"I have a bomb here and I would like you to sit by me." That was the note handed to a stewardess by a mild-mannered passenger on a Northwest Orient flight in 1971. It was the start of one of the most astonishing whodunits in the history of American true crime: how one man extorted $200,000 from an airline, then parachuted into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest and into oblivion. D. B. Cooper's case has become the stuff of legend and obsessed and cursed his pursuers with everything from bankruptcy to suicidal despair. Now with Skyjack, journalist Geoffrey Gray delves into this unsolved mystery uncovering new leads in the infamous case. Starting with a tip from a private investigator into a promising suspect (a Cooper lookalike, Northwest employee, and trained paratrooper), Gray is propelled into the murky depths of a decades-old mystery, conducting new interviews and obtaining a first-ever look at Cooper's FBI file. Beginning with a heartstopping and unprecedented recreation of the crime itself, from cabin to cockpit to tower, and uncanny portraits of characters who either chased Cooper or might have committed the crime, including Ralph Himmelsbach, the most dogged of FBI agents, who watched with horror as a criminal became a counter-culture folk hero who supposedly shafted the systemKarl Fleming, a respected reporter whose career was destroyed by a Cooper scoop that was a scamand Barbara (nee Bobby) Dayton, a transgendered pilot who insisted she was Cooper herself. With explosive new information and exclusive access to FBI files and forensic evidence, Skyjack reopens one of the great cold cases of the 20th century. From the Hardcover edition.
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by Geoffrey Hosking
by John Gray
by Richard Selzer
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by Lev AC Rosen
by Peter Ackroyd, Geoffrey Chaucer
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by Nancy Springer
by Iain M. Banks
"In 1971, the elusive and mysterious D.B. Cooper hijacked a commercial airplane, demanded $200,000 and parachutes, and jumped out somewhere near the border of Washington and Oregon. The mystery remains unsolved to this day. As narrator, Geoffrey Gray uses a tone of intrigue, which the production's brooding background music complements. His succinct sentences give the story forward momentum. As he reconstructs events, he focuses on several possible culprits and jumps from story line to story line, a style that requires close attention on the part of the listener. In teasing apart the mystery, Gray delves deeper and deeper into his quest for answers, ultimately entering the world of conspiracy theorists and developing a growing sense of paranoia himself. S.E.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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