Thursday, August 5, 2010

Storied New York PI May Have Solved 1971 Hijacking Mystery

On AARP's "Prime Time Radio" program, public radio producer Jon Kalish tells the story of New York private investigator Skipp Porteous. The former evangelical minister became disillusioned with religion, and in his twenties, started doing skip traces with the LA Dept. of Water and Power, looking for customers who hadn't paid their bills.

The 66-year-old Porteus has since infiltrated neo-Nazi groups for the FBI, crusaded against religious-right extremists, and believes he may have discovered the true identity of a notorious aircraft hijacker who was never brought to justice.

New York Magazine profiled Porteus in a 2007 feature and tells the story of that legendary 1971 hijacking, the hijacker's subsequent disappearance, and Porteus's drive to crack the case. Read the story here.

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