Robert Christian Hansen (born on February 15,
1939 in Estherville, Iowa) is an American serial killer. Between 1980
and 1983, Hansen murdered between 17 and 21 persons near Anchorage,
Hansen was born in Estherville, Iowa to Christian and
Edna Hansen. Throughout childhood and adolescence, Hansen was described
as being quiet and a loner, and had a horrible relationship with his
domineering father. He was frequently bullied at school, usually for his
perpetual acne, and also for his severe stutter.
In 1957, Hansen enlisted in the United States Army
Reserve and served for one year before being discharged. He later worked
as an assistant drill instructor at a police academy in Pocahontas,
Iowa. In Pocahontas, Hansen began a relationship with a late adolescent
girl and married in the summer of 1960.
On December 7 of that year, he was arrested for
burning down a local school bus garage, for which he served 20 months of
a 3-year prison sentence. His wife filed for divorce against him while
he was incarcerated. Over the next few years, he was jailed several
times for petty theft.
In 1967, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska with his
second wife, whom he had married in 1963. In Anchorage, he was well
liked by his neighbors and was famed as a local hunting champion. He
even broke several records, documented in the Pope & Young's book of
world hunting records. However, these were vacated after Hansen's
In 1977, he was imprisoned for theft of a chainsaw,
diagnosed with bipolar disorder and prescribed lithium to control his
mood swings. He was never officially ordered to take the medication,
however, and was released from prison after serving a year. By then the
father of two children, Hansen opened a bakery after his release.
He began killing prostitutes around 1980. After
paying for their services, he would kidnap and rape them; he would then
fly them out to his cabin in the Knik River Valley in his private
airplane. He would then release his victim to stalk and kill her with
either a hunting knife or a .223 caliber Ruger Mini-14 rifle.
On June 13, 1983, prostitute Cindy Paulson went to
the police and identified Hansen as the man who had raped and kidnapped
her. Hansen denied the accusations and was not initially considered a
serious suspect. Detective Glenn Flothe of the Alaska State Troopers
police contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and requested help
after a body was found, and Roy Hazelwood was brought in to assist the
Hazelwood theorized that the killer would be an
experienced hunter with low self-esteem, have a history of being
rejected by women and would feel compelled to keep "souvenirs" of his
murders, such as a victim's jewelry or even body parts. John E. Douglas
in his book Mind Hunters states that his unit was called in to
Flothe and the police secured a warrant and searched
Hansen's house on October 27, 1983, uncovering jewelry belonging to the
victims, newspaper clippings about the murders and an array of firearms
— including a .223-caliber Mini-14 rifle
Hansen was arrested and charged with assault,
kidnapping, multiple weapons offenses, theft and insurance fraud; the
last charge was related to his filing a claim with the insurance company
over alleged theft of some trophies with the funds being used to
purchase the Super Cub (at trial he claimed he later recovered the
trophies in his backyard but forgot to inform the insurer).
When ballistics tests returned a match between
bullets found at the crime scenes and Hansen's rifle, he entered into a
plea bargain. He pled guilty to the four homicides the police knew about
and provided details about his other victims in return for serving his
sentence in a federal prison along with no publicity in the press. He
confirmed the police theory of how the women were abducted, adding that
he would sometimes let a potential victim go if she convinced him that
she wouldn't report him to police, and indicated that he began killing
as early as 1973. He showed investigators 17 gravesites in the Knik
River Valley, 12 of which were unknown to the police. 11 remains of a
probable 21 victims were exhumed by the police and returned to their
families. Hansen was sentenced to 461 years in prison.
Hansen was first imprisoned at the United States
Penitentiary, Lewisburg in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. In 1988, he was
returned to Alaska and was briefly incarcerated at Lemon Creek
Correctional Center in Juneau. He is currently imprisoned at Spring
Creek Correctional Center in Seward.
In popular culture
The Hansen case served as inspiration for the action
thriller Naked Fear (2007) starring Danielle De Luca as a dancer
stalked by a maniacal hunter in the uninhabited regions of New Mexico.
The Hunting For Bambi video series depicts supposedly
real hunts of women, similar to Hansen's activities.
