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Eric Ulis, noted DB Cooper researcher, is initiating a project to locate any DB Cooper $20 bills that may still be in circulation, or “hiding in Aunt Sally’s attic in Kansas City,” as Eric phrased it to me in a conversation today. If you’ve got one, he’ll give you $25,000 for it, pending authentication.
In related news, Eric is the featured researcher in an upcoming DB Cooper documentary for the History Channel. His two-hour episode is scheduled for a broadcast in the fall as part of the HC’s series: History’s Greatest mysteries.” The series will be narrated by Lawrence Fishburne.
Lastly, if a Cooper $20 bill is found, it could radically transform the investigation, since it would strongly suggest that DB Cooper survived his jump.
$25,000 Reward Offered for DB Cooper $20 Bill
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 18, 2020
SCOTTSDALE, AZ—On February 10, 1980 a small portion of DB Cooper’s $200,000 ransom—totaling approximately $5,800—was found along the Columbia River in Vancouver, WA. The ransom, weighing 19 lbs., was delivered in the form of 10,000 $20 bills. Outside of the $5,800 (190 bills) discovered in 1980, no one knows what happened to the remaining 9,810 bills and whether or not any of them re-entered circulation by being spent. Given this, a new month-long initiative is being launched with the intent of determining the fate of the missing $194,200. The month-long DB Cooper Bill Initiative will begin on May 19, 2020 and expire on June 19, 2020.
Eric Ulis, a leading expert on the DB Cooper case is spearheading the DB Cooper Bill Initiative which will pay $25,000 to the first person to handover a genuine $20 bill from the DB Cooper ransom that was not part of the original $5,800 discovered in 1980. The initiative is designed to enlist the public’s help in determining if any of the older $20 bills that they possess is one of the still-missing 9,810 $20 bills that was delivered to DB Cooper back in 1971.
The initiative will provide valuable data that will be used in the investigation into the DB Cooper skyjacking of November 24, 1971—the only unsolved skyjacking in United States history.
It is estimated that among the $20 bills in circulation during the time of the skyjacking, approximately 0.5% are still in circulation today. Therefore, it is assumed that if DB Cooper’s ransom was eventually spent, approximately 50 of the missing Cooper twenties are still in circulation. If so, we would like to find one.
All individuals who possess a $20 bill Series 1934, 1950, 1950 A, 1950 B, 1950 C, 1963, 1963 A or 1969 are encouraged to take a picture of the front of their bill and submit it via text to 425.606.9600. All bill inquiries will receive a text typically within a few minutes verifying whether or not their old twenty was part of DB Cooper’s ransom. Details related to the initiative may be found at https://TheCooperCase.com.
During the next month we will record the number of individual $20 bills cross-referenced via the DB Cooper Bill Initiative. If no Cooper twenties are discovered, the data will be used to mathematically determine the likelihood that any of the missing ransom was spent.
It is important to note, regardless of whether or not a new Cooper twenty is discovered during this initiative, the data provided will help shape the Cooper investigation moving forward and will be used to help solve the mystery.
Ulis explains his Cooper Bill Project in his YouTube clip:
In addition, inquiries may be directed to:
ERIC ULIS, eric@TheCooperCase.com or 425.606.9600
Eric Ulis, standing next to Cathleen Scott, daughter of Captain William Scott, the chief pilot of DB Cooper’s hijacked plane in 1971.