Former Newspaper Editor Uncovers New Clues in D. B. Cooper Skyjacking Case

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Public and FBI records show significant oversights in the Cooper investigation. These include the speed of the Boeing 727, the unlikelihood of an accomplice on the ground, the probability Cooper didn't jump from Flight 305, and the potential for Cooper being a woman, according to author Art Spinella.

Is it possible after more than 40 years, scores of books, thousands of investigative news articles and ongoing FBI searches there can be fresh clues and unanswered questions in the D. B. Cooper skyjacking case?

Former newspaper and magazine reporter and editor Art Spinella believes there are. And he has wrapped them in a novel entitled "Drago #4."

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as outlined in the book, D. B. Cooper skyjacked Flight 305 on Thanksgiving Eve, 1971, demanded $200,000 and ordered the Boeing 727-100 to fly to Mexico. It is the only unsolved skyjacking in U.S. history.

Some of the questions, according to Spinella:

"Was Cooper an expert or former military parachutist? Unlikely and unnecessary.

"Are there major and crime-altering discrepancies in the speed and course of the flight? Very much so.

"Did Cooper die in the jump? No.

"Did the FBI alter facts to cover mistakes in its investigation? Highly likely.

"Did Cooper have an accomplice on the ground? Highly unlikely.

"Did Cooper have an accomplice in the aircraft? Extremely likely," he says.

While Spinella makes no pretenses of having solved the mystery of who Cooper actually was, the book contains actual FBI and public-record reports and details critical new facts. According to the novel, there are strong indications the Bureau missed pertinent information that could have solved this case four decades ago.

"Drago #4" is the fourth in the Drago Mystery Series. Each is based on actual events.

Contact: Art Spinella, Author of the Drago Mystery Series / 541-260-0847

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