Crime

Gratuitous D.B. Cooper Citing

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He wasn't quite Patty Hearst or Bigfoot, but missing skyjacker D.B. Cooper, last seen jumping out of a big old jet airliner somewhere over Oregon with $200,000 in extorted cash, was one of the weird figures who made the 1970s such as a bizarre decade.

Now his parachute might have been found. Not that means the case is solved:

If it is Cooper's parachute, that will solve one mystery—where he apparently landed—but it will raise another, Carr said.

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."

More here.

The FBI has been wasting its time and your tax dollars on this very cold case very recently.

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  1. Upon reading this story, am I the only one who feels like singing a round of “Jayne’s Song (The Hero of Canton)?”

  2. So “Dan Cooper” survived. I’m not surprised. Maybe Bush will pardon him.

  3. Jayne lost all of the money. I don’t think Cooper did, if I remember correctly. Didn’t they only find one bag of money?

  4. DB Cooper is much more interesting if we never find out what happened to him.

  5. The FBI has been wasting its time and your tax dollars on this very cold case very recently.

    When they’re not too busy looking for Jimmy Hoffa.

  6. mediageek:

    The Ballad of Jayne Cobb

    Jayne!
    The man they call Jayne!
    He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor,
    Stood up to The Man and he gave him what for,
    Our love for him now ain’t hard to explain,
    The Hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne!

    Jayne saw the mudder’s backs breakin’,
    And he saw the mudder’s lament.
    And he saw that magistrate takin’,
    Every dollar and leaving five cents.
    He said, “You can’t do that to my people, you can’t crush them under your heel.”
    So Jayne strapped on his hat and in five seconds flat,
    He stole everything boss Higins had to steal.

    He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor,
    Stood up to The Man and gave him what for,
    Our love for him now ain’t hard to explain,
    The Hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne!

    Now here is what separates heroes from common folk like you and I,
    The man they call Jayne, he turned ’round his plane,
    And let that money hit sky.
    He dropped it onto our houses,
    He dropped it into our yard.
    The man they call Jayne, he turned ’round his plane,
    And headed out towards the stars.

    He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor,
    He stood up to The Man and gave him what for,
    Our love for him now ain’t hard to explain,
    The Hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne!

  7. Hush! I have a lead on Judge Crater.

  8. Don’t worry guys, they won’t stop me commenting here. I’ll always be one step ahead of them.

  9. That’s right, I’m also miffed that the news on this didn’t refer to him as Hit & Run’s own D.B. Cooper. Bah.

  10. Why do you say the FBI is “wasting its time and your tax dollars” searching for Cooper? I’m sure we all agree that it’s the role of the government to try to prevent theft, or at least punish thieves after the fact. Even if there’s no chance that the FBI will catch Cooper, the fact that they’re publicly pursuing him could have a deterrent effect. What message would it send to future thieves if they just threw up their hands and said “this one’s too tough for us”?

  11. Pro Libertate | March 26, 2008, 10:21am | #
    Jayne lost all of the money. I don’t think Cooper did, if I remember correctly. Didn’t they only find one bag of money?

    Most egregious failure to read the fucking article post – Ev-Er

  12. Warren,
    The post does not state that only one bag of money was ever found. It states that one bag containing $5880 was found.

  13. The FBI has been wasting its time and your tax dollars on this very cold case very recently.

    Dunno if it’s been said, but good.

    Better they work this cold case then go after drug offenders or investigating people who criticize the gov’t — more resources on the DB Cooper case please

  14. Washington police are considering going door to door asking if they can please search for DB Cooper and his money.

  15. I finally got “jane says” out of my head from yesterday’s thread …
    ..and now it’s back.

  16. Speaking of song tributes, here’s Todd Snider’s more relevant D.B. Cooper.

  17. hignumber,

    That’s what I read. I didn’t see remember anything about how much was actually stolen, though I’m sure that information is out there somewhere.

    D.A.R.,

    Ha! Nothing is more relevant than Jayne! Stood up to The Man and gave him what for. . . .

  18. Right you are, P.L.! A song actually about D.B. Cooper in a thread about D.B. Cooper can’t possibly be as relevant as one of the weaker Firefly episodes. My bad.

  19. That’s right, D.A.R. Such wisdom is rare ?

  20. I would surely think Doobie Keebler would be dead by now. Or at least blown through 200 large. Let it go already.

  21. Jimmy James? I’ll buy that.

  22. I think it’s important that they solve the occasional cold case. It changes the risk/reward calculation for criminals who think they can get away with by lying low.

    Anyway, everybody knows that DB Cooper died breaking out of Fox River Penitentary, and Lincoln Burroughs found the money and took it to Panama.

  23. Vancouver on the Columbia River, is the town directly across the river from Portland. Look at the map. Look where the Washougal River is located. This money was found in an urban area! So yes, this clue does lead to even weirder questions. Was DB Cooper living under an overpass on Highway 14? Inquiring minds want to know!

  24. Is there a statute of limitations on hijacking?

  25. Jennifer,

    I think it was a capital offense, so I assume there is no statute of limitations. Even under federal law, since he’s actually been indicted, I don’t think the statute applies.

  26. Gratuitous D.B. Cooper Citing*?

    * I wasn’t aware that the “D.B. Cooper” of hijacking fame had actually written anything, other than a hijacking note, that was publicly attributed to him.

  27. D.B. Cooper was a bomb-toting, airplane-hijacking gay man… not there’s anythign wrong with that!!

  28. “an indictment against Cooper is still on file in U.S. District Court in Portland, waiting to be unsealed should he be found.”

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/47793_vanished22.shtml

    Since they don’t know the guy’s real name, this could be some sort of “John Doe” indictment.

    If this is so, I would presume the indictment was filed within the statute of limitations, in any.

  29. Here we go:

    “In November 1976, federal authorities realized no one had ever charged Cooper with a crime, so they quickly sought an indictment in Portland just before the statute of limitations expired. So a “John Doe”, a.k.a. D.B. Cooper, indictment was issued by assistant U.S. attorney in Portland, Jack Gore Collins against the hijacker of Northwest flight #305.”

    http://www.check-six.com/Crash_Sites/NWA305-DBCooper.htm

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