RobertMBlevins

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  1. Well, the Seahawks got pretty well whipped by the Raiders today. Next week maybe we will do better. I did glance at those previous posts. The only thing I saw of any worth was at least some of you haven't lost your sense of humor. The remainder I wouldn't grace with an answer.
  2. In reply to 377: Well, you are the expert on these parachute facts, not me. I don't know for sure why Cooper picked the chute he did. If KC was the guy, I just made a guess there. And if he WAS the guy, he hadn't jumped in a really long time, probably since 1946. Maybe the military one was just more familiar to him or something. Who knows? I'd love to go into this further, but it will have to wait. It's football day and I'm heading over to a friend's house in Puyallup to watch the Seahawks (hopefully) beat the Oakland Raiders.
  3. Nexus (who still doesn't have the courtesy to identify himself, at least a little bit) says in part: When I said Katy Watson lied about the timber sale it was easy to judge. Because she lied, and I was able to prove it easily through official records. I can also quote you several posts I've made here where I hold that the Christiansen story is a theory, mainly because although we have a great deal of verifiable circumstantial evidence against him, there is still no smoking gun that 100% links him definitely to the hijacking. I have said this multiple times. In fact, in my most comprehensive post here regarding KC, it says: 'Top 12 Reasons Kenny Christiansen COULD Be D.B. Cooper'. You can try to spin it any way you wish, but that is my position on the Christiansen/Cooper case. It is a theory supported by a fair amount of circumstantial evidence, and that is all. I said it then, and I'm saying it now, and I'm not saying it again for you. On second thought.... #12 - Christiansen's letters home express a common theme: He was unhappy with the airline he worked for, and after 19 years with them he was making less than $600 a month. Although most of his letters are upbeat and positive, he also spoke of money troubles and having to take side jobs just to keep food on the table. Jobs like picking apples and digging for a construction company at $3.50 an hour. #11 - When confronted by the History Channel, KC's friend and co-worker 'Mike Watson' said he hardly knew Kenny and thought he was a dishwasher. A week later he admitted he worked with Christiansen for years both on Shemya Island and in Seattle, and that KC attended his wedding in 1968. He also admitted he thought Kenny was the hijacker, but denied any involvement in the crime. #10 - Witness 'Dawn J' identified the tie tac in the official FBI picture as one she had seen Christiansen wear a few times...and she did this BEFORE she was told that Kenny was a suspect in the DB Cooper hijacking. Up to that point, she thought she was answering questions for a general biography on Christiansen's life. She also testified that Kenny owned a toupee, but said she never saw him wear it again after the date of the hijacking. An article from the Bremerton Sun in 1972 says that (at least for a while) the FBI believed the hijacker may have worn a toupee. #9 - Christiansen and 'Mike Watson's' whereabouts over Thanksgiving in 1970 and 1972 have been documented. They were having dinner at 'Helen J's' house in Sumner, WA. (Helen and her family were friends with both Kenny and the Watsons for twenty-five years) But Christiansen and Mike Watson's whereabouts for the ten day period around Thanksgiving 1971 are not accounted for. Watson left suddenly and returned about ten days later, telling his wife he had gone camping with a friend. When she tried to pin him down further, he told her "don't worry about it." Christiansen had told friends he was thinking about going back east to visit his relatives for Thanksgiving that year, but he never did. If he spent Thanksgiving alone, it would be the one and only time he did. #8 - On October 4, 2010, an interview was done for ten straight hours with witness 'Helen J' in Sumner, WA. One of the items that came out was this: She was POSITIVE that Christiansen smoked Raleighs. She remembered because he saved the coupons. #7 - In April 1972, about five months after the hijacking, Christiansen lent 'Dawn J', (Mike Watson's sister) $5,000 in cash to put a down payment on a house in Bonney Lake. She paid it back in two years. At the time, Christiansen was taking home about $512 a month, and living in a crummy little apartment in Sumner. #6 - In July, 