Robert Rackstraw, who many researchers suspect could have been behind the infamous D.B. Cooper skyjacking, has reportedly passed away at the age of 75. Thanks to his ties to Oregon, where the legendary 1971 caper took place, as well as a checkered past which included faking his own death to avoid criminal charges and spending time in prison for grand theft, he wound up popping up on the proverbial radar of investigators looking into the case shortly after the skyjacking occurred.
In 1978, the FBI briefly considered Rackstraw to be a person of interest in the case, but ultimately ruled him out in part because he was only 28 at the time that the crime took place and, therefore, seemingly did not match the age description provided by witnesses. Be that as it may, independent researchers were not so quick to dismiss the possibility that the retired pilot with military parachute training and a penchant for criminal activity could have been D.B Cooper.
In recent years, Rackstraw's name rose to prominence in Cooper research circles as well as the mainstream media due to the dogged work of journalist Thomas Colbert and his 40-person cold case team which includes a bevy of experts and former law enforcement officials. Since 2011, the group compiled a considerable amount of evidence which they say clearly indicates that Rackstraw was the mysterious skyjacker. Colbert and company detailed their findings in both a book, titled The Last Outlaw, as well as a documentary that aired on the History Channel in 2016.
More on this story, including how Rackstraw responded to being a prime suspect in the Cooper case, at the Coast to Coast AM website.