D. B. Cooper: 45 Years Later FBI Ending It’s Investigation

The FBI has finally decided to pull the plug into the case of D.B. Cooper, the legendary skyjacker.

FBI sketch of hijacker D.B. Cooper who commandeered a Northwest Airlines jet, parachuted out over the forests of Washington State w. $200, 000 (obtained from a bomb threat) & simply disappeared. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Fbi/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

FBI sketch of hijacker D.B. Cooper who commandeered a Northwest Airlines jet, parachuted out over the forests of Washington State w. $200, 000 (obtained from a bomb threat) & simply disappeared. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/Fbi/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

In a statement released Tuesday, the agency said one of “the longest and most exhaustive investigations” in FBI history is over.

The case that has stumped investigators for decades has inspired movies, songs, T-shirts and books and the suspect has taken on mythical proportions over the years.

It began on November 24th, 1971, when a man using the name D.B. Cooper bought a one-way ticket with cash for a flight leaving Portland headed to Seattle. In a note given to a stewardess, he claimed that he had a bomb in his briefcase and demanded $200,000 and a parachute. After releasing passengers in exchange for the loot and parachutes, Cooper somehow managed to disappear 10,000 feet above the forest in Washington State.

A Washington Post reporter once described Cooper as “Jesse James meets the Loch Ness monster.” (The Washington Post)

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