The best thing about being on vacation is reading newspapers from other towns. I read in the Seattle Times yesterday that there is a new theory about who D.B. Cooper is. It seems that Ron and Pat Forman of Puyallup, Washington are writing a book entitled “The Legend of D.B. Cooper: Death by Natural Causes.”
In case you forgot, D.B. Cooper highjacked a plane in 1972 out of Seattle and parachuted out of the plane with $200,000 in ransom money. The crime has not been solved.
The Formans claim that they knew a woman by the name of Barb Dayton who is actually D.B. Cooper. Barb was born Bobby Dayton and he decided to have a sex change operation. Barb or Bobby was despressed and suicidal due to his gender problems and decided to highjack the plane. He described in detail how he jumped from the plane in Oregon and hid the money at a farm. When Barb/Bobby died in 2002, the Formans decided to research the tales that she/he had told them and found the stories about boar hunting, sky diving and gold mining to be true. This led the Formans to think that maybe she/he was telling the truth about the highjacking as well.
The FBI does not believe the story though. Barb/Bobby was only 5′ 8″ tall and the flight attendants described D.B. Cooper as being 5′10′ to 6′ tall. Also, there was DNA recovered from a tie clip (although it may not be D.B.’s anyway) and it does not match Barb’s DNA. The Formans however are convinced that the have the right man, or woman!