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'The D.B. Cooper Story' by Guest Historian Chris Oakley
Guest Historian Guest Historian Chris Oakley says, thanks for visiting TIAH. This timeline is based on the idea of D.B. Cooper being a Soviet agent. If you're interested in viewing samples of my other work why not visit the Changing the Times web site.
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November 28

In 1971, FBI agents made a shocking discovery in the case of would-be hijacker D.B. Cooper: the mysterious 'Raoul' he had been talking to prior to his arrest was a high-ranking station chief with Cuba's DGI intelligence service. This suggested that Cooper might have been part of a Soviet spy ring and the hijacking attempt was actually a cover for a possible defection to the Communist bloc.

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December 2

On this day in 1971, suspicions that foiled would-be hijacker D.B. Cooper was a Soviet spy were confirmed when a KGB defector being debriefed at a CIA safe house in France was shown a photo of Cooper and identified him as one Dmitri Kaprinsky, a sleeper agent who'd been working undercover in the United States since the late 1950s. 'D.B. Cooper' was an alias created by the KGB to facilitate Kaprinsky's infiltration into American society.

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December 4

On this day in 1971, Dmitri Kaprinsky(a.k.a. D.B. Cooper) was indicted on espionage and attempted hijacking charges in a US federal court in San Francisco.

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December 14

In 1971, opening arguments were heard in the espionage and hijacking conspiracy trial of Dmitri Kaprinsky a.k.a. D.B. Cooper.                                                                                  

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December 22

On this day in 1971, FBI agents in Los Angeles intercepted a KGB liquidation squad that had been sent to the United States to kill sleeper agent Dmitri Kaprinsky, alias D.B. Cooper.

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January 15

In 1972, closing arguments were made in the trial of Dmitri Kaprinsky, alias D.B. Cooper.

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January 18

In 1972, Dmitri Kaprinsky, alias D.B. Cooper, was convicted on charges of espionage and conspiracy to commit hijacking. He would later be sentenced to life in prison.

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January 22

In 1972, Soviet agent Dmitri Kaprinsky, alias D.B. Cooper, was sentenced to life in prison for espionage and attempted hijacking.

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May 22

On this day in 1972, Soviet agent Dmitri Kaprinsky, alias D.B. Cooper, was placed on suicide watch after a prison guard caught him trying to hang himself in his cell.

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April 12

In 1985, the body of Dmitri Kaprinsky, alias D.B. Cooper, was turned over to the Soviet embassy in Washington for burial back in Kaprinsky's native Ukraine.

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April 16

In 1985, KGB agent Dmitri Kaprinsky, alias D.B. Cooper, was posthumously awarded the Order of Lenin for his years of loyal service to the USSR.

That same day Kaprinsky was laid to rest in his hometown in the Ukraine.

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April 9

In 1985, thirteen years into his life prison sentence for espionage and attempted hijacking, Dmitri Kaprinsky, alias D.B. Cooper, died of a heart attack in his cell.

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June 19

In 1994, on this day the chief investigating agent in the Dmitri Kaprinsky/D.B. Cooper case retired from the FBI after thirty years' service with the bureau.                  

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November 24

In 1971, would-be hijacker D.B. Cooper was arrested by FBI agents just minutes before he was scheduled to board a Northwest Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle. Pacific Northwest Hijack FoiledEarlier that day, the agency's Portland office had received an anonymous tip about the hijacking plot from a tourist who said he overheard Cooper talking on a payphone to someone identified only as 'Raoul'.



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