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Posted on 11/25/2011 2:35:32 PM PST by DogByte6RER
D.B. Cooper: 40 years later
November 24th, 2011, marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary Cooper case, an unsolved crime that has baffled agents, detectives and amateur sleuths, and spurned one of the greatest manhunts in law enforcement history.
The FBIs case file on D.B. Cooper runs some forty feet long. It is located in the basement archives of the Bureaus field office in Seattle, where for four decades agents have hunted for the man who ransomed a passenger jet for a small fortune and parachutes, then jumped out the back over the rural Northwest, during the middle of a storm, never to be seen again.
This Thanksgiving, November 24th, 2011, marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary Cooper case, an unsolved crime that has baffled agents, detectives and amateur sleuths, and spurned one of the greatest manhunts in law enforcement history.
Geoffrey Gray, author of The New York Times bestseller SKYJACK: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper, was the first reporter to gain access to the FBIs Cooper files. In addition to hundreds of documents, he was able to get his hands on the Bureaus photos, some seen here for the first time.
This image: A 1971 artist's sketch released by the FBI shows the skyjacker known as 'Dan Cooper' and 'D.B. Cooper', was made from the recollections of passengers and crew of a Northwest Orient Airlines jet he hijacked between Portland and Seattle, Nov. 24, 1971, Thanksgiving eve. FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich tells The Seattle Times that a law enforcement member directed investigators to a person who might have helpful information on Cooper.
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I would like to think that D. B. Cooper is alive and well
The odds are against him being alive.
He’d be at least 80 by now and possibly 100 years, if he were alive.
I think I saw something on TV about how people are pretty certain that they know who DB was and that he lived well after the heist.
Or maybe some elk had HIM fer supper.
Fred Astaire hijacked a plane ?
What could we do? He wore out his welcome here in the Grove.
Bet 1000 dudes knew where Hoffa got dumped.
The elk be vegetarians. If they ate him for supper, he would have to be 2nd or 3rd generation worm food.
Get ready for more of that.
Some woman who thinks he was an uncle, that said something at a family dinner about their money worries being over assuming they could “go back and get” it, when she was eight. (Some of the money was found loose on a river bank by a boy in the area in 1980.) I’d assume the woman would have heard about it had the uncle actually succeed in retrieving the stash, so sounds like he did not. Sounds like it went in a river. Money paper is actually cloth and it might survive for decades in the water.
Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, History Channel, had a good investigation on ole DB. Pretty much sure they found him. The guy was Northwest employee and former paratrooper. Survived & led a nice life after his jump.
In 2007, the FBI announced that one of the two parachutes obtained from the Seattle skydiving school was a dummy 'chute. A classroom 'chute that was nonfunctioning and had an inoperable ripcord. The FBI said that the dummy parachute was procured in haste and provided as one of the two as an 'accident' (heh, heh). Cooper cannibalized the working chute and probably used the shrounds to secure the money bag to his body.
If this is true, Cooper didn't survive the plunge from the airliner without a parachute.
It does make you wonder why the FBI looked for him, or his body, for so long without announcing that they were looking for splatter marks.
I'm D.B. Cooper!
It’s worse than that. His actions spurned a manhunt. That’s gotta be worse than spurring one.
P in the water
P in the water, chillun
P in the water,
[I’m not going to finish this]
If as suggested the FBI knew they’d given him a bum parachute, then they really did want to keep things hush hush. A money hunt I could see, a manhunt no!
Brad Meltzer’s show Decoded just did a show about Cooper. Not sure if you saw it or not but it was very interesting. Meltzer’s team seemed to think that Cooper could have been a pilot for Northwest Airlines and did indeed live long after the heist.
Wasn’t a pilot. Kenneth Christansen was a steward for Northwest on the international routes. Former paratrooper.
The FBI? Do you believe from the same GOVERNMENT that took 40+ years to say Roswell was a weather balloon?
The government started the weather balloon story within three or four days of the Roswell crash. Yeah, I can believe that the FBI gave Cooper a nonfunctioning parachute. I'm less inclined to believe it was an accident.
I don’t get the joke. What do three guys pissing in the water have to do with D.B. Cooper??
That is the show I saw on this topic.
From all I've read, Cooper demanded and received 2 front chutes and 2 back chutes. He strapped on one front and one back chutes for his dive.
The 2007 announcements sounds like FBI face saving BS to me.
Ahh... OK. I missed seeing that one. Thanks. I always thought Coopers plan was brilliant and that he probably got away clean.
Source: http://www.katu.com/news/weird/12985152.html - Man who found D. B. Cooper money to auction it off.
When I tried linking it to here it says not available.
The 2007 announcements sounds like FBI face saving BS to me.
Not FBI-face-saving-BS, just poor reading by Scoutmaster. Cooper asked for two main chutes and two reserve chutes. One of the reserve chutes was a dummy chute for classroom instruction.
On the plane, the FBI found two chutes - the more technical sport main chute (Cooper had taken the older main chute) and the working reserve chute, which had been opened and had two of the shroud lines cut from the canopy.
I was wrong. If Cooper's main chute worked, then he had no need for his reserve. If Cooper needed his reserve, then he didn't have a working reserve.
The first skyjacker ever CAUGHT was Richard LaPoint, a few weeks after the D.B.Cooper incident. He was tried in Denver.
I know, because I got to be the courtroom artist.
My art school was contacted by a local TV station looking for a sketch artist. One of the station managers remembered me because I had babysat for his daughters a few times six years before and used to sketch their baby sleeping.
The trial only lasted for one day because LaPoint had a breakdown in his cell and couldn’t take it anymore so he pleaded guilty. I was so disappointed! But my sketches were on TV and I was thrilled.
I never knew what happened to him until now, looking him up on Google: http://extras.denverpost.com/news/news0121g.htm
Interesting story about LaPoint. Do you still have any of the court sketches? I would love to see them. I looked up Richard Charles LaPoint on the Bureau of Prisons website ... no record there. His case was probably too old to be in the online database.
I DID locate this cemetery record though for a Richard Charles LaPoint at:
If the Find A Grave website is correct, then this is your man.
Oh, dear. “;’^(
Looks like our guy, doesn’t it.
I think I have a few slides left of the sketches somewhere, but haven’t run across them in quite awhile.
That was really fun, sketching in court. People usually have about three different poses and I kept ongoing sketches of different key characters as they’d shift, so there really was plenty of time to finish, at least the line part. The crunch came AFTER when I was shuttled into a room to color them quickly and hand them over for the TV deadline. I think courtroom artists these days use scanners onsite so they can transmit instantly. At one point, I spilled my markers and got an icy glare from the judge but he didn’t kick me out!
Gee, thanks for researching LaPoint. ‘Never heard of findagrave.com!