An episode of the Discovery Channel TV series, The
FBI Files, depicted his murderous rampage, entitled Hunter's Game.
Robert Hansen was a skinny little fucker as a kid. He
also stuttered and had shocking acne. This all combined to make him less
than attractive to the 'nice' girls at his school in Iowa. And
eventually this rejection led to him moving away to Alaska.
It was because of this rejection also that Hansen
developed something of a hatred for many women. But he did say that he
respected some, particularly those that he felt were good. But those
that were bad, well he had something in mind for those sluts.
Hansen liked to hunt, and sometimes liked to choose
prey that was not natural to the bush in Anchorage, Alaska. His special
prey was found in the Red light district of town. He preferred whores
and strippers, women he felt deserved to be treated as animals. For ten
years he hunted the area before he was finally caught.
For Hansen the beginning of the end came with a 17
year old whore. He gave her $200 for a blow-job, then changed the rules.
He took her back to his place, got her to strip, then snapped some
handcuffs on the bitch. He tortured and abused her for the next few
hours, stuttering more as his excitement grew. One must laugh at the
thought of "B B B Bitch, y y y you t t t ake i i it..." Anyway,
he tired of this game and told her to get dressed. They were going to
his cabin in the woods, where he took women like her. He told her that
he usually kept them for a week or more before killing them. He took her
in his car to a private airport where he kept his private plane. This is
where Hansen fucked right up. He undid on handcuff as he ordered he on
the plane, but she decided to make a run for it, and got away after a
A few minutes later she ran in front of a cop car
screaming "He's going to kill me, he was going to kill me."
Once she had calmed down she led the cops to the house she had been
taken to. The police knew the house, it was that of the local baker,
Robert Hansen, a man they knew as a respectable type of guy. They then
took the girl out to the airport, where she pointed out Hansen's
airplane. It would seem they had a suspect.
A few hours later Hansen was picked up at his house.
Under questioning he seemed to stutter very badly, but was able to
convince the cops that he had nothing to do with the girl. He also had
two of the most respected men in Anchorage as an alibi. Compared with
the testimony of a known prostitute this was a lot, so police filed it
away and forgot all about it. Why would they believe a whore over a
A few months later some hunters stumbled across a
female corpse in bush a few miles from Anchorage. It was Sherry Morrow,
a topless dancer who had been missing for about a year. Once this
discovery was made police started to worry. A year earlier they had
found a corpse in the same area. They also had over a dozen missing
women in similar occupations in their files. And once ballistics had
checked the bullets from the two bodies they were both from a .223-caliber
Ruger Mini-14 rifle. Both bodies were dressed, with no bullet holes in
the clothes, meaning they had been dressed after death. It seemed they
had a serial killer.
Police started looking through their files and came
across Hansen's brush with them. A quick check showed that he had a
cabin near the killers dumping site. Around this time they also linked a
few more corpses to the list. Construction workers found parts of a
woman that was unable to be identified because the body had been mauled
by bears. They also found Joanna Messina who's body had also been chewed
up by bears. She was a topless dancer that had vanished without a trace.
Police also looked into five more missing topless dancers, who's friends
all gave similar stories of their last known movements.
Police needed something, so they decided to lean on
Hansen. They threatened his previous alibi's, who eventually cracked
under extreme pressure from the police. Once they had this, they issued
a search warrant for his house. They found the gun which, when tested,
was the murder weapon. They also found a map of the local forest which
had twenty different sites marked. Four of these marks matched the four
known dumping grounds, so police were not to happy about the thought of
As it was winter it was actually impossibly for anyone
to check the suspected ground for a few weeks. The ground was frozen,
and therefore impossible the dig up. Despite this police railroaded
Hansen, letting him believe they had everything they needed to know
about him. He was conned into speaking to them without his lawyer.
Hansen made a deal with police. he would admit to the four known murders,
and in return could not be prosecuted for any other murder. He would be
sentenced to life, and seemed to be certain that he wanted that.
Police taped his confession, which lasted over 12
hours, during which he admitted to 17 murders. He also said that he had
taken over 40 more women hostage during the last ten years which he had
released because he believed they were honestly attracted to him. The
ones that died were the ones that wouldn't totally submit to his demands.
