Episode 29: D.B. Cooper - Hijack Heist (1971) - Update
2:41PM Jan 18, 2023
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And I'm Sal Rodriguez.
All right, so we are back to revisit a crime.
Yes, this is a first.
This is a first on that's a crime. Because today we're revisiting the True Crime Story of the DB Cooper hijack heist in 1971. A classic style, a classic,
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Wonderful, great deal. manscape. Good deal. So why are we revisiting the cell? Has DB Cooper been caught? Has the real identity been found out? Well, here's what happened this week, while I was in the midst of traveling from Florida, to or I stopped first Georgia, to Virginia, to Pennsylvania, where I'm at now before I get home in Massachusetts, I get a Twitter message from Moose. I don't know move. So I'm assuming most of the fan of the show. Thank you most for your tweet. wanted to give you a shout out on this episode. And he goes on he or she goes on to inform me that the DB Cooper case was solved. What? And I was like, Hold on What? Just like you just like your reaction. And I go on to read. But before I tell you that let's go back in time and the that's a crime archives.
Yeah, yeah. What about for the new listener? who just knows listener? Yeah,
we don't want to go any further. We're gonna stop right there at Moose reaching out to me. And let's give just that little list. Well, first of all, I highly recommend going back season one, episode one. That's a crime delve back in our first episode ever, and enjoy premiere episode. And enjoy DB Cooper hijack heist 1971. I was also born in 1971. It was always a case on my radar, always fascinated by this tale. I recommend listening to that. Beyond that, we're going to do just a brief little setup for DB Cooper, not the whole episode, just a couple paragraphs setting the stage for what's to come for this fun update. And basically we just cover the hijacking. And on Thanksgiving Eve, November 24 1971. a middle aged man. So what was his height and weight?
Five foot 10 180? I guess that would be approximate? Approximate. Yeah, sure.
Carrying a black attache case approach the flight counter of
which airline, Northwest orient airlines
not around anymore. So no, maybe they merged with someone else. They lost
the Orient and just became Northwest Airlines. or also called NWA
there. Yeah. Also a good group in the 90s. So he's at Portland International Airport, and he identifies himself as Dan Cooper. And he used cash sale smart move for soon to be criminal cash to purchase a one way ticket to Seattle. one way ticket to Seattle baby What was his seat number and flight number.
This was seat 18 C on flight 305. Okay, which is only a 30 minute trip north to Seattle with 35 other passengers 35
passengers so small plane and we talked about this on the episode so we're not going to cover all of that. You know, all that stuff right here right now. But it's Thanksgiving Eve and you pointed this out on that episode. People are throttling down, right. Crews are minimizing they're everyone's getting ready for the holiday. Here's this guy get ready to pull the crime of maybe you've all time right? But everyone's radar is down.
Sure. I mean, cuz think about it. You could walk up to a ticket counter use cash not to show any identification. That's how it used to be. Yeah, they
call me Dan Cooper. You got in the room on this your flight level? 30 minute flight. Yeah, that's okay. Let's do it. One way. So Cooper was a quiet man who appeared to be in his mid 40s. He was wearing a business suit black tie white shirt sounds like a reservoir dog. I love this description. And Sal, he orders a drink and what drink was that?
He ordered a bourbon and soda.
Just That alone reminds me of something out of a James Bond film. You know, it's just so cool. Like this guy is just cool, calm and collected. And while the flight was taking off, he gets his drink. And shortly after takeoff Cooper handed a note to a flight attendant. And the attendant assumed it was in some lonely business man's phone number and she just drops it in her purse didn't even really happens all the time, all the time on this flight, you know, in these days, and Cooper then leaned over because he saw her put it in her purse, and whispers what? Miss,
you'd better look at that note, I have a bomb.
Hello. So that puts this thing in motion, right? That is the setup. This is true events cannot believe this. And so why don't you just to round out our recap of the past because we'll stop there. We delve into everything else and the crew and what happened and then the suspicions and money being found blah, blah, blah, blah, go listen to the episode. But what were Cooper's demands?
His demands were $200,000 in cash a lot of money back then. So yes, yes, that is a lot of money back then. I think it's over a million dollars in today's money for parachutes to or primary and to reserve and a fuel truck standing by in Seattle to refuel the aircraft upon arrival.
