That was the note handed to a stewardess by a mild-mannered passenger on a Northwest Orient flight in 1971. It was the start of one of the most astonishing whodunits in the history of American true crime: how one man extorted $200,000 from an airline, then parachuted into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest and into oblivion. D. B. Cooper's case has become the stuff of legend and obsessed and cursed his pursuers with everything from bankruptcy to suicidal despair.
"Unsolved mystery with many layers..."
"A Sense of Mortality for a Matador and His Livelihood" is from the Sports section of The New York Times. It was written by Geoffrey Gray and narrated by Fleet Cooper.