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DB Cooper Case Could Still Be Solved —With Your Help

True Ink releasing case files for citizen sleuths

(Newser) - A man identifying himself as Dan Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient jet, jumped from the airliner with $200,000 in ransom money and a parachute, and seemingly disappeared in 1971 in what has endured as one of the great American crime mysteries—one an online magazine now hopes to solve.... More »

Why We've All Been Calling DB Cooper the Wrong Name

Dan Cooper doesn't have quite the same ring to it

(Newser) - We may not have solved the mystery of DB Cooper, but we've definitely solved a mystery of DB Cooper. Specifically that "DB" was a name that originated with a reporter at the Oregon Journal in Portland. The legendary hijacker actually went by "Dan." "I got... More »

FBI Ends One of Longest Investigations, With Mystery Unsolved

Congratulations, DB Cooper

(Newser) - Well, Mr. Cooper, or whatever your name is, you've officially stumped the FBI. The agency announced Monday that it was no longer investigating the famous 1971 hijacking in which a passenger known as DB Cooper jumped out of a plane over Washington state with a parachute and $200,000... More »

Was DB Cooper a Grocery Manager From Michigan?

Writer offers new theory for the identity of the mystery hijacker

(Newser) - On Nov. 24, 1971, an airplane hijacker who would become known as DB Cooper donned a parachute, strapped $200,000 in cash to his body, and leaped out of a Boeing 727 jetliner somewhere between Seattle, Wash., and Reno, Nev. His true identity and whether he survived the jump remain... More »

Man's Quest for DB Cooper's Parachute Almost Kills Him

Former Navy SEAL Matt L'Hommedieu found himself in a 'dire situation'

(Newser) - DB Cooper infamously parachuted out of a plane and into legend in 1971. He hijacked a Boeing 727 en route to Seattle from Portland, was handed $200,000 in cash after its arrival there, took off with just the crew on a path toward Mexico, and vanished, most likely... More »

Man Tied to Skyjacker DB Cooper Murdered

Earl Cossey packed famous parachutes

(Newser) - A man in Washington state has been murdered more than 40 years after he packed the parachutes used by skyjacker DB Cooper . Earl Cossey, a former skydiving instructor, was found dead in his home of blunt force trauma to the head and investigators say they have no reason to believe... More »

FBI Closing File on DB Cooper

Even if feds can't match DNA, they think they found their man: niece of suspect

(Newser) - The case of infamous skyjacker DB Cooper may never be officially solved, but 40 years after the brazen event, the FBI is preparing to close the case anyway, reports the Daily Mail . The woman who stepped forward earlier this year , claiming the notorious Cooper was her late uncle, says that... More »

DNA No Match, DB Cooper Still a Mystery

Testing turns up no link between new suspect, Cooper's tie

(Newser) - DNA testing has failed to establish a link between a new suspect in the DB Cooper case and the man who vanished after hijacking a plane 40 years ago, the FBI says. DNA from family members of the suspect, who died 10 years ago, failed to match any of the... More »

Woman Says DB Cooper Was Her Uncle

Actually, his name was Lynn Doyle Cooper, says Marla Cooper

(Newser) - Marla Cooper (yes, Cooper) says she knows the true identity of "skyjacker" DB Cooper: His name was Lynn Doyle Cooper, known to family members as LD, and he was her uncle, Marla tells ABC News . She recalls a suspicious conversation between LD and another uncle she overheard as an... More »

DB Cooper Lead Points to Man Who Died 10 Years Ago

But if FBI is right, skyjacker survived his daring jump

(Newser) - Don’t expect to see the notorious skyjacker known only as DB Cooper to be doing a perp walk anytime soon. The " promising lead" the FBI touted yesterday points to a man who died of natural causes 10 years ago, the Seattle Times reports. A spokesman said the FBI... More »

Hot Lead in DB Cooper Case

FBI comparing suspect's fingerprints with those found on plane

(Newser) - Forty years later, the FBI just might be closer to nailing the bold hijacker who parachuted, scot-free, from a plane with $200,000 in ransom. Officials say they have their "most promising" lead yet in the decades-long search for DB Cooper. A suspect's name and an unrevealed piece... More »

Parachute Didn't Belong to DB Cooper, FBI Says

Agents say newly found chute wasn't used by legendary hijacker

(Newser) - The FBI says a parachute found along a dirt road in Washington state didn’t belong to legendary hijacker DB Cooper, the AP reports. After talking to parachute experts and examining the site, agents concluded that the chute wasn’t used in the nation’s only unsolved hijacking. Cooper made... More »

DB Cooper's Parachute?

FBI studying chute possibly used by hijacker, found by kids in a field

(Newser) - A parachute possibly used by legendary hijacker DB Cooper has been found by children playing in a field in Washington state, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The FBI is analyzing the chute to determine whether Cooper used it to jump out of a plane with $200,000 in 1971—the nation'... More »

Man Hopes to Auction Bounty of DB Cooper Hijacking

Found wad of ransom money as 8-year-old

(Newser) - The man who found the only tangible evidence of a mysterious hijacker's jump out of an airplane over Washington state in 1971 hopes to sell it at auction, the AP reports. In 1980, 8-year-old Brian Ingram found a wad of $20 bills on the banks of the Columbia River;... More »

FBI Reignites DB Cooper Case

New revelations as feds appeal for help

(Newser) - The FBI is again seeking help solving the intriguing 36-year-old mystery of DB Cooper, last seen parachuting from a hijacked Northwest Airlines jet over southwest Washington with a $200,000 ransom. He appears to have vanished into thin air—if he survived the daring jump. But now the FBI has... More »

36 Years Later, Hijacker's Fate Still Intrigues

DB Cooper and his $200K parachuted out of plane, into legend

(Newser) - The legend was born in 1971. A hijacker who said he had a bomb traded 36 plane passengers for $200,000 and passage to Mexico. The Boeing 727 took off from Sea-Tac Airport, and the man known as DB Cooper parachuted out the back and into history. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer... More »

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