This guy had
Yeah, absolutely. So this guy has a plan. Having a drink. I think I haven't ready had another drink. Well, so we had to have those bourbon and sodas, and then pulls this it's hard to say crime of the century because that's been there's other crimes that we all know so well. You get the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. You have OJ Simpson. So I guess it was a trials. So maybe this is the crime. Those are trials
trials as such, well, all of us would have our own standards. What constitutes crime of the century for me, personally, for me, would be the largest take of money. Okay, so the largest take with minimal or no casualties and never caught
data. b dB. Koufax
dB. Cool. Give me another case that has those. I think
I was getting confused with trials. Yeah, those were the two famous trials. And so this crime of the century. Let's give the nod to dB Cooper. Yeah. So back to the tweet message, which I just got a couple days ago from Moose informing me that DB Cooper has been discovered. So not to be so. But this is more of a theory. Okay. And a very far fetched one, but a fun one. nonetheless. A very pop culture version of what happened.
You know what this is? This is dB Cooper going meta.
That's exactly what this is. So, those of you out there who have heard of, well, there's the movie Thor. Okay. Sure. big blockbuster movie, you know, has the big lead. What's his name?
That's Liam Hemsworth. Or is that Chris Hemsworth. Chris Hemsworth Chris, Chris, the brothers
and Kenneth Branagh. I know directed the first one. Maybe he did others. So I saw the first one. The theater. Yeah, a lot of fun. Really? Well,
I've seen it. I've seen one or two. They start to run together. Yeah. Then I
saw the second one is like okay, not as good. But in the movie. I enjoyed all aspects of the great acting, but I really liked this character named
Loki. Oh, yeah. And he's gotten really big. Really big played
by Tom Hiddleston. I always liked him. And all sudden he's Thor's brother, but he's always up to no good. So he was in Thor in 2011. He was in Thor The Dark World and 2013 He was in Thor Ragnarok in 2017. And then there's a new one coming out Thor love and thunder and 2022. I just saw that on IMDb. So I didn't know about but his character is fantastic. Love that, by the way. Well now news to me, because I don't watch the show. But he has his own show. He being Loki TV series on Disney plus. And it takes place after the events of Avengers end game. So that's where we are season one came out 2021 And there's an homage seem about dB Cooper and season one episode one glorious purpose came out June 9 2021. And basically the mystery of DB Cooper was never solved. But according to Loki. That's because there was no Dan Cooper. It was the god of mischief making good on a bet he lost with his adopted brother Thor. Okay, all right. All right. So then I watch this scene. I didn't watch the episode I watched this same. And so it's everything that was in my mind, as we talked about and read about dB Cooper. Because you know, we got the information but it's like you have to kind of piece it together as a different time. I always envision it like something like out of Catch Me If You Can because he's on airplanes a lot in that movie. Leonardo DiCaprio is a deadhead and he's fly with pan-am are something out of Ocean's 11. And it's got that madmen appeal set era. And then this scene which they recreate is fascinating. I love it's not very long. It's just over a minute. But why don't you set the scene up and I'll, I'll try my best at some of the dialogue is not very long at all, like I said, but it really just encapsulates what we just set up in the beginning.
Yes, and this scene can be accessed on YouTube and in the clip just about Yeah, about a minute and a half really quick. beautifully shot.
It looks really they got some money over there, doesn't it?
It made me this minute and a half made me wish that they had actually made an entire film. Yeah, have
him come up to the counter have been pay with $20 bills. Exactly. I agree. I just wanted more. Yeah,
I did. So the attendant says to the man, we don't know who he is, at first.
No way. It was set up the whole scene like what are we looking at? Because we just come in? We're inside an
airplane. Yeah, we're inside an airplane and we see a man sitting. Right we don't know who he is. We see a man
happily dressed man something out of madmen. So I
guess that shows us the era and then we have a lovely flight attendant walk over. And back in those days. They have been called a stewardess stewardess. So the stewardess walked over.
She got the whole outfit on though sell. It's like it was a different era. She like hat on and the whole bit it was just, that's what I love. It's the nostalgia, they nail the nostalgia. They were more formal back very formal. Well, flying was a big deal. And they don't even show other customers. It's not like that typical airplane shot where like, we've seen it a million times. No, they just focus and we always see is her and him and this shot and this high quality, sensationalized version of being on an
airplane. Yeah, that's all we needed to see. We just needed to That's it. Yeah.
And why don't you take the attendant and I'll be dB Cooper in this setup. The attendant
says bourbon and soda. Thank you. Absolutely. Is there anything else I can do for you, sir?
