Skip to comments.D.B. COOPER REDUX - Help Us Solve the Enduring Mystery (FBI)
Posted on 01/01/2008 2:59:53 PM PST by DogByte6RER
D.B. COOPER REDUX
Help Us Solve the Enduring Mystery
On a cold November night 36 years ago, in the driving wind and rain, somewhere between southern Washington state and just north of Portland, Oregon, a man calling himself Dan Cooper parachuted out of a plane hed just hijacked clutching a bag filled with $200,000 in stolen cash.
Who was Cooper? Did he survive the jump? And what happened to the loot, only a small part of which has ever surfaced?
Its a mystery, frankly. Weve run down thousands of leads and considered all sorts of scenarios. And amateur sleuths have put forward plenty of their own theories. Yet the case remains unsolved.
Would we still like to get our man? Absolutely. And we have reignited the casethanks to a Seattle case agent named Larry Carr and new technologies like DNA testing.
You can help. Were providing here, for the first time, a series of pictures and information on the case. Please look it all over carefully to see if it triggers a memory or if you can provide any useful information.
A few things to keep in mind, according to Special Agent Carr:
* Cooper was no expert skydiver. We originally thought Cooper was an experienced jumper, perhaps even a paratrooper, says Special Agent Carr. We concluded after a few years this was simply not true. No experienced parachutist would have jumped in the pitch-black night, in the rain, with a 200-mile-an-hour wind in his face, wearing loafers and a trench coat. It was simply too risky. He also missed that his reserve chute was only for training and had been sewn shutsomething a skilled skydiver would have checked.
* The hijacker had no help on the ground, either. To have utilized an accomplice, Cooper wouldve needed to coordinate closely with the flight crew so he could jump at just the right moment and hit the right drop zone. But Cooper simply said, "Fly to Mexico," and he had no idea where he was when he jumped. There was also no visibility of the ground due to cloud cover at 5,000 feet.
* We have a solid physical description of Cooper. The two flight attendants who spent the most time with him on the plane were interviewed separately the same night in separate cities and gave nearly identical descriptions, says Carr. They both said he was about 5'10" to 6', 170 to 180 pounds, in his mid-40s, with brown eyes. People on the ground who came into contact with him also gave very similar descriptions.
And what of some of the names pegged as Cooper? None have panned out. Duane Weber, who claimed to be Cooper on his deathbed, was ruled out by DNA testing (we lifted a DNA sample from Coopers tie in 2001). Kenneth Christiansen, named in a recent magazine article, didnt match the physical description and was a skilled paratrooper. Richard McCoy, who died in 1974, also didnt match the description and was at home the day after the hijacking having Thanksgiving dinner with his family in Utah, an unlikely scenario unless he had help.
As many agents before him, Carr thinks it highly unlikely that Cooper survived the jump. Diving into the wilderness without a plan, without the right equipment, in such terrible conditions, he probably never even got his chute open.
Still, wed all like to know for sure, and Carr thinks you can help.
Maybe a hydrologist can use the latest technology to trace the $5,800 in ransom money found in 1980 to where Cooper landed upstream. Or maybe someone just remembers that odd uncle.
If you have any information: please e-mail our Seattle field office at firstname.lastname@example.org. And for more details on the case, see our story of November 24, 2006.
I remember watching a TV docu-drama about D.B. Cooper when I was a kid. I think Treat Williams played D.B. Cooper in the movie. After landing in the wilderness D.B. Cooper (Treat Williams) used several hundred dollar bills to light a cigar in celebration of his escape.
Anyways...this case has always intrigued me. It would be interesting if the feds could solve it once and for all.
Come on! Everyone that was solved years ago. DB Cooper was Newsradio’s Jimmy James. Ha, Ha.
He’s dead. The money was not spent.
I am D.B. Cooper.
For your sake, I hope the feds aren’t monitoring this thread!
I was 11 years old at the time and quite big for my age.
I thought they [the fbi] had someone pegged for this years ago, but he died in prison. This guy was former military & had pulled the same crime as this.
I might be wrong, but I don’t think so....
“DogByte” = D.B.
The FBI re-opening a case from 1971 ???? Clearly, they have too much time on their hands....or way too many agents. What a joke !!!! With “open borders”, a rampant “drug trade” and millions of “islamics” trying to kill us anywhere they can, someone in the FBI administration needs a swift kick in the ass wake up call to help identify priorities !!!
Maybe that was some sort of urban legend.
The link back for this thread is to the FBI Press Room website.
This case hasn’t died for the feds.
Apparently a g-man in the Seattle office has some time to kill so he is taking another crack at this caper.
Even the larger version of the map is too small to show any details.
Maybe he is hiding in plain sight...
Oh please! The FBI does this on a regular basis. They put out a call for help in solving cold cases. All they do is put out this type of bullitin and hope they get some hits. It is not as if they are sending hundreds of agents out into the woods looking for Cooper. Sheesh!
