Who was D.B. Cooper? Top 5 Suspects
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Who was D.B. Cooper? Top 5 Suspects

August 22, 2019

From one of history’s most daring heists
to several potential suspects, join us today as we ask the question: Who was DB Cooper? The identity of DB Cooper remains one of the
most captivating mysteries in US law enforcement. His hijacking of a Boeing 727, in the early
1970s, is the only case of unsolved air piracy in the history of commercial aviation. The outline of DB Cooper’s heist is well-known. Shortly after the plane took off, he handed
a note to the flight attendant. Cooper told her that he had a bomb in his
briefcase, which he opened enough to reveal wiring, a battery and eight red cylinders. He asked for $200,000, four parachutes and
a refuelling. Once the plane landed and his demands were
met, the 36 passengers were released. None of them had been hurt and the plane’s
delay had been explained to them as a mechanical problem. As per Cooper’s orders and instructions
the plane took off again with only him and four crew members on it. At one point, Cooper told the crew members
to remain in the cockpit. He then took the money, opened an airstair
and parachuted out of the plane in mid-air. Despite an FBI manhunt and an extensive investigation,
his identity was never confirmed. Many believe Cooper didn’t survive the jump,
but his remains were never found. 15 copycat hijackings were subsequently attempted
in 1972, but they were all unsuccessful. Number 5 Walter R. Reca
There is considerable circumstantial evidence linking Michigan-native Walter R. Reca to
the DB Cooper case. He was a military veteran and a member of
the Michigan Parachute Team. In 2008, he confessed that he was DB Cooper
to his friend and fellow expert parachuter, Carl Laurin, in a recorded conversation. Reca allowed him to tape their phone conversations
about the hijacking, which produced new details about what had happened. Laurin also got permission from Reca to share
his story, which he did, after his death in 2014. Laurin concluded that Reca had landed near
Cle Elum, Washington. He met a man who’d given Reca a ride on
the night he’d supposedly parachuted out of the airplane. The man, a Cle Elum native, recognized Reca
from a photo Laurin sent him. Laurin took all the information he had to
Principal Media, who hired consultants to make sure it hadn’t been tampered with. The media outlet released a documentary, which
tracks the investigation, in July 2018. Before we move on, answer this question. What’s the only piece of evidence conclusively
linked to DB Cooper to have been found outside the aircraft?
a. a portion of the ransom money
b. his suit c. bomb components
d. his fountain pen Let us know what you think in the comments
section below and stay tuned to find out the right answer. Number 4 Richard Floyd McCoy Jr
Richard McCoy Junior authored the best-known DB Cooper copycat hijacking. In April 1972, he used a paperweight that
looked like a hand grenade and an empty handgun to take control of a United Airlines flight
from Denver to San Francisco. He asked for $500,000 in cash and four parachutes. Once the airplane was back in the sky, he
jumped out over Provo, Utah. He was subsequently caught and given a 45-year
sentence. Then, in 1974, McCoy Jr and several others
broke out of Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary by crashing a garbage truck through the main
gate. Three months later he was found and killed
in a shootout with the FBI. When the rumors started flowing, he neither
confirmed nor denied being DB Cooper. There were a number of people who believed
so, including the FBI agent who killed him. Upon shooting McCoy Jr, he said “I shot
DB Cooper at the same time”. On November 24, 1971, a man who’d only identified
himself as “Dan Copper” took control of the Boeing 727-100 in the airspace between
Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. The alias DB Cooper, which eventually stuck,
was actually the result of a news miscommunication. Cooper was described as being in his mid-forties,
of medium height and build. Composite sketches of his face are, so far,
the only source of identification. He wore loafers, a black raincoat, a neatly
pressed dark suit and a collared shirt with a clip-on tie. DNA was recovered from his tie but it’s
still uncertain if the samples do indeed belong to Cooper. Before revealing he had a bomb, he sat at
the rear of the passenger cabin, lit a cigarette and ordered a bourbon and soda. Throughout the heist, those who interacted
with Cooper described him as calm and composed. One flight attendant described him as polite
and well-spoken while another said he “seemed rather nice” and added that he was “never
cruel or nasty”. After refuelling at Seattle-Tacoma Airport,
Cooper gave his flight plan to the crew. It was a southeast course towards Mexico City
at minimum airspeed and an altitude of 10,000 feet. His landing zone was initially believed to
have been at the southernmost point of Mount St. Helens, near an artificial lake, but further
analysis placed it in the drainage area of the Washougal River. Number 3 William J. Smith
William J. Smith was a World War II Navy veteran who would’ve been 43 at the time of the
hijacking. Research gathered by an US Army data analyst
point to him being DB Cooper. After the war was over, Smith worked for a
railroad company, which, in 1970, suffered crippling bankruptcy. It’s believed that Smith developed a grudge
against the transportation industry and corporate establishment and thus plotted the hijacking. He’d gone to high-school with a Daniel Cooper,
who was killed in WW II, and potentially served as an inspiration for his alias. He had the necessary training to jump out
of the airplane as well as the knowledge to find railroad tracks and escape by hopping
on a train. His resemblance to the sketches was described
as “remarkable”. When approached by media outlets, the FBI
refused to comment on Smith. Number 2 Kenneth Christiansen
Kenneth Christiansen was proposed as a suspect by his brother, Lyle. The man did so after watching a DB Cooper
documentary in 2003. While dying of cancer in 1994, Kenneth reportedly
said to his brother there was something he should know but that he couldn’t tell him. After his death, his family found gold coins,
a valuable stamp collection and over $200,000 in his bank account. However, it was later found that he’d sold
off some land, which may have accounted for the large sum of money. Kenneth’s age matched the timeline but he
was shorter and thinner than the Cooper descriptions. Nevertheless, there are a number of similarities
to take into account. He was left-handed, a smoker, had a fondness
for bourbon and had trained as a paratrooper in the army. One of the flight attendants also said that,
from the descriptions she’d been shown, Kenneth resembled Cooper the best. He was hired to work as a mechanic for Northwest
Orient Airlines, the company that operated the DB Cooper flight, in the 1950s. He had a folder full of Northwest Orient news
clippings that started from about the time he was hired and oddly enough stopped right
before the hijacking. He continued to work part-time for the company
after 1971, but never added another clipping. So, what physical evidence found outside the
aircraft has been decisively linked with DB Cooper? The right answer was a, a portion of the ransom
money. In 1980, 8-year-old Brian Ingram found several
packets of twenty-dollar bills, on a beachfront of the Columbia River, about 9 miles downstream
from Vancouver, Washington. FBI technicians confirmed that they were part
of the DB Cooper ransom money but no other bills have turned up since. Number 1 Robert Rackstraw
Robert Rackstraw is another worthwhile DB Cooper candidate and a man that definitely
had a taste for mischief. He was arrested in Iran, in 1978, on explosive
possession and check fraud charges. While out on bail, he tried to fake his own
death by recording a false mayday claiming he’d jumped out of an aircraft over Monterey
Bay. Rackstraw had also served on an army helicopter
crew during the Vietnam War and bore an uncanny resemblance to the DB Cooper sketches. However, he was eliminated as a suspect in
1979, for lack of concrete evidence. Fresh reports emerged in 2016, in a new investigation
which had allegedly obtained documents under the Freedom of Information Act. This included a coded letter from the 1971
case that was partially deciphered and matched to three units Rackstraw had been a part of
in the Army. When Rackstraw was approached by amateur investigators
he said “I told everybody I was (the hijacker)”. However, he added that the admission had been
a stunt. His death in July 2019 and the lack of a deathbed
confession most likely means the mystery carries on. Thanks for watching! Suppose DB Cooper was still alive today and
you had a chance to meet him, what would you ask him? Let us know in the comments section below!