1972, Christiansen purchased a house in Bonney Lake for $14,500 in cash from a close friend of the Watsons. It has been alleged that in 1999, $2,000 in twenty-dollar bills were found in a pile of stumps out back by some new owners and turned in to the Treasury Department. This story is currently being verified (owner has been located in Arizona) and the results should be known within a month. [*EDIT: Since this post was first made, the former owner was located not in Arizona, but Colorado. She said that this alleged money was found by a young boy, but not turned in to her, but to the boy's parents. She thought the amount was about $2,000. This matches the story given by Dan Rattenbury, the current owner of Christiansen's old house. This 1999 owner and Rattenbury have never met.*] #5 - Christiansen's deathbed statement to his brother Lyle: "There is something you should know, but I can't tell you..." This statement has been alleged as a confession that Kenny was gay. However, his family already knew he was since Kenny was in high school. #4 - When KC died, his estate lists the following: $400,000 in cash and a coin and stamp collection worth another $300,000, a car, and a house. No reasonable explanation has ever been forwarded as to how Kenny managed to acquire so much before his death. According to available tax records found among his papers, he never exceeded $20,000 a year in income, with most years far below $10,000 declared. #3 - In two separate and unrelated interviews, both 'Dawn' and 'Helen', who knew Kenny well, said they suspected from the start that Kenny was the hijacker. And like the people Christiansen worked with at the airline, they also wondered why Kenny NEVER spoke of the hijacking, ever...even when everyone else was abuzz about it. They described it as 'strange'. *Helen said she always thought the FBI would speak to both Watson and Christiansen about the hijacking, and wondered why they never did. (*From her October 4 interview) #2 - The break-in by the alleged accomplice, Mike Watson: Within a month after Kenny's death in 1994, Watson drove from Woodinville, WA to Twisp, crossing two mountain passes each way and made a 500 mile trip just to steal his tugboat log from 1971. The log could have proved he wasn't on the job over Thanksgiving weekend 1971. It has been alleged he did this to cover occasional double-dipping of paychecks, but if this were true, he would have taken all seven logs in the box, not just one. #1 - Kenny's paratrooper experience. He writes home about carrying 90-pound loads and jumping 'into the blast' from the prop wash of C-46 cargo planes. Out of 278 men in his paratroop training class, he was one of only 80 who finished training. One telling point might be the selection of parachutes by the hijacker. A person who had jumped more recently might have selected the larger sport chute. A person who hadn't jumped since World War 2 and had only jumped with military chutes might pick the NB-6. I'm going to toss in one more thing to the list: Kenny's scrapbook collection of articles about Northwest Airlines. He had a collection of clippings about NWA that starts with his work in 1949 on Shemya Island with the last article from the summer of 1971, a few months before the hijacking. And although he actually worked part-time for the airline for many years after the hijacking, he never added another clipping again. No one knows why. There are a few more items on this list, but they are items related to the History Channel program, and I am not allowed to reveal them until the show airs, which will probably be in January 2010. Both the television show and the new edition of the book will use the real names of the witnesses.
  4. Nexus says in part: No. That is not what I said. You are misquoting me. I have said all along that the Christiansen/Cooper theory is just that - A THEORY. Please do not put words into my mouth. I did some interviews. Skipp Porteous is the investigator.
  5. Nexus says in part: Okay, you win. It's not the chute. I didn't know who Emrich was. Like I've said before, I'm NOT a professional DB Cooper investigator. I'm just a guy who was asked to do some interviews, and my involvement has been less than two years. Before that, I had no more knowledge of the Cooper case than any other Washingtonian. And to tell you the truth, I'm glad to be mostly done with it. My next book is much more fun. I'm doing a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde tale titled Revenge Story. More entertaining than the Cooper case, I hope.
