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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
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-seres 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 onlya 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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