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D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?!

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sensational hijacking story has drinking, smoking, cursing.

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True crime will appreciate this deep dive into the facts -- and the hype -- surrounding the hijacking of Northwest Orient flight 305. Directed by The Way Down's Marina Zenovich, D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?! uses archive footage, witness interviews, and input from true crime enthusiasts focused on the case to reconstruct and contextualize what happened on November 21, 1971, within the commercial airline industry culture of the time. It also discusses how the case went cold, despite the location of slightly over $5,000 of the cash, due to limited information, false leads, and the identification of wrong suspects. A significant piece of the documentary also revolves around the efforts of writer Tom Colbert to convince the U.S. government that the hijacker was a (now deceased) Vietnam veteran by the name of Robert Rackstraw. Like many true crime series, the narratives presented in D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?! are mostly speculative, and do not give definitive answers about who the hijacker is, or whether he survived. But what makes the series interesting is what it reveals about the role media continues to have in making the dramatic story even more sensational, and how it created a legendary figure who continues to be the subject of multiple conspiracy theories.

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