D. B. Cooper, we hardly knew ye

On this day in 1971, the mysterious hijacker D.B. Cooper took the money and ran — well, jumped — into history. Cooper received $200,000 in ransom after hijacking a Northwest Airlines 727, and then parachuted with his money somewhere in the wilderness of Washington state.

Although tempting tidbits occasionally surface — like over $5,000 in bills from the ransom that were found decaying on the bank of a Washington river — the case remains unsolved. In 2007, the FBI released more information and photos, requesting the public’s help to solve this 35+ year old crime.


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