The Cooper Vortex

Darren Schaefer and Russell Colbert

Who is DB Cooper? A look into America's only unsolved skyjacking and the people who are trying to solve it. read less

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The Cooper Vortex is a true crime podcast that examines the unsolved mystery of DB Cooper. Hosts Darren Schaefer and Russell Colbert explore theories about this mysterious case. In each episode, they invite an expert to join them on the show to discuss their thoughts. Listeners hear about every suspect and each possible explanation of the event. After extensive investigation, the timeline of the Cooper incident is clear. It is the identity of the perpetrator that remains a mystery.

In 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper hijacked a flight from Portland to Seattle. He informed a flight attendant that he had a bomb. His demands were $200,000 and four parachutes. The flight landed at its destination in Seattle, where Cooper let the passengers exit. Money in hand, he directed the flight crew to chart a course for Mexico. A short time after takeoff, he opened one of the plane's doors and jumped. Using the parachute, he floated down into the treetops and escaped. Some of the ransom money turned up years later, but no one has found Cooper. This podcast's mission is to explore all possibilities about the identity of the hijacker.

Schaefer and Colbert are amateur sleuths who know the Cooper story in detail. They host another podcast together called The Book of Darren. With each guest on this show, they discuss who the real Cooper could be. Theories vary among those who follow the case. Some believe Cooper actually died in the jump from the plane. Others think he could still be alive today. One of the compelling details of this podcast is Schaefer's open-minded interviewing. He doesn't try to disprove his guests or push his own theories. He wants to hear all possibilities.

Guests on The Cooper Vortex include authors, other podcasters, and amateur detectives. In some episodes, Schaefer and Colbert interview former law enforcement officers. Several guests on the show claim one of their family members committed the hijacking. Those who like a thorough discussion about the Cooper case may enjoy the theories on this show.

