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Monday, December 31, 2007

The FBI is still looking D.B. Cooper ... no, really

The FBI sent out a press release this morning, saying they're putting a new focus on the D.B. Cooper case. It's one of the most mythologized crime stories from the last century. Cooper -- a pseudonym, obviously -- hijacked a Boeing flying from Portland to Seattle, and was able to get $200,000 in ransom money. He jumped from the plane somewhere over the Cascade Mountains in dark, stormy weather. He's never been seen since.

The feds were able to get a DNA sample from Cooper's tie, which is how they were able to rule out somebody who claimed to be Cooper on his deathbed.

The FBI says they think Cooper probably died in the jump back in 1971, but they're releasing new details about the case to make sure. (I lean toward the "devoured-by-bears" theory.)

Here's a Wikipedia entry on the case. And a Crime Library article. And an FBI brief on the case.


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