go beyond our usual 2-to-3 year documentary time-line; you can thank the FBI for that.
My six siblings and I were taught that no cost is too high in pursuit of the truth. I practiced it as a CBS newsman, Paramount story editor and law enforcement trainer. Conversely, my wife’s unflappable pulse comes from solving her own family crime.
So, when the Comey Administration abruptly broke our 2016 collaboration agreement, refused to accept the team’s evidence and lied about it on national TV, we had no choice but to expose the culpability of the FBI’s senior executive staff. Their forced departure and the subsequent launch of a criminal investigation have validated our historic action.
Dawna and I would like to express our deep gratitude to the good-hearted souls who have financially contributed to this fight for justice. Thank you for helping reinforce that message to our children.
God bless, TJC
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