I suppose we'll find out. Won't we? Miss? Yes, Mr. Cooper? You might want to take a look at that. No, I have a bomb.
That's a good accent. Yeah, because Thomas Hiddleston right. That's Tom. He doesn't Tom Hiddleston is British. But the original DB Cooper was not not but plays better if he's British. Yeah. Well, it goes with the look it he looks great. I've told you this before. I always when somebody has a British accent. It makes it a word like I believe them. I believe what they're saying more if they have to have a British accent. Yeah, we're all leaning in.
You know, we're like, honestly, EF Hutton said, huh? Yeah, I totally agree. And so basically, that's the quick setup. And then we kind of cut back in time because this scene is intercut with it's kind of a flashback. He's sitting with Owen Wilson. And they're, they're kind of watching the scene, like an interrogation room Exactly. Like hey, you did this. What's this all about? And then we go into it. So now when we come back in dB Cooper now has this bag of money, his I'm assuming it's the $200,000 and the waitress waitress listened to me. The stewardess is giving I was gonna call it flight attendant, you made me switch my words. The stewardess is giving him the money, which I don't think that even happened, I don't think but artistic liberty and we've already met these two people. So stick with that. And so he says, See again someday. Now I wonder if Loki actually sees her again in the future. But that's we'll see. Maybe we have to watch the series now. And then he churns and he's got one of his four parachutes on her hell maybe he has all four on sale I don't even know or maybe no parachutes because Loki is not going to need a parachute. And he goes to the back of the plane and you mentioned this before we started recording this is the one thing that's not entirely accurate because why?
Well, because you and I at this point are fairly familiar with Yeah, DB Cooper case? Yes. So even though it's beautifully shot in this little clip here we see him jump out of the plane is a little bit of a freefall. Do we see the parachute deploy? No. Okay, we know so well. We seem to jump out and but the first thing I realized Yeah, it looks fantastic. But the actual DB Cooper in the actual case in 1971 did jump out at night. I ended the rain. Yeah, he jumped out under horrible circumstances. It wouldn't maybe have looked as pretty as this. jumps out. You don't know when Loki jumps out. It looks great. But actually DB Cooper did it under more dangerous circumstances. Yeah,
I don't remember the rain but I know it was night and you wouldn't see them and that was the
whole point reign of am I Mandela affecting the DVD? I think
you just think that part of the country's always raining poor
because of Washington. Yeah. And all that okay. So it was for sure night, but he did it
at night. So he couldn't be seen because jets were up there, right plans are up there but they had no visual they can't see him. He's just gonna be monitored blip and then he also says brother Haim down, you better be ready, because he's gonna go and basically as he jumps out, and he just gets zapped I guess someone was gonna pull him away. But so money goes everywhere.
Yes, yes. Which sort of explains the urban legends about it. The money that has been found because there have been pieces of money found here and there. There was one case of a kid found a fair amount of money. Somewhere near the river. Got to keep it. Yeah, he got to keep some of it, which you and I found quite strange. Yeah. So what is this? The idea is to tell us that Loki just kind of did this as a prank. He didn't need the money. Obviously, he's
the God of mischief. So he probably invented this thing to do some funny heist. We're still talking about it today. This is 50 years old, right? are talking about it today? Because it's that bizarre. And so who better to pull it off? Then this guy, so I love that they went here. I had no idea and watch the show. This happened in June. So thank you moose for putting this on my radar. I may have never found out. I've been waiting because it was a documentary that came out right when we recorded the episode, our first episode, which was in December of 2020. So and then the show didn't come out. That's a crime show didn't start until 2021. So I keep thinking, Oh, there'll be some forensic team that solves the DB Cooper case. So I was half thinking like, oh, they did it. But no, it's not to be it's pop culture. It's very meta, as you said. And if that's not enough, then I went on to read an article out of inverse by Darius Johnston. And the article was entitled, Mischief Managed DB Cooper reveals how Loki is reinventing a classic sci fi trope and I know you like that word. So I love and so here's what the article says. And I'm telling you this this was blowing me away just as much. Back in 2013, there was an article stating that what if the AMC series madmen, a show very dear to my heart, loved it, loved the whole show, was built into a shock reveal that suave ad man Don Draper played by Jon Hamm was none other than dB Cooper. After all, he worked for an ad agency called Sterling Cooper, an agency that was fighting to represent an aviation company.
