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Leap of Faith

The neo-Nazi-hunter who solved the D.B. Cooper hijacking case

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Skipp Porteous has been a minister, a First Amendment activist, a convert to Judaism, and a mole hired by the FBI to infiltrate neo-Nazi groups. But it’s his work over the past few years as a private investigator that led him to the famously unsolved case of a man known only by the alias “D.B. Cooper,” who hijacked an airplane in 1971 and left it, midair, via the aft stairway with parachutes and $200,000 ransom, never to be seen or heard from again. As Porteous recounts in his new book Into the Blast: The True Story of D.B. Cooper, he was contacted nearly four decades after the Cooper incident by a man who had come to believe that his brother was the hijacker. After a two-year investigation, Porteous is inclined to agree. Reporter Jon Kalish spoke to this unusual private eye. 

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Nancy M says:

Very interesting case-much more fascinating than the sniveling airline worker who walked out from his job. DB Cooper is much more newsworthy – I’m surprised his name wasn’t brought up more this past week. Jon Kalish interview really seamed all the pieces together for me- thanks and I’ll be looking for the book.

I listened to this podcast today and I just want to mention that I was co-author on this book, although Skipp is the major contributor, by far. Since the book was released in May 2010, we have discovered much more about Christiansen and especially the *alleged* accomplice, who is known in the book as ‘Mike Watson’. (not his real name) We will be updating the book in September.

Jon Kalish says:

This is the page devoted to the book by publisher Adventure Books of Seattle:

I am told that the publication of the book has prompted a number of people to come forward and “verify some of the items in the book.” A History Channel special on the book is in the works.

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Leap of Faith

The neo-Nazi-hunter who solved the D.B. Cooper hijacking case

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