The one murder that seemed to excite, and also made
him famous, was that of Paula Golding. After raping and torturing her,
Hansen opened the cabin door and let her run away. After a few moments
he took off after her with his rifle. He was hunting her, and talked
with great excitement about how she had run across some rather sharp
rocks and cut her feet badly, forcing her to try and hide under a bush.
He spotted her and called out her name, this frightened her and she
jumped up and started running. Unfortunately she chose open ground to
run over, and Hansen raised his gun, and BANG, all that was left was the
"It was like going after a trophy Dall sheep or a
On February 28, 1984, Hansen was sentenced to 461n
years in prison with no chance of parole. Police definitely suspect that
he was involved in more murders, but have no way of proving anything as
Hansen has never spoken of them.
A Serial Killer in Alaska
To big game hunter Robert Hansen,
Alaska was paradise. But for his victims, it was a terrifying wilderness
where no one could hear their screams.
The cover summary of Bernard DuClos' book
on Hansen, Fair Game, is much more than just sensationalism. It's
a pretty accurate summary of the period from 1971 to 1983, when Hansen
stalked the sleazy parts of Anchorage looking for victims. He is known
to have killed at least 17 young women, although only 12 bodies were
ever found. A recent television report, though, says the number was 37,
and an FBI spokesman commented that Hansen could actually be one of the
country's worst killers. He also admitted to about 30 rapes in the same
period, yet never showed any sign of remorse for any of his crimes.
This case is significant for two reasons.
It is the only known killing spree in which many of the women were
apparently flown into the wilderness, released and then hunted down. It
also set a legal precedent in 1983 when psychological profiling was used
as the main basis for issuing search warrants on Hansen's property.
The information in this article has been
extracted from DuClos' 284-page book, Fair Game. Now out of print,
it does an excellent job of identifying and removing stereotypes,
portraying prostitutes, police officers, judges and priests as people
who sometimes make mistakes, and sometimes do what is right even when
they put themselves at risk.
DuClos tells an important story that
needs to kept in mind whenever you're tempted to say about another
person "Oh, he's actually a pretty good guy", when evidence is
to the contrary. Bob Hansen's killing spree continued for at least 12
years because, instead of people admitting that he was a dangerous
sociopath, he was time and time again labelled as an upstanding family
Robert Christian Hansen was born on
February 15, 1939, in Esterville, Iowa, to a Danish immigrant baker and
his wife. His childhood was not easy, as his father was very strict, and
Robert worked long hours in their bakery. As well as being of slight
build, Robert had acne so bad that he almost never socialized, and is
remembered as a "loner". Although he was left-handed, Robert
was forced to use his right hand, and he says the resulting stress made
a stuttering problem even worse.
On December 7, 1960, the first major event occurred
that would fit Hansen into the psychological profile of a developing
serial killer. As retribution for perceived abuses by the people of
Pocahantas, Iowa, he forced a 16-year-old employee at the bakery to help
him burn down the school bus garage. Unfortunately, the teen had morals,
though, and turned himself and Hansen in. Hansen was sentenced to 3
years in prison, and his wife of only 6 months divorced him. He served
only 20 months of that sentence - he was paroled despite being assessed
as having an "infantile personality" which made him obsess
about getting even with people.
Within a few months of being released, Hansen was
married again. He also started stealing just for the thrill of doing it.
Although he was caught stealing several times, no charges were ever laid.
In 1967, the Hansens decided it was time for a new start, and left for
In the mountains around Anchorage, Hansen honed his
skills as a hunter, and in 1969, 1970 and 1971, had 4 animals entered
into the Pope & Young record book. In about 1971, though, he
discovered that another type of hunting satisfied him more.
Anchorage at the time had an extremely rough "tenderloin"
district. Largely run by Seattle Mafia boss Frank Colacurio, it was a
wide-open district centered on Fourth Avenue, where anything went. Young
women were lured there by promises of making huge wages 'dancing' in
clubs with names like Wild Cherry, Arctic Fox, Booby Trap and the Great
Alaskan Bush Company (which is still in operation, though in a different
location). As the population and disposable income skyrocketed in
Anchorage during the oil boom, the bigger clubs were skimming off
$50-100,000 a month in cash. Between the clubs were peep shows, and
magazine stands featuring the worst kind of child pornography. Also part
of that world was violence - from beatings and armed robberies to
firebombs and murders, police were kept busy. Between 1979 and 1983,
police responded 207 times to disturbances at the Booby Trap alone.
