Thursday, August 4, 2011

Oklahoma woman says uncle was notorious 1971 hijacker

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- When an FBI agent pleaded several years ago for help in finding notorious skyjacker D.B. Cooper, he wondered, off-handedly, if someone's "odd uncle" might be their guy.

Marla Cooper of Oklahoma says she thinks her late uncle Lynn Doyle Cooper was that guy. She says she is convinced he hijacked a plane in 1971 and parachuted away with $200,000 in ransom money over the Pacific Northwest.

"I was 8 years old, so I can't tell you exactly what he said, but I do remember the words: 'Our money problems are over. We just need to go back and get the money,' " she told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

The FBI isn't convinced D.B. Cooper survived the jump, but has chased more than 1,000 leads in the nation's only unsolved hijacking. D.B. Cooper, meanwhile, maintains a prominent place in folklore.

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