D.B. Cooper, Me, and My POI

Steve Doran, in a rare moment when his mouth wasn’t full or his fingers busy holding his Turkish delights, sent me the following link.

New D.B. Cooper person of interest

The old buffs of D.B. Cooper will see some problems with the POI and some problematic claims.

But it comes time soon to reveal that I have had a POI for a while. I haven’t revealed it because, as always, there is much that needs to be done before any POI can be taken seriously. The article above reveals that basically Lepsy vanished in 1969 (which is not uncommon) and wore a similar black tie. There is no knowledge of wind drift, how the money could have gotten to Tina Bar, no understanding how Himmelsbach, the lead Fed, frankly made some serious mistakes in calculating drift that allowed the theory that Cooper could have drifted to the Washougal Valley. Without that it is hard to explain how the money wound up on Tina Bar unless it had been intentionally pitched in the Columbia or Willamette rivers after the 1974 dredging operations.

These little indicators above suggest Cooper survived and remained nearby.

With my POI it is difficult. He did not vanish in 1971. He was local. He was of French Canadian heritage, a family with strong links to a certain region of Quebec. His grandfather had come to America, to the Midwest first where his father was born and then they came to Portland, where he was born.  He was 39 during the skyjacking.

His age fits, the French Canadian connection fits with the use of Dan Cooper, a Belgian parachuting hero, the comics of which were available in Canada, where he had many aunts and uncles.  He served in the US Navy as an Airman in Korea.

D.B. Cooper chose the oldest of the pair of parachutes delivered to him, indicating to the Feds that he had some from of military background, but nothing current.  He used the alias of the skydiving Dan Cooper, a comic published in French. He had no accent, but was thought possibly to be Canadian.

“Dan Cooper” with and without his wrap around sunglasses.

There is more, of course– a job that might give him a clue faster than others that the Feds had photo’d the serial numbers of the money. A cabin in the woods. Perhaps even a tight community that might protect him, though the last is unlikely. Time in Canada before and after the skyjacking. All of it makes a good cover.

But those who follow my true crime and cold case investigations know how difficult it is to get enough details in order to go public and then go official. Unless you have enough to motivate the authorities the rest of the investigation may not follow the right track. You may never hear back on your POI.


An indication of how early I am in my continuing investigation. I can’t even figure what to title this mock up of my proposed book.

I have also been beset by my EAR/ONS investigation, which has derailed a number of my projects. D.B. is on hold. But it is time to reveal tidbits here and there over the coming year.

The skyjacking of Flight 305 on Thanksgiving Eve (November 24, 1971) is one of the most daredevil and improbably successful crimes of the any century.  Who was Dan Cooper? And why never a trace of him dead or alive? No missing uncles. No missing neighbors. No missing motel guests (in Portland), no missing car renters (in Portland). No unclaimed parked cars (in Portland). No one was missing after the crime. If Cooper was local or came from afar and didn’t survive the jump, something unclaimed had to be left behind somewhere.  If it was someone who fits Lepsy’s dossier, he had to have had neighbors in the 2 years since he had vanished in 1969. Nobody reported missing neighbors. What indeed happened to D.B. Cooper? He exists for only a few hours on November 24, 1971, and left no trace thereafter except some of the money in an improbable location.

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For 25 years Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.


3 thoughts on “D.B. Cooper, Me, and My POI

  1. Great piece on this most mysterious hijacker, Gian! One major fact that needs to be publicized, but hardly ever is, and shows he probably died after he jumped: NONE of the stolen money was ever used!

    This is documented, as the Feds kept close track of the serial numbers on all the bills and monitored banks to see if any of them were ever spent.


  2. It’s good to hear a well thought out opinion. It is true, there is nothing to connect Robert Richard Lepsy to the skyjacking, but there is nothing that connects anybody to the skyjacking. If there were one piece of evidence out there connecting anybody to the event, the case would be solved.

    Whether or not the skyjacker survived the jump is open to debate. I know both sides of the argument well. If he didn’t, we should be looking for a missing person fitting the physical description of the skyjacker. Lepsy is one of the very few missing persons who fits the description closely.

    As for the suspects who survived the jump, each has a story that is quite compelling. But when we put about a dozen of them on the wall and look at them together, a pattern develops.

    I’ve read a bit of your work and I think you’re doing a great job. I think we have similar interests and perspectives. Keep up the good work.


    1. Thank you all. Sorry I don’t reply that often on here, but I do read the comments. As for me, yes, my POI died in the early 1990, so if I am correct I must accept D.B. Cooper survived the jump. When I began years ago my preference was that he splattered. I thought that would be easier to solve. . . but too many questions kept popping up . . . but explaining these is for my next D.B. Cooper post. . . Thanks again.


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