In 1971, on Thanksgiving Eve, somewhere over Southwest Washington, D.B. Cooper parachuted with $200,000 tied to his body from the rear of a passenger jet airplane he had hijacked. Years later, a small amount of the money was found. Cooper, and the rest of the money, never were.
Today, Cooper's legendary status in Southwestern Washington has broad reach. His hijacking of Flight 305, enroute from Portland to Seattle, is the only unsolved air piracy case in America. His exploit is celebrated in movies, television, song, and now, for the first time radio. Neither endorsing or condemning Cooper, we explored the many communications between multiple agencies and individuals as they attempted to resolve a tense situation, keep citizens safe and informed, and uphold the law.
Written by Dan Wyatt, Jr., owner and general manager of Kiggins Theatre, and realized by local actors and sound artists, Skyjacker '71: The D.B. Cooper Transmissions is based on research, interviews, creativity, and historical imagination. The authenticity of the facts revealed and the event portrayed in our look at Cooper's exploit was verified by a former FBI clerk with connections to the Cooper case.
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