DB Cooper: Where are you? ! : What to watch if you like the Netflix series
There are few unsolved mysteries as interesting, hard to believe or hard to forget as the story of DB Cooper, an indescribable man who became a modern-day urban legend in November 1971 when he held a ransom of plane before parachuting in midair with a briefcase full of money. Cooper was never found, but there have been countless true crime documentaries released over the years about the fateful robbery and the man behind the alleged false identity, including the 2022 Netflix series, DB Cooper: Where are you? !.
If you’ve watched the four-part docuseries about the myth and the man believed to be behind the legend and want to check out more titles that tackle the remarkable story, you’re in luck because we’ve put together a pretty list. full of awesome documentaries, docuseries and other specials detailing Cooper’s crimes and legacy…
The DB Cooper Mystery (HBO Max)
The 2020 HBO documentary, The DB Cooper Mystery, details the infamous 1971 hijacking through a series of interviews with several passengers and crew aboard the plane, as well as those with various people believed to know the true identity of the man in the suit .
If you liked the way DB Cooper: Where are you? ! handled the investigation into Richard Rackstraw and want to see more other suspects or names connected to the mystery, then this 87-minute documentary is for you.
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DB Cooper: Case closed? (Amazon purchase)
The 2016 History Channel documentary series, DB Cooper: Case closed? follows crime writer Billy Jensen and former FBI Deputy Director Tom Fuentes as they attempt to unravel the decades-long mystery through unprecedented research and in-depth interviews with those associated with the crime.
Much of the images shown in DB Cooper: Where are you? ! comes from the 2016 History Channel special, specifically the one captured by Thomas J. Colbert in his investigation of Richard Rackstraw. If you want to see the finished product from a different perspective than Colbert, this is your best bet.
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I’ll be gone in the dark (HBO Max)
One of the best documentaries of 2020, the HBO original, I’ll be gone in the dark, examines the life and crimes of the Golden State Killer as well as the tireless crusade of Michelle McNamara, the late true crime writer who devoted her final years to bringing the notorious criminal to justice.
Although I’ll be gone in the dark deals with a completely different crime, it shares some similarities with DB Cooper: Where are you? !. Both series center on investigators who would stop at nothing to crack a cold case, even if it meant sacrificing everything.
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The most dangerous animal of all (Hulu)
Released in 2020, the four-part FX docu-series, The most dangerous animal of all, follows writer Gary L. Stewart as he sets out to find his biological father, only to discover that the man could very well be the Zodiac Killer.
A little like DB Cooper: Where are you? !this series dives headfirst into one of the greatest unsolved cases of the second half of the 20th century, two cases that continue to capture the attention and imagination of countless investigators and true mystery writers decades later .
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Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness (Netflix)
In 1978, David Berkowitz pleaded guilty to a series of homicides and other bombings known as the Son of Sam murders in New York City that brought the Big Apple to its knees between July 1976 and July 1977. A reporter from The investigation of Maury Tenny’s name, however, did not believe the official story and was convinced that Berkowitz did not act alone.
The 2021 Netflix documentary series, Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness explores late perpetrator theories and investigations into the multiple suspects authorities failed to fully investigate while trying to prove there was no way one man could have pulled off all the murders.
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The Strange Disappearance of DB Cooper (Buzzfeed Unsolved Network – YouTube)
Before going on their own with Watcher Entertainment, Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej made a name for themselves with the YouTube series Buzzfeed Unsolved Network, Unresolved, which saw them investigate both true crimes and paranormal stories. One such episode, “The Strange Disappearance of DB Cooper,” delves into the mysterious criminal while shedding light on some of the biggest theories.
Like most of Unresolved episodes, “The Strange Disappearance of DB Cooper” strikes the perfect balance of humor and story in an incredibly informative short video. If you want a lighter, simplified take on the story, this is the way to go.
Undercurrent: The Disappearance of Kim Wall (HBO Max)
On August 10, 2017, Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall boarded a small submarine owned by Peter Madsen to conduct an interview with the Danish entrepreneur, but she will never be seen again. The two-part HBO 2022 documentary Undercurrent: The disappearance of Kim Wall discusses the disappearance and the subsequent criminal case in its wake.
Although undercurrent: The disappearance of Kim Wall rather has a conclusion that DB Cooper: Where are you? !this incredible documentary has commonalities, including the treatment of missing persons and a media circus.
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Unsolved Mysteries (Netflix)
the original Unsolved mysteries the documentary series featured some truly bizarre cases (including DB Cooper’s), and the 2020 Netflix revival followed in its footsteps but with a slightly more nuanced approach and lack of a host (RIP Robert Stack).
If you were a fan of the original series and DB Cooper: Where are you? !the two-volume collection (with more on the way) has all the trappings of a great binge-worthy spectacle, especially for true crime and paranormal enthusiasts with a Netflix subscription.
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Tickled (HBO Max)
After reading about the world of competitive tickling, New Zealand journalist David Farrier finds himself covering what might just be the most bizarre and unsettling story of his career. What begins as a fun, quirky adventure in a weird subculture quickly turns into something more sinister when he discovers the actors behind the scenes of tickled.
If you were a fan of the journalistic approach to history in DB Cooper: Where are you? !then you will feel at home with tickled. But beware, this documentary (which is the best when you go there as blind as possible) is really something else.
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Don’t Fuck With Cats: Hunt An Internet Killer (Netflix)
What begins as a collaborative effort by a group of amateur internet sleuths to track down the man behind a series of videos depicting cat torture morphs into an international search for a sadistic murderer in the 2019 Netflix documentary series, Don’t f**k with the cats: Hunt an internet killer.
Although far more traumatic than anything covered in DB Cooper: Where are you? !, this multi-part documentary has things that will intrigue fans of the hijacker’s story. One aspect in particular is the focus on internet sleuths who band together to find and bring the killer to justice.
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The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway (Peacock)
Eight years after Natalee Holloway, 18, was reported missing on the island of Aruba and became one of the biggest news stories of 2005, her father’s journey to find out what happened to his daughter has been turned into a six-episode investigative series that showed her returning to where she was last seen.
The disappearance of Natalee Hollowaywhich originally aired on Oxygen in 2014, features an incredibly detailed investigation into the disappearance that’s insightful to say the least and shows the lengths some will go to get closure.
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The pursuit of DB Cooper (Tubi)
Loosely based on the 1971 plane hijacking that has since become one of the greatest urban legends of modern times, the 1981 crime thriller, The Pursuit of DB Cooper, sees Treat Williams portray the notorious criminal as he escapes with $200,000 in cash and becomes the target of Bill Gruen (Robert Duvall), an insurance investigator who must recover the loot.
The film is mentioned a handful of times throughout DB Cooper: Where are you? !and even though it takes great liberties with the real-life story, the film’s comedic approach makes the adventure all the more fun.
Each of these titles has at least one point in common with DB Cooper: Where are you? !, and I hope a few will catch your attention. If you want even more of these types of stories, there are a ton of other great true-crime documentaries on Netflix worth watching.