The mystery surrounding D.B. Cooper has captured the imagination of people for years. This is the guy who in 1971, hijacked a plane and extorted $200,000 in ransom. He then jumped out of the plane and parachuted to an uncertain fate. What happened to D.B Cooper? Did he live or did he die?
There’s a new documentary coming up that was produced by HBO that will dive into this story and attempt to answer some questions. The movie is titled The Mystery of D.B. Cooper, and this is the synopsis:
The documentary brings to life the stories of “four individuals fervently believed by their family and friends to be the mystery man who hijacked a 727 flying out of Portland, OR, traded the passengers’ lives for $200,000 and four parachutes, lept from 10,000 feet over some of Washington State’s roughest terrain, and was never heard from again. Almost 50 years later, the case continues to confound the FBI and inspire wild speculation as it remains the only unsolved airplane hijacking in United States history.”
The movie draws from a combination of recreated and archival footage, as well as exclusive interviews with people who were most connected to the infamous case and its likeliest culprits. “This edge-of-your-seat documentary also explores how the heist inspired copycat hijackings and elevated Cooper to “legend” status. The Mystery of D.B. Cooper paints a dynamic portrait of a fabled fugitive whose unparalleled story became folklore.”
The film was directed by John Dower (Thrilla in Manila, My Scientology Movie) and it will premiere on HBO on November 25th.