  6. Nexus says in part: I never said the military pilot story held water. That was THE POINT of questioning the FBI's official story about the Amboy chute. You try to figure them out. I certainly can't. They say it's silk. I have brought doubts to that claim. Their explanations about the Amboy chute, IMHO, just don't make sense. I noticed on their website that they mention nothing about testing of the material. Their official statement makes it sound as if they just took Earl Cossey's word and that was it. Of course, since the official position of the FBI today is that Cooper died in the jump, this claim of silk just advances that position. THEY are the ones saying they think it was the one used by Floyd Walling, not me. It's almost as if you are being delberately confusing for the benefit of the folks who read this thread. Side Note: I can't go into details of course, but be assured I was pretty tough on the Bureau during filming of the television program. For a bunch of people who claim to need help from the public in solving the case, they sure haven't been very cooperative with the public. Link to PI article: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/357259_parachute02.html
  7. Nexus says in part: They are the primary investigators of the Cooper case, that's why. They are the holders of most, if not all, of the known physical evidence.
  8. 377 says in part: Oh, I wasn't trying to discredit Linn, I just had not heard his name before regarding the Cooper case. He probably meant well, although a lot of folks thought they knew who Cooper was at the start of the investigation. I'm sure that if Linn subbed a name to the FBI, then that person was checked out. As far as the Amboy chute, I agree parameters need to be established, that is, an actual list of facts that ARE known about the chute. This means basic type, size, etc. One thing I can't figure out about the Seattle FBI lately is this: Back in 2008 you have Larry Carr making a video and asking the public for their help in solving the hijacking. But when you try to contact them or ask questions, they have clamped a lid down on any comments to the public, and this means everybody. What in the heck is THAT about? Investigation is a two-way street and if you can't go to the source (the FBI) and get some simple questions answered, then how can you assist them in solving the case? In other words, why the sudden turnaround in cooperation by the FBI? This happened shortly after they discovered the parachute in Amboy. When the History Channel was doing research for the upcoming show, execs managed to get the agent on the phone who was doing the public relations thing in Seattle. He would not answer even the simplest questions, nada, nothing, no comment. And this contact was set up in advance through the Seattle office, so the agent on the other end of the line knew he was speaking to a legitimate person from the History Channel, not just some anonymous Joe Blow. I have this from a senior exec at HC and they were highly disappointed by the FBI's response to their inquiries. Mostly...they were asking about the parachute, too, an item where the FBI has actively recruited the public's help on ID'ing it. The whole thing does not make sense, and neither does their lame story claiming the parachute can't be Cooper's because Earl Cossey says it is silk. I still hold to the premise that SILK ROTS when you bury it for either 37 years (Cooper) or 63 years (military pilot story). When you see the picture of the chute at the FBI site, it doesn't look rotted at all. It's almost certainly NYLON. So there is a conflict here, and the FBI has refused to comment on it. I am not a skydiver, so my terminology is often amateur. The only thing I've heard is that the chute was found without the harness and container, whatever that means. 377 also says: Well, I did write a lot of that opening chapter myself and it was a total guess on whether such a bundle should be held until chute deployment, or tossed away from the jumper beforehand. I've made a note of this, and I will change that part in the new edition of the book. Thanks. Sluggo says in part: I don't know about this, but the power requirements would be enormous. I would ask Robert Zemeckis and Steven Speilberg about it. Side Note: Guess I was wrong about Nexus being Brent Butler. My sincere apologies to Nexus on that one.
  9. I have a suspicion that 'Nexus' is the same guy who was stalking Adventure Books of Seattle around Amazon.com. His name would be Brent Butler. He got the Cooper book on our free download that we did for six weeks, and then he trashed it at Amazon and said we got our friends to put up the 'good' reviews. When I tried to answer some of his questions, this just pissed him off. He ended up hunting down our only other free book, 'Robinson Crusoe - Special Redux Edition' and doing the same thing. On that one, he never read past the Foreword. 'Special Redux' was trashed simply because we edited it from the original Defoe work. This guy didn't even realize that Redux was only one in a long list of modifications to the famous book. There have been more than 30 versions published of Crusoe... We've received nice messages from teachers about that book, who said it was the only way they could get their students to actually read it. After that last fiasco, he quit following us around. There were no more freebies to trash. When Nexus said this, I finally figured out he was probably Brent Butler: This is a reference to Skipp Porteous. Skipp thought Brent was a woman at first, and then Brent corrected him in a comment at Amazon. I would say the second part is the MOST correct. (laughs)
  10. Orange 1 says in part: You are correct about this, but then if you don't you can't blame people for not taking you seriously. You could be just some sixth-grader from Kankakee, Illinois with a computer. Not you personally, but anyone who snipes at you in anonymity. The real point here is that I answered the freefall question about Kenny as honestly as I could.
