November 7, 2007, - 11:01 am

What Ever Happened to D.B. Cooper?: FBI Wants Your Help

By Debbie Schlussel
Remember D. B. Cooper? 36 years ago (in 1971), the man surrounded by legend and myth (and even movies) hijacked a plane in the Northwest United States, demanded and got ransom money and parachutes, and jumped off the back of the airliner with two parachutes, somewhere over Washington State. He was never found.
Many experts believe he’s dead, that he died while parachuting into a river near the mountains. Some of ransom money washed up from the river. Others have romanticized what happened to him, that he lived the good life. After years of investigating and not finding out much, the FBI has now released classified documents and evidence in the case hoping for the public’s help in leads regarding what happened to Cooper. One man believes Cooper was his brother and is the subject of a New York Magazine article:


D. B. Cooper From FBI Sketch/Photo Release

That night changed aviation history. It started in Portland, Oregon, when a man walked up to the flight counter of Northwest Orient Airlines. He was wearing a dark raincoat, dark suit with skinny black tie, and carrying an attach?© case. He had perky ears, thin lips, a wide forehead, receding hair. He gave his name, Dan Cooper, and asked for a one-way ticket to Seattle, Flight 305. The ride was a 30-minute puddle jump. He sat in the last row of the plane, 18-C, lit a cigarette, and ordered a bourbon and soda. The plane took off and he passed the stewardess a note. . . .
Florence Schaffner was 23, cute, perky, the sexy stewardess. Working on planes, she‚Äôd been approached by so many men that she’d taken to wearing a wig onboard to disguise herself. She dropped the man’s note in a purse, thinking, Just another guy hitting on me. But the man was insistent. “Miss. You’d better look at that note. I have a bomb.” She looked at the man’s eyes. She saw that he was serious.
She read the note. It was printed in felt pen, all capital letters, elegantly formed. “I have a bomb in my briefcase. I want you to sit beside me,” it read. She did as he requested, then asked to see the bomb. She saw a tangle of wires, a battery, and six red sticks. Then he dictated some instructions: “I want $200,000 by 5:00 p.m. In cash. Put in a knapsack. I want two back parachutes and two front parachutes. When we land, I want a fuel truck ready to refuel. No funny stuff or I’ll do the job.” He let her get up to take them to the captain. When she got back, the man was wearing dark sunglasses.

With the release of the new evidence and the New York Mag article, there’s a new wave of D.B. Cooper mythology, nostalgia, and hysteria sweeping America’s Mainstream Media. So, what do you think happened to D.B. Cooper? I go with the experts. He’s probably long dead.
Watch the video from Seattle’s KING5.

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14 Responses

Looks like the FBI is heading towards one of their wild goose chases. Just like Hoffa, they’re gonna start digging around up North.

Rich B on November 7, 2007 at 12:11 pm

If he were dead they would have found a body.

Anonymous1 on November 7, 2007 at 4:12 pm

In 1970 when I was a skydiver I was allowed to board a trans-Atlantic flight carrying my parachute. How times have changed.

stevecanuck on November 7, 2007 at 4:31 pm

He got away with it. The fact that the FBI is still worried about DB only proves that they no faith in their fairy tail. The Russians laughed at the fools in the FBI for over 40 years. They truly are the keystone cops. If you were going to go to such trouble to steal $200,000, wouldn’t you plan where you were going to land? Wouldn’t you have someone with lights and a radio to pick you up?

Burt on November 10, 2007 at 8:27 am

I may have found The D B Cooper … I will forward inf. that I have been looking at for a number of months. If it is not him, we have one less possible suspect. I believe he planted the small amount of money at the river as a diversion and to quail some active pursuers that he was demised. Chump change for the amount he got away with. As many people his physical and facial features changed over the years and lived a modest lifestyle through the years and did not spend as much of the money as having to wash it first and taking menial jobs living a lone lifestyle drawing very little attention to himself. Yes, I may have located The D.B. Cooper but it was not his true name nor was the name he assumed after his successful hijacking and get-away, but lead not quite like the life he anticipated, but did get the satisfaction of spoiling attempts to identify and capture him. Was it worth the recluse life he had to endure for the rest of his existence ? Not my idea of a fruitful satisfying life. How about you ? More to come ……

xdrfox on March 18, 2009 at 9:32 am

i am 72 i jump t out of the plan i hide my name and no one nose ho i am

john but i go by the name db cooper on December 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm

