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A chapter in the book World As I See It 7

Fate Holds Mr. D.B. Cooper

by Barb Hensongispsaca

A man nobody saw before
stood waiting for his plane.
With box in hand he took his seat
while sunshine turned to rain.

He called the stewardess over
and told her to sit down.
He said, "This box contains a bomb.
Best turn this plane around!"

The Captain asked, "What do you want?"
The man was quite precise.
"Two hundred thousand dollars, please,
would really quite suffice.

I also need four parachutes
before our stop is made."
He seemed to know just what he'd need
as though his plans were laid.

He traded all the hostages
for what he had asked for.
He kept the crew and headed south
while outside rain did pour.

Then somewhere 'long the western coast,
he parachuted down
to land in woods so wild and deep
away from any town.

Now no one knows if he's alive
or if he died right then.
The money never did turn up,
and no sign of the man.

Though people have searched high and wide,
from dusk through early dawn,
through forty years there's been no sign...
both man and money gone.


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Image and author's notes per Wikipedia.

D. B. Cooper is a media epithet popularly used to refer to an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 aircraft in the airspace between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, on November 24, 1971. He extorted $200,000 in ransom (equivalent to $1,180,000 in 2016) and parachuted to an uncertain fate. Despite an extensive manhunt and protracted FBI investigation, the perpetrator has never been located or identified. The case remains the only unsolved air piracy in commercial aviation history.

On the afternoon of November 24, 1971, a nondescript man calling himself Dan Cooper approached the counter of Northwest Orient Airlines in Portland, Oregon. He used cash to buy a one-way ticket on Flight #305, bound for Seattle, Washington. Thus began one of the great unsolved mysteries in FBI history.

Cooper was a quiet man who appeared to be in his mid-40s, wearing a business suit with a black tie and white shirt. He ordered a drink, bourbon and soda, while the flight was waiting to take off. A short time after 3:00 p.m., he handed the stewardess a note indicating that he had a bomb in his briefcase and wanted her to sit with him.

The stunned stewardess did as she was told. Opening a cheap brief case, Cooper showed her a glimpse of a mass of wires and red colored sticks and demanded that she write down what he told her. Soon, she was walking a new note to the captain of the plane that demanded four parachutes and $200,000 in twenty-dollar bills.

When the flight landed in Seattle, the hijacker exchanged the flight's 36 passengers for the money and parachutes. Cooper kept several crew members, and the plane took off again, ordered to set a course for Mexico City.

Somewhere between Seattle and Reno, a little after 8:00 p.m., the hijacker did the incredible: He jumped out of the back of the plane with a parachute and the ransom money. The pilots landed safely, but Cooper had disappeared into the night and his ultimate fate remains a mystery to this day.

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