Eatonville author Bruce Smith
Photo courtesy: Bruce Smith
Local author, Bruce A. Smith, announced this week that his book, DB Cooper and the FBI – A Case Study of America’s Only Unsolved Skyjacking – has been published by CreateSpace, a division of Amazon.
Smith’s work is the first comprehensive study of this iconic crime that has baffled the FBI for over forty years. In 1971, a man known as DB Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient 727 inbound to Seattle [from Portland, OR.], and after exchanging the passengers for $200,000 and four parachutes he parachuted into the rainy nights skies north of Portland. He has never been since and nothing was ever found of the skyjacking until a young boy uncovered $5,800 worth of ransom buried on a Columbia River beach eight years later. Adding to the intrigue, no one knows how the money got there or when.
However, Smith has discovered that sloppy police work is one of the reasons the case has not been resolved. In 2002, the FBI lost critical evidence, and now close examination of federal records reveal that their primary technical consultant on the case, Earl Cossey, lied to authorities. More troubling, DB Cooper had a 40-hour head start before anyone went looking for him in the woods near Amboy, WA. Flaws in the investigation abound, and besides examining how DB Cooper “Beat Da Man,” Smith’s book offers a glimpse into how law enforcement truly functions. It’s not a pretty picture – but it is a good read.
Amazon offers DB Cooper and the FBI – A Case Study of America’s Only Unsolved Skyjacking as a “print-on-demand’ book and is available for $25, plus shipping and handling, at: https://www.createspace.com/5817285. In addition, it will be available at area bookstores in mid-April, with at least one book signing anticipated at Lemuria in Yelm.
Smith is also the publisher of The Mountain News, an online news journal covering the communities of southern Pierce and eastern Thurston and Lewis counties.