The Hunt For D. B. Cooper
Crown Publishing Group
On Sale: August 9, 2011
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“I have a bomb here and I would like you to sit by me.”
That was the note handed to a stewardess by a mild-mannered
passenger on a Northwest Orient flight in 1971. It was the
start of one of the most astonishing whodunits in the
history of American true crime: how one man extorted
$200,000 from an airline, then parachuted into the wilds of
the Pacific Northwest and into oblivion. D. B. Cooper’s case
has become the stuff of legend and obsessed and cursed his
pursuers with everything from bankruptcy to suicidal
despair. Now with Skyjack, journalist Geoffrey Gray delves
into this unsolved mystery uncovering new leads in the
Starting with a tip from a private investigator into a
promising suspect (a Cooper lookalike, Northwest employee,
and trained paratrooper), Gray is propelled into the murky
depths of a decades-old mystery, conducting new interviews
and obtaining a first-ever look at Cooper’s FBI file.
Beginning with a heartstopping and unprecedented recreation
of the crime itself, from cabin to cockpit to tower, and
uncanny portraits of characters who either chased Cooper or
might have committed the crime, including Ralph Himmelsbach,
the most dogged of FBI agents, who watched with horror as a
criminal became a counter-culture folk hero who supposedly
shafted the system…Karl Fleming, a respected reporter whose
career was destroyed by a Cooper scoop that was a scam…and
Barbara (nee Bobby) Dayton, a transgendered pilot who
insisted she was Cooper herself.
With explosive new information and exclusive access to FBI
files and forensic evidence, Skyjack reopens one of the
great cold cases of the 20th century.
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