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Significant Passings
It looks like D.B. Cooper has finally left the building.

Quote:Robert Rackstraw, D.B. Cooper hijacking suspect who trained in Alabama, dies

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Robert Rackstraw, a former Army paratrooper who trained in Alabama before being named as a leading suspect in one of the most famous hijackings in history, has died.

Rackstraw, 75, died Tuesday in San Diego of natural causes. Rackstraw’s name has been mentioned frequently by those investigating the mystery surrounding the Nov. 24, 1971 case of a man identified as “D.B. Cooper,” who leaped from an airplane between Portland and Seattle and made off with $200,000 in ransom money.

Cooper has never been found.

Last year, however, television and film producer Tom Colbert said a decoded message from 1972 pointed to Rackstraw, whose name had already been mentioned as a possible Cooper suspect. The FBI had even looked into Rackstraw in the early 1970s, though it later moved on to other possible hijackers.

Rackstraw, a native of Ohio, never admitted involvement.

In 1969, Rackstraw was stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama for chopper and fixed-wing flight training before deploying to Vietnam. Records show he returned to Fort Rucker in 1971, where he was detained for domestic assault. A later military investigation showed Rackstraw was accused of falsifying his college records and lying about his rank and medals and was forced to resign from the Army.

He later was acquitted in the 1978 murder of his stepfather though later, facing other charges, he opted to fake his death and disappear. Rackstraw would ultimately be found and convicted of grand theft and passing bad checks, spending two years in prison, according to the Oregonian.

Colbert believes Cooper was working for the CIA, which covered up his identity in connection to the hijacking. Rackstraw was cleared by the FBI in 1979; the bureau officially closed the Cooper case without resolution in 2016.
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"Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it" - Jonathan Swift, 1710
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