D.B. Cooper- Northwest U.S.- 1971 Nov 15, 2015 0:58:22 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Nov 15, 2015 0:58:22 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: Unsolved Mysteries Wikia)
Everyone by now is familiar with the story of D.B. Cooper, who has been aired numerous times on both AMW and Unsolved Mysteries. Technically, this is an "unsolved" case and not a fugitive case. However, since AMW once aired the case of "JC Giles" a wanted suspect known only by an alias- I'm placing this case in the fugitives section. I will give a brief refresher via the Unsolved Wikia website:
Details: On November 24, 1971, a man calling himself Dan Cooper boarded a Northwest Airlines Boeing 727 from Portland, Oregon. Once the plane was in flight, he gave the stewardess a note that he had a bomb and would detonate it unless the plane diverted to Seattle. Once there, he released the passengers but kept the flight crew captive as he made a request for four parachutes and $200,000 in cash weighing over twenty pounds. He then had the plane take off again, having it stay at a speed of 200 mph. Over the Lewis River in southern Washington, Cooper opened the rear exit door while in flight and jumped with the cash, no visible protective gear and only a parachute into obscurity. He, the money and parachutes were never seen again.
To date, this is the only unsolved sky-jacking in the history of aviation. The FBI thoroughly investigated the case, chasing several leads and suspects. The press dubbed this character "D.B. Cooper," who was only known on the flight manifest as Dan Cooper. No one could find a trace of him nor locate any of the stolen traceable cash. A plastic sign from a Boeing 727 and a parachute were discovered in the woods near the bail-out area, and in 1980, some of the marked cash was found dredged in the mud near the Columbia River. These clues suggest to some that Cooper either perished in the woods or landed in the Columbia and drowned. However, others believe from his coolness and planning that he actually survived and got away with one of the most daring crimes of the twentieth century.
When Unsolved Mysteries re-examined the case, they had a new composite made of the famous artist one of the Cooper. Working with a new forensic artist, they gave Florence Schaffner, the stewardess to which he handed the note, a chance to recommission a new likeness. Most of the Americans who heard his voice said that he had a Mid-Western accent. It was also believed that due to Cooper's demand for parachutes and his escape that the man was a military veteran, likely certified as a paratrooper.
Thoughts? Obviously a lot of leads were chased over the years. Notorious AMW capture #50 John List was once considered a suspect but was eventually ruled out. Now the focus seems to be on a man named Lynn Doyle Cooper who died in 1999. Lynn Cooper was a surveyor who worked for Boeing and his niece claims to have overheard him admitting to the crime.
In my opinion, while there was always a controversy of whether D.B. Cooper died after his jump, many speculated he could have died in the rugged terrain, I believe he survived. I think a lot of people don't want to admit the bad guy gets away sometimes, so they'll write off the Anglin brothers and/or D.B. Cooper as they must have died to not get caught by now. While I hate to give fugitives credit, sometimes people underestimate their cunning.
L.D. Cooper makes a great suspect. I think the problem is evidence-wise, there needs to be more to officially declare the case closed.
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