D.B.COOPER was Dan Cooper he was Married to INA COOPER,He had two sons Estil(AKA) Jack Jackson and Ronnie Jackson He survied the Jump and Lived in Texas until he Died in Either 1990 or 1991 he was creamated, his wife INA moved to Louisville Kentucky, were her two sons lived .Estil is in his 70’s now and lives in Louisville Ky. at 820 Faridale Road ,across from Fairdale High Schoola. Estil is married to Doris Oller,He has two adult children by his Ex-Wife. Martha Mcgahee,AKA Martha Hook,AKA Martha Jackson. Thier Names is Arther Earl Jackson, and Patrica Jackson,But she is married and not sure of her last name. There was a A.B.Cooper also.Estil has Both D.B.Cooper and A.B.Cooper Erins on his Fireplace Mantel at 820 Fairdale Road ,Fairdale Ky. Louisville Ky. I was told by estil in 1989 that dan cooper was D.B.Cooper did not belive at the time ,But I know for REAL NOW

D.B.COOPER on March 22, 2011 at 11:27 am

IF you want to know the Truth About D.B.COOPER he has died 20 Years AGO and nobody will ever prove who he was ,He lived in Texsa were he died in the Early 1990’s, he was creamated and his erin was brought to Louisville Ky by hid Wife INA Cooper she died in the Early 2000’s And she had two sons ESTIL Jackson ,AKA Jack Jackson and Ronnie Jackson. Not sure when they changed thier last name to Jackson,Estil Lives at 820 Fairdale Road in Louisville ky .He has Family Photo album,D.B. Cooper Erin and another erin with A.B.Cooper on it. they both are engraved. one with D.B.Cooper and One With A.B.Coooper on it. He Lives at 820 Faridale Road

D.B.COOPER on March 22, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Well,I would have to say that this Person called D.B.Cooper is right ,About Estill Jackson he is Dan Coopers and Ina Cooper Son He is about 69 years old and his brother’s name is Ronald G Jackson, Estill Jackson’s wifes name is Doris Jean Jackson. I Also know that D.B.Cooper died in TEXAS in 1990

    Clif fDowns on April 5, 2011 at 7:16 pm

This May Help, Estil Jackson does have Two Adult Children by his Ex-Wife Martha. Patty Jackson Tabor and She Lives in Cecilia Kentucky.

Kevin Marcell on April 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Well, I Grew up in Valley Station Kentucky, and have heard or the Coopers/Jacksons for years and that they related to the Mob and it LOOKS like D.B.Cooper was Estil Jacksons Father After All

Mark Ragland on May 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm

What ,You need to know is that E.J.Jackson Estil\Jack Jackson is D.B. Coopers Son and he lives in Fairdale Ky .and he is /or was in the Mob .don’t know about now he is 69 YEARs OLD and don’t get out of the house any more. He is still in pretty good shape still Mows his Lawn on a riding Tractor or lawn mower. he he driver a Jeep Grand Cherokee that is Gray, and his wife Doris and her child Candy lives with them. Art is now Married with two Children .With His wife Belinda. they live off Bluelick Road. By the Jefferson /Bullitt County Line’ Jaqcks other Child Lives around E-Town in Ky in A Trailor.She lives on Bob’s Family Farm. A few Arcers in Hardin Co

Sherman Gardner on July 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I Seen Little Olivia Jackson Yesterday and Her Father Said that she is now old enough to do Bank JOBS that is weird because she is only 6 Years old.What is wrong with these people ,OH,Oh thats right they are on Drugs, Well I think that I will Skip out on the Dan Cooper Party on Nov.24 2011 in Fairdale,Ky I don’t need to be around people like that send A Child in a Bank to Take Money.

Missy Gunn on August 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Well,I have been looking at old websites about this D.B.Cooper STUFF and all and just thinking about all the GOOD-OLD Times that everyone in FAIRDALE had with the JACKSON -COOPER/FAMILY and that all the People that KNOW the TRUTH about all the THINGS that they GOT AWAY WITH !! WHAT I am Saying is that Just about everybody that knew or that could or would tell some information about this have died in the last 5-6 years and it would be hard to get any information about this anymore!!!

Joe Edwards on October 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

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