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F.B.I. Brings a Fresh Set of Eyes to a '71 Plane Hijacking Mystery








Published: January 2, 2008


CHICAGO — It is considered one of the great unsolved mysteries of American crime: how a seemingly quiet man in his mid-40s hijacked an airliner somewhere between Seattle and Reno in November 1971, then parachuted in his loafers and trench coat, making off with $200,000 in cash.


Who was he? Did he survive? After all these years, federal authorities say they still do not know, and the case lingers and vexes and fascinates as the only unsolved airplane hijacking in United States history. 'It's a mystery, frankly,' agency officials said in a December news release issued periodically to update old cases.


But now, with the advantage of technologies that were not available decades ago and with newfound attention from an agent on the West Coast, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced that the cold case is officially hot again — and the search is on for the parachuter who called himself Dan, and sometimes, D. B. Cooper.


And, for the first time, the F.B.I. is providing pictures and information on the Cooper case to the public on its Web site, fbi.gov. The agency hopes that pictures like the one of Mr. Cooper's black tie, which he removed before jumping, will prompt a memory, or that someone will offer fresh insight into what happened to all that cash, some of which was scattered in the wilderness and found by a young boy in 1980. (Already, a DNA sample taken from the tie has ruled out several men who claimed to be the parachuting hijacker.)


'This case is 36 years old, it's beyond its expiration date, but I asked for the case because I was intrigued with it,' said Larry Carr, a federal agent based in Seattle who usually investigates bank robberies, and who was 4 when the hijacking occurred. 'I remember as a child reading about it and wondering what had happened. It's surreal that after 36 years here I am, the only investigator left. I wanted to take a shot at solving it.'


Since the case was turned over to him about six months ago, Mr. Carr has come up with a new way of seeing the incident: as a bank robbery that just happened to be on an airplane. The fresh perspective led to new investigating techniques.


'The classic way we solve bank robberies is with the public,' Mr. Carr said. 'Everything we know — pictures, descriptions, m.o., everything. We put it all out there.'


Now, with the information made public, he said, 'maybe someone will say: My uncle who disappeared in 1971 — he could have been Cooper. I just never thought about it until now.'


Included in the newly released information are several updated insights on Mr. Cooper that the F.B.I. feels are accurate: he was not an expert sky diver, he had no help on the ground, he was about six feet tall and 175 pounds, with brown eyes.


The physical description came from separate accounts given by attendants on the hijacked flight, Northwest Airlines 305, that left Portland, Ore., bound for Seattle on Nov. 24, 1971. After takeoff, Mr. Cooper handed a flight attendant a note saying he had a bomb in his suitcase. He demanded four parachutes and $200,000 in $20 bills, the F.B.I. says. Upon the plane's landing in Seattle, Mr. Cooper exchanged all 36 passengers for the ransom, but continued to hold several crew members on the plane with him as, on his orders, it took off again, this time on a flight to Mexico City.


Around 8 that night, Mr. Cooper jumped out of the back of the plane as it was flying somewhere between Seattle and Reno, Nev. It later landed safely.


The F.B.I. opened an investigation while the airplane was still in flight, but despite years of work and the consideration of hundreds of suspects, Mr. Cooper seems to have disappeared into the night.


'If he's alive today, he'd be about 85 years old,' Mr. Carr said. 'Maybe one day I'll be sitting at my desk and I'll get a call from an old man who says, 'You're not going to believe this story.''




Obviously, He was an ARMY RANGER or FORMER SPECIAL FORCES OPERATIVE from THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY who was an expert parachutist.... :)





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Parachute-Clark Cnty Could Belong to DB Cooper


Parachute Found In Clark County Could Belong To D.B. Cooper




AMBOY, Wash. -- A parachute that could belong to famous hijacker D.B. Cooper has been found and is being analyzed by the FBI in Seattle.


The Cooper case has been surrounded by mystery since 1971, when he jumped from a Northwest Orient Airlines Boeing 727 with a bag of money containing $200,000 ransom.


The parachute, which the FBI said is the same type that was used by Cooper, was found between the Clark County towns of Ariel and Amboy, near the center of the original jump zone, according to KOIN News 6.


The parachute was unearthed in a field that was being plowed by the property owner and was found by the man's children while they were playing. The children pulled the cloth until the chute's shroud lines appeared and their father recognized it as a parachute.


The man notified the FBI in Seattle. Part of the chute, which is white and conical shaped, remains buried in the field.


Seattle Agent Larry Carr said he will analyze the parachute and look for a label, which could match it to a reserve chute left behind by Cooper on the plane.




Ex-Special Forces... D.B. Cooper... Never Caught... Got Away... Mexico...