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Episodes

DB Cooper was a Metallurgist - Drew Daniel
May 1 2024
DB Cooper was a Metallurgist - Drew Daniel
Drew Daniel is a brilliant CPA living in the Mississippi Delta working primarily with agriculture and aquaculture businesses. His work on the case has made him a well respected member of the Vortex.   Drew can be found on The DB Cooper Mystery Group on Facebook or you can email him directly at drewdanielcpa@gmail.com    If you'd like to help solve the case, you can contribute to the fundraiser to get McCrone Labs to analyze more parts of the tie! https://www.gofundme.com/f/unravel-db-coopers-mystery-with-mccrone-labs    If you have questions, comments, or if you know who DB Cooper was, you can reach us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email us at dbcooperpodcast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed the show please leave us a review! Want to advertise on the show? Hit us up! https://www.facebook.com/TheCooperVortex  https://twitter.com/DBCooperPodcast  https://www.instagram.com/thecoopervortex/  dbcooperpodcast@gmail.com    Money and the Man by Darian Osiadacz Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify! https://youtu.be/qBBSl5BCW44    Listen to Russell and Darren's new show The Book of Darren! https://thebookofdarren.podbean.com/  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-book-of-darren/id1615225497  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/712b8ddd-1520-476e-a11f-96eae6db26d2/the-book-of-darren  https://open.spotify.com/show/4yjZMhdw4nC0Uwth6TCv1h?si=c8af6bd4dbe04829  Thank you for checking out our show! Russell Colbert and Darren Schaefer
DB Cooper's Bomb - Sergeant Major Mike Vining, US Army Retired
Mar 20 2024
DB Cooper's Bomb - Sergeant Major Mike Vining, US Army Retired
Sergeant Major Mike Vining US Army Retired is a Vietnam and Gulf War Veteran. The first Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) specialist in Delta Force. He served in the 99th Ordnance Detachment, 63rd Ordnance Detachment, and the 176th Ordnance Detachment. He has a Bachelor of Science from The Regents College of the University of the State of New York. He's worked for the National EOD Association, EOD Warrior Foundation, and is a member of the United States Army Ordnance Corp Hall of Fame.   If you have any questions for Mike, send them our way and we'll ask him for you.   If you have questions, comments, or if you know who DB Cooper was, you can reach us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email us at dbcooperpodcast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed the show please leave us a review! Want to advertise on the show? Hit us up! https://www.facebook.com/TheCooperVortex  https://twitter.com/DBCooperPodcast  https://www.instagram.com/thecoopervortex/    Money and the Man by Darian Osiadacz Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify! https://youtu.be/qBBSl5BCW44    Listen to Russell and Darren's new show The Book of Darren! https://thebookofdarren.podbean.com/  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-book-of-darren/id1615225497  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/712b8ddd-1520-476e-a11f-96eae6db26d2/the-book-of-darren  https://open.spotify.com/show/4yjZMhdw4nC0Uwth6TCv1h?si=c8af6bd4dbe04829  Thank you for checking out our show! Russell Colbert and Darren Schaefer
DB Cooper: What Really Happened - Martin Andrade
Mar 5 2024
DB Cooper: What Really Happened - Martin Andrade
Marty is back with some news that will rock the vortex! Stop reading this and start listening!   Martin Andrade is a radio host, political commentator, blogger, and author of one of our favorite books on DB Cooper and his survival, Finding DB Cooper: Chasing the Last Lead in America's only Unsolved Skyjacking.   Go buy Marty's book! https://www.amazon.com/Finding-DB-Cooper-Americas-skyjacking/dp/1539694429/ref=as_li_ss_il?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=F0YP0TQCM3DP5XJ6RWTF&linkCode=li3&tag=martandr-20&linkId=928e1508d93739a7c24417bbdce6374b   Go to Marty's Blog! https://martinandrade.wordpress.com/   If you have questions, comments, or if you know who DB Cooper was, you can reach us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email us at dbcooperpodcast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed the show please leave us a review! Want to advertise on the show? Hit us up! https://www.facebook.com/TheCooperVortex  https://twitter.com/DBCooperPodcast  https://www.instagram.com/thecoopervortex/    Money and the Man by Darian Osiadacz Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify! https://youtu.be/qBBSl5BCW44    Listen to Russell and Darren's new show The Book of Darren! https://thebookofdarren.podbean.com/  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-book-of-darren/id1615225497  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/712b8ddd-1520-476e-a11f-96eae6db26d2/the-book-of-darren  https://open.spotify.com/show/4yjZMhdw4nC0Uwth6TCv1h?si=c8af6bd4dbe04829  Thank you for checking out our show! Russell Colbert and Darren Schaefer