  11. Nexus says in part: You are engaging in baiting and obviously have personal issues. I've stalked a deer occasionally, but that's about it. You should loosen up a bit and enjoy life. Turn up your speakers and listen to this at You Tube. Trust me, you'll love it.
  12. Again, Nexus: It is traditional to introduce yourself in polite company. Why are you afraid to do this? You quoted from the book, but there is also a note at the beginning of that chapter: A POSSIBLE scenario. Key words. And who are YOU, I might ask? Don't bother. From your statement below, I already know. You said it. I didn't.
  13. Nexus asks: Because we have to assume Cooper didn't tie a static line to the airstairs when he jumped. BTW: Do you have an actual name and identity? It's traditional to introduce yourself in polite company.
  14. 377 asks a legitimate question: Well, the only thing we have regarding Kenny's paratroop experience in Japan are his letters and some testimony from Lyle Christiansen. First, I'd like to mention an important point. I never said in the book or to the History Channel that I thought Kenny made any freefall jumps. We just established he was a paratrooper and that's all. The truth is, I assumed that in one of his letters when he wrote home about doing a 'demo jump' or two in front of small crowds I thought this meant a freefall jump. I am not a skydiver, and although I was in the Army I was not a paratrooper. After reading the responses here by Amazon and the experts on skydiving, I will defer to them on this. Without solid evidence to the contrary, I'll accept their word that it's unlikely Kenny made any freefall jumps, unless he did it privately and not while on duty. I've sent a message to Lyle Christiansen on this point, because early on in the investigation, I thought he had mentioned something about this, that is, Kenny jumping like that off-duty for money. But I can't swear to this until I hear more about it, so for now, we'll assume Amazon is right. One thing I've decided, though: We definitely have to cover Kenny's overseas experiences a lot better in the new edition of the book than we did in the original. I will make a serious effort to do this, I promise. I have a comment about this Linn Emrich person who supposedly gave the FBI a name. In the first few months after the hijacking, if the FBI got a name, you can be assured that person was thoroughly checked out by the FBI. They were going crazy trying to figure out who was the hijacker, and if someone from SkySports dropped a name on them, it's a sure bet that person had better have a solid alibi. They were beating the bushes pretty hard and checking out all names and suspects thoroughly. At least for a while. I think after the Richard Floyd McCoy thing they may have gotten a little lazy. (laughs)
  15. I don't know how to answer Sluggo's question on the reserve. *shrugs shoulders* The trainer chute went somewhere, I suppose. To be fair to Nexus, I'll answer his question 'why do you keep mentioning the FBI?' Because although they claim to want help from the public, they don't answer questions anymore about the case and sometimes I think they're not exactly forthcoming with the truth on certain details about their evidence. Like the Amboy parachute, for example.
  16. I'm sorry you don't like our rules around here at AB of Seattle, but then you are not the one who could be sued for up to a half-million dollars. That was the confidentiality agreement, and despite your protests I have no intention of violating it. The book is being edited as we speak. Some material is being removed, some added, including many new pictures and a few extra chapters. This was necessary because we found out a lot more about KC since March 2010. And yes...we were wrong on a few points. I'm confident we can present our theory with the best information available to us now. The new edition will be released on the same week the History Channel show airs.
  17. Yes. I have the original letters from Lyle Christiansen, not Skipp Porteous. I will have to pull the letter file and take a look. Kenny was sent to more than one station in Japan. And that's as far as I go on that question for now. Almost everything regarding this is confidential, but not for too long. I promise.