In this world, Bob Hansen found all the victims he
could want - women who, for $300, would go anywhere with him. From his
looks, women apparently felt they had no reason to fear him; as one rape
victim reported, "He sort of looked like the perfect dork."
Once they got in his truck or car, though, the psychopath appeared, and
the number of victims accumulated rapidly over the years. Most of the
rapes were never reported, and even when Hansen was positively
identified, his respectable facade always won over the prostitute's
version of the story. In the vastness of Alaska, there were never any
witnesses to the murders. In 1980, he shot the dog of a woman he had
murdered, so that the dog wouldn't lead anybody to her shallow grave.
In 1977, the courts blew a chance to get Hansen off
the street for a few years. He had stolen a chain saw, and although
psychiatric reports made it clear that he was a danger to society, he
served only 1 year of a 5-year sentence. He was ordered to stay on a
lithium program to control mood swings from a diagnosed bipolar
effective disorder, but that order was never enforced, either in prison
or after his release. Just a few weeks after his early release, he
As the body count climbed, his respectable look
continued to build. In January 1981, he opened a bakery at 9th and Ingra,
using $13,000 from the insurance settlement of a faked burglary of his
home. When the fraud was discovered, he claimed that all the 'stolen'
wildlife trophies were later mysteriously found in his back yard, and he
had just forgotten to tell his insurance company.
In January 1982, he bought Piper Super Cub N3089Z -
although he never got a pilot's license, it became one of the main tools
in his killing spree. He would pick up a woman on Fourth Avenue,
handcuff her or tie her up at gunpoint, and fly her out to the Knik
River. After landing on a remote sandbar, the details can only be
guessed at, but when Hansen headed back to Merrill Field, he never had
Like many serial killers, Hansen was very methodical.
On his aviation chart, he marked many of the locations where he buried
his victims. The Knik River was a favourite location - close to town yet
remote, with hundreds of sandbars to land his plane on.
Hansen was a "trophy collector", another
common attribute of serial killers. His den was loaded with mounts from
his legitimate hunts, while his basement was the storage space for the
trophies from his human victims. It was largely this trophy collection
that resulted in his successful conviction - among the significant items,
he had kept a fish necklace that had been custom-made for victim Andrea
The turning point in the case occurred in September
1983 when one of Hansen's rape victims agreed to testify. The police
hoped that by tying this case in with several others, they could put him
away at least for a few years.
The investigation of the disappearing women, which had
now brought Bob Hansen into sharp focus, was hampered by attitude
problems in both the Anchorage Police Department (APD), and in the DA's
office. When an APD officer took his information on the case to the
State Troopers, he was bawled out for it. When the Troopers were trying
to draw up documents for searches of Hansen's property, they were told
by the DA's office that they had no time to do it - a personal favour
brought the Assistant DA from Fairbanks down to do it.
On October 27, 1983, Hansen's cowardly life prowling
the streets of Anchorage ended. Armed with several search warrants,
police went through the Hansen family's house, cars and plane, vacuuming,
photographing, sketching and seizing evidence. Robert Christian Hansen
was arrested and charged with assault, kidnapping, weapons offenses,
theft and insurance fraud. Bail was set at a half-million dollars.
Over the next few months, enough evidence had been
assembled to charge Hansen with 4 murders. As part of a plea bargain,
Hansen agreed to show police where the graves of the murdered women were.
Only 11 were located though (one more was found later).
On February 27, 1984, Superior Court Judge Ralph E.
Moody sentenced Hansen to 461 years plus life, without chance of parole.
He was initially sent to the maximum security facility at Lewisburg, PA,
but in 1988 he was returned to Alaska. He became one of the first
prisoners in the new Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, where
he remains today.
Although the Pope & Young people initially stated
that Hansen's crimes did not invalidate his bowhunting records, they
have since removed his name from their record books. Bob's wife and 2
children tried to remain in Alaska, but after 2 years of having the
children harassed at school, Mrs. Hansen filed for divorce and they
moved to the Lower 48.
