Okay, so this is extremely old news, but it is still interesting nonetheless. The latest suspect, L.D. Cooper, seems to be the best suspect so far (or at least, recently). His last name and the niece’s story, which was backed up by her mother, seems pretty solid. However, since there is no hard evidence (fingerprints or DNA), it can only be speculation.
However, there are many with the FBI, and other investigators, which still insist that D.B. Cooper died after his parachute failed to open in the cold, rainy weather. That theory is not grounded in reality. First of all, no remains were ever found. Not a parachute, strings, a piece of the duffel bag, a shoe, or his body. They did find about $6,000 worth of the stolen loot buried in the sand, but that doesn’t provide any clue about Cooper himself. The area has been searched with a fine-tooth comb for years by both professional law enforcement employees and amateur enthusiasts. The second, and almost biggest point, is that no one ever filed a missing persons report. If anyone had died, someone would’ve reported it. That is unless the guy was a total recluse that didn’t have any family, friends, or anyone in the world who would’ve known him and would’ve known he disappeared. Someone would’ve reported it. If I were to hijack a plane I know for a fact that I wouldn’t tell a whole lot of people I was going to do it. And, if I left this earth, there would be at least 100 people that would’ve reported me missing, and I’m not that popular.
So, unless the man, who has been known in folklore as D.B. Cooper, is in a similar situation as Tent Girl, he lived. Maybe he lost the money. But, maybe he didn’t. Most banks readily admit that, about 3 months after the D.B. Cooper hijacking, they quit even looking for the matching serial numbers. So, whether or not L.D. was D.B, the fact remains that D.B. Cooper had to have lived. There is no other adequate explanation for it. And now for something completely different (well, not completely). Leonard Nimoy talking about D.B. Cooper. It is pretty interesting, but I don’t think they have all the facts correct. Well, don’t let facts get in the way of a perfectly good story!
SKYJACK: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper
Into The Blast – The True Story of D.B. Cooper – Revised Edition
D. B. Cooper: What Really Happened
D.B. Cooper Hijacking: Vanishing Act (True Crime)
D.B. Cooper -Aftermath-