“Sirs, I knew from the start that I wouldn’t be caught,” the letter begins.
Postmarked Dec. 11, 1971, it was signed, “D.B. Cooper,” the name the press had given to the unknown criminal who, less than a month before the missive landed at several newspaper offices, had audaciously taken over Northwest Orient Flight 305 out of Portland. The skyjacker parachuted from the Boeing 727 with $200,000 in ransom — and disappeared. The mystery man quickly became a legend, the subject of folk songs, books and a hit Hollywood movie.
Now, more than 45 years after the crime, independent investigators believe they’ve caught D.B. Cooper. That is, they believe they’ve identified who he really is — thanks to that taunting letter.
If only they could get the FBI interested.