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The 40-year Mystery of America’s Greatest Skyjacking [The FBI Hunt for DB Cooper]
Telegraph.co.uk ^ | Sunday 31 July 2011 | By Alex Hannaford

Posted on 07/30/2011 7:31:04 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay

After hijacking an aeroplane and extorting $200,000 from the FBI, DB Cooper coolly made his escape via parachute. Forty years on, is America’s most elusive fugitive finally in sight?

The night before Thanksgiving, 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper, wearing a suit and raincoat, walked up to the Northwest Orient desk at Portland airport in the United State’s Pacific Northwest and spent $20 on a one-way ticket to Seattle.

On the plane, he donned a pair of dark sunglasses, ordered a whiskey, lit up a cigarette and coolly handed the stewardess a note. In capital letters, it read: I HAVE A BOMB IN MY BRIEFCASE. I WILL USE IT IF NECESSARY. I WANT YOU TO SIT NEXT TO ME. YOU ARE BEING HIJACKED.

What happened next would ensure Cooper a place in the pantheon of American folk heroes.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Extended News; Government; US: Oregon; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: 1971; 197111; 19711126; alexhannaford; curtiseng; dancooper; dbcooper; dropzone; faziobrothers; galencook; northwestorient; phonecall4dbcooper; robertblevins; seattlefbi; skydiving; tinabar
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“There is a subculture related to the Cooper hijacking-online forum calleld The Dropzone or “the DZ”..the D B Cooper thread on the DZ
called one of the "longest and liveliest".

RobertMBlevins & skyjack71 [DZ forum conversations]July 2011

FBI

The FBI did finally capture notorious Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger after 16 years.


1 posted on 07/30/2011 7:31:16 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

He’s dead, Jim.


2 posted on 07/30/2011 7:34:41 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: fight_truth_decay

0bama killed him.


3 posted on 07/30/2011 7:39:12 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: hennie pennie

DB Cooper ping


4 posted on 07/30/2011 7:41:51 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
DB, Elvis, and Mj are working on a new group thing, on one of the back streets in Memphis.
5 posted on 07/30/2011 7:44:01 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: ConservaTexan

” 0bama killed him.”

I think Obama sent him to kill Bin Laden.


6 posted on 07/30/2011 7:46:27 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin ("Credit is the ruination of a nation")
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To: fight_truth_decay

Why are they calling him a folk hero?

He stole lots of other people’s money, threatened and endangered dozens of innocents.

It’s offensive to call him a hero


7 posted on 07/30/2011 7:48:08 PM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I am Dan Cooper.

I have been living a quiet life on a secluded tropical island for the past 40 years.

sssshhhhh, don’t tell anyone I talked to you about it.....


8 posted on 07/30/2011 7:49:59 PM PDT by Enchante (Are there any honest politicians in Washington, DC??)
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To: Mount Athos

I agree, all this “folk hero” stuff is crap — people who find romance and excitement in “outlaw” behavior sell a lot of books and movies, though.

I do admit to enjoying “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” but a lot of the outlaw genre leaves me cold, as I think about the moral and human offenses which are being glorified and romanticized.


9 posted on 07/30/2011 7:52:40 PM PDT by Enchante (Are there any honest politicians in Washington, DC??)
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To: fight_truth_decay
spent $20 on a one-way ticket to Seattle. On the plane, he donned a pair of dark sunglasses, ordered a whiskey, lit up a cigarette

Lord, I miss the '60s and '70s. I remember smoking on aircraft and free whiskey. $20 for a one-way ticket? You can't get a slice of pizza and drink in an airport for that today.

/johnny

10 posted on 07/30/2011 7:52:47 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I remember smoking on aircraft and free whiskey.

No smoking (and I like that - I have an allergy to cigarette smoke), but there is free whiskey, if you travel enough. Earn a high-mileage classification, and you get the good stuff - even when traveling in economy...;)

Got a pair of whiskeys and a gin and tonic on my last flight to China, even when flying in coach. Benefits of sitting my butt in a plane for 80,000 miles a year (but they add up REAL fast on those trans-Pacific flights).

11 posted on 07/30/2011 8:00:14 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Wiping a tear from my eye...sniff...


12 posted on 07/30/2011 8:01:38 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt The Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Enchante

I am Dan Cooper.

I have been living a quiet life on a secluded tropical island for the past 40 years.


You can’t be DB Cooper. I just saw him in Durango, Colo.


