D.B. Cooper

Martin J. McNally – Part 1

July 14, 2016

Several months back, Aaron and I posted an episode telling about a 1972 D.B. Cooper copycat skyjacker named Martin J. McNally. In 1972, D. B. Cooper inspired McNally and several others to skyjack  passenger planes and use parachutes to escape. After posting this story, Martin McNally (“Mac”) was googling his own name and found my podcast episode about his escapade. He reached out by commenting in each episode comments section. Mac wrote that he thought our episodes were entertaining and funny, but we got a few facts wrong. I emailed him back and he agreed to a taped

D. B. Cooper

D. B. Cooper

interview. I was surprised because I knew he had received 2 life sentences for Air Piracy. Mac said he had been released from Federal prison a few years back and he is on life parole.

We packed up the recording equipment and drove to Mac’s residence a few hours away. He does not want to reveal where he lives and we agreed to hold that confidence.

In this first episode, Mac tells us about his childhood and young adult life up to the time he gets serious about doing this skyjacking. He remembers the exact moment that he got the idea to skyjack a

Martin J. McNally

Martin J. McNally

passenger plane. He was listening to a Detroit DJ talking about how D.B. Cooper got several hundred thousand dollars and disappeared. Mac said it was like a light bulb came on and he started planning to make his fortune from this crime.

Could Martin J. McNally really be D.B. Cooper? Compare the photos, be your own judge. The F.B.I. thought he was at one time.
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9 comments on “Martin J. McNally – Part 1

  1. MARTIN MCNALLY Jul 19, 2016

    MAC MCNALLY HERE. MONDAY 11:17 P.M. THAT’S A NICE SEGMENT !!! FED P.O. WAS HERE TODAY !!! SOON I WILL HAVE A PAROLE HEARING BEFORE THE ENTIRE PAROLE COMMISSION.. THEY MAY RELEASE ME FROM LIFE PAROLE.. WHEN THE DATE IS SET I WILL GO TO THE FEDERAL BUILDING FOR A VIDEO WITH THE COMMISSION IN CHEVE CHASE, MD..

    • Gary Jenkins Jul 19, 2016

      Mac, good luck at the hearing! I will keep putting these out about every other week for the next few weeks.

      • Benjamin Ellickson Mar 9, 2019

        I liked em all but this multiple episode series of Mac and the 727 was my fav down loaded to disk as these were in fact “Keepers” worth listening to again!

        • Gary Jenkins Mar 9, 2019

          I still correspond with Mac and it looks like this will become a movie. I will let everyone know when it becomes more sure.

  2. MARTIN MCNALLY Jan 13, 2017

    MARTIN MCNALLY HERE AGAIN. IT’S JAN. 13, 2017. YESTERDAY I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THE RIVERFRONT TIMES ARTICLE “THE FINAL FLIGHT OF MARTIN MCNALLY” POSTED ON WEB SITES. EVERY SEARCH ENGINE HAS IT. THEN I NOTICED A LINK TO YOUR WEB SITE. DOING THAT WILL CERTAINLY GET YOU MAJOR ATTENTION and PEOPLE CAN NOW ACTUALLY LISTEN AS I EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED. I THINK I SHOULD CHARGE YOU $ 10,000 BECAUSE YOU WILL GET A LOT OF DONATION FOR THE SERIES OF 7 EPISODES, OKAY ??? (of course I’m just being funny !! I hope I helped you AND expect nothing.) I HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH MONEY and, IF I NEED MORE, I KNOW HOW TO GET IT.. BANK VAULTS ALWAYS HOLD A LOT OF IT, OKAY ??? HAVE A NICE DAY IN KANSAS CITY.

    • Awesome story – fascinating! I read the Riverfront Times cover story – I am a St. Louisan – retired teacher. Please give me a holler Mr. McNally at my email: bfrischmann@sbcglobal.net

    • Mac, it was very interesting listening your unique story.
      Let me tell you something you may not expect:
      There is a podcast channel in Persian language for Iranians named “ChannelB”.
      I’ve just listened your story there and probably it has thousands of downloads from persian/farsi language listeners.
      You are going to be a celebrity, not only in the US đŸ˜‰
      Keep up posted about yourself and your experiences in your life.
      Thank you

      • Gary Jenkins Mar 22, 2019

        Thank you for the info, very interesting. Is this a true crime podcast in Farsi? Is it based in the U.S. and directed to immigrants or can people in Iran listen?

        • Hi Gary,
          Thank you for your reply.

          My friend Ali who lives in Europe, has created CahnnelB podcast and now after few years he make it with a team. It has many true crime stories but not limited to that.

          It is suitable for anyone who understands Farsi (Persian) and 80% of the downloads are from Iran. This channel has 200,000 downloads per month.

          Your podcast was introduced by him in Martin Msnaly’s story and there is a link to your podcast.

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