Tuesday, March 25, 2008

D.B. Cooper

My interest in the D.B. Cooper hijacking goes back at least as far as the In Search Of episode on the subject. (I loved that series. It was hosted by Leonard Nimoy and addressed important issues like this, Bigfoot, Ball Lightning and other terribly vital matters.)

Most "experts" believed that the hijacker died in his attempt to parachute (with a $200,000 ransom) to freedom in the Pacific Northwest. That was the commonly accepted theory. Some of the bills had even been found.

Now comes this. Have they found his parachute buried in a field? If it turns out to be the real thing, then it looks like he probably did survive. And it that's the case, it's been one of the more amazing heists and getaways ever.

Even if it doesn't turn out to be his, it still takes me back. It really is an amazing story.

If you're interested in reading an article from the original coverage, I converted a two-page article into JPG files and put them on smugmug, so you can read them. Page one is here and page two is here.

5 comments:

Alan said...

I had never heard about this guy until they mentioned him on Prison Break.

d. chedwick bryant said...

every so often DB comes up in the news.

ps Hope all is well with the puppy!

Dantallion said...

I'd never heard this story before. All I can say is: "cool!"

ATG said...

I found an updated article for you about this:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080401/ap_on_re_us/cooper_parachute

Jess said...

ATG: Oh well, it's still a cool story. :)