13 posted on 07/30/2011 8:05:41 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: FromTheSidelines
In the early 70s, the stewardesses tried to get everyone (kids included) snockered before the plane left the gate. (less trouble in the air). Get on, drink a couple of drinks, have a smoke, fall asleep, wake up in SanFran and shuffle off the plane at noon to meet the new project manager. Who would take you for drinks and lunch at a strip club to talk about the project.

There were advantages to the 60s and 70s.

Of course, you DID have to bring the project in on time and under budget.

/johnny

14 posted on 07/30/2011 8:10:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: prisoner6
We walked like giants in those days. Sent men to the moon, and did the other things, not because they were easy, but because we 'effin could. To paraphrase a former president.

Validate your inner curmudgeon. Tomorrow is Sunday. Have a cigarette and beer for breakfast, growl at the dog.

/johnny

15 posted on 07/30/2011 8:17:59 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

In the 70’s Air Florida had a DC-3 run from Sarasota to Miami that cost $28.00 , what a great flight, fairly low over Okeechobee and the Glades. And now I really appreciate the fact that I got to fly on a DC-3.


16 posted on 07/30/2011 8:18:57 PM PDT by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: fight_truth_decay

That’s always been an intriguing story. The guy who claims his brother bought a place and paid cash shortly after the hijacking has to be wrong. The FBI (and who knows who else?) checked thoroughly for a long time to see if any of the bills with the corresponding serial numbers showed up. If some fool bought a house with it, they’d know exactly where the money was spent and they would have zeroed in on him.


17 posted on 07/30/2011 8:19:21 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: Waverunner
And now I really appreciate the fact that I got to fly on a DC-3.

WHAT? I can't hear you!

/johnny

18 posted on 07/30/2011 8:21:10 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: fight_truth_decay

$200,000?

A fella could live large on that for two years!


19 posted on 07/30/2011 8:22:56 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Mount Athos
Why are they calling him a folk hero?

He stole lots of other people’s money, threatened and endangered dozens of innocents.

It’s offensive to call him a hero

The kind of folk who write for newspapers think he's a folk hero.

20 posted on 07/30/2011 8:23:55 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Mount Athos
He stole lots of other people’s money, threatened and endangered dozens of innocents. Should we call him a liberal democrat?
21 posted on 07/30/2011 8:25:29 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: JRandomFreeper
Have a cigarette and beer for breakfast, growl at the dog.

Are you spying on me? You know my Sunday morning routine, LOL!

22 posted on 07/30/2011 8:28:11 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt The Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

He became Jimmy James and bought a news radio station in NYC.


23 posted on 07/30/2011 8:28:27 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Enchante
I do admit to enjoying “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

Me too, but that had a lot to do with Katherine Ross. :-)

24 posted on 07/30/2011 8:30:11 PM PDT by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: fight_truth_decay

His real name is Thomas Crown.

25 posted on 07/30/2011 8:30:56 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Everyone except the FBI knows DB Cooper was actually Hunter S. Thompson!


26 posted on 07/30/2011 8:34:24 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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27 posted on 07/30/2011 8:49:25 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Grizzled Bear

uh,.,,,1971....if you were makin $20K you were doin ok....


28 posted on 07/30/2011 8:53:03 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: Grizzled Bear
$200,000? A fella could live large on that for two years!

Quite a bit longer than that.

That would be equivalent to around $2 million today

In 1971 you could buy regular gasoline for around $ .30 cents or as low as $ 19.9 cents a gallon when there was a local gas war.

A pack of Marlboros was $ .30 cents, a new Chevrolet or Ford around $3,500.

The Dow Jones Average was 890 at the close of the year.
The 1971 median income was $9,000.

Disney world opened in 1971 and an adult all day pass was $3.50, a pass for kids under 18 cost $1.00.

The national debt was $424 Billion, and the minimum wage was $1.60 an hour.


29 posted on 07/30/2011 8:57:49 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Iron Munro

Trust me. I could live very well on one million a year for two years...


30 posted on 07/30/2011 8:58:55 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: fight_truth_decay
This is him...


31 posted on 07/30/2011 9:02:03 PM PDT by South40 (Palin/Cain 2012!)
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To: Iron Munro

I know you were only trying to help...but stop it. You’re depressing me.

