It wasn't difficult for three young men, well dressed and with the gift of the gab to interest other young men in their ideas. After all, image was everything. In short order, the club was up and rolling, fed by naïve and gullible investors.
After an orgy of risky investment and luxury spending, the club was in serious financial trouble, but that wasnt all: there was the murder of a Beverly Hills con artist and an Iranian millionaire.
Suppose you could live like royalty behind bars, in almost total control, with guests free to come and go as they pleased, cellphones, TV, gourmet food and fine wine to eat and drink. Would that make the deal worth 20 years of your life?
Sobraj is a con man, jewel thief, drug dealer and murderer, but one who lived a life of adventure and intrigue that made him a media celebrity.
He hijacked and threatened to blow up an airliner, extorted $200,000 from Northwest Orient, then leaped from the airborne 727 with 21 pounds of $20 bills strapped to his torso and vanished. The crime was perfect if he lived, perfectly crazy if he didn't.
Either case, D.B. Cooper's nom de crime(no one knows his real name) may be the most recognized alias among western felons since Jack the Ripper.