  • Reply They will Kill You August 20, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Suppose DB Cooper was still alive today and you had a chance to meet him, what would you ask him?

  • Reply Tim Dischert August 20, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    WOW! Great video!
    My mouth dropped when he jumped out

  • Reply ethan blessing August 20, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Who ever it was most likley didnt survive

  • Reply The Adventure teamYT August 20, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    First!!! Lol.???

  • Reply Fyhne August 20, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Charles westmoreland

  • Reply Superior No1 August 20, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Finally D. B. Cooper video ✈ ? Top 5s Refused my comments to Do a video on this!!

  • Reply blockzHD August 20, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    instant click??

  • Reply Poipole Entertainment August 20, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    It’s unclear if DB Cooper is still alive because I heard that before he jumped off the plane it was raining hard

  • Reply Just Some Guy without a Mustache August 20, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I've never heard of him before, thanks! I learned a lot today

  • Reply Chin Quack August 20, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    10,000 feet? This man must have been a paratrooper with the Army. I’ve heard that the 82nd will jump at relatively lower altitudes

  • Reply RSDT 7 Norwegian August 20, 2019 at 5:25 pm


  • Reply J. R. B. August 20, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    I'm DB cooper

  • Reply J. R. B. August 20, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    Can anyone dispute that

  • Reply the mouthfeel August 20, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    You mean Tommy Wiseau?

