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The Mystery of D B Cooper
D.B. Cooper is the world's most famous jumping skyjacker. The mysterious passenger, who bought a ticket using the name Dan Cooper, boarded a Northwest Orient flight in Portland, Oregon on 24 November 1971 -- the eve of Thanksgiving. Once aloft, he threatened to blow up the plane and demanded $200,000 and four parachutes. After the plane landed at Seattle-Tacoma Airport and his demands were met, Cooper ordered the pilot of the 727 to take off and head for Mexico, flying at 10,000 feet. Cooper jumped from the rear stairway of the plane somewhere over Washington state, taking the cash with him. Despite exhaustive searches, D.B. Cooper's body has never been found. It's unclear whether Cooper died during the jump and his whereabouts are unknown.
Extra credit: The hijacker actually called himself Dan Cooper; a reporter later heard an investigator mention a "D.B. Cooper," and the name stuck... In 1980, an eight-year-old boy named Brian Ingram dug up a bundle of $20 bills in the sand beside the Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington. The cash was identified as $5800 of Cooper's money; the FBI had recorded the serial numbers. No other money was found, though, and that's the only Cooper cash uncovered so far... D.B. Cooper smoked; his brand of cigarettes was Raleigh... The 1981 movie The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper starred Treat Williams and Robert Duvall in a fictionalized version of Cooper's story... Northwest Orient became known as Northwest Airlines in 1986, then merged with Delta Airlines in 2008.
Cooper's Identity Revealed!
The Titus Theory
A group of Northwest airline employees, consisting only of pilots and stewardesses are having a party. I don't care what kind of party. Perhaps a birthday party at a fancy restaurant, or at one of their homes.
Everybody is having a good time. Conversation includes the topics of money, compensation, the future, etc. Somebody jokes about holding up the airline. They conclude that this would be too difficult for anyone, even in top condition. They all go home.
Some time later two or three of that same group are again together,
perhaps at an airport flight crew lounge. One of them indicates
that he has thought of a foolproof system. They all have a good
laugh, and go on with their jobs. Here comes the fuzzy part of my
theory. I don't know exactly how, but somehow three or four of
them work out a viable plan. Female employees are approached to
find several who could also be trusted. In any case, they decide
to go for it, planning all the details necessary to have the theft
appear to be committed by a lone terrorist. A terrorist with at
least as much knowledge of parachutes, money denominations, rear-exit
details, etc, etc.
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