And it's true that you so you knew about all this as a fan of the show. No,
no, no, I didn't know this. I didn't read this, then I read this now. But I do know that they're trying to represent an airline. And Don Draper was like the ad Wizkid. So. And all of this was bolstered by plain imagery used and publicity for the series. And then there's the opening sequence of the show, which I do know very well, which is a man like Nene, and he's falling from the sky. And it all seemed truly convincing. But alas, Don Draper didn't jump out of an airplane, as dB Cooper, and the last seconds of the series. Instead, they have Don Draper create the world's greatest coke commercial, which is amazing. So he's somewhere in California, he's taken to like meditation and mindfulness. And then he comes up with that classic coke commercial with all the different races and religions and people and they sing the coke and we're like, Coke commercial.
Let me try it. I'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony. I'd like to buy the world.
So good. So they let Don Draper go out with a bang that happened. They played the whole commercial after the end of the season, because he's in a state of calmness, clarity, and he's like, being light bulb goes off. And then we see that commercial so they let him go out with that. And it's fantastic. Right? That's how the season the series, I should say, ends. Yes. But Loki picks things up where madmen left off. So had they gone that route? I mean, they could have Sal maybe in the writers room. They're like, This is it. We have Don Draper go to the counter and watch airline again.
Northwest orient airlines.
They should almost do like an outtake with Jon Hamm as well. And because he looks the part he could be the guy is very suave has the charm and has the looks. I could see it now.
Hello, so you're looking quite dapper. And your suit and your little tie there? What can I get you to drink? I'll take a Berman and soda. Thank you. All right, Miss. Excuse me. I've got a bomb on this flight. What was that sir? I've got a bomb on this flight. A bomb. Oh my god. What are your demands? On a $200,000 for parachutes at a refueling station at Seattle Tacoma. All right, let's see what we can do about that. Here's your drink. Here y'all Miss Keep the change. Or Thank you. Quite nice gentleman that man is.
But anyway, I love that this show did it. They did it. Great. You and I just want to see more.
Well, this opens up a whole can of worms because now I'm wondering where else DB Cooper appears in other media, Toad or other urban legends. Other folklore. I would love to know there's probably lots of stuff out there. We don't even know about.
Yeah, yeah. Well, this was brilliantly done and executed. And I'm just glad to come back. So we may in the future have another dB Cooper hijack heist update, if there's more information, or someone else does something this cool. Yes, but I had to do it. It was a first kind of episode for us on this show. But if no other reason, but to come back and sing the praises of DB Cooper,
no, I think it's great. I love part of the idea of meta is you have things overlapping so you have the original original crime, then you have a recreation of it. And then you have us talking about it on our podcast. And now all we need is maybe like some guys to make a parody of us talking about dB Cooper, you know, that would be that would fulfill like the circle of meta.
I liked that actually. While there was even the TV show with Leonard Nimoy back in the day right
search of is search of had had at least one episode in search of us to go look for Bigfoot and all that stuff. And yeah, they had at least one episode dedicated to the mystery of DB Cooper because again, a mystery unsolved to this day until Loki Of course,
unbelievable, on believable and I know I kept this kind of a secret from you. So you're gonna love this crime? Little did you know, there's no way you had an idea that you revisit and
I was thinking how could you do yourself? Because our last episode was a talk a lot about toys and Toys R Us. Yeah. And I was saying how can you out do that? You know, what are you gonna do? It's going to impress me more than that. But I'll tell you this is this is huge.
There was also the 1981 movie which I'd never seen. I saw the trailer the pursuit of DB Cooper treat Williams that might be worth visiting. That may be something to watch and bring it up on Let's Talk movies or Yeah, sounds interesting.
I'd like to see that. You know, you can find a lot of old movies on YouTube. You can watch them free. Yeah.
Well, Robert Duvall is in that movie as well as treat William so great cast right there. But anyway, that's all I got. I had to come back and discuss this with you and encourage everyone to go back to our first episode ever. And listen to it. Enjoy it. Heck, watch Loki. Right. Yeah, so litter Nemo, I seek out the Leonard Nimoy TV series or the movie I just mentioned, but hell are even go hunt and join a team trying to solve the DB Cooper case because I know there's probably a big crew doing that now.
Yeah, yeah. Again, I think biggest heist no casualties unsolved. Name a crime better than that. I cannot sell. Yeah, and shout out to Tom Hiddleston. Yeah, he's absolutely Fanti did a fantastic job
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