(1977-1981) was a well-known Anchorage, Alaska resident who killed 17
women after torturing and sexually abusing them.
The method he used to kill them was to turn the naked girls loose out in
the country, give them a head start, and then track them down like
animals with a high-powered rifle.
Most of the victims were prostitutes, topless dancers, or topless
barmaids. A complaint by one prostitute who got away before the "hunt"
began led police to him. He admitted to 4 cases that could be proved by
ballistics evidence, and was sentenced to 99 years on each count.
(b. February 15, 1939 in Estherville, Iowa) is an American serial killer
who flew his victims into the Alaskan wilderness and hunted them down
like wild game.
who as a child was small and sickly with perpetual acne and a severe
stutter, spent much of his early life as a loner and a target for
bullying from his peers and his strict, domineering father. He married
December 7 of that year, he was arrested for burning down a local school
bus garage, a crime for which he served 20 months in prison. His wife
divorced him while he was incarcerated. Over the next few years, he was
jailed several more times for petty theft, and drifted through a series
of menial jobs. In 1967, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, seeking a fresh
start with his second wife, whom he had married in 1963.
was well-liked by his neighbors and was famed as a local hunting
champion, his life eventually fell into disarray again; in 1977, he was
imprisoned for theft, diagnosed with bipolar-effective disorder, and
prescribed lithium to control his mood swings.
never officially ordered to take the medication, however, and was
released from prison after serving a year. By now the father of two
children, Hansen opened his own bakery after his release, and was widely
thought of as a pillar of his community.
killing prostitutes around 1980; he would pay them for sex and kidnap
and rape them once they were in his power. He would then fly them out to
his cabin in the Knik River Valley in his private plane, and stalk and
kill them with a hunting knife and a .223-caliber Mini-14 rifle.
13, 1983, one of his victims escaped, and told the Anchorage police what
he had done to her. Hansen denied the accusations — notably saying that
"you can't rape a prostitute" — and was not initially considered a
serious suspect. Local police contacted the FBI and requested help after
another body was found, and famed profiler John Douglas was brought in
to assist the investigation.
theorized that the killer would be an experienced hunter with low
self-esteem and a history of being rejected by women, and would feel
compelled to keep "souvenirs" of his murders, such as a victim's jewelry
or even body parts. He came to suspect Hansen upon learning of Hansen's
hunting skill and socially isolated childhood.
searched Hansen's house on October 27, 1983, and found jewelry belonging
to the victims, newspaper clippings about the murders, and an array of
firearms — including a .223-caliber Mini-14 rifle. He was arrested and,
days later, charged with assault, kidnapping, weapons offenses, theft
and insurance fraud.
ballistics tests returned matching bullets found at the crime scenes to
Hansen's rifle, he entered into a plea bargain in which he pleaded
guilty to the four homicides the police knew about and provided details
about his other victims in return for serving his sentence in a federal
prison. He then showed investigators 15 gravesites in the Knik River
Valley, 12 of which police were unaware of. He was then sentenced to 461
years in prison plus life.
By many he was
considered a model father and a hard-working baker. Robert Hansen turned
out to be the most active serial killer in Alaskan history. From 1973 to
1983, this expert pilot and avid hunter would fly prostitutes and erotic
dancers to his remote cabin hideaway in the Alaskan wilderness where he
would then rape and murder them. After sexually abusing his helpless
victims for a couple of days he would set them free in the freezing
woods and then hunt them down with his high-powered hunting rifle as if
they were deer.
Robert Hansen had a long
police record starting when he was a teenager and he was convicted of
arson. While living in Alaska he had several run-ins with the law
involving larceny, assault with a deadly weapon, rape and kidnapping.
However, he managed to get away with serving hardly any time for his
crimes and lived a normal life as a married man and a hard working and
respected member of the community.
The authorities first
suspected Bob of being a murderer when a lucky prostitute dashed naked
from his plane to escape certain death. While investigating the incident
they discovered several other women of the night who had simmilar
experiences with him. Soon Anchorage police started piecing together a
picture of their prominent baker as a manic-depressive arsonist,
kleptomaniac, rapist and possible serial killer.
