Letter D.B. Cooper Allegedly Wrote After Infamous Plane Hijacking Gets Released

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A letter allegedly written by infamous plane hijacker D.B. Cooper was recently released, and appears to indicate he may have survived his 1971 crime.

The letter was obtained by filmmaker Tom Colbert after a public records battle. It reads as follows:


I knew from the start that I wouldn’t be caught.

I didn’t rob Northwest Orient because I thought it would be romantic, heroic or any of the other euphemisms that seem to attach themselves to situations of high risk.

I’m no modern day Robin Hood. Unfortunately do have only 14 months to live.

My life has been one of hate, turmoil, hunger and more hate, this seemed to be the fastest and most profitable way to gain a few fast grains of peace of mind.

I don’t blame people for hating me for what I’ve done, nor do I blame anybody for wanting me to be caught and punished, though this can never happen.

Here are some (not all) of the things working against the authorities:

I’m not a boasting man

I left no fingerprints

I wore a toupee

I wore putty make-up

They could add or subtract from the composite a hundred times and not come up with an accurate description; and we both know it.

I’ve come and gone on several airline flights already and am not holed up in some obscure backwoods town.

Neither am I a psycho-pathic killer. As a matter of fact I’ve never even received a speeding ticket.

Thank you for your attention.


The FBI closed the investigation into Cooper’s famous plane hijacking in the summer of 2016, but it still remains a captivating story.

Cooper, whose real identity is still unknown, hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines flight #305. He proceeded to force the plane to land, gathered $200,000 in cash, forced the plane back into the air and then parachuted over the great Northwest. He was never seen again, and his identity has fascinated and intrigued people for decades. The FBI even compiled a list of 800 different suspects, but none were deemed to be Cooper.

This letter is a game changer if it’s authentic. Lots of people have speculated that Cooper didn’t survive the parachuting or died from exposure to the elements.

The hijacking happened nearly 50 years ago, but people are still giving it tons of attention. I don’t that’s likely to change anytime soon.

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