I just saw today that a 3-day Disney World pass is $199. *sigh*


32 posted on 07/30/2011 9:09:15 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Enchante

“Butch Cassidy. . .” is a good film because the theme and storyline both revolved around the outlaws’ disgraceful end. The characters (in the film) were likeable but only in the context that their lifestyle was bad.


33 posted on 07/30/2011 9:09:23 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Grizzled Bear
"$200,000? A fella could live large on that for two years!"

After QE3 and 4 you'll need more than that for a loaf of bread and to let your kids ride the mechanical racecar in front of the grocery store.
34 posted on 07/30/2011 9:13:56 PM PDT by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: Bernard Marx

I think the authorities in Utah are holding him because he won’t tell them his name. He looks quite a bit older and rougher around the edges.


35 posted on 07/30/2011 9:17:08 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I talked to a NorthWest airlines guy years after-the airline gave him a training parachute-sewn shut so students could learn how to fold it. He used it to jump. Years later hikers found a few bills about twenty miles from where he roman-candled into something, found them in the wash of a stream. The serial numbers matched.

He’s dead, Jim.


36 posted on 07/30/2011 9:22:54 PM PDT by Sundog (It takes a darn good reason for me to break down and post something these days.)
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To: MHGinTN

Phillip T. Beavers, age 61?

http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/utah’s-mystery-inmate-from-nm


37 posted on 07/30/2011 9:25:47 PM PDT by bornred
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To: fight_truth_decay
he donned a pair of dark sunglasses, ordered a whiskey, lit up a cigarette and coolly handed the stewardess a note

Except for the whole hijacking part, that was great time to fly.

38 posted on 07/30/2011 9:28:08 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Enchante
I do admit to enjoying “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

"Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?"

39 posted on 07/30/2011 9:29:36 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: unkus
You can’t be DB Cooper. I just saw him in Durango, Colo.

On the choo-choo heading to Silverton?

40 posted on 07/30/2011 9:30:14 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: CodeToad
I know you were only trying to help...but stop it. You’re depressing me.

I can understand that. According to the numbers we were a hell of a lot better off in many ways 40 years ago.

Median income 1971 - $9,000

Median income 2011 - $45,000 to $50,000
(hard to find an exact number that hasn't been "adjusted" by the government)

So individual median income has increased by a factor of 5 while most consumer goods have increased by a factor of 10 or more.

And a huge part of that is because of big increases in the tax burden on individual items, on manufacturers and on businesses.


41 posted on 07/30/2011 9:34:02 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Bernard Marx

The FBI provided the shutes, and he used them?

Talk about faith....


42 posted on 07/30/2011 9:38:04 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: bornred

Aw shucks, I was enjoying the fantasy. Oh well. On a heavier note, Cooper probably injured himself in his jump and was eaten by wild things. Some of the money in $20’s was found in the woods where he would have landed, by some kids IIRC. His parachute was also found, I think.


43 posted on 07/30/2011 9:39:29 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Validate your inner curmudgeon.”

It’s getting to be my daily habit.


44 posted on 07/30/2011 9:51:10 PM PDT by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: Iron Munro
In the 1960s Gasoline varied from 18.9 to 21.9 cents per gallon, unless there was a gas war going on.

They pumped your gas, checked your oil and everything else under the hood, checked the tire pressures and you never got out of your car.

45 posted on 07/30/2011 9:54:52 PM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: Sundog

During the 76-77 drought when lake levels were really low, a family on an outing found a bunch of the money buried in the silt. The low lake level made it easy to find. The family was filmed for the news report, and ironically, the father had outstanding warrants in another state.


46 posted on 07/30/2011 10:28:43 PM PDT by gracie1 (Look, just because you have to tolerate something doesnÂ’t mean you have to approve of it.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Not that I’d want to with tsa serving it up....

Stay safe....


47 posted on 07/30/2011 10:42:43 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: fight_truth_decay

$20 for a one way ticket.

You can’t check a damn bag for $20. Ticket taxes are more than $20 now.


48 posted on 07/30/2011 10:59:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Steely Tom
The kind of folk who write for newspapers think he's a folk hero.

Yeah, well, they were always suckers for the redistributionist types.

49 posted on 07/31/2011 3:10:00 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: TYVets
They pumped your gas, checked your oil and everything else under the hood, checked the tire pressures and you never got out of your car.

Sure you did!--use the (clean!) restroom, splurge and spend a quarter on a coke and a bag of chips...

50 posted on 07/31/2011 3:13:56 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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