Adam Housley reports from Los Angeles
The mysterious airplane hijacker known as “D.B. Cooper, ” who has eluded authorities for more than 45 years, was an ex-military paratrooper from Michigan who boasted about the daring heist to a friend, a publisher plans to expose Thursday.
Michigan publisher Principa Media tells Cooper was former military paratrooper and intelligence operative Walter R. Reca, and Principa worked with Reca’s best friend, Carl Laurin, in compiling the evidence. While the publisher did not disclose if Reca was still alive, an obituary online lists Reca, of Oscada, Mich ., as having been killed in 2014 at persons under the age of 80.
“Evidence, including almost-daily debates over a 14 -year period and 3+ hours of audio recordings featuring the skyjacker, was compiled by Reca’s best friend. It was then analyzed by a Certified Fraud Examiner and forensic linguist, ” the publisher said in a news release. “The audio recordings, created in 2008, include Reca discussing skyjacking details that were not known to the public prior to the FBI’s information release in 2015. “
An FBI sketch of D.B. Cooper and Walter Reca during a rare visit home in 1984 during his clandestine years working in the Countries of the middle east. ( FBI/ Photo courtesy of Principia Media)
The publishing company worked with Laurin for the memoir “D.B. Cooper& Me: A Criminal, A Spy, My Best Friend, ” and plans to present evidence at a press conference on Thursday in Grand Rapids connecting the crime to Reca. Evidence includes 😛 TAGEND
Witness witnes from an individual who spoke with Reca within an hour of his jumping
Documentation concerning how the $200,000 in stolen cash was spent
Confessions from Reca to two someones at two different times
An article of clothing Reca wore during the jump