August 9, 2011 by staff
D.B. Cooper, Forty years after D.B. Cooper parachuted into the night and never heard from him, the kidnapper know is back in the spotlight. First with the news last week that the FBI could have a new track in the case, suddenly cooled on Tuesday. And now there’s a new book, Skyjack: The Hunt for DB Cooper.
Almost everyone of a certain age remembers Cooper. He is the man who bought a plane ticket round trip from Portland to Seattle on a stormy night in 1971, ordered himself a bourbon and Seven-Up, then went to the hostess – who called them that back then – a note saying he had a bomb in his briefcase. The note also said: “I would like to sit next to me.”
Then he demanded to 200,000 – which gave the Seattle airport – took off again and launched into the darkness of the jet Northwest Orient. It is a reckless robbery that has fascinated Americans for four decades.
Investigative journalist Geoffrey Gray tries to separate fact from legend of Skyjack. And what a legend he is. Cooper is now an object of worship in what is called “Cooperland,” the area is believed to have landed. Ballads were written about him, local bars have similar appearance contests, and people still searching the forest for the treasure strapped to his body when he disappeared in the air every year.
Cooper has been called the “Bigfoot” of law enforcement, all escape persecution.
Recent press reports saying that the FBI believed that Cooper might have died 10 years ago, however, proved false. On Tuesday, the FBI announced that DNA does not match the latest suspects.
Gray’s research began with a mysterious story about Cooper in New York magazine, where he is a contributing editor. Skyjack, Gray’s first book is the expansion of that investigation, and the story gets nothing, but strange. Along the way discover a gray unknown number of suspects, including a pilot transsexual Barbara Dayton. Could it really be D. B. Cooper?
Benefits of Gray’s book his first look at the FBI files on the case. And extensive research (first-hand interviews, medical records, diaries) that is until the “new look” employee uniforms Northwest Orient at the time. The color was red. The designer Christian Dior.
He also notes that people who get too close to the case are cursed. The Curse of Cooper, it’s called. The journalists were fooled, shame FBI agents. Some have become suidical by his unsuccessful search.
Gray weaves a fascinating story about one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. It is a page turner, despite DB Cooper remains elusive right to the end.
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