The Five Biggest Myths About AB of Seattle’s Investigation of the D.B. Cooper Case

blastcoverfrontMYTH:  We’ve had all sorts of offers for the movie rights to Into The Blast, the book that looks at Kenny Christiansen as the famous skyjacker.

TRUTH:  There have only been TWO offers. The first came from an anonymous client of Paradigm, the rep agency in New York City. They merely asked if the rights were available. We said yes. Later, they revealed themselves as representing CBS Films, and made a modest five-figure offer for the movie rights to Christiansen’s story. When they warned us that they planned to take ‘serious liberties’ with Kenny’s life story, and that some portions of the film might be ‘comedic,’ we turned down the offer. Soon afterward, CBS Films purchased the rights to author Geoffrey Gray’s book Skyjack, but later sold the rights to director Will Gluck’s (Friends With Benefits, Annie) production company.

The second, and only other offer, came from a film company in the Los Angeles area who had been researching the Cooper case for over a year, including visits to the biggest website on Cooper, the famous ‘DB Cooper Forum’. After some negotiations that included a certain amount of control over the script, we signed with them on January 23, 2017. Exactly one year later, since production shooting had not yet begun on the movie, they extended the option for an additional year. We are told that a third extension will almost certainly not be needed, since they are close to a partnership deal with another studio to do the picture. On a side note, we also provided the production company unlimited access to all public and confidential files collected during our seven-year investigation into Kenny Christiansen. Due to a confidentiality agreement we signed with the company, we are not allowed to reveal their name until they go public with a film announcement first.

shruggingMYTH: Adventure Books has hosted multiple online forums, which were closed down due to Terms of Service violations.

TRUTH: There is actually some truth in this one. We hosted two previous forums, and yes, both of them were shut down for Terms of Service violations. These violations stemmed from our responses to lies being told about us, and personal attacks being done, at another website discussing the Cooper case. Our newest forum has a policy of ignoring comments made by the other site, and we no longer discuss them there, even though they continue to bait us to the present day with hateful and insulting comments.

MYTH: Some of the witness testimony against Kenny Christiansen was simply ‘made up’ by the staff of Adventure Books.

TRUTH: All witness testimony is properly sourced by providing the true names of these witnesses, their locations, the dates of interviews, and are backed up by extensive notes and photographs. These files take up two large sets of drawers in our main office.

MYTH: Kenny Christiansen’s brother, Lyle Christiansen, was just trying to sell movie companies on the idea of a film about his brother, and really didn’t think he was the hijacker. He simply wanted to ‘cash in’ on Kenny’s story.

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One of many cartoons created over the years by Robert Blevins of Adventure Books regarding the hijacking.

TRUTH: Lyle Christiansen, a retired postal worker, was already about eighty years old when he came forward about his brother. He has actively participated in the investigation into Kenny, providing extensive documents, letters, and photographs. Later, on behalf of his family and for the estate of Kenny Christiansen, he signed a full release allowing the film company to tell his brother’s story – without being paid a dime. He has said that if Kenny’s story were made into a motion picture, that this would result in the truth at last. (We agree with him completely) On a side note, the family of the alleged accomplice, Bernie Geestman, has refused any money to disclose ‘Uncle Bernie’s’ role in the hijacking. Much of their testimony has been kept confidential for the upcoming movie.

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Brad Meltzer’s Decoded: The Kenny Christiansen/D.B. Cooper Episode

January 11, 2011:   America was introduced to a new suspect in the unsolved DB Cooper case, Kenny Christiansen.

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Christiansen, an unhappy employee of Northwest Airlines at the time of the hijacking, and a former WW2 paratrooper, was a reletive newcomer to the suspect list. He first came to light in October 2007 as the subject of an article in New York Magazine by best-selling author (Skyjack) Geoff Gray.

