Thursday, August 04, 2011
Call it coincidence or call it conspiracy (and some who obsessively follow the case are perhaps just crazy enough to do so), but Geoffrey Gray's new book "Skyjack," about the unsolved 1971 D.B. Cooper skyjacking case, will be be released on August 9, just a week after the FBI claimed to have a new lead on the notorious crime.
According to the Associated Press, the FBI was given a tip by a retired police officer who had been told that a man who died in a car crash in the Pacific Northwest could be D.B. Cooper. Cooper has not been seen or heard from since he captured headlines in 1971 by highjacking a plane, exchanging its passengers for cash, and then parachuting out over unsettled country in the Pacific Northwest. (Some of the ransom money, however, was found several years later near the Columbia River).
Although many tips about the D.B. Cooper case have poured in over the years, the authorities have found this one to be particularly interesting because of the low-key nature of the tipster. FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich told Slate magazine that the source offering information on the case has seemed intent on avoiding the limelight, which she found "pretty interesting" as many leads over the years have turned out to be publicity ploys.