‘Loki’ | Learn more about the real ‘solved’ crime in the first chapter of the series


If you haven’t watched Loki’s first episode, then don’t read this article to avoid spoilers.

One of the best, however brief, moments of Loki’s first episode is when Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) broadcasts moments from Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) past and he’s just shocked to find out that one of the crimes most famous in the history of the United States was the fault of the God of cheating. In the series, they describe the famous disappearance of Dan B. Cooper following a lost bet between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki, showing that the interaction of the Asgardians with the inhabitants of Earth continued long before may the god of thunder be banished from Midgard, there in 2011.

In real life, Dan Cooper was the pseudonym used by the “Ares Zodiac” to buy a plane ticket from Portland to Seattle. However, due to a press error, which mistook him for a boy of the same name who had a criminal record, he became known as Dan B. Cooper or simply DB Cooper. Dressed in a suit, tie and pair of sunglasses, the mysterious man boarded like an ordinary gentleman on Northwest Orient Flight 305 on November 24, 1971. He sat in the cabin. seat 18C and, after take off, “Dan” lit a cigarette and called the flight attendant to order a bourbon and a can of 7Up soda. When Superintendent Florence Schaffner returned to collect the controls, he handed over a note stating that he was carrying a bomb in his briefcase. To show the seriousness of the matter, he rummaged through the briefcase, revealing cylinders and wires.

It was Florence Schaffner who delivered the message to the pilot.

Realizing the urgency of the situation, she asked him what he wanted. The hijacker then demanded $ 200,000 in 20 bills and four parachutes. The flight attendant ran to the cabin and took the message from pilot William Scott. He contacted the Seattle airport control tower, who called the FBI. Claiming a mechanical failure, he told the 36 passengers on the flight that the landing would be delayed. That way, the flight, which was supposed to take 30 minutes, lasted 2 hours, as it circled through the air until the FBI got the ransom money and parachutes. During the flight, “Dan” was calm and polite to the crew and passengers. The pilot also reported that he appeared to be familiar with the air route, locating their location and landmarks on the ground.

Pilot William Scott and Co-pilot Bill Rataczak dealt directly with DB Cooper.

When the FBI was able to respond to the requests, the plane landed and “Dan” asked the pilot to turn off the plane’s lights to prevent the snipers from acting. As the tanker filled the plane’s tank, Dan refused the military parachutes he had brought, but authorities eventually obtained civilian parachutes from a local parachuting school. Passengers and crew not strictly necessary for the flight were released and the hijacker began dictating his new route, which would go to Mexico. He made a series of requests, such as reduced speed, an altitude of 3,000 meters, and take-off with the landing gear in the landing position.

The aircraft model was a Boeing 727, similar to the one in the photo.

Followed by two fighter planes and a fighter plane, the Boeing 727 took off again. Shortly thereafter, the rear of the aircraft suffered a sudden movement, forcing the pilots to maneuver to set the aircraft’s heading. It was at this point, between Seattle and Reno, that “DB Cooper” jumped. And although he was followed by other planes, no one saw him. Blowing him off the plane with the money and never to be seen again. The case gained popularity because the FBI found 66 different fingerprints on the plane, but none of them matched sketches taken by the population. No one knew who he was or where he could have gone. And while authorities believed he would have died in the plane jump, the press and onlookers of the 1970s did not. The idea of ​​having just one unresolved air case in the country stirred up investigative teams, who have spent 45 years searching for evidence and raised more than a thousand suspects for the kidnapping. Then, in 2016, the FBI closed the case unsolved.

DB Cooper’s sketch has made American crime history.

The fact that no one knows how this mysterious man could have jumped out of a plane unidentified and never found the $ 200,000 again created a legion of onlookers, who investigated on their own, produced reports and documentaries based on the ‘case. However, the “last hope” of solving the case died on January 8, 2021. The prime suspect, who liked to provoke the FBI about his guilt or innocence, died at the age of 94. It was Sheridan Peterson, a veteran who worked as a technician at Boeing in Seattle. Besides these coincidences, his appearance matched some sketches, but there was no way to stop someone on the basis of coincidence alone. So he spent his life in freedom and got involved in various causes, such as the American civil rights protests. He also moved to Southeast Asia, where he helped refugees from Vietnam, and also participated in anti-war protests in Tiananmen Square in China in the 1980s.

Sheridan passed away in January of this year.

As the identity of the kidnapper, who has been described as a man between 35 and 40 years old, measuring between 1.73m and 1.85m, has never been discovered – even the name “DB Cooper” has become an expression in the United States to describe criminals with undiscovered identities. -, director Kate Herron decided to play with the case in the series and “solved” the crime by making a joke between Thor and Loki. And the track that left no trace? Simple, Bifrost, the famous Rainbow Bridge transported Loki, with money, parachutes and everything, to Asgard.

Enjoy watching:

With the Rainbow Bridge carrying Loki home, the perfect kidnapping case is “solved.”

New episodes of Loki air on Disney + every Wednesday.

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