Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How do you know Walter Reca is D.B. Cooper?

A. After years of questioning from his best friend Carl, Walt confessed to both Carl and his niece Lisa, both of whom are still alive. Our team also spent several years conducting a private investigation with a forensic linguistic and interviewing dozens of individuals to confirm Carl and Lisa’s story. Additionally, we have hundreds of sensitive documents from Walt’s life that confirm his actions after the skyjacking and his years as an intelligence operative.


Q. Why is this story only coming out now?

A. Walter refused to confess except to two individuals - his niece Lisa, and his best friend Carl. Both knew better than to spread the secret before Walter had passed away, which he did in 2014. Now, as a tribute to his best friend and in an effort to set the story straight, Carl is revealing Walt’s identity to the world.


Q. What happened to the money? Was it ever spent?

A. After the hijacking, Walter spent the money at places which routinely dealt with large cash deposits in order to avoid detection. He purchased a house, furniture, and smaller items with cash and put the remainder in a safety deposit box in a Canadian bank. He also gave a bundle of bills to his friend Don, the man who picked him up and drove him home after the jump.


Q. Why does he look so different from the police sketch?

A. There were 4 police sketches originally, and the one they settled on became the most recognized – but not necessarily the most accurate. We are also aware that eye-witness accounts can be imprecise, and it’s not unusual to find the actual person looks very different from his or her sketch.


Q. How could anyone have survived such a crazy jump?

A. After his military paratrooper experience and extensive time performing daredevil jumps with the Michigan Parachute Club, that jump was not the most dangerous Walt had ever performed. He used his years of experience in jumping in all types of weather, from many heights, and under extensive stress to complete the jump.


Q. How can you propose a totally different flight path for the plane than the one publicly stated by the FBI?

A. Walt landed outside of Cle Elum, Washington, near the old Teanaway Junction Cafe. We believe the government may have intentionally provided a false flight route to preserve the landing zone as a crime scene, or they may have already had Walt in mind as a potential operative and wanted to protect him from being found and convicted.


Q. How can you know that Walter Reca was actually working for the
intelligence community?

A. Besides his own verbal confession, Walt sent dozens of sensitive documents to Carl for safekeeping, including Walt’s many foreign IDs and passports, legal documents, and coded messages from his time as an operative. Our team has thoroughly investigated the evidence and is convinced that Walt was working as an operative in the intelligence world.



Read more about Walter Reca's life before and after the skyjacking