FBI has lead on D.B. Cooper


25 Responses to “FBI has lead on D.B. Cooper”

  1. Abe Lincoln says:

    The FBI couldn’t close an umbrella without help.  I also find it incredibly hysterical that they meet their own definition for criminal and terrorist organizations.  Does it also amuse anyone else that according to the Patriot Act it’s actually illegal to speak with the FBI? 

    • hassenpfeffer says:

      I hadn’t heard about the Patriot Act making it illegal to talk with the Feebies, Abe. Got a link? (I don’t doubt you, just curious.)

      • Abe Lincoln says:

        There is no specific mention of the FBI in the Patriot Act.  What was done was to say that any organization that is guilty of XYZ is a terroristic or criminal organization.  The FBI has gotten caught with it’s hands in the money laundering, jury tampering, evidence manufacturing cookie jar…  I could go on for days… just google “fbi misconduct” or something similar and you’ll find no shortage of evidence.  So by simply stating “no scumbags” in the Patriot Act… they included the FBI without actually being aware of it.   So like it or not.. it’s the black letter of the law.

        • HubrisSonic says:

          Do you happen to have an onion tied to your belt?

          • Abe Lincoln says:

            Dude… this is real easy.  Even you should be able to get this.  The Patriot Act is so poorly written as to include the FBI in it’s legislation.  Now… are you REALLY going to argue, based on everything that’s been going on lately in DC, that these people aren’t that stupid?  Of course we all know there are no other laws that are contradictory….   just this one.  So.. you like onions do you?

          • CraigDanger says:

            So is the government irrevocably stupid, or is the government a tightly-controlled hyper-intrusive cadre of conspiratorial madmen?  Wait… the government is PRETENDING to be ineffectual to lull us to sleep!  My God, I have fallen into their trap!!!  Their genius is sublime!

  2. hassenpfeffer says:

    He’s stuck in the Red Room.

  3. mat catastrophe says:

    It’s funny how they’ll track a dead man and $200,000 for forty years but can’t be bothered to investigate the trillion dollar crime of Wall Street’s collapse and subsequent bailout.

    Priorities. We don’t have any.

  4. Richard Servello says:

    Found him…he didn’t make it tho.

  5. knoxblox says:

    The part I don’t understand is why he only asked for $200,000. I mean, yeah it was 1971, but even as a kid I thought “Why not ask for at least half a million dollars?”

    • Nathan Teske says:

      Maybe $200k was a weight or bulk limitation? He was, after all, intending to parachute from a jetliner. 

      • knoxblox says:

        Not really wanting to go too deep into this, but I’d buy the bulk problem (100 packets of bills) over the weight problem (probably not more than 25 pounds).

  6. gandalf23 says:

    Hasn’t the statute of limitations run out?  And even if it hasn’t, does it make sense to keep an investigation going for 40 years when he only stole $200,000?  I’m sure the FBI has spent a lot more than $200,000 of our money investigating this.  At some point don’t you have to ask if it’s worthwhile to continue?  

    • redstarr says:

      I assume the statute on the theft has expired, but I’m guessing the one against seriously threatening to blow up a plane has not. 

      I do think it’s worthwhile to continue in the way they are continuing.  It’s not like they’ve got a 24/7 manhunt running still.  They just investigate leads when credible plausible ones come in.  They’re not wasting a ton of time and money on it anymore.  And I like that justice is inevitable, that you can’t just commit a crime, then operate under the radar for a while, then be scott free without ever even having to worry that the authorities are still looking for you.  It makes sure that criminals know that the law will always be looming over them their entire lives even if they get away initially. 

  7. Skudworth says:

    I have always loved this story. It almost seems like a fable. As much as
    I’d like to know who this was, I fear it may ruin the story for young
    people who have yet to enjoy it. THINK OF THE CHILDREN, FBI

  8. thebelgianpanda says:

    agreed Skudworth–i am in no way advocating threatening a plane or stealing, but secretly hasn’t everyone wanted to do something like this?  actually finding him would make the story a lot less cool.

  9. ChicagoD says:

    Isn’t that Don Draper?

    Case closed. You’re welcome.

  10. Phil Norman says:

    Andrew Rose Gregory’s song “D.B. Cooper” seems very relevant, given this post and his family’s auto-tuning of the NASCAR prayer in the more recent post above (and other Gregory Brothers’ posts in BoingBoing past).  Mighty fine songwriter. (link is direct to the MP3)


  11. fnarf says:

    They found D.B. Cooper forty years ago, right after the crime. He lived in Portland, and he didn’t do it. The guy in the plane called himself “Dan Cooper”, not “D.B.” I wonder why the wrong name has stuck all this time.

  12. Noah Nickels says:

    I met this guy once in the laundry room of a Burns. Bros. outside of Reno. He was driving a longhaul truck and headed back to idaho. We got to talking and he eventually asked me if i ever heard of D.B. Cooper, I said yes and he replied “that’s me.” I obviously didn’t believe him, but he was nice enough so i placated him with a head nod. When we said our goodbyes he handed me  a 20 dollar bill and told me to check the serial #. Then, i’ll know he was telling the truth. but i lost it at the craps table. so who knows.

  13. arzak says:

    Todd Snider has a fun DB Cooper song:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuIwQR6OZQw

  14. $200,000 was all he could get without incurring overweight luggage fees.

  15. juepucta says:

    Run agent Coulson, run!

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