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What Really Happened to D.B. Cooper?

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The story of D.B. Cooper endures one of the world’s most extensively discussed mysteries. BBC and HBO have teamed up to co-produce a documentary that investigates this mystery in greater detail, dedicating to resolve the case, once and for all. 

Emmy-nominated John Dower, who created “My Scientology Movie” with Louis Theroux, is set to tackle the mystery of D.B. Cooper in “The Mystery Of D.B. Cooper.” BAFTA-winning Minnow Films will produce the project, according to Deadline. 

It’s been approximately five decades since the incident occurred in which an ambiguous man, only known as Dan Cooper as the FBI officially reported it, hijacked a Northwest Orient Airlines plane in November. It’s worth noting that this is probably a fake name, as hunts for anyone named “D.B. Cooper” or “Dan Cooper” have come up short of anyone who could be a suspect. 

Cooper gave a flight attendant a note affirming that he had a bomb and requested that she sit next to him. She became a messenger between Cooper and the pilots, as he informed them that he commanded four parachutes and thousands of dollars in cash. 

When they finally landed in Seattle, Washington, Cooper, along with the same crew, switched planes, where he was the only passenger. He jumped out halfway to Mexico City with his briefcase in hand - never to be seen again. 

To this day, only a small bundle of cash linked to the Cooper hijacking has been found. The mysterious man could have landed anywhere between Seattle and Reno, and is considered by some to have perished in the act, but no trace of him has ever been found. He seemed to vanish into thin air. 

BBC was very fascinated with Dower’s D.B. Cooper movie from its conception, saying that “The Mystery Of D.B. Cooper” is emblematic of a time when airport security was drastically more lenient.

At one point, the FBI had D.B. Cooper suspects but have since closed the investigation. 

At press time, there’s no word on when BBC and HBO film “The Mystery Of D.B. Cooper” will release. I am, however, very interested oi watching this one because I have continued to follow the story for years. If you are not too familiar with this story, you should check it out.