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The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper is a book by Scott Frost following the huge success of the Twin Peaks television series.

It is a collection of transcripts from Agent Dale Cooper's audio tapes, from his childhood to the day he is assigned to Laura Palmer's murder. The book includes Dale's upbringing in Philadelphia, family, education at Quaker institutions Germantown Friends School and Haverford College, first stumbles with love, obsession with the FBI, and the relationship between him, Windom Earle, and Earle's wife, Caroline. Many of these tape transcripts are dictated to "Diane," though a later tape states that Cooper enjoys the thought of Diane listening to his tapes so much that he will address all tapes to her, whether she will ever listen to them or not.

DiscrepanciesEdit

Continuity errorsEdit

  • Albert Rosenfield's surname is spelled as "Rosenfelt."
  • Caroline Earle is stated to have died in 1979, when in the show, Cooper said she died "four years ago," which would place her murder around 1985.
  • The largest inconsistencies lie with the murder of Teresa Banks, as the book was written before the release of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.
    • In the book, Teresa's body is found in a ditch, she worked at Cross River Café and she lived in a lakeside cabin, none of which is true in the film.
    • In the book, Cooper investigates Teresa's murder. In the film, the case is assigned to Chester Desmond and Sam Stanley. It was originally planned for Cooper to investigate in the film, but Kyle MacLachlan wished to have a smaller role.
    • The Final Dossier has many inconsistencies with this novel, especially the Windom Earle's related sections, but the former explains that Diane heavily modified the content of the tapes while doing their transcripts.

Historical inaccuraciesEdit

  • Cooper says on April 20, 1968 that he performed the Heimlich maneuver on his scoutmaster. However, the Heimlich maneuver was first introduced in 1974.
  • Robert F. Kennedy's assassination is presented in the book as if he died within hours after his shooting, as Cooper's father gets him out of bed at 3:30 a.m. on June 6 to watch news coverage, as if his shooting was just reported. At 5:00 a.m., Cooper indicates that Kennedy had died by then. While the time of death is accurate, Kennedy was shot 26 hours before his death and it was reported by the media quickly after it occurred, which would almost certainly mean that the Coopers would have already been aware of the shooting.
  • Cooper notes on May 12, 1969 that it is Mother's Day. In real life, Mother's Day that year was on the day before.

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