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DB Cooper – Cooperites celebrate the 47th Anniversary of the skyjacking with conference

Detailed report on the DB Cooper Forum last week in Portland:

The Mountain News - WA

By Bruce A. Smith

The 47th Anniversary of the DB Cooper skyjacking was celebrated with a gathering of experts and aficionados to discuss the details of the case, and ponder new evidence and suspects.

On November 24, 1971, DB Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient 727 enroute to Seattle from Portland, and after he jumped from the aft stairs with $200,000 in twenties tethered to his waist, nothing has ever been discovered – neither his identity, fate, or any of his gear or booty. However, $6,200 of ransom money was found on a Columbia River beach in 1980, but that discovery also defies explanation. DB Cooper’s daring-do has been feted every since, and this anniversary was no exception. The DB Cooper heist, known to law enforcement as NORJAK, remains the only unsolved skyjacking in American history. Nevertheless, the FBI officially closed the case in 2016.

Approximately 100 people gathered Saturday…

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6 Responses

  1. Thanks for spreading the word, Marty. I just gave two of your books to two students at Pacific Lutheran University in Spanaway, WA. They are doing a podcast/history project of notable people in Washington State History, and of course they included DB Cooper. I figured you book would be a good primer to help them past the “beginner stage.”

  2. I really enjoy your writings on DB Cooper. Are you going to have a post soon about the Oregonian article about the guy w/ the theory that it’s someone named William J. Smith?

    • I have seen the article and I intend to write about it soon. Here’s a spoiler: I don’t believe Smith is Cooper.

  3. i’m eager to read it. I appreciate your skeptical approach.

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