Does This Random Stock Image Prove D.B. Cooper Was Once in Colorado?
The image that accompanies this story is an iStock image available through Getty Images. It is credited to the PInkterton Collection, 48 images that are mainly the scenery of the mountain Western United States.
But the 'D.B. photo' that is part of this stock image collection stands out. The actual description of this photo:
DB Cooper was Here - stock photo
A tree DB Cooper carved his name into in Colorado.
It's worth noting there is no more geographic information as to where in Colorado this tree may be found.
Conducting a reverse image search, there is no other found usage of this photo online. So are we to believe that a photographer randomly came across this tree in the Front Range somewhere and found the initials DB and attributed it to the infamous skyjacker?
There is a Colorado connection to the case. Key suspect Richard Floyd McCoy pulled of a copycat skyjacking from Denver a few months after the Cooper case. The FBI does not belive McCoy is the man who called himself Dan Cooper that day on Northwest Orient Flight 305 from Portland to Seattle.
Further, the skyjacker gave the pseudonym Dan Cooper. The D.B. is a mistaken identity that has come down through history. If the actual criminal did carve this tree would he have gone with D.C. for Dan Cooper, or used the name that became popularized for him.
And what's the '02' in the carving, two successful hijackings?
While I would love to think this is a clue to the D.B. Cooper case that no one has ever seen before, I have to think this was a coincidental carving that the photographer let his imagination get a bit carried away with. That or the FBI needs to scour these Colorado woods a bit.
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