I think that Unsolved Case Files: Escape at 10,000 Feet: D.B. Cooper and the Missing Money by Tom Sullivan will be on the top ten best list of 2021 Reads for me. There is a lot about this book that people do not know and yet, it fascinated a nation for years. This book will grab readers who like nonfiction, mystery, and true crime. In “my day” it would be a “boy book” but currently anyone can find something about it.
I will point out that there might have been a few typos as it was a reader copy, as I had two dates did not add up, but otherwise the facts are presented in a way that is easy to understand. Along the way there is also a narrator telling the step-by-step events as they were known. This is a written documentary. There is just the right amount of information to let you know the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of things. There are further readings and references at the end. It is a piece of history that is known, but probably not by too many people under age 50. I only know about it (a little) due to pop culture references. Therefore, this was an interesting look at a semi-romantic piece of history.
We follow the man that would be called D.B Cooper (due to a mistake made by the newspapers reporting) and how he got away with the only unsolved plane hijacking in US history. The rules we would later follow come from the fact that hijacking was prominent in the 1970s and because of this case. But do not expect to have a satisfying ending. As there are as many questions as answers. And this book is a great way to explore that.
Probably like everyone else who knows of the story, I have a theory about what really happened (of course, I admit, it’s not an original one or anything…)