Star: Tom Colbert
The infamous mystery man D.B. Cooper is at the center of a new Netflix documentary about the enduring legacy behind his supposed disappearance in 1971 that grabbed headlines. “D.B. Cooper: Where are you 2022?!” debuts on the streamer on July 13. The official tagline reads: “In 1971, a thief parachutes out of an airplane with a bag of stolen money, and gets away with it. Decades later, the identity of him remains a compelling mystery.”
Cooper demanded $200,000 and four parachutes after hijacking a flight leaving Portland, Oregon, in the middle of the night. He then jumped out of the plane and was never seen (or caught) again. Cooper has become something of an anti-hero in folklore, with commentators reflecting on his “tough” personality that made him “some kind of god”.
Dubbed an “individualist antihero thinker,” Cooper has been at the center of numerous conspiracy theories, with the FBI saying now “citizen detectives” may have figured out what really happened to Cooper. The FBI case was officially closed in 2016. “This case forces you to question your own sanity,” says a narrator. Another added: “I know who he is in my heart.”
Cooper has been in the spotlight for decades, with HBO Max recently releasing the documentary “The Mystery of D.B. Cooper” in 2020, directed by John Dower. Cooper was also at the center of a “Mad Men” fan theory that Don Draper (Jon Hamm) was in fact Cooper, aided not least by his being an advertising executive for the fictional firm Sterling Cooper in the 1960s in New York. And Where Are You?!” premieres just five days before the 15th anniversary of AMC’s Emmy-winning drama “Mad Men” (its first episode aired July 19, 2007).
The Netflix doc comes on the heels of the “Tinder Swindler” and “Bad Vegan” virals on the streamer. “White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch” also made waves by revisiting the racial bias and #MeToo abuse behind the beloved 2000s brand. Additionally, “The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes ” also debuted in April 2022, just a few months before the fictional portrait of Marilyn Monroe “Blonde” landed on the streamer on September 23 with Ana de Armas playing “Some Like It Hot”. icon.
Now 1970s icon D.B. Cooper also gets the Netflix treatment. “D.B. Cooper: Where are you?!” premieres Wednesday, July 13 on Netflix.