D.B. Cooper's Cold Case Turns Comical

A series of graphic novels depicts Dan Cooper jumping from a plane.

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By Alex Kingsbury, Washington Whispers

When Special Agent Larry Carr took charge of perhaps the most celebrated crime since the Great Train Robbery, one thing was certain: The FBI wouldn't give him any resources to investigate the cold case. Searching for D. B. Cooper, the legendary larcenist who leapt from a passenger jet in 1971, wasn't high priority. No problem, because Carr inherited an army of amateur sleuths and bloggers enthralled by the case in which a man calling himself Dan Cooper boarded a plane bound from Portland, Ore., to Seattle. Claiming to have dynamite, he demanded parachutes and $200,000 and jumped out, never to be seen again. Now, 38 years later, a new clue: a series of 1950s and 1960s French graphic novels featuring Dan Cooper, a fictional Royal Canadian Air Force test pilot. One showed him jumping from a plane. Coincidence? Unlikely, suggests Carr, who thinks the real jumper stole the fictional ID. "Maybe Cooper was the kind of guy who collected these comics," Carr says.

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