Essay on The D.B. Cooper Mystery

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The D. B. Cooper Mystery On November 27, 1971, in Portland, Oregon, a man claiming to be “Dan Cooper” bought a ticket for Northwest-Orient Airlines Flight 305 to Seattle, Washington. Dressed in a sharp dark suit with a pearl tiepin, this forty-five year-old man was about six feet tall with black hair (Abacha and Gilmore 233). No one would suspect him of going down in American history as the only man to ever escape capture after hijacking a U.S. plane (Warchol 1). Soon after takeoff, after having his cigarette, bourbon, and a soda, Cooper handed a note to one of the two stewardesses on the plane (Warchol 1; “D.B. Cooper” 1). The stewardess, Florence Schaffner, planned to read it later until one of the other passengers urged her to take…show more content…
Dan Cooper became known as D. B. Cooper when the FBI questioned someone with that name, who was found unrelated to the crime (Abacha and Gilmore 234). A few months after Cooper’s disappearance, another skyjack, very similar to Cooper’s, was carried out by Richard McCoy (Warchol 1). McCoy jumped out of the back of a Boeing 727 over Provo, California, with a $500,000 ransom that FBI later found in his home (Warchol 1; Abacha and Gilmore 234). He received a forty-five year prison sentence, but he escaped in 1974 by crafting a faux pistol out of dental paste but later died in a shoot-out with police (Warchol 1; Abacha and Gilmore 234). In 1995, a man named Duane Weber confessed on his deathbed to his wife, Jo, that he was Dan Cooper. Jo looked up the name and learned of D. B. Cooper who by description looked very much like her husband did when he was young. The FBI compared his fingerprints to the sixty-six found on the plane, but none matched (Abacha and Gilmore 234). A woman named Marla Cooper claimed in 2011 that D. B. Cooper was her uncle who had passed away in 1999. Cooper remembers her uncle, L. D. Cooper, coming home bloodied and telling the family that their money problems were over because he had hijacked a plane. She also declared that her father told her shortly before his death that L.D. Cooper had done it (Johnson and Welch). However, L.D. Cooper was eliminated from the suspect list

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