Christiansen soon turned out to be one of the most viable suspects in the case, despite detractors. After the book Into The Blast emerged detailing the initial evidence, History Channel produced and aired an episode on Christiansen for their show Brad Meltzer’s Decoded. Not only was a hiding spot discovered in his attic by former prosecutor and now-judge Scott Rolle, but alleged accomplice Bernard Wayne Geestman of Port Angeles, WA was later found to be lying to the cast of the show on key points. Geestman pointed to Christiansen as the hijacker, but witnesses verified he was WITH Christiansen for the entire week the hijacking occurred. Geestman also claimed to be at Ken Christiansen’s deathbed in 1994, when in reality he merely called on the phone. Since he hadn’t contacted Christiansen in many years, the most likely scenario is that he wanted to see if Christiansen planned on a last-minute confession. His ex-wife Margie pointed to him as an accomplice in a half-dozen or more interviews, and admitted in her final interview that it was Christiansen who was with her husband the week of the crime. After all of this emerged, she sold her ranch in Twisp, WA for a half-million bucks to Washington Fish and Game and told her lawyer and bank officer to not reveal where she was headed next.

Shortly after Bernie Geestman’s phone call to him, Christiansen told his brothers Lyle and Oliver while he lay dying:

“There is something you should know, but I cannot tell you…”

SCREENSHOT BELOW: (Link to actual article here)> An article at Newsvine.com about Bernie Geestman’s possible involvement in the hijacking:

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Four and a half years after the Decoded episode aired, a 74-page illustrated report file containing names, witness testimony, pictures, and key documents was submitted to the Seattle F.B.I. by the staff of Adventure Books of Seattle. It was the end result of an investigation that took years and included multiple interviews in the Northwest USA.

The public version of those files can be seen HERE.

Link to the Decoded episode on Christiansen:

http://www.history.com/shows/brad-meltzers-decoded/videos/brad-meltzers-decoded-db-cooper#

In the picture below, Christiansen is shown walking into his apartment in Sumner, WA between the Thanksgiving and Christmas of the hijacking. The picture is dated by the developer, as pictures were back then, and was found after Kenny died. He lived alone at the Rainier View Apartments, number J-3, which still exists today. Picture shows him having less hair than the hijacker, but witnesses who knew him for years testified he owned a toupee and sometimes wore it socially, although not on the job. One of the passengers who had seen Cooper extensively during the flight told the Washington State History Museum recently in an interview that he thought the hijacker may have been wearing a toupee. Christiansen is also carrying a paper bag and a briefcase, the same type of items carried on board the hijacked aircraft by Cooper.

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Humor In DB Cooper Land – Cartoons on the Infamous Bob Knoss

Bob Knoss, a guy who has been trying to convince people for years that the crew of Flight 305 were actually involved in the hijacking, is definitely ‘out there’ on the fringes. He was once interviewed by author Geoff Gray for Gray’s book on the case, Skyjack. When Knoss went off to the bathroom for a moment, Gray notes in his book that he saw porno pop up on Knoss’ computer as the screensaver.

That’s not the worst of it, though.

Knoss’ IP was traced to a number of obscene comments on an internet article about Cooper suspect Kenny Christiansen. Knoss goes on the attack against everyone no matter where he is on the internet, and has been banned from practically every website on Cooper.

Part of Knoss’ theory about the hijacking is that it was pulled off by Richard Floyd McCoy, the perpetrator of ANOTHER hijacking a few months after the DB Cooper gig. McCoy was caught soon afterward. More than a few people still believe that McCoy and Cooper were one and the same, so at first glance Knoss’ theory appears reasonable. But appearances CAN be deceiving.

Houston, We Have a Problem: Knoss also insists that he is in communication with Richard Floyd McCoy today, and that’s how he knows all of this. But McCoy was killed by the FBI in Virginia Beach on November 9, 1974. He had escaped Federal prison a few months previously, and when the FBI finally tracked him down…he was foolish enough to go for a gun and got a 12-gauge blast of buckshot in his chest. He died soon afterward.

Basically, when people look up ‘DB Cooper Nuts’ in the dictionary, a picture of Bob Knoss usually appears. After a while, I decided to create some cartoons about him, some of which are shown below.

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