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Posted on 08/24/2013 12:58:06 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
Parachute used by mystery hijacker to escape aircraft after stealing $200,000 goes on display for the first time
It's one of America's most enduring crime mysteries, baffling authorities for more than 40 years. In 1971, a man who identified himself as Dan Cooper boarded Northwest Orient Flight 305 from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle.
FBI investigators have always argued that Cooper did not survive his risky jump, while at the same time maintaining an active case file. The mysterious hijacking has intrigued everyone from federal agents to amateur sleuths.
After getting on the plane, he ordered a whiskey and lit a cigarette before passing flight attendant Florence Schaffner a note that read: 'I HAVE A BOMB IN MY BRIEFCASE. I WILL USE IT IF NECESSARY. I WANT YOU TO SIT NEXT TO ME. YOU ARE BING (sic) HIJACKED.'
Cooper told the captain that in return for $200,000 and four parachutes, he would allow 36 people to leave the plane when it landed.
The FBI agreed to the swap and the plane took off again under Cooper's orders to fly towards Mexico at an altitude of under 10,000 feet.
Somewhere over the lower Cascade mountains in southwestern Washington, Cooper jumped out of the plane with a parachute strapped to his back.
He has never been found or positively identified. Now, an exhibition at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma examines the 40-year mystery, revealing one of the four parachutes D.B. Cooper demanded for the first time.
The exhibit of America's most notorious 'skyjacker' also includes some of the ransom money, retrieved from the Columbia River in 1980, and photographs of the boy, Brian Ingram, who found it............
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
You can actually plot the occurrence of the event, accuracy within six months, via the amount of money extorted.
“’YOU ARE BING (sic) HIJACKED.’”
And, apparently, so was gud speling.
Seinfeld: “They stole my answering machine”.
“I hate the idea of some thief returning my calls”.
BING! Hey maybe it was Sheriff BING BING Ricochet rabbit!
That’s “Sheriff BING BING BING Ricochet rabbit”
I was a young Mom returning from work in Seattle on a very rainy nite when this happened...actually think this was the nite I forgot to pick up my son at daycare...his lowlife Dad (my now ex)...who was at home, did go get him. I think I was engrossed in the DB Cooper activities as they were happening nearby.
I know it was only $200,000 but I don’t how much it weighed. If I was going to steal money, even in the 70’s, Id’ve gone for something MUCH more worthwhile. I’ve fallen out of airplanes before (for a lot less, granted) but I would’ve wanted a whole lot more than a house for a suicide mission.
his lowlife Dad (my now ex)...Now, now, now. He was just misunderstood.
weight - depends on the denominations of the bills. if we’re talking 100s, in ten grand bands, thats 20*100 = 2000 bills, is 2000 grams, is about 4.5 pounds. if it’s in twenties it’s about 23 pounds. and five times bulkier.
It was $20 bills.
He got away. They found a parachute but no body. How does that happen. Plus they found some money but not much. Probably left there to throw people off.
From the article:
The FBI is investigating whether the skull being held by Assistant State Medical Examiner Larry Lewman in 1975, found by Forest Service employees in Oregon, is Cooper's.
See article for photo of skull found in 1975.
23 lbs. We jumped with 60-65 pounds strapped on. I’d think he could’ve handled that, but ...who knows?
can’t believe anyone would wear a clip-on to a skyjacking...
Has the statute of limitations expired, or is there no expiration on Air Piracy?
No wonder it's in such good shape
the amount was important as had he tried for too much it would have taken time.
D.B. was smart enough to ask for a reasonable amount that could have been gotten rather quickly along with a para chute.
A real kool event in time
I have a gub
Thanks Uncle Chip.
The money that kid found in 1980, who knows how it got there.
That’s what I was thinking. I guess, though, that the serial numbers might have been matched.
As long as they charge within 5 years the warrant will remain active until the prosecutor asks the court to dismiss it.
I am sure his warrant is still active.
You're welcome.....er,I mean,...I'm sure he'd say "you're welcome" if he were reading this.
At the time, it was noted that this was about the maximum amount of cash that Northwest Orient could reasonably be expected to raise on short notice in the Seattle area.
This led to the supposition that there was an "inside job" element to the caper.
The money was found at the mouth of the Lewis River, near where it empties into the Columbia.
And Cooper is believed to have jumped somewhere over the Lewis River watershed, about 20-25 miles upstream from where the money was found.
“Take the Money and Run”
But I'll bet you never tailgated a Boeing 727 with 60-65 pounds strapped on.
If he was such a ( Low Life) why did you marry him???
Young and stupid...any other questions?
And turn off that stupid Sack Lunch movie!
Wasn't aware of that.
Anyway, the speculation was that Cooper had an idea how much cash they could raise and how quickly -- thus, the $200K demand.
23 lbs. is a bag of dog food. Not a lot.
Not Cooper’s skull but, alas, it’s poor Yorick’s.
I flew a charter 727 out of Lajes Field to Philadelphia in the 80’s.
Part of the flight attendant spiel before takeoff was that the plane we were on was the same plane D B Cooper jumped from in 1971.
My bit of trivia for the thread.
Did she show you the seat he sat in??? Was there some kind of memorial there of some kind??
I don’t remember what she said exactly. That was so long ago. I know there was no memorial plaque or anything like that.
Did she by any chance point out the skeleton attached to the landing gear???
We are all entitled to a few mistakes... Hope it worked out for you later on
Yes...I wised up and raised a very good son
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