  18. All we have on that is what is in Kenny's letters home from Japan. 'Minimal gear' means no weapons, etc. They still used military canopies. When they did full gear, the loads sometimes approached 90 pounds. Dates of jumps for small crowds? I would have to check his letters. They were all in 1946, that's all I know right now. I have a couple of questions, too...and I don't care who answers. True or False: The hijacker offered Tina Mucklow two or three bundles of the ransom money, which she refused. Also For Your Consideration: The FBI says the parachute found in Amboy, WA in 2008 could not have been Cooper's. They base this mostly on their claim that the found chute was silk, and not nylon. (A nylon chute was used by the hijacker.) Yet, it is a known fact that silk is biodegradable, and the chute displayed by the FBI doesn't have any visible damage, even after being buried in the wet ground for (according to the FBI) 63 years. Yes or No Poll: Do you think the FBI is lying about the chute being silk? Possible motivation: Their official position today is that Cooper probably died in the jump. If they had to admit that the Amboy chute could have been Cooper's, this position would go out the window.
  19. NexusofCivility asks in part: Quade: I'm not mad at Georger. Everything's cool. The jumps Kenny made carrying full gear with the guys in his company were all static line. On a few others he jumped in smaller groups where they went freefall with minimal or no military gear. These were mostly demo jumps for small crowds. I think it was some kind of public relations deal while the US was controlling postwar Japan for a couple of years. Most of his jumps, but not all, were made from a C-46. See picture link below.
  20. Georger says in part: Are you kidding me? There are like 450+ pages of stuff on this thread. No, I didn't 'look it up'. I LIVE in Washington, and even a dummy like me knows there's a lot more ground down below than rivers. It was common sense to say the odds were against a water landing. Pilfering? Plagiarism is both stupid and illegal. Everyone knows I like Cory Doctorow, but I also respect copyright completely.
  21. Georger says: Why should I go 'look it up'? It's YOUR odds, look it up yourself and post it if you wish. Or are you claiming the chances of a water landing are greater? Doesn't really fit the facts. What number is that? You didn't SAY the number. Sure it did. Doesn't mean everything on it is accurate, does it?
  22. Use common sense here. Who in their friggin' right mind is going to jump from 10,000 feet at night in the rain going 200mph and plan on floating happily down the nearest river with a big, fat payload? Not a chance. Does it matter? You would be dead anyway. You go into the Columbia, you are DEAD. It's deep, fast, and the cold will kill you quick anyway. Forget about getting to shore, the current is swifter than it looks. Deep enough to be dead. And in that case, buried as well. Trust me. You go into the Columbia at night with a parachute and a heavy bag, you're gonna die. Water or mud grave, the results will be the same. You hit one of the tributaries like the Lewis or Washougal, they'll find you splattered on the rocks. Think about where they found the placard. Then take a look at where Flight 305 would have been two minutes later. According to First Officer Rataczak, they were not over the Columbia when Cooper jumped. I have another point for all you water-landing buffs. If you compare the square mileage of the possible jump zone and factor in the actual square mileage of that in areas covered by water, the land is a much more likely landing spot. In other words, the odds are very high against a water landing.
  23. Amazon says in part: Skipp Porteous and I actually have a theory on this one, and it's a lot less complicated. IF (in capital letters) Kenny C was the guy on Flight 305, he may have been a former Army paratrooper, but he hadn't jumped since about 1946 - that's fifteen years. We also know he never jumped with a civilian chute, ever. And if he ever jumped after he got out of the Army, he would certainly have told his family about it. Our best information says he never jumped after he got out of the service, and although he did it in the Army every chance he got (for the jump pay), he was ALWAYS nervous about it. His letters home to Minnesota from his Army time in Japan state this clearly. We theorized that when the chutes arrived, Kenny made a choice to use the one he was most familiar with - the military one. He probably just didn't notice the reserve he was using was a sewn-shut trainer. I imagine he just missed it, and that his heart was probably going 140 beats or better when he started going down those airstairs. But at that point, there was no turning back. You either jump...or face the rest of your life in prison. It's a good motivator.
  24. It was a nice message. I thought the Dorkzone video was good, though. It was a LOT of work, and I can appreciate that.
  25. Tea Party? Yeah...you should see what they got onto the official GOP platform in Maine. 'Top Ten Dumbest Things the Tea Party Supports': http://adventurebooks.newsvine.com/_news/2010/06/17/4519962-top-ten-dumbest-things-the-tea-party-supports