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D. B. COOPER

By CM Okerwall


It seemed like just another Thanksgiving Day in Portland, Oregon on November 24, 1971.
   But, everything would change when a man calling himself DB Cooper purchased a one-way ticket to Seattle, Washington on Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305.


   After boarding the Boeing 727 and sitting in the rear of the passenger cabin, he lights a cigarette and orders a bourbon and soda. Cooper is wearing a black raincoat, dark suit, and a white shirt with a black tie. To the flight attendant sitting in the jump seat near him, he looks like many businessmen she’s seen before.


   The note he passes to her reads, “I have a bomb in my briefcase. You are being hijacked.” Then Cooper hands the very nervous flight attendant another slip of paper and very calmly says, “I want you to take these demands to the pilot.” The note read “When we arrive in Seattle have $200,000 in unmarked bills wrapped in small bundles plus four parachutes and a fuel truck standing by to refuel the aircraft.” Upon her return from the cockpit, the hijacker is wearing dark glasses and calmly orders another bourbon and soda.


   After refueling and releasing the other 36 passengers, Cooper says he wants to go to Mexico and wants the pilot to fly at the minimum airspeed possible and at a maximum altitude of 10,000 feet.


   At
 7:40 pm, the 727 takes off from Seattle with only five people on board, Cooper, the pilot, copilot, a flight engineer and the flight attendant.


   At
 8:00 pm, passing over the Lewis River in Washington State, Cooper opens the rear door and stairs. Stepping out, he jumps into the cold, rainy night with $200,000 strapped to his waist. He free falls briefly in the dark, before opening his chute. It’s too dark for him to see the trees coming up fast. Cooper feels his ribs crack as he hits branch after branch in the tall pine trees. The chute catches and rips. Down he falls, until finally, unconscious, he hangs upside down from a branch.


   A long hairy arm reaches up to the human hanging from the tree. Taking Cooper down and putting him on one shoulder, the nine-foot tall Sasquatch carries him deeper into the forest.

The FBI has ended their investigation of this event, not having figured out what happened to DB Cooper.