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Catherine Marie Kerkow

In 1972, Cathy Kerkow, a 1969 graduate of Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon and an accomplice, Roger Holder hijacked Western Airlines Flight 701 from Los Angeles to Seattle. In short, they ended up in Algeria. Below is an excerpt from the website for the book "The Skies Belong To Us".

THE SKIES BELONG TO US
Love And Terror In The Golden Age Of Hijacking
by Brendan I. Koerner

Cathy KerkowIn an America torn apart by the Vietnam War and the demise of sixties idealism, airplane hijackings were astonishingly routine. Over a five-year period starting in 1968, the desperate and disillusioned seized commercial jets nearly once a week. Their criminal exploits mesmerized the country, never more so than when the young lovers at the heart of The Skies Belong to Us pulled off the longest-distance hijacking in American history.

A shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague protest against the war. Through a combination of savvy and dumb luck, the couple managed to flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom, a feat that made them notorious around the globe. ... read more

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NOTE: Cathy Kerkow has never been caught for this hijacking and is still wanted by the FBI for charges of Air Piracy. It appears to be somewhat common knowledge that Cathy is possibly living in Cuba. Cuba has no extradition treaty with the United States.

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