On July 8, 2016 the Seattle F.B.I. announced they were ‘allocating resources dedicated to the D.B. Cooper case to other matters’. Which means they were no longer going to investigate the case. According to a Seattle Times report, the F.B.I. did qualify this statement a bit by adding that if new or compelling evidence came forward, that the Bureau would reopen the case.
But if the Seattle F.B.I. was hoping that the Cooper case would simply ‘go away,’ and the constant tips stop coming in, they were wrong. Seattle F.B.I. agent Ayn Dietrich-Williams admitted the tips just kept on coming, no matter what the F.B.I. did to try and make the public lose interest. The F.B.I. also claimed they had investigated every possible suspect over the years, and checked out all credible tips.
Strangely enough, the F.B.I. has kept other famous cases open, such as the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975, as well as the Zodiac serial killer case that predates the Cooper case. Could there be a different, unsaid reason why the F.B.I. chose to close the Cooper case? If so, what could possibly be the reason they did?
Perhaps they had discovered the identity of the hijacker, found out he was dead anyway, and decided to leave it at that. This was the story presented to the staff of Adventure Books of Seattle about a month after the F.B.I. closed the case.
A few weeks after the Seattle F.B.I. made their announcement on the Cooper case, we received an email from a guy named Troy Bentz, who said he lived in the Washington D.C. area and was a civilian engineer for the U.S. Navy. He had a security clearance he said, and an amazing story to tell. Because he didn’t think we’d believe his story, he provided extensive details to support his claim, including naming two other witnesses and providing not only their phone numbers, but the places where they worked. All three men were present, Bentz said, when a fourth man, an F.B.I. agent named John Jarvis, made a shocking revelation about the recently-closed Cooper case:
This is Troy Bentz. I work at a Navy development lab called NSWC Dahlgren, here in King George, VA. I’m an engineer. Last night I went on a work outing up to a Washington Nationals baseball game, Nats over the Giants 5-1. The other three guys live in Fredericksburg, so we met there and drove up.
One of the guys was an FBI agent (whom I had not met) and on the way up Hwy 95 we passed Quantico, where he works, and I asked him to tell us a few FBI stories- which he did, mostly involving murder investigations- some crazy stuff I did not expect. I’m not sure what this guy does, exactly, 25 year veteran…’
‘Anyway, about two hours later we’re having a beer and I say, “Hey, I’ve gotten interested in the DB Cooper case involving this author who lives out in Washington and the FBI, etc.” He smiled and said, “40 year old case,” and shook his head and smiled. I then explained a little to the other guys about DB Cooper and this agent, John, says, “The case was closed two weeks ago- the guy is dead.”
After a moment I caught myself and thought, “Wait a minute!” I turned to the agent and said “He’s dead? You mean Kenny Christiansen?” Then, he smiled and closed his eyes and motioned slowly with his hands upwards and smiled and gave me this funny eyes-closed nod, shrugging his shoulders.
Robert, I can’t explain it exactly to you, but this agent told me that it was Kenny- and that he’s not supposed to say. I am telling you that is what this look said. I wish you could have seen it. Here is a guy who works at Quantico and he knows all about the DB Cooper case and he said the guy is dead and he gave me this odd expression, indicating Kenny.
Then, I told the other guys at the table that Kenny was a Northwest Orient employee and was never suspected. Then, the FBI agent said, “You would be surprised at how often most of the things like this are inside jobs.” Boom- he stated that it was an inside job! That’s Kenny!
So, I didn’t want to push him and didn’t say much else, but I couldn’t help myself and five minutes later I said, “It was Kenny, right?” Again, he smiled and gave me this slow head nod thing. That was it. Same thing. It’s Kenny.
Robert, I am telling you the truth. The agent’s name was John Jarvis. I just met the guy through my other friend John (last name withheld by Adventure Books). I’m not sure you will believe all this, but it’s true. It happened outside at a sidewalk bar a few blocks from the stadium last night…’
Bentz’s email went on to describe the jobs he and his two friends did for the government, all their information for verification, and the fact that all of them held security clearances. He added that this could be the reason why Agent Jarvis felt safe dropping the truth about the D.B. Cooper case on all of them.
Since Bentz had provided SO many details, names, phone numbers of witnesses, we took him seriously. (He did get the score of the game wrong, however.) He gave us everything but the kitchen sink to work with, in order to confirm he was telling the truth, even a couple of personal references from where he worked.
And when we started checking Bentz’s story, it got even stranger. In the end, we decided that not only was Bentz being truthful, but that the F.B.I. closed the Cooper case for the reasons indicated by Agent Jarvis. See the amazing conclusion to this story HERE.