FBI Releases 1971 Letter From Infamous Hijacker D.B. Cooper

46 years ago, one of the most notorious crimes in American history was committed by “D.B. Cooper”.

And now, the FBI released a letter from the hijacker.

According to Fox News:

“I knew from the start that I wouldn’t be caught,” says the undated, typewritten letter from a person claiming to be the man who said he had a bomb and commandeered a Northwest Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle on Nov. 24, 1971. After releasing passengers and crew members, the man then ordered the pilots to fly to Mexico, only to parachute out the back door somewhere over Washington’s rugged wooded terrain with $200,000.

“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,” he said.

“I’m no modern-day Robin Hood. Unfortunately (I) do have only 14 months to live.”

The carbon-copy letter was turned over to the FBI three weeks after the hijacking by The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and the Seattle Times, which were each mailed a copy and published stories about its contents. The letter was in an envelope with a greater Seattle area postmark.

Last month, the FBI released a copy of the letter that was sent to The Post in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by acclaimed D.B. Cooper sleuth Tom Colbert, a Los Angeles TV and film producer. He believes the letter is real.

The FBI closed the case last year. The man’s true identity still remains a mystery. They don’t even know if he survived the jump.

The FBI had 800 suspects as they attempted to find the infamous hijacker.

A break came in 1980, “when a young boy walking along the Columbia River in Washington found a bundle of rotting $20 bills whose serial numbers matched the ransom money serial numbers.”

The letter continued:

“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,” the letter said. “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.”

The person wrote that he wouldn’t get caught because he wasn’t a “boasting” man, left no fingerprints, wore a toupee and “wore putty make-up.”

“They could add or subtract from the composite a hundred times and not come up with an accurate description,” the letter said, adding, “and we both know it.”

Well, that is good to know.

But, who hijacks a plane, putting the lives of hundreds in risk? A normal, sane human being?

What exactly do you call this person?

Do you remember this event? Do you believe the hijacker is still alive? What would lead someone to do this? So many questions, so few answers.

Despite the fact that the letter reveals little as to who the hijacker was, it is still pretty fascinating stuff.