Viewers of the new Netflix docuseries D.B. Cooper: Where Are You are convinced that the man himself stars in the documentary about his disappearance. The series delves into the unsolved disappearance of a plane hijacker who parachuted from the aircraft with roughly $200,000 in 1971. But is it possible Cooper isn’t missing at all?
Watching a DB Cooper documentary and all I can think is how I think this former fbi investigator they're interviewing as an expert is the real DB Cooper pic.twitter.com/S0omXYzB0X
— Discount🍋Emma🍋Stone (@Buffalojilll) July 18, 2022
The documentary features several people involved in the investigation surrounding D.B. Cooper’s disappearance. However, fans have suggested that one of the former FBI officers who worked on the case could actually be D.B. Cooper himself given his likeness to the police sketch of the hijacker. “Watching a DB Cooper documentary and all I can think is how I think this former fbi investigator they’re interviewing as an expert is the real DB Cooper,” one commenter wrote.
The conspiracy theories are real and somewhat plausible. While the idea that the missing man is right under our noses might seem ridiculous, what if it’s not? One person suggested: “It’s like they knew it was him, but couldn’t prove it, so rather than have them scrutinizing him for the rest of his life, he agreed to give the money to the feds in exchange for immunity and lifetime employment as the FBI’s D.B. Cooper expert.” Sounds legit!
So wait, what happened with D.B. Cooper anyway? If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a breakdown. On November 24, 1971, D.B. Cooper bought a one-way plane ticket on Northwest Orient Airlines flying to Seattle Washington. He paid for the ticket in cash and goat on the commercial flight wearing a suit. Once on board, he ordered a bourbon before handing a stewardess a note. Supposedly, that note informed her that she had a bomb in a briefcase and that she should sit down next to him. The air hostess did, and D.B. forced her to write a note to take to the pilot in which he demanded $200,000 in $20 bills and four parachutes.
Things got crazier from there. Using the 36 other passengers on board as hostages of sorts, he swapped them for the cash once the plane landed (though it remains unclear how or why there was so much cash on the plane to begin with). However, instead of disembarking, D.B. kept certain crew members on board and they took off again, this time heading towards Mexico City. Somewhere around 8 p.m., D.B. Cooper jumped from the plane mid-flight using the parachutes he demanded and disappeared, never to be seen again.
There’s been little progress in the investigation. The one minor breakthrough came in 1980, when $5,000 of the random cash was tracked down by a young boy named Brian Ingram. It had been identified by the serial number of the missing cash. However, by 2016, Cooper still hadn’t been found and the FBI decided to call it quits. Maybe to find D.B. Cooper, they just need to load up Netflix?