Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Cold Case

And this is for the questions that don't have any answers...
For the time bombs ticking and the heads that hang
All the gangs getting money and the heads that bang bang
Wild mustangs and porno flicks
All my homies in the county in cell block six
The grits when there ain't enough eggs to cook
And for D.B. Cooper and the money he took
You can look for answers but that ain't fun
Now get in the pit and try to love someone

-- Kid Rock - "Bawitdaba"

So now, more than 35 years after the fact, the FBI is still trying to solve the case of D. B. Cooper and the money he took? They don't give up, do they? They've just released a bunch of composite drawings and maps, hoping to jog someone's memory and get some new information on the case.

D. B. Cooper is a name from the distant past. In 1971, a man flying under the name Dan Cooper hijacked a plane flying between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. When the plane landed in Seattle, he exchanged the passengers aboard for $200,000 and four parachutes, then ordered the crew to fly to Mexico. Shortly thereafter, he jumped from the plane and was never seen again. The FBI now believes that he did not survive the jump, but still wants to find out who he was and close the case. During the initial investigation, the FBI questioned a man named D. B. Cooper and dismissed him as a suspect, but the name "D. B. Cooper," as a result of a miscommunication with the media, became the name associated with the unknown hijacker.

D. B. Cooper became something of a folk hero and has been immortalized in books, movies and songs (such as the one above.) In the Hollywood treatment of the saga, The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, released in 1981, Treat Williams played the famous hijacker

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