Tuesday, November 27, 2007

D. B.'s DNA

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a good article on D. B. Cooper.  The FBI has a good physical description, which disproves the allegations of the most recent claimant, and a partial DNA sample, which has excluded the allegations of an earlier publicity hound.  One would hope that the DNA sample would be enough to make future claimants think twice.  It is curious that the small amount of money that was recovered was not where it should have been given the route of the flight.  It is also curious that Cooper would die in the jump, given the meticulous planning that covered all the other aspects of the hijacking.  Given the DNA-linked world we live in, part of the constant erosion of privacy in the name of security, it is not impossible that a future DNA search may uncover a relative of Cooper.