By Nancy Covert
It’s truly intriguing. After more than 40 years, the Case about the Legendary NW Skyjacker “DB Cooper” is still unsolved.
From now through January, though, the Washington State History Museum is showcasing artifacts and more from this 1971 Cold Case. Museumgoers with a taste for solving mysteries are invited/challenged to view and perhaps contribute to the case.
Step into a mock-up of the Northwest Orient 727, examine the parachutes, the plane’s retractable stairway, and take time to read the numerous assembled displays.
This past weekend, the Museum showcased a “DB” re-enactor, a skydiving expert from a local airfield, plus a Burke Museum paleontologist, who, with two other researchers, has developed an intriguing solution about DB’s possible identity—a Canadian!
By the way, the mysterious Portland passenger who made his escape on Nov. 24, 1971, signed his name “Dan”—not DB. The inaccurate name that’s passed into History is blamed on some hapless journalist who was confused while collecting information.
The museum’s gift shop has three books in its inventory about the case, including one by a couple of Puyallup-area pilots whose solution to the 40+ year-old mystery is most intriguing. They claim that “DB” actually was a man who’d undergone a gender reassignment operation.
Washington State History Museum is located at 1911 Pacific Avenue. Phone 1-800-BE-THERE for more information.