It makes me mourn the old days when terrorists and hijackers took modest amounts of money, were never greedy with the hostage count (keeping only those they needed) and really doing their homework. I miss the terrorists with flare. I miss the terrorists you could really fall in love with.
Monday, February 4, 2008
"You Are Being Highjacked"
Today's "Matt's Today in History Podcast" featured a man by the name of DB Cooper. (Well that was sort of his name. Actually his name was Dan Cooper; no one even knew if he had a middle name or not. The media, playing snobby girl who can't remember names and doesn't use ones she doesn't care for, came up with 'DB' instead.) In 1971 this man hijacked a plane, but he did it with such style and class that it seemed more like an inconvenient detour. He calmly had the pilot turn the plane around and was kind enough to let every passenger off the plane except, of course, for the pilot and stuartist--whom he needed, and guided the plane back into the air where he extended the detour by mere hours. Mr. Cooper gave the pilot and stuartist careful instructions (showing his extensive research on 747's), locked them in the cockpit (with the utmost care I can only assume), and, leaving not a scratch on anyone aboard the plane, chuted out with his 200K. They never found him.