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