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  1. I found a single mention of Bald Mountain in the 302s, it comes from a newspaper clipping from '75.
  2. I think I've noticed that too... like for example with release #57, the Egg Harbor Suspect was getting talked about, and then boom, nearly half of the new pages seemed to be about him. That didn't feel like a coincidence to me, but who can say for sure... I still want to know what Carr thinks about the relevant files of the EHS and Shelton Lead... (if someone hasn't bothered him already about them, of course) Marty has a good recap of what we know about them on his blog, which could be a good jumping-off point. I assume they probably led to nothing, but I have been dying for some follow-up information on those two since first reading about them.
  3. Incoming slight diversion, but I think found evidence of a third body found in/near the dropzone during the search in the latest 302's... a 16 year old male named James Annis (page 103), identified via dental records. The others from what I've gathered were a 20-something male with no teeth available for identification and a young girl discovered under different circumstances, so all three were presumably different people.
  4. So that was a fascinating interview with Larry Carr... very interesting to hear his opinions on everything. The implications of what he said about the tie are disappointing but I suppose not wholly surprising. Anyone look into the composition of fingerprint powders yet that the FBI may have used on the tie back then? That being said, I pretty much agree with him on everything except Cooper dying! But I can see why that's a reasonable conclusion to make when nothing else ever went anywhere... I wasn't someone personally investigating the case after all. A little surprised he wasn't familiar with the Egg Harbor/Shelton suspects... but I suspect they probably aren't referred to as that in the Bureau, though. It would be interesting to ask him about the relative files and what he thinks of them/if there were any later developments with them. Seems like they confidently closed the book on McCoy who was in the same report from 2004 (FBI files part 52, page 189+), so I wonder if it's also the case with those two and we just don't have the relevant documents yet.
  5. How did she know Cooper (if at all) then?
  6. Anyone see that post by the profiler on the D. B. Cooper forum today? Who he describes sounds very eerily similar to Max Gunther's Dan LeClair. I'm almost tempted to think he lifted it straight out of the book, haha. Intriguing stuff.
  7. The first reply directly below has the link to the files. (The wetransfer link)
  8. Dr. Edwards has generously created & shared a keyword-searchable conversion of the FBI files! https://twitter.com/DrBobEdwards1/status/1519979114278670341
  9. Yeah, I've spent a little time looking into Italian-Americans from back then, and they can have a pretty "swarthy" or "olive" appearing complexion. It could be an interesting angle to look into further.
  10. So, uh... please forgive me for using this thread for this, but I don't know where else to ask it... but how is one supposed to join the D. B. Cooper Mystery Group on Facebook? I made an account and have tried joining several times over the past few days to no avail. It seems like my request is expiring for some reason, or I am just being flat-out rejected (which I sure hope isn't true). I don't mean to sound too whiny here, lol... it's just frustrating being locked out of what seems like a very active community for discussion of the case! If anyone can lend a hand, just hit me up and it would be very much appreciated.
  11. I don't have as keen of an eye of some of the others here, but I noticed there was a lot about the sketches. Of course it's a little hard to connect the dots of who is talking about who, because of the redactions - though the superiority of the "B" sketch over the original is stressed over and over again. One witness (one of the flight attendants, probably?) even says this:
  12. Foiled once again by redactions... but it's highly interesting to know that it's an edited photograph, and was considered the "closest match so far" by Mucklow (presumably?) as to how she remembered the hijacker... Flyjack, I believe I've heard you mention before that there were other suspects who were identified as strong/close matches for Cooper by the witnesses... out of curiosity, do you happen to know where this one would fall along that timeline? Did Mucklow ever identify any other suspect/picture (redacted or not) as a closer match for Cooper after late 1973?
  13. Yep, I think that as described in the book, Dan Leclair is a stellar match for the Cooper profile. Maybe the best so far I've heard of. The problem is determining what parts of his backstory are fabrications. It could be as little as just his name/aliases to huge parts of his life story and career (in the worst case, maybe even all of it). When I try to imagine what things he might lie about to conceal his identity, like maybe the names of companies he's worked for or places he's lived, it just ends up making it harder to identify him than before...
  14. Well, I finally got my hands on a copy of the elusive Gunther book (many thanks to who hooked me up with a copy - you know who you are). I've been fascinated by the connections between the Gunther book and the crime since I probably first started getting into this case. I know that it's been a fairly popular topic of choice in the case for a pretty long time now, so I'll try to keep this short... As others have mentioned before, it is a pretty brief read, and it wraps itself up fast (I was actually somewhat caught off guard by the abruptness of the ending). But sure enough, the connections to the case I was curious about were there. Despite finally reading the text for myself, I actually felt more conflicted about the book's contents and its overall accuracy than before. Some of the connections that others (and admittedly myself) have made seemed more strenuous or coincidental in context. But my overall feeling is still that there's something more to this book. I didn't get the impression once that Gunther was lying, not on purpose at least. What he writes come across as a story that has been passed on to him instead of something he made up on his own. But it's riddled with little details and mistakes that can be explained equally well by fabrications, fading memories, and changes to protect identities, which is I'd guess why it's such a hard book to analyze in the first place. Some things do, though, fall eerily well into place. The description of "Dan Leclair/Paul Cotton" ticks a lot of popular suspect boxes (working for multiple chemical companies being probably the hardest detail to ignore, and there's also a passage about him "loving" a potential job where he can work with his hands and wear a tie at the same time - a nearly perfect description of the type of career the wearer of Cooper's tie probably had?). There's also the short bit that seems to reference the infamous Elsinore Paracenter visits, which I actually missed at first, because the name Elsinore is not actually used - in fact, the skydiving center is not named in the text, but I would bet safely that someone else has already figured this bit out better than me - there can't have been too many other skydiving centers fitting the criteria of being "not too far from Los Angeles" at the time, anyways (if any). Without going into too much more detail, though, I thought it was a good read, if not a bit surreal. The possibility that I was reading the true story of what really happened to D. B. Cooper nagged at me the whole time. Was this part true? Was that part? Impossible to know now, probably, with Gunther (and most likely Cooper too) long gone. I've heard there's been some effort to get access to Gunther's notes through his heirs without success, which is a shame. It's their right to refuse to do so, of course, but I doubt we will ever learn more about the truthfulness of the book without those notes. That book is, in my eyes, just as big of a mystery as the Cooper caper itself.