After publishing my post on D.B. Cooper, Previous Post Here, a comment was left by Lyle Christiansen, the brother of Kenneth Christiansen, who claims that Kenneth was in fact the legendary D.B. Cooper.
I contacted Lyle by email and he replied with a letter he had sent to Geoffrey Gray of nymag.com detailing all the “evidence” that should prove that Kenneth Christiansen was in fact D.B. Cooper. Here is a link to an article written by Geoffrey Gray regarding the D.B. Cooper case on December 21, 2007. Read article here. Geoffrey at the time of his article, thought that Kenneth Christiansen was D.B. Cooper. But he apparently now has doubts.
I just don’t think Lyle gets it. His brother, Kenny, is not D.B. Cooper.
After reading the entire letter Lyle sent by email, and trying to grasp all the claims he was making regarding his brother, Kenneth, as being D.B. Cooper, he still left one really big detail out, as well as some other evidence as well.
Discrepancies between Kenneth Christiansen and D.B. Cooper:
Kenneth has hazel eyes D.B. Cooper had brown eyes as reported by the witnesses.
Kenneth was 5’8” in height D.B. Cooper was reported as 5’10” to 6’ in height
Kenneth was 150 lbs D.B. Cooper was reported as around 175-180 lbs
Kenneth had a normal white complexion D.B. Cooper was reported as having dark or olive skin coloring
Really, the only similarities are they both smoked the same brand of cigarettes, drank bourbon, and had knowledge of planes and parachuting. And Kenneth does resemble the first composite sketch of D.B. Cooper, but not the second composite.
To me, the similarities aren’t enough for me to conclude that Kenneth Christiansen was D.B. Cooper.
Lyle claims that this picture (right) was taken by Kenneth himself in March 1972. Which would be him taking this photo somewhere around 3 to 4 months after the skyjacking. Why would he wait so long to take this picture? Did he get caught up in the hype and just wanted it to look like he had something to do and/or was D.B. Cooper? Or was he just simply working for a commercial cleaning service at that time?
Was this photo just a plant for everyone to think he might be D.B. Cooper when in fact he might be covering for how he really came into a lot of money all of a sudden after the skyjacking?
And I don’t see any resemblance to the more accurate sketch (composite B) from the FBI. Kenneth only resembles the first composite sketch done by the FBI. But the eyewitnesses state that the second sketch, composite B, is the more accurate depiction of what D.B. Cooper looked like. What do you think?
The first photo at top, is the first composite, along with a picture of Kenneth.
Now, below, is the second composite that witnesses say is the most accurate depiction of D.B. Cooper. You be the judge.
And finally, the money. The money found in 1980 ($5,880) on the bank of the Columbia River is the biggest clue in the whole skyjacking case.
What Lyle Christiansen’s letter left out was the part about the money. He mentioned nothing about the money whatsoever.
There is documented proof that Kenneth Christiansen had come into a lot of money just after the skyjacking that took place on November 24, 1971. Kenneth was practically throwing money around, and spending a lot of money.
But every serial number of the ransom money from the D.B. Cooper case was recorded. An NO bills have ever been found in circulation. The only bills ever recovered is the $5,880 found at the river. So whatever money Kenneth Christiansen was spending, it couldn’t have been the ransom money from the skyjacking by D.B. Cooper.
This fact alone rules out Kenneth Christiansen as the legendary D.B. Cooper. Kenneth, if he was D.B. Cooper, never spent a dime of the money. And not only that, he left $5,880 near the river. So for whatever reason he took the photo above, the white bag might contain money – but it isn’t the ransom money.
Here is a great link (below) to all the suspects in the D.B. Cooper case, including William Pratt Gossett, who is another great suspect. But in his case as well, he spent and gambled most of the money he came into suddenly away. So his money too, was not that of the D.B. Cooper ransom money. He may fit a lot of the other pieces, but without a link to the money, no conclusion can be made. Suspects List here
The FBI agrees with my conclusion as well. Or maybe I should say I agree with the FBI. Either way, here’s a link to the article published on October 26, 2007 where the FBI rejects Kenneth Christiansen as D.B. Cooper. FBI rejects latest suspect
So, no matter how much Lyle Christiansen wants his brother to be D.B. Cooper, it isn’t going to happen. And I would believe the eyewitnesses themselves, who stated that the photos of Kenneth Christiansen was not that of D.B. Cooper. They saw the guy and interacted with him. If they say that Kenneth Christiansen is not D.B. Cooper, then that answers that. Case closed for Kenneth Christiansen (and Lyle Christiansen).
But the case isn’t closed yet. It still is being investigated by attorney Galen Cook. And he states that William Pratt (Wolfgang) Gossett is the best suspect so far in the case. And, supposedly the FBI has also not ruled him out either as a suspect. DNA tests are being carried out still.
Until all fingerprints and DNA evidence are tested, and any new witnesses come forward, this case will remain unsolved. We may never know who the real Dan Cooper (D.B. Cooper) is, but his legendary status will remain.
Sorry Lyle. I know you really believe that Kenneth was D.B. Cooper, but you must face the facts.
emailed letter from Lyle Christiansen