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Some of the ransom money from D.B. Cooper hijackin


Some of the ransom money from D.B. Cooper hijacking is to be auctioned




07:53 AM CDT on Tuesday, April 1, 2008


Associated Press


The boy who found one of the only pieces of evidence linked to the world's only unsolved skyjacking is now a 30-something father of five living in Mena, Ark., who has decided to start selling his treasure.


As an 8-year-old boy in 1980, Brian Ingram, now 36, found some of the ransom money possessed by airline hijacker D.B. Cooper. Brian Ingram was an 8-year-old on a family camping trip when he discovered three bundles of deteriorating $20 bills on the shore of the Columbia River near Portland, Ore., in 1980. The money turned out to be some of the $200,000 ransom that D.B. Cooper was carrying when he parachuted from a jet airliner after a 1971 hijacking.


Now, Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries is offering 15 of the bills at a live and online auction June 13-14.


There was no trace of D.B. Cooper until Brian Ingram came upon the $5,880 while brushing his hand over the sand, trying to clear a spot for a campfire. The FBI matched the serial numbers and returned all but 13 bills to him six years later. He had to give some to the insurance company and said he isn't sure how many he has left because of their fragile condition.


Once he sells the first 15, Mr. Ingram said he isn't sure how he'll proceed with the rest, other than knowing he'll keep a few. While he prefers to stress the historic and sentimental value of the bills, he recognizes they could be tickets to college for his kids ranging in age from 7 to 14.


Heritage CEO Steve Ivy isn't sure how much the bills will bring. His best guess was in the hundreds for smaller pieces and in the thousands for the bigger bills that are more intact.




They "recovered" some money near his believed "landing zone" on the bank of a river... Burnt or falling apart after years of exposure....


If the money was burnt... Maybe he spent the night in woods... And used to the money to "MAKE A FIRE"!!! :)


HE'S ALIVE!!! MY FRIENDS!!! and the "burnt money" is proof!!! And A BIG HINT from Mr. D.B. Cooper!!!


Ah... I have a strange "admiration" for super criminals... :)


Obviously, he had a "sense of style"... :)





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Re: Parachute-Clark Cnty Could Belong to DB Cooper




Some people did find money on the bank of the river under the plane path... Near where he jumped from the plane... It is believed to be "D.B. Cooper's" money...


Sorry... No Treasure Hunt in the woods for you... :)





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Re: Parachute-Clark Cnty Could Belong to DB Cooper


yeah, they found some money, not all of it though. theres still alot out there if he didnt make it out of there.


i still would like to go out there and look. it would be fun.



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D. B. Cooper Eludes the F.B.I. Again -Wrong Fabric


D. B. Cooper Eludes the F.B.I. Again




By Mike Nizza


The discovery of a buried parachute last month may have stirred the imagination about finally solving the famous D.B. Cooper skyjacking-and-vanishing act, but it turns out that was not to be. The F.B.I.'s latest lead on the 1971 case, provided by children who found it while playing in rural Washington state, turned out to be a false one: it couldn't have been Mr. Cooper's.


''From the best we could learn from the people we spoke to, it just didn't look like it was the right kind of parachute in any way,'' Robbie Burroughs, an agent, told The Associated Press.


Special Agent Robbie Burroughs with a parachute found in Washington state. (Photo: Kevin P. Casey/Associated Press)One of the people investigators spoke to was Earl Cossey, from whom Mr. Cooper bought a chute that he then used to escape the passenger jet flying from Portland to Seattle that he hijacked. Hours before the official announcement of the test results, he told The Columbian that he was 'absolutely' convinced that investigators who thought the parachute the children found might be Mr. Cooper's had been led astray. It was made of the wrong fabric, he said: silk, not nylon.


According to Mr. Cossey, the F.B.I. wanted to keep his opinion under wraps for the moment, but he would have none of it:


'When the guy left on Friday, he said, 'Don't say anything for a couple of days,' ' Cossey said. 'I said, 'That's ridiculous. It's not the right parachute. It's not even close.' '


The Associated Press, which rated his disposition as 'cantankerous,' said that Mr. Cossey had seen his share of bad leads in the case:


'They keep bringing me garbage,'' Cossey said. ''Every time they find squat, they bring it out and open their trunk and say, 'Is that it?' and I say, 'Nope, go away.' Then a few years later they come back.''


Garbage in, garbage out, apparently:


[He] said he got a kick out of telling some reporters that the parachute was, in fact, the hijacker's.


One reporter called him back angrily, saying he could be fired for writing a false story, but another said the newsroom enjoyed the April Fool's joke.




Wrong fabric... I get from this story... The parachute should have been silk not the nylon one found....




But I like my idea... If the F.B.I. can prove that some of that money was burnt in an "overnight campfire"...


They can "safely assume" that Mr. D.B. Cooper survived the jump... Spent the night... And left "buried money" as proof he made it...


He wasn't going "write them a note" and give them a sample of his handwriting...


I say...


D.B. Cooper! Lives! In Mexico! :)





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