Happy Anniversary. I know technically the caper involving a certain Northwest Orient plane and suited hijacker was really the 24th of November, though it’s always been the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to me.
Why? The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the holiday before the holiday, is always an anxious and introspective time that encapsulates the year thus far. In the fall of 1971, Cooper and this moment fell in sync, and propelled his parajack into myth. It’s also a a good day to make news: the majority of editors and reporters are on vacation.
So far, this year has been a breathing year for me, and have been Tena Bar-sand deep in a new and all encompassing project that I look forward to sharing with you all soon. However, I have been in touch with several sleuths around the world, looking at different leads and theories. In honor of this year’s anniversary I wanted to share the following tip I received over the transom, and believe it’s the best thus far. It’s author disappeared during further questioning (Could he be involved somehow in the case?). Either way, until he resurfaces, I’ll call him Zimmy.
Here is Zimmy’s take.
“He was a spy,” Zimmy writes about old Danny Boy.
And not any spy.
“A Canadian Spy, and member of CSIS [Canadian Secret Intelligence Service], at the time the RMCP [Royal Mountain Canadian Security Service.]”
For Zimmy, the big clue is context.
“Let’s look at what was going on at the time,” he writes. “RMCP Security Service was known to conduct highly illegal activities… Bomb threats, dummy bombs, and planting actual bombs was known be one of their tactics.”
These Canadian spies had political motives. They were fighting the Marxists in Quebec, Zimmy writes, and one tactic was to frame the Marxists for terrorist acts and turn public opinion against them.
“There are two distinct possibilities,” Zimmy says.
The first is an overt-covert operation. As Zimmy sees it, the RMCPSS could have used an operative to commit the hijacking, and, like planting drugs on an innocent victim, stash the Cooper ransom money with the Marxist groups like the Front de Liberation de Quebec and falsely link them to the hijacking. Zimmy sees a secondary benefit too. The Canadian intelligence agents could also “dupe the US government and more specifically the FBI into helping them keep tabs on FLQ.”
To Zimmy, the Canadian Intelligence angle also fits a major clue in the case: the discovery of Dan Cooper as a French comic book character fighting in the Canadian Air Force.
“They used the Cooper alias because it would come back to a french language comic book and thus a slight bread crumb trail towards a french speaking marxist, or member of the FLQ.”
The cover was convenient.
“As a Canadian he could have been on international flights or drives crossing the border at the closest point of Alberta or BC so he would recognize the airport from above, as an RMPCSS member he likely would have been highly trained, likely in weapons, tactics, and skydiving.”
There’s also Zimmy’s second possibility.
“A few members of RMCPSS were fired for being Marxist sympathizers,” Zimmy says.
“As a former member, he would still have been highly trained but with a grudge against RMCPSS…The use of the alias Cooper was possibly meant to be a slap in the face of the agency that called him a french Canadian sympathizer. The comic would have been readily available in french speaking areas of Canada, and the crime committed in America because for someone like him it would have been nearly impossible to commit in his own country without attracting the full force of the governments attention.”
So there you have it. Canadian Intelligence. Operation-ready Canadian spy with a grudge. And potentially a Marxist with a connection to a French comic book.
Not bad Zimmy. See you up in French Canada?
And a successful and merry Cooper anniversary to all…