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Old 05-13-2022, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by ManInTheWaLL View post
Some of you guys need to track down the $200,000 that DB Cooper jumped out of the plane with.

in 1980 a young boy found a rotting package full of twenty-dollar bills ($5,800 in all) that matched the ransom money serial numbers. So the "Treasure" is out there somewhere.

Can worthless FRN be “treasure” ?
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Old 05-13-2022, 11:39 AM
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In other words: When investigators want to go check individual bundles of $$, then Sure: They compare #'s. But does the entire country's money supply have serial #'s checked, at some given check/choke point of the circulation system ?
This is a great question. I wonder if they check the old $20 bills when they come to the U.S. Mint to be destroyed? If they don't, then some of the D.B. Cooper bills could have been circulated for years and later destroyed by the Mint.

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Old 05-13-2022, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by FreeBirdTim View post
....If they don't, then some of the D.B. Cooper bills could have been circulated for years and later destroyed by the Mint.

No ! No ! Don't say that ! Tsk tsk. You're destroying my aspirations that it's still waiting out there, in a briefcase, in the forest, just WAITING for me to find it. How can you be such a kill-joy ??
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Old 05-13-2022, 05:54 PM
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I see we’ve moved on to DB Cooper, wonderful….

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Old 05-13-2022, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View post
Do all currency serial #'s get randomly spot-checked , in normal-routine-circulation ? If so, I wasn't aware of that.

In other words: When investigators want to go check individual bundles of $$, then Sure: They compare #'s. But does the entire country's money supply have serial #'s checked, at some given check/choke point of the circulation system ?

Example: When you spend $20 at 7-11 for a slurpee, no one's checking the serial #, right ? And when that 7-11 takes their nightly deposit to the bank, no one at that bank is checking the serial # to see if it's connected to DB cooper, right ? And so forth through the circulation system.

It would have to be a concerted / purposed check, d/t some individual suspicion, right ?

Unless I'm wrong, and that in modern digital computerized times that we live in, that the currency supply is somehow going through a banking system "choke point", where currency serial #'s are being scanned perpetually, by some sort of computer reading system.
A month after the hijacking, the FBI distributed lists of the ransom serial numbers to financial institutions, casinos, racetracks, and other businesses that routinely conducted large cash transactions, and to law enforcement agencies around the world. Northwest Orient offered a reward of 15% of the recovered money, to a maximum of $25,000. In early 1972, U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell released the serial numbers to the general public.[

In early 1973, with the ransom money still missing, The Oregon Journal republished the serial numbers and offered $1,000 to the first person to turn in a ransom bill to the newspaper or any FBI field office. In Seattle, the Post-Intelligencer made a similar offer with a $5,000 reward. The offers remained in effect until Thanksgiving 1974, and though there were several near-matches, no genuine bills were found.[64] In 1975, Northwest Orient's insurer, Global Indemnity Co., complied with an order from the Minnesota Supreme Court and paid the airline's $180,000 claim on the ransom money.

Many money counters used by small businesses are capable of recording serial numbers. I personally have 2 that do this.

If it's this easy to do, I don't think it would be a big jump to conclude some or multiple government agencies, or even private institutions contracted by gov agencies track serial numbers on bills.
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