DB Cooper Didn’t Get What He Asked For - Jude Morrow
Oct 16 2023
DB Cooper Didn’t Get What He Asked For - Jude Morrow
Jude Morrow is a best selling author, philanthropist, keynote speaker, autism advocate, and founder of Neurodiversity Training International.   You can talk NORJAK with Jude on the DB Cooper Mystery Group of Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/328076965475576/    Visit Jude's website! https://judemorrow.com/    Watch Jude's TedTalk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvKc4cdkYg0    Buy Jude's Books! https://www.amazon.com/stores/Jude-Morrow/author/B07RQCTJQC?ref=ap_rdr&store_ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true    Follow Jude! https://twitter.com/judemorrow10?lang=en  https://www.facebook.com/judemorrowauthor/  https://www.instagram.com/judemorrow/?hl=en    If you have questions, comments, or if you know who DB Cooper was, you can reach us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email us at dbcooperpodcast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed the show please leave us a review! Want to advertise on the show? Hit us up! https://www.facebook.com/TheCooperVortex  https://twitter.com/DBCooperPodcast  https://www.instagram.com/thecoopervortex/    Money and the Man by Darian Osiadacz Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify! https://youtu.be/qBBSl5BCW44    Listen to Russell and Darren's new show The Book of Darren! https://thebookofdarren.podbean.com/  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-book-of-darren/id1615225497  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/712b8ddd-1520-476e-a11f-96eae6db26d2/the-book-of-darren  https://open.spotify.com/show/4yjZMhdw4nC0Uwth6TCv1h?si=c8af6bd4dbe04829  Thank you for checking out our show! Russell Colbert and Darren Schaefer
DB Cooper was a Mad Scientist - Nicky Broughton and Ryan Burns
Dec 15 2022
DB Cooper was a Mad Scientist - Nicky Broughton and Ryan Burns
Returning guests Nicky Broughton and Ryan Burns are members of a team that chased a new lead to a new and exciting suspect.    Pictures we reference in this episode plus a lot more can be found on NORJAK.org https://norjak.org/    If you'd like to chat with Ryan and Nicky, you can find them on The DB Cooper Mystery Group on Facebook, The Dropzone, or The DB Cooper Forum. https://www.facebook.com/groups/328076965475576/  https://www.dropzone.com/forums/forum/31-skydiving-history-trivia/  https://www.thedbcooperforum.com/db-cooper/    If you have questions, comments, or if you know who DB Cooper was, you can reach us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email us at dbcooperpodcast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed the show please leave us a review! Want to advertise on the show? Hit us up! https://www.facebook.com/TheCooperVortex  https://twitter.com/DBCooperPodcast  https://www.instagram.com/thecoopervortex/    Money and the Man by Darian Osiadacz Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify! https://youtu.be/qBBSl5BCW44    Listen to Russell and Darren's new show The Book of Darren! https://thebookofdarren.podbean.com/  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-book-of-darren/id1615225497  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/712b8ddd-1520-476e-a11f-96eae6db26d2/the-book-of-darren  https://open.spotify.com/show/4yjZMhdw4nC0Uwth6TCv1h?si=c8af6bd4dbe04829  Thank you for checking out our show! Russell Colbert and Darren Schaefer
DB Cooper Vanished - Chris Williamson
Dec 8 2022
DB Cooper Vanished - Chris Williamson
Chris Williamson is an author, podcaster, historian, and an expert on aviation mysteries.    Buy Chris' book Take the Money and Run; The Vanishing of DB Cooper! https://www.vanishedshow.com/store/p/take-the-money-run-the-vanishing-of-db-cooper  https://www.amazon.ca/Take-Money-Run-Vanishing-Cooper/dp/B0BK2RNM2N    Buy Chris' book Rabbit Hole: The Vanishing of Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan!  https://www.vanishedshow.com/store/p/rabbit-hole-the-vanishing-of-amelia-earhart-fred-noonan  https://www.amazon.ca/Rabbit-Hole-Vanishing-Amelia-Earhart/dp/B0B3SDS8R1/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2QDP8TKJD348L&keywords=rabbit+hole+amelia&qid=1670375332&s=books&sprefix=rabbit+hole+amelia%2Cstripbooks%2C102&sr=1-1    Visit his website! https://www.vanishedshow.com/    Listen to Chasing Earhart, Vanished, Me and My Friends, and follow Chris on social media! https://twitter.com/CWilliamson____  https://linktr.ee/chris_williamson  https://www.facebook.com/vanishedpod  https://www.tiktok.com/@vanishedpod  https://audioboom.com/channels/5051830  https://www.instagram.com/cwilliamson___/    If you have questions, comments, or if you know who DB Cooper was, you can reach us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email us at