Saturday, January 05, 2008


Cold case
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cold case refers to a crime or accident that has not been solved and is not the subject of current criminal investigation, but for which new information could plausibly arise. New technical methods developed since the case can be used on the surviving evidence to re-analyse the causes, often with conclusive results.

Cold Case also refers to a popular T.V. show:

Cold Case is an American police procedural television series revolving around a fictional Philadelphia Police Department division that specializes in investigating cold cases. The series first aired in September 2003 on CBS. Its fifth season began on September 23, 2007.

I have a real life cold case that has been reopened. It is a fascinating story:

On a cold November night 36 years ago, in the driving wind and rain, somewhere between southern Washington state and just north of Portland, Oregon, a man calling himself Dan Cooper parachuted out of a plane he’d just hijacked clutching a bag filled with $200,000 in stolen cash.

Who was Cooper? Did he survive the jump? And what happened to the loot, only a small part of which has ever surfaced?

It’s a mystery, frankly. We’ve run down thousands of leads and considered all sorts of scenarios. And amateur sleuths have put forward plenty of their own theories. Yet the case remains unsolved.

Sketches of the 1971 hijacking suspect known as Dan "D.B." Cooper. The FBI is asking the public to help solve the case. Federal Bureau of Investigation

Yesterday NPR reported the following:

The FBI launches a new effort to crack a case from 1971, when hijacker D.B. Cooper parachuted from a Seattle-bound plane, after extorting $200,000. An FBI agent, who was only 4 when Cooper jumped, hopes new DNA evidence and tips from the public will track down the mystery man.

The FBI is asking amateur detectives to help write the final chapter of a 36-year-old mystery.
Last month, the agency reopened the case of the airline hijacker known as Dan "D.B." Cooper, who bailed out of a Northwest Orient airplane with $200,000 in extortion money in 1971.
Cooper vanished after the jump, and his true identity has never been discovered. Now, the FBI is releasing sketches of the legendary hijacker, a map of the area where he could have landed and a handful of photos from the case. They've also unveiled a Web site dedicated to solving the crime.

I told you this was an interesting story!

If you have some time on your hand and you would like to solve this mystery here are links to information that could help:

FBI Reopens Very Cold Case of D.B. Cooper

Jan. 2, 2008
Hijacker Missing for 37 Years

Aug. 19, 2000
D.B. Cooper: A Death-Bed Confession?

FBI Web Site on D.B. Cooper

I found an interesting detail in this story. The Wikepedia entry has been vandalized:

This is what the entry reads:

Editing of this article by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled until January 10, 2008 (UTC) due to vandalism.If you cannot edit this article and you wish to make a change, you can discuss changes on the talk page, request unprotection, log in, or create an account.

To read the entry yourself here is the link:
D. B. Cooper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Here is a link to a story in which a Florida widow believes she has found him:
D.B. Cooper - Mysteries of History - U.S. News Online

If you do find Mr. Cooper remember to share the reward with me since I did all the research for you!

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