The D.B. Cooper mystery is sexier than drugs, illegals, gangs, or Islamic terror.
Newsradio-best sitcom ever!!
It's a shame that they don't have the same tenacity about Vince Foster.
He died that night, either on impact or shortly thereafter. His body is somewhere upstream from where the kid found the money. None of the other money has ever turned up.
Darwin Award stuff, if we knew he hadn't reproduced.
Gary Larson had Cooper landing into a ring of dogs on a rottweiler farm.
Completely buried in some upland bog, where the bills bubbled up from — that’s my theory.
Maybe this agent needs to be re-assigned to the regional Joint Terrorism Task Force, a criminal alien fugitive task force or even going COINTELPRO on groups like CAIR (ha, ha)
Still, this D.B. Cooper has always fascinated me since I was a kid. I would just like to know how this case ends...
I believe that little problem was fixed after the Cooper incident...
Right on! In another ten years, the FBI might try to convince everyone that D.B.Cooper was really Richard Jewell or Mark Hatfield. If the FBI is so sure D.B.Cooper couldn’t have survived the jump, why do they keep reviving the case? Maybe they realize that $5800. found is not much compared to the $200,000. taken. And no body ever found.
He’s dead. Slug food.
If that’s the case, I think the $200K in seed money has paid off quite well!
Come to think of it, that $200K in seed money was taxpayers’ money.
That means you and I own a stake in D.B. Cooper’s Mansion.
Now where is my free lap dance?
Looks like Mike Huckabee.
I was just thinking that :-)
Completely agree. The Donks hand saw to it that 12 people entering a St. Louis polling place cast 37 votes a few years back, some from pets at home. They really have lost their way...
More coverage here:
“FBI Makes New Bid to Find 1971 Skyjacker”
I recently saw the Discovery Channel show that claimed it was Duane Weber and it was very convincing.
I’m questioning how they got a DNA sample out of a tie and how they could say with any certainty that it was Cooper’s. Assuming he didn’t bleed on the tie, I would guess they found a hair sample on the tie but, again, how can they be sure it was Cooper’s hair and how many hands could the tie have passed through before someone thought to preserve it as evidence? After all, by 1971 standards, the evidence one could have gleaned from it would be negligible.
Weber claimed to tell his wife on his deathbed in 1995 that he was “Dan Cooper”, not the publicized “D.B. Cooper” that the media called him. The wife had no idea who he was talking about and only found out after telling family members who then started researching. “Dan Cooper” would be a fitting alias for a “Duane Weber”, given the cadence of the name and the relative sound-alike quality.
Far from being a bungler, Cooper had to be aware that the plane he was on was one of the few commercial planes that allowed him to jump from the rear, rather than side exits. In addition, his note instructed the crew what speed and altitude they should travel at. Flying too high or too fast would have severely hampered his escape.
Weber also had an Air Force background as well as a criminal past in Washington state, two things that would have fit the profile. His photos around that time look like Cooper’s sketch although I felt the nose on Weber was more prominent.
The Discovery Channel used computer analysis of the Cooper sketch with photos of various could-have-beens and found Weber’s face matched the Cooper sketch most closely.
Weber said he buried the money after landing and planned to return for it a few years later but that he couldn’t remember where the burial site was and that the later explosion of Mt. St. Helen’s so altered the landscape that he decided the money could never be found.
FWIW, the Treasury Department claims that no money with serial numbers matching the ones Cooper left with have ever been recovered except for the $6000 or so found down river by kids in 1980.
“He also missed that his reserve chute was only for training and had been sewn shut....”
You can tell this happened a long time ago. With all the lawyers we have now they would have a warning label on that today. His relatives should come forward and sue the airlines. They’d probably get a lot more than $200,000.
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Arkansas man says he’s boy who found hijacker ransom money in Washington state
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Sunday, February 12, 2006 | Associated Press
Posted on 02/12/2006 5:00:16 PM EST by skeptoid
D.B. Cooper (Vanity)
Posted on 05/06/2006 1:22:55 AM EDT by Ptarmigan
Unmasking D.B. Cooper
n y magazine | October 22, 2007 | geoffery gray
Posted on 10/22/2007 1:17:35 PM EDT by dickmc
Claim: Infamous hijacker lived in Wash. (D.B. Cooper found?)
UPI | Oct 24, 2007 | not specified
Posted on 10/24/2007 10:22:36 PM EDT by RDTF
On This Day In History: Nov. 24, 1971 -
Hijacker “D.B. Cooper” Parachutes Into Thunderstorm
History.com | November 24, 2007 | History.com
Posted on 11/24/2007 8:08:10 PM EST by DogByte6RER
More on the Weber-Cooper theory.
(OK, it is only Burt Reynolds playing D.B. Cooper in the movie "Without A Paddle.")
Maybe John Edwards can channel him.