dbcooperpodcast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed the show please leave us a review! Want to advertise on the show? Hit us up! https://www.facebook.com/TheCooperVortex  https://twitter.com/DBCooperPodcast  https://www.instagram.com/thecoopervortex/    Money and the Man by Darian Osiadacz Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify! https://youtu.be/qBBSl5BCW44    Listen to Russell and Darren's new show The Book of Darren! https://thebookofdarren.podbean.com/  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-book-of-darren/id1615225497  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/712b8ddd-1520-476e-a11f-96eae6db26d2/the-book-of-darren  https://open.spotify.com/show/4yjZMhdw4nC0Uwth6TCv1h?si=c8af6bd4dbe04829  Thank you for checking out our show! Russell Colbert and Darren Schaefer
DB Cooper’s taped confession - Vern Jones
Nov 23 2022
DB Cooper’s taped confession - Vern Jones
Vern Jones is an author, publisher, speaker, entrepreneur, adventurer, and world traveler.    Buy Vern's book! https://principiamedia.com/product/the-search-for-db-cooper/  https://www.amazon.com/Search-DB-Cooper-Cracked-People/dp/1614853290/ref=sr_1_1?crid=5ATX9V2PTVZL&keywords=the+search+for+db+cooper+vern+jones&qid=1669164452&sprefix=the+search+for+db+cooper%2Caps%2C124&sr=8-1    Visit Vern's website! https://principiamedia.com/    Watch the doc, DB Cooper The Real Story! https://principiamedia.com/product/d-b-cooper-the-real-story/  https://www.amazon.com/The-Jump/dp/B07DW4H8K9/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1RT0MU31LALK8&keywords=db+cooper+the+real+story&qid=1669164786&sprefix=db+cooper+the+real+story%2Caps%2C104&sr=8-1    Buy Carl Laurin's book! https://principiamedia.com/product/db-cooper/  https://www.amazon.com/D-B-Cooper-Me-Criminal-Friend/dp/1614853258/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2BQKVXI73TWJ6&keywords=db+cooper+and+me&qid=1669164546&sprefix=db+cooper+and+me%2Caps%2C106&sr=8-1    Buy Joe Koenig's book! https://principiamedia.com/product/getting-the-truth-i-am-d-b-cooper/  https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Truth-Am-D-B-Cooper/dp/1614853266/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2UPX4DERA7NC1&keywords=getting+the+truth+joe+koenig&qid=1669164609&sprefix=getting+the+truth%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-2    If you have questions, comments, or if you know who DB Cooper was, you can reach us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email us at dbcooperpodcast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed the show please leave us a review! Want to advertise on the show? Hit us up! https://www.facebook.com/TheCooperVortex  https://twitter.com/DBCooperPodcast  https://www.instagram.com/thecoopervortex/    Money and the Man by Darian Osiadacz Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify! https://youtu.be/qBBSl5BCW44    Listen to Russell and Darren's new show The Book of Darren! https://thebookofdarren.podbean.com/  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-book-of-darren/id1615225497  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/712b8ddd-1520-476e-a11f-96eae6db26d2/the-book-of-darren  https://open.spotify.com/show/4yjZMhdw4nC0Uwth6TCv1h?si=c8af6bd4dbe04829  Thank you for checking out our show! Russell Colbert and Darren Schaefer
DB Cooper is Misunderstood - Ryan Burns
Oct 13 2022
DB Cooper is Misunderstood - Ryan Burns
Ryan Burns is a former Assistant District Attorney and current Criminal Defense Attorney in Jackson Mississippi. He's putting his research skills to work on solving the DB Cooper case and helping to correct the public narrative on the most used resource for DB Cooper, Wikipedia.   Ryan can be found on the DB Cooper Mystery Group of Facebook or on The DB Cooper Forum and the DropZone under the user name OleMissCub. https://www.dropzone.com/forums/forum/31-skydiving-history-trivia/ https://www.thedbcooperforum.com/db-cooper/  https://www.facebook.com/groups/328076965475576/about/    If you have questions, comments, or if you know who DB Cooper was, you can reach us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email us at dbcooperpodcast@gmail.com. If you enjoyed the show please leave us a review! Want to advertise on the show? Hit us up! https://www.facebook.com/TheCooperVortex  https://twitter.com/DBCooperPodcast  https://www.instagram.com/thecoopervortex/    Money and the Man by Darian Osiadacz Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify! https://youtu.be/qBBSl5BCW44    Listen to Russell and Darren's new show The Book of Darren! https://thebookofdarren.podbean.com/  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-book-of-darren/id1615225497  https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/712b8ddd-1520-476e-a11f-96eae6db26d2/the-book-of-darren  https://open.spotify.com/show/4yjZMhdw4nC0Uwth6TCv1h?si=c8af6bd4dbe04829  Thank you for checking out our show! Russell Colbert and Darren Schaefer