- Sep 4, 2004
Here's an article on Tom Colbert, the TV Newsman who believed Rackstraw was Cooper, and tried to get him to confess, so they could sell the story to television:San Diegan featured in program about notorious D.B. Cooper skyjacking case dies.
Robert Rackstraw was the subject of a 2016 miniseries examining the unsolved case from 1971
But it all ends in denials and catfishing lesbians...Colbert's original cover plan: to lure him with the offer of consultant work on a fictitious TV show about a group of mercenaries, in the vein of The A-Team or The Expendables. "I'd thought, 'Why don't we try to do our own Argo?'" he recalls. Colbert had grown convinced that this old U.S. Army soldier with a distinctive criminal record, Robert W. Rackstraw, was in fact D.B. Cooper, who in 1971 skyjacked a Boeing 727 and then — with $200,000 in ransom money — parachuted from the plane into the Pacific Northwest night and enduring American myth.