  • Reply Mishelle Slivka August 20, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Yes ?? my fav narrator

  • Reply Lunden's blog runia August 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    i love this channel!!!

  • Reply Natalie Watson August 20, 2019 at 5:31 pm


  • Reply Staminist August 20, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    DB Cooper is true OG

  • Reply Captain Cock-Strong August 20, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Who was D.B Copper? Someone that won’t kill you or anyone. Ronald McDonald has more kills than this guy.

  • Reply Beat Origin August 20, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    can u pls pin this iam your subscriber since when u have 200k subs

  • Reply revolver ocelot1991 August 20, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I would ask why he did it.

  • Reply Thanks for Trump CNN, MSNBC and Hillary August 20, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Why did the plane have that much money?

  • Reply Joey Dyker August 20, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    why were some of the bills Blacked out?

  • Reply Teddy Meen August 20, 2019 at 5:51 pm


  • Reply Ian Arcangel August 20, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    ill ask him if i can have a selfie with him ??

  • Reply Jake McCormick August 20, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Its a money was recovered in a river bank

  • Reply Shea White August 20, 2019 at 6:37 pm


  • Reply Patty Nielsen August 20, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    I googled Walter Reca and he bears no resemblance to D.B. at all. Imagine D. B. with his sunglasses on– Walter's rather bulbous nose would have been immediately the most distinguishing facial characteristic. D. B. artist rendering shows a slender nose right to the tip.

  • Reply KKAI August 20, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Yall some smart motherfuckers with that trivia question.

  • Reply magicVAMPIRE løver13 August 20, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    They found some of the money

  • Reply Zelda Williams August 20, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I say A' part of deteriorated, money was found on the banks of the Columbia River ( by a little boy and his father) on a fishing trip. ?

  • Reply BlueCheetah 01 August 20, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Bro I just watched Wansee Entertaintment about a guy who was almost in a plane that was hijacked by D.B Cooper

  • Reply Alfredo Sawyer August 20, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    He was…

    MY ASS

  • Reply Phillip Mortera August 20, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I would ask him how he masterminded such a clever scheme

  • Reply luis contreras August 20, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    His was a spy ?️‍♂️ for the USA ?? believe or not ppl

  • Reply David Rosales August 20, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Allways loved this heist & this mystery hope he survived ??

  • Reply sav ke August 20, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    D.B Cooper died tragically while escaping from the Fox River penitentiary

  • Reply Lazar Alabić August 20, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    At first I thought these videos are serious, but they're also so scary, but then I realized that they're not so scary after all.

  • Reply Arthur Morgan Lyons August 20, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Can you do a video on serial killers?

  • Reply JOPIA SPIEDER August 20, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    I am suprise they did not mark the money so when he spent it they could follow the paper trail

  • Reply Nanda Rox August 20, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Back when you could smoke on planes…

  • Reply M C August 20, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Portion of ransom money

  • Reply Ancestor Empire August 20, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    After seeing Batman The Dark Knight, I think that D.B. Cooper was a CIA or KGB Agent

  • Reply Dark Angel Girl August 20, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I'm guessing a portion of the ransom money because a remember hearing that they found some of the ransom money years later.

  • Reply josh pabon August 20, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    It's the money it was found on a Beach by a boy

  • Reply Kevin Mccarroll August 20, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Voice over is a lot better

  • Reply 80s phone phreak August 20, 2019 at 9:06 pm


  • Reply Christopher Castaldi August 20, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Do best fiercest warriors of the animal kingdom please.

  • Reply PigPenPie August 20, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Can you guys do the top 10 scary Rougarous

  • Reply StalinTheMan0fSteel August 20, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    DB died very soon after jumping out of that plane, he most likely suffered hypothermia on the way down to the ground on that very cold rainy night.

  • Reply zebras don't fly for a reason August 20, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    …E: A large black buttplug…

  • Reply Jeff Lewis August 20, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    What are the most credible pieces of evidence of the crash at Roswell New Mexico?

  • Reply Nicholas F. August 20, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    I think a good topic one would be the ancient site of (gobekli tempeh) in Turkey.

