In 1971, an unidentified man (referred to as DB Cooper or Dan Cooper) hijacked a flight from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. Before boarding the Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305, DB purchased a ticket in cash. The man appeared to be in his 40s, and he grabbed a drink before handing a note to a stewardess informing her of the bomb in his briefcase. After demanding the stewardess to sit down with him, DB opened his briefcase and the stewardess peered at the seemingly dangerous equipment inside.
DB forced the stewardess to write down a note he dictated and told her to bring it to the plane’s captain, demanding 4 parachutes and $200,000 all in $20 bills. Upon landing in Seattle, DB let 36 passengers go in exchange for the parachutes and cash. DB held several crew members against their will and the plane took off for Mexico City, as per his demand.
Mid-flight between Seattle and Reno, the hijacker jumped from the plane and vanished. The plane landed, and the FBI opened an immediate investigation called NORJAK (Northwest Hijacking), investigating over 800 suspects. They narrowed it down to 12 suspects, including Richard Floyd McCoy, who was arrested for a similar hijacking event but did not match DB’s physical description.
The case is still a mystery and many wonder if DB even survived the plane jump. Since 2018, Darren Schaefer and Russell Colbert dive into “The Cooper Vortex” all about the skyjacking. Tune in for interviews with people who have tried solving it, with 60+ episodes to stream in any order. Episodes run less than 90 minutes on average.
There are interviews with the recently retired FBI agent Larry Carr (who worked on DB Cooper’s case), authors, researchers, and more who have investigated over the years.
Hear about the tech-savvy Citizen Sleuth Tessa D’Amico who created an online tool to collaborate with fellow Cooper sleuths. This tool is an organized space, providing access to documents, facts, and theories for future sleuths to join the investigation.
This series is an enthralling listen for true crime fans, especially if your interest was piqued after watching “D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?!” on Netflix.