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He has been called a Northwest folk hero", "Jesse James," and "Billy the Kid". But until now he hasn't been called a she. Contrary to popular belief, D B Cooper not only survived the infamous hijacking on Novermber 24, 1971. He also committed the high flying caper as a woman. Cooper's real name was first Bobby, then Barb Dayton. "Cooper" had gender reassignment surgery in December, 1969. In 1971, she pulled her buccaneering swipe dressed as a man and walked away as a woman. Bobby/Barb lived to the age of 76 and died of natural causes on February 20, 2002.
In 1979, Barb described to the authors in great detail how she jumped from the famed 727. She told them she used real dynamite, quipping "I don't do anything phony." . Barb said she jury-rigged the detonator out of a staple remover with wires soldered to it. There were other outrageous tales, as well. Boar hunting, riding with Hell's Angels, sky diving, gold mining, and surviving the Yukon Territory for eight days without food.
After Barb's death, the Formans began the fascinating journey of piecing together their dear friend's story and verifying her larger than life yarns. This book takes the reader on the rollicking journey and allows you to decide. Do you think Barb Dayton Was D B Cooper?
Tammy Forman Oughton
January 15, 2017
Every time we think the DB Cooper story has died down, something happens that starts people talking again.
This past week a series on Travel Channel cable TV, Expedition Unknown, aired an episode on a new private investigation of the DB Cooper case. The show sparked interest on local news shows. We were able to view that episode last night on demand and found two interesting points that could provide even more proof that our friend Barbara Dayton was DB Cooper. The first was a different explanation of how the FBI could have been wrong about the jump site. The second was a more in depth study of particles found on DB Cooper's tie.
The FBI has always maintained that DB Cooper jumped in a mountainous, wooded area near Ariel, Washington because of a “pressure bump” observed by the flight crew. The Travel Channel presented a convincing argument that the jump site should be questioned.
They said that the pressure bump could have been caused by DB Cooper going down the stairs, causing the plane to react as if the jump occurred there. They were using this explanation to propose a new possible jump site near Reno, but the theory could also be used to support Barb’s assertion that she went down to the bottom of the stairs to get her bearings.
The new tests on the tie found evidence of “Rare Earth Minerals”, Strontium Sulfide, Yttrium, and Barium Sulfate. These are all found in Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs). Tom Kaye, the scientist working on this, speculated that DB Cooper worked at Boeing during the SST project. This is the main story that hit the news two days ago. Barb did not work at Boeing, so at first look this sounds like possible proof that Barb was not DB Cooper. We aren’t so sure.
1. Prior to the jump, Barbara (then Bobby) was working at Lockheed Shipyard in Seattle as an electrical foreman. He would have been required to wear a tie at that time. We researched this in the past and found that ships that were being built then shared some parts with aircraft. There were also traces of titanium found on the tie. In our research, we found that the propellers on the ships were made from a titanium alloy. Ships also had Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) for their radar and navigation equipment, so these minerals would have been present at the shipyard, as well.
2. We believe that Barbara got the tie at the Goodwill, which could call into question any findings on the tie.
Basically it seems to us that the “citizen sleuths” investigating this are making the same mistake that the FBI originally did. They want to prove their theory, and they don't want to think outside the box. The "citizen sleuths" have maintained from the beginning that DB Cooper was likely a manager at Boeing. They are not willing to look at other possibilities.
Over the years, we have tried to disprove our own theory. But we have never heard anything that has led us to question whether our friend really was the legendary hijacker. In fact, new information that has come to light has made us even more sure that our friend was telling the truth 40 years ago in our living room.
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On July 10 and 11, 2016, we were featured in the mini-series, D B Cooper: Case Closed? on the History Channel. We were a bit disappointed that our one hour and forty-five minute interview was cut down to about three minutes.
The mini-series turned out to be mainly about trying to prove one theory about D B Cooper. We were, however, happy with the ending. The suspect that was the main focus of the documentary was disproven, and our suspect was left as one of only a few suspects that that FBI has not been able to disprove.
The FBI anounced that they are closing the case and will only reopen the investigation if some of the money or the parachute are found. The reason given is that the case is 45 years old and multiple hours have been wasted and there are more pressing issues at this time that the man power could be used on.
The vast majority of the people who have read our book believe that Barbara was D B Cooper. To our knowledge, the F B I never looked at the vast amount of circumstantial evidence we presented to them. We are leaving the decision on this to public opinion. Thanks to all of you who remain so supportive of our theory.
Watch this space for new developments.
Ron and Pat Forman
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