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Skyjack : the hunt for D.B. Cooper
2011
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In 1971, hijacker D.B. Cooper vanished after he parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines jet with ,000 in extorted cash. He became a legendary figure, the subject of, among others, a feature film (starring Treat Williams) and at least a dozen books. Since the Cooper case is unsolved, what more is there to say? In October 2007, Gray wrote an article for New York magazine speculating that Cooper had been Kenneth Christiansen, a Northwest Airlines purser and former paratrooper who died in 1994. Now, in this full-scale probe of Christiansen and other suspects, Gray reconstructs the hijacking, the jump, investigations, and aftermath, interviewing retired FBI agents, Northwest officials, passengers, and one of the only living eyewitnesses, stewardess Florence Schaffner, who had direct contact with Cooper on the plane. The solid journalistic approach of the New York article is replaced by an annoying present tense and a fast-paced style with occasional padding, such as this description of Schaffner: "She is a specimen of red. Red lipstick. Red nail polish. Red uniform... the coral red you find on a necklace." But by introducing intriguing theories, curious clues, and a parade of characters who claim a Cooper connection, Gray successfully milks the mystery and generates suspense while adding fuel to Cooper's folk-hero reputation. (Aug. 9)

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"Geoffrey Gray reopens one of the great unsolved criminal cases of the 20th century: the puzzling story of "D. B. Cooper," the only skyjacker never to be caught by authorities"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

"Geoffrey Gray reopens one of the great unsolved criminal cases of the 20th century: the puzzling story of "D. B. Cooper," the only skyjacker never to be caught by authorities"--Provided by publisher. - (Baker & Taylor)

Describes the search for D. B. Cooper, a hijacker who mysteriously disappeared after parachuting from a plane with $200,000 in ransom money during a rainy night over Washington state. - (Baker & Taylor)

Describes the search for D. B. Cooper, a hijacker who mysteriously disappeared after parachuting from a plane with $200,000 in ransom money during a rainy night over Washington state. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.) - (Baker & Taylor)

That was the note handed to a stewardess by a passenger on a Northwest Orient flight in 1971. It was the start of one of the most astonishing whodunits and manhunts 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 legendary as well as an obsession for his pursuers, cursing them with everything from bankruptcy to suicidal despair. Now with SKYJACK, Geoffrey Gray delves into this unsolved mystery, uncovering new leads in the famous case.

Starting with a tip from a private investigator on a curious suspect, 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 re-creation of the crime itself, from cabin to cockpit to tower, SKYJACK offers uncanny portraits of characters who either have chased Cooper or might have committed the crime. The clues to unmasking the unknown hijacker are buried in the wallet of a retired insurance salesman, the prison record of a Green Beret on trial for murder, the deathbed confession of an older brother, the medical records of a transgendered woman, and the memories of countless other astonishing suspects.

With explosive new information and exclusive access to FBI files and forensic evidence, SKYJACK reopens one of the great cold cases of the twentieth century. - (Blackwell Publishing)

“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 system…Karl Fleming, a respected reporter whose career was destroyed by a Cooper scoop that was a scam…and 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. - (Random House, Inc.)

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