D.B. Cooper Con Convenes to Solve the 50-year-old Skyjacking Mystery

The right way to have a celebration if the visitor of honor refuses to talk up? For years the annual DB Cooper Days happened within the small city of Ariel, Washington, an informal gathering place for folks obsessive about the unsolved thriller of a skydiver. In a rural tavern close to the place the place federal brokers first carried out a useless manhunt, Thanksgiving lovers got here again 12 months after 12 months, drank beer and danced within the November rain.

However when the proprietor of the Ariel Retailer Pub handed away and the bar closed, the annual gathering was misplaced. As well as, a brand new form of group had emerged across the thriller, made up of scientific proof and well-researched theories. A brand new breed of Cooper get together known as DB Cooper Con was flourishing in Vancouver, Washington.

This 12 months’s Con, which happened on the Kiggins Theater from November 20-21, has extra clout than common, and never simply because final 12 months’s occasion fell sufferer to the pandemic. That is the fiftieth anniversary of the unusual crime, and with renewed curiosity the lineup gathers those that have made the hunt for Cooper a pastime, job, and even an obsession.

There’s Tom Kaye, portrayed by the Seattle Met for his cautious research of the Cooper money and tie. And Bruce Smith from the identical story who has haunted conspiracies and unanswered questions for many years. The niece of a significant Cooper suspect and the person who discovered a part of DB Cooper’s fundraising in 1980 will present up. A number of authors and even a passenger from the well-known flight plan present.

The panel discussions vary from the anticipated ones (“Did DB Cooper Survive”, a “Suspects” roundtable) to the considerably stranger ones (“Different Pacific Northwest Legends: Bigfoot, Flying Saucers, Cow Mutilations”). Three nights of conviviality protect the informal ambiance of the previous Ariel events, one across the Victor 23 Craft Brewery – named after the flight route of Cooper’s aircraft and serving beers like Skyjacker IPA and a pilsner named after the aircraft’s stewardesses.

Will the person himself, who will need to have been in recent times, seem, maybe even hidden behind a required masks? It may very well be the one solution to high the 50 years of twists and turns that the DB Cooper thriller has already given us.