  • Reply Mrs. Sewell August 20, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    A. The portion of the ransom money

  • Reply DOUGLAS SALGUERO August 20, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Now this one is goodone

  • Reply GreyWhiteRabbit 21 August 20, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Do something about bank robberies in Australia history

  • Reply FortAwesome1974 August 21, 2019 at 12:10 am

    I think he definitely died on the jump from the plane. if they found some of his money washed up in a river then I don't think he made it!! I don't think he would have dropped money accidentally.

  • Reply Alison Tejeda August 21, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Lol , it’s crazy because the drawing looks exactly like my Grandpa.. who was secret service , and legally a genius.. extensive military training.

  • Reply RADIO W.F.C. August 21, 2019 at 12:56 am


  • Reply Gorgoroth Bergen August 21, 2019 at 3:14 am

    D.B.C. Rules ??.

  • Reply MABUS SUBAM August 21, 2019 at 3:26 am

    What is this? D. B Cooper clearly died on prison break, in Fox River.

  • Reply GhostCity Shelton August 21, 2019 at 3:27 am

    What if Cooper paid off the flight crew and they flew some where maybe out of the country and changed they ID's and the rest is history. Before Cooper did his thing he may have spread some bank notes around to be found then they searched the woods to make it look like he'd died.
    OR he did die and will probably his body will never be found.

  • Reply Justin Humphrey August 21, 2019 at 3:31 am


  • Reply GhostCity Shelton August 21, 2019 at 3:32 am

    At-3:37— I know some kid found some old dollar bills so I'd answer
    A. But! He could have put them there BEFORE he boarded the plane. Maybe he paid off the crew and he never had to jump out of the plane.

  • Reply Jason Peterson August 21, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Do a video on the Zodiac Killer.

  • Reply Jason Peterson August 21, 2019 at 5:02 am

    All of that, just for money. Crazy.

  • Reply Sean Miller August 21, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Love db Cooper

  • Reply Nicks 92 videos August 21, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Very nice video simply because I’m the real D.B COOPER

  • Reply jay stanley August 21, 2019 at 7:10 am

    kindly do something on when black magic goes wrong

  • Reply Connor Sutton August 21, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Didn’t realise his was real. I thought he as just a character in prison break

  • Reply Bgm Mo August 21, 2019 at 8:52 am

    This topic so popular they've made tv specials and documentaries on it at the end of the day after all the investigating the FBI still has no clue who DB Cooper is and they have closed the case they're not even looking for him anymore

  • Reply niine baddie August 21, 2019 at 11:03 am


  • Reply Michael Heathington August 21, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    The answer is A

  • Reply captain kirk August 21, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I’d ask for a loan haha!

  • Reply cRazystuff 92 August 21, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Wanna know how to get likes? Stop asking for likes

  • Reply Chris Nicholson August 21, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Charles Westmoreland

  • Reply Deez Nutz August 21, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    How about something on the Miami Zombie?

  • Reply JC Mills August 21, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    It is known the general rough area he hit but its highly unlikely he could have survived. Many criminals do all kinds of things not that well thought out because they play it through in their mind but turns out you jump at night in freezing rain into 200 mile per hour winds the experts say IT DOES NOT GO LIKE YOU THINK–he jumped out at random at night in the cold and he possibly was still alive when he impacted but out in the wild rough area of that spot he would not have lived long. He also had almost no preparation for the elements. the money was found washed up right where it washed down from where he impacted.. WHY WOULD HE LAND AND THROW AWAY THE MONEY?–he wouldnt. its known he died within minutes or hours but its kept going so people can make money like by keeping bigfoot and kennedy crap going.

  • Reply Lane Argent August 21, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I always thought John Charles Daly resembled D.B Cooper.

  • Reply Deona August 21, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    The answer is A

  • Reply Austin Hughes August 21, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    If DB Cooper was alive today.I would ask him “How in the world were you able to hide from law enforcement for so long?”

  • Reply DouglasUrantia August 22, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Rackstraw………..yes yes and yes.

  • Reply David Gosserand August 22, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Whyd he do it? Tbh in paradise id love to sit back and watch why people did what they did. Itll be entertainment and fulfill alot of questions at the same time.

  • Reply Big Daddy August 22, 2019 at 4:56 am

    July 2019? And this wasn't on the news?

  • Reply Nikolas Galvan August 22, 2019 at 7:09 am

    Can you do a topic of when driving goes wrong

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