August 28, 2005 |
Some people spend their summer days lounging on beaches or hiking up mountains. Others retreat into movie houses and bookstores. For California lawyer and former FBI agent Richard Tosaw, summer means trekking to the Columbia River and continuing his 24-year search for the legendary skyjacker known as D.B. Cooper. Thirty-four years ago, above this southwest Washington city, Cooper parachuted from a jetliner with $200,000 -- and into folk-hero stardom. He was never seen or heard from again.
November 25, 1986 |
--It's been more than 15 years since D. B. Cooper handed a note to a Northwest Airlines stewardess and said: "Miss, you'd better look at that note. I have a bomb." The man who has since come to be a folk hero of sorts leaped out of the airplane somewhere north of the Oregon border on Nov. 21, 1971, with $200,000 strapped to his body. Cooper was never found, but in 1980 Brian Ingram, 8, found $5,800 on a Columbia River beach near Vancouver, Wash. Now, Richard T.
February 2, 1986 |
D. B. COOPER: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED by Max Gunther (Contemporary: $14.95; illustrated). Fourteen years ago, D. B. Cooper became the first man to successfully hijack a commercial jetliner. Having threatened to blow up the 727, Cooper asked for and received two parachutes and $200,000. The jet took off with Cooper, the only paying passenger, and somewhere over southwestern Washington State, he jumped off the back steps of the jet into the night and disappeared.
September 13, 1989
John Emil List, who faces charges of murdering five members of his family before disappearing in 1971, is not the infamous airliner hijacker D.B. Cooper, investigators said in Elizabeth, N.J. Frank Marranca, a captain of detectives with the Union County prosecutor's office, said investigators have found nothing to tie List to the man who jumped out of an airliner and into the nation's folklore two weeks after List vanished. List disappeared around Nov.
August 10, 1997 |
"What's really hurt the guy in terms of turning it into a PR coup, another D.B. Cooper, is his name's so dull. Philip Johnson. Even I can't remember it," says Al Wells, who wrote a song about Johnson's heist for a Jacksonville, Fla., radio station. Twenty-six years ago, Cooper parachuted from the airliner he hijacked with exactly 1% of what Johnson stole. Cooper struck on Thanksgiving eve, dropping into a stormy night with his $200,000 ransom somewhere between Portland, Ore., and Seattle.
July 25, 2012 |
Becoming perhaps the first airplane hijacker to merit in-depth attention from a museum, D.B. Cooper will be the subject of an exhibition opening in August at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Something of a folk hero along the lines of fellow outlaws Jesse James and Billy the Kid, D.B. Cooper hijacked a plane flying to Seattle out of Portland International Airport on Nov. 24, 1971, and later parachuted away with $200,000 in ransom money, never to be seen again. Some believe Cooper perished in his escape efforts, but the rest of his story remains a mystery.