D. B. Cooper in popular culture
D. B. Cooper is a media epithet (actual pseudonym: Dan Cooper) used to describe an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 on November 24, 1971, extorted a US$200,000 ransom (equivalent to $1.28 million today.), and parachuted to an unknown fate. He was never seen again, and only $5,880 of the ransom money has been found. The incident continues to influence popular culture, and has inspired references in books, film, and music.
- James M. Cain's 1975 novel Rainbow's End is a fictional account of what might have happened to Cooper after he parachuted from the plane.
- J.D. Reed's 1980 novel Free Fall was used as a basis for the 1981 film The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper.
- Elwood Reid's 2004 novel D. B.: a novel is a fictionalized account of what supposedly happened to the real Cooper in the years following the hijacking, as a pair of FBI agents attempt to pick up his trail and arrest him. In one edition, the book jacket cover featured artwork derived from the FBI composite sketch of the real Cooper.
- The 1998 novel Sasquatch by Roland Smith features a character named Buckley Johnson, who eventually admits that he is D. B. Cooper to the novel's protagonist, a boy named Dylan Hickock. In this story, Johnson says he committed the hijacking to pay for cancer treatments for his son.
- Greg Cox's 2008 novel The 4400: The Vesuvius Prophecy features Cooper (see also the television series The 4400).
- The Dilbert strip for January 17, 1991 featured Dogbert exhibiting Cooper's remains, with the punchline, "He learned that you should never get your parachutes from the same people you're robbing".
- The webcomic xkcd has a strip titled "D. B. Cooper", in which it was theorized that director Tommy Wiseau was D. B. Cooper, and had financed his infamous film The Room with the funds from the robbery.
- A 1989 strip from Gary Larson's The Far Side shows "Ben & Vera's Rottweiler Farm" and a bunch of dogs looking up at a man with a parachute with the slogan "The Untold Ending of D.B. Cooper".
Film and television
- A 1981 adventure movie titled The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper, directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Treat Williams as Cooper and Robert Duvall as an insurance investigator pursuing him; based on J. D. Reed's 1980 novel Free Fall.
- In the movie Without a Paddle (2004), a group of three old friends (Matthew Lillard, Seth Green and Dax Shepard), go on a camping trip to search for the treasure of D. B. Cooper to honor their recently deceased friend.
- The Mystery of D.B. Cooper is a documentary about the case by John Dower.
Series & Television
- The 1973 made-for-TV film, Deliver Us From Evil explores the aftermath of Cooper's robbery, without specifically naming him.
- In the Season 2, Episode 8 of AMC’s Breaking Bad, starring Bryan Cranston as Walter White and Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, Walt enters Saul’s office and Saul says, “Should I call the FBI and tell them I found D.B. Cooper? Ha ha!” Walt is disguised in a tacky baseball cap and dark sunglasses, but otherwise is dressed as a teacher, not a drug lord or criminal.
- A 1988 episode of Unsolved Mysteries focused on the skyjacker, where Florence Shaffner was interviewed. The show hired a composite artist to recreate Cooper, where the stewardess described him with a skinnier head and more elongated nose than the usual popular profile. Also studied was an airplane exit sign found in the Washington backcountry by a hunter and the $5,880 in marked bills found by a family while camping. Combined with failure to find a body, this lent credence to the theory that Cooper did not die on impact if he landed on the earth, but could have possibly succumb to drowning or hypothermia if he landed in the water.
- In the fourth season (1979–1980) of the series In Search of... dedicated an episode to the D.B. Cooper hijacking.
- The main character of the television series Twin Peaks (1990) is named Dale Bartholomew Cooper, after D. B. Cooper.
- The television series NewsRadio (1995-1999) featured a story arc (Season 5, Episodes 6-8 "Jail", "The Lam", and "Clash of the Titans", first broadcast in 1998) in which station owner Jimmy James is believed to be Cooper. James was arrested after a green duffel bag believed to have been Cooper's was found. At the trial, Adam West confesses he is Cooper and that James had covered up for him.
- In the 2009 Numbers episode (Season 6, episode 10) "Old Soldiers", the FBI recover bills that trace back to the D.B Cooper heist.
- On August 26, 2012, in an episode of the Leverage (TV series) (Season 5, Episode 6), entitled "The D.B. Cooper Job", the case is solved.
- On January 11, 2017, an episode of Expedition Unknown (Season 3, Episode 7), entitled "Cracking the D.B. Cooper Case", host Josh Gates attempted to solve the case.
- Muse Watson portrays Charles Westmoreland, revealed to be D.B. Cooper in the television series Prison Break.
- In the series Blacklist, Raymond talks about D.B. Cooper in Season 5, Episode 11.
- In We Bare Bears Season 3 Episode 4, the bears find a briefcase labeled D.B. Cooper that contains a single $100 bill and a used band-aid.
- In Drunk History season 5 episode 7 "Drunk Mystery", the story of D.B. Cooper is drunkenly retold by comedian Kyle Mooney. Mooney's former SNL co-star Taran Killam portrays Cooper in the re-enactment.
- The heist was mentioned in the fifth episode of the series White Rabbit Project.
- In the Disney+ series Loki set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the episode "Glorious Purpose", D.B. Cooper is revealed to be Loki, who lost a bet to Thor and jumped from a Boeing 727 with Northwest Orient livery, disappearing into the Bifrost.
- Singer-songwriter Chuck Brodsky has a song titled "The Ballad of D. B. Cooper" on his 2006 CD, Tulips for Lunch.
- Ska/Punk band Victims of Circumstance's second album, Roll the Dice, features a track titled "The Final Flight of D. B. Cooper".
- Bill Mallonee's "The Ghosts that I Run With" is sung from the point of view of D. B. Cooper after years of hiding in the hills. It appears on Mallonee's 2011 release, The Power and the Glory.
- The Kid Rock song "Bawitdaba" contains a reference to Cooper's stolen money.
- The Mountain Goats' song "Rain in Soho" (from the album Goths) references Cooper with the lyric "No one broke D. B. Cooper's fall".
- New York hip-hop artist MF Doom's single "Hoe Cakes" (from the album "Mm.. Food") references Cooper with the lyric "MF Doom, He's like D.B. Cooper."
- The community of Ariel, Washington, one of the possible landing areas for Cooper, commemorates the incident with a celebration, held annually on the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day, called "D. B. Cooper Days."
- D. B. Tuber is the name given to Anthony Curcio, who was responsible for one of the most elaborately planned armored car heists in history.
- Fan speculation surrounding the show Mad Men was that there were subtle clues that it would end with Don Draper exposing himself as D.B. Cooper. Producers frequently denied such a plot, and the skyjacking was never depicted in the series.
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