DBCooper.com documents the relentless investigation surrounding Robert W. Rackstraw Sr., an award-winning Vietnam pilot, paratrooper, explosives expert, con artist, four-time felon, and a former 1971 hijacking suspect that many believe had outfoxed the Bureau.
For seven years (2011-18), a 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, to DNA, to secret coded messages, to testimony from six of his women — firmly point back at Rackstraw.
But just days before the team’s long-scheduled delivery of its evidentiary materials to the FBI (April 2016), the D.B. Cooper investigation was closed in Seattle and the files shipped off to archives in Washington, D.C. The last case agent claimed that, after almost five decades, the agency now feared such “a circumstantial case.”
The team soon learned something else was at play: Weeks prior to the rejection, History Channel had quietly negotiated for Bureau agents to appear on camera for a Cooper documentary featuring this very same hunt. When it finally aired (July 2016), the team’s top 18 pieces of evidence on Rackstraw had been edited out of the two-night program.
As a senior-ranking team member put it, “This door slam was politics, pure and simple.” (For readers’ scrutiny, the cut-out items are bolded in an FOIA suit-filing against the FBI, now posted at the “Case Evidence” menu at the top.)
Two more years of eyewitness interviews, judge orders and research digging would reveal the senior member to be absolutely correct. Through this website, the news media, the courts and the team’s award-winning narrative, The Last Master Outlaw, the public is learning the truth about Rackstraw and his secret double-life — door slams be damned.
The cold case team was assembled by former law enforcement trainer, media exec and co-author Thomas J. Colbert and his wife, Dawna — an inspiring character from one of his earliest true stories. This is their 21st true tale for the big and small screen. For more, go to www.TJCConsulting.biz.
PLEASE NOTE (2018): When this effort began in 2011, Rackstraw threatened to sue anyone who called him the missing hijacker. But after more than 50 articles and TV stories, he hasn’t taken one person to court.
The Colberts credit their team of former FBI and legal experts for making the acclaimed book bullet-proof. In its last 50 pages, 578 end-notes are historically corroborated with old court documents, personal letters, police logs, graphs, maps, military records, forgotten articles, photographs, archived video, forensic analysis and dozens of interview transcripts.
In the book-release year of 2016, Rackstraw posted ten separate pleas online for legal representation — all to no avail. Even his former 1978 criminal lawyer, Dennis Roberts, recently emailed he would “not represent him. Not for [a] lawsuit.”
Perhaps this is why Rackstraw took a different tack on 2/9/18 when a Courthouse News reporter asked if he would confirm or deny he is the hijacker. For the first time, the 74-year-old subject responded: “There’s no denial whatsoever, my dear.”
Now you know why the Colberts have declared, beyond a reasonable doubt, this is the one and only D.B. Cooper.