Boy, don’t these guys have anything better to do?
After all, that’s a crime that leads directly, and squarely, into the Oval Office.
Perhaps swayed by television shows that solve their cold cases in about 48-minutes (gotta have the commercials accounted for), the FBI has announced it is reinvestigating the 36-yea-old “D.B. Cooper” hijacking case, the nation’s only unsolved hijacking.
“This case is 36 years old, it’s beyond its expiration date, but I asked for the case because I was intrigued with it,” said Larry Carr, a federal agent based in Seattle who usually investigates bank robberies, and who was 4 when the hijacking occurred. “I remember as a child reading about it and wondering what had happened. It’s surreal that after 36 years here I am, the only investigator left. I wanted to take a shot at solving it.”
Since the case was turned over to him about six months ago, Mr. Carr has come up with a new way of seeing the incident: as a bank robbery that just happened to be on an airplane. The fresh perspective led to new investigating techniques.
“The classic way we solve bank robberies is with the public,” Mr. Carr said. “Everything we know – pictures, descriptions, m.o., everything. We put it all out there.”
D.B. Cooper jumped from the back of a Boeing 727 jet airplane on the night of November 24th, 1971, somewhere between Seattle and Reno, with $200,000, in unmarked $20-bills and was never seen or heard from again.
Speculation has rested heavily that he died from the jump.
In 1980, an eight-year-old boy found $5,800 of the money, near the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington, but that’s all that has surfaced.
Let us hope that it doesn’t take 36-years to bring the Bush Grindhouse to justice.
After all, we already have, seven-years-worth, of “pictures, descriptions, m.o., everything …”
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