DB Cooper, for the three of you who don't know, was the pseudonym of a hijacker who demanded cash in return for the release of his hostages. Officials complied and he let the passengers go, but then he parachuted from the plane into the night, never to be seen again. He got away with $200,000, which in 1971 was a fair amount of money, but it's a mystery if he survived the jump.
SEATTLE - Hoping to solve at least part of a 36-year-old mystery, the FBI is analyzing a torn, tangled parachute found in southwest Washington to determine if it belonged to famed plane hijacker D.B. Cooper.
Children playing outside their home near Amboy found the chute's fabric sticking up from the ground in an area where their father had been grading a road, agent Larry Carr said Tuesday. They pulled it out as far as they could, then cut the parachute's ropes with scissors.
Here's another interesting fact about the story:
If it is Cooper's parachute, that will solve one mystery — where he apparently landed — but it will raise another.
In 1980, a family on a picnic found $5,880 of Cooper's money in a bag on a Columbia River beach, near Vancouver. Some investigators believed it might have been washed down to the beach by the Washougal River. But if Cooper landed near Amboy and stashed the money bag there, there's no way it could have naturally reached the Washougal.
"If this is D.B. Cooper's parachute, the money could not have arrived at its discovery location by natural means," Carr said. "That whole theory is out the window."
I love the DB Cooper story. He's become somewhat of a cult hero around the northwest. I'm convinced that he could walk out of the woods tomorrow, get pardoned by the governor, and probably win the open House seat in Oregon's 5th District.
BigLebowski wrote:Born and raised in SW Washington, my cousins and myself spent countless hours searching for DB Coopers CASH. Great mystery, and part of my childhood. Without a Paddle...great movie by the way.
I agree about Without a Paddle...for me it was unexpectedly funny...I thought it would be mildly amusing, but ended up having more than its fair share of laugh out loud moments.