When authorities first
searched his home they found 30 hidden weapons as well as mementos and
maps marking the location of the graves of his victims. Eventually Bob
confessed to 17 killings which he referred to as his summertime project.
Under heavy guard Hansen was flown by helicopter to the Knik River in
the Alaskan wilderness where he pinpointed with great accuracy the
location of several graves. In 1984 Bob was handed a sentence of 461
years plus life which he is now serving in the Lewisburg Federal
Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania.
February 14, 2003 - by Paul
Alaska is one of the last great
frontiers - greater than France, Germany and Britain combined, but with
a population smaller than Luxembourg. Anchorage is one such city within
these thousands of square miles of wilderness that has a notorious Red
Light district. Ever since the late 1970’s police had been receiving
steady reports about missing prostitutes and topless dancers. Initially
these disappearances caused little concern, as such girls were notorious
for leaving at a moments notice, usually without telling anyone where
they were going. However, police had grown concerned by the sheer number
who had left high earning jobs mysteriously without a trace.
On 13 June 1983 a 19 yr old
Anchorage prostitute called Cindy Paulson was touting for business on a
street corner when she was approached by a pock marked, nervous looking
small man who had a terrible stammer. When she agreed on a price with
him, he asked for oral sex and she got into his pick up truck. As she
was in the process of satisfying her client, she looked up and saw the
barrel of a .357 magnum looking down at her. The man then produced a
pair of handcuffs from underneath his seat and snapped them on to
Cindy’s wrists. He then drove off through the leafy suburbs of
The truck eventually pulled up
outside a large, blue-grey ranch style house, and the girl was forced
inside. She was dragged down to a basement, and once down there, was
confronted with a menagerie of icy stares. The basement walls were
covered with sporting trophies. The man was a hunter. Cindy was
handcuffed naked to a pillar in the centre of the room, and was
repeatedly raped and sodomised for hours. The hunter then lay back on
the sofa and fell asleep. When he finally awoke Cindy was made to dress,
was re handcuffed and driven to the Merrill Field airport, where the
truck pulled up alongside a small blue and white aircraft. On the way
the hunter had told Cindy that they were going to fly up to the hunters
cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. He boasted that he had taken lots of
girls up there, “for fun”. Cindy saw her chance to escape as they
arrived at the plane, and the hunter got out. She pushed through the
driver’s door and ran towards the lights of Fifth Avenue. As she ran she
could hear her captor shouting, “ Stop you bitch! Stop or I’ll kill
you”. Cindy never looked back. As she reached the road she saw a truck’s
headlights approaching her, and waved it down with her manacled hands.
The driver, 36 yr old Robert Yount, slammed on his brakes, and Cindy
clambered to safety.
Upon informing the Anchorage
police, Cindy was taken to the Anchorage Humana hospital for an
examination. The examination revealed vaginal bruising and shackle marks
around her neck and wrists, corroborating her story of being abducted.
She was then taken to Anchorage police headquarters to be interviewed.
Cindy managed to give the police detailed descriptions of her
assailant’s house, car, plane and looks. It did not take the police long
to identify the man as 40 yr old Robert Hansen, a married baker who
owned a thriving business in Anchorage.
Less than 2 hours after Cindy had
made her escape, police arrived at Hansen’s home, and were confronted by
a man who matched Cindy’s description exactly. The police informed
Hansen of the nature of the allegations that had been made against him.
He looked astonished and readily agreed to accompany the police to the
station. Hansen was interviewed there by Officer William Dennis of the
Anchorage PD Sexual Assault Unit.
He was co-operative, polite and did
not demonstrate any characteristics that suggested his guilt, although
he was strangely calm for someone falsely accused. Hansen gave a
detailed account of his movements, claiming that his wife and family
were away in Europe and that he had been with two friends, John Sumrall
and John Henning, at the time he was accused of raping Cindy. Both men,
when interviewed, backed up his story. Hansen readily agreed to police
searching his house, car and aeroplane, and signed waivers agreeing to
When police searched these, it
became clear from Cindy’s detailed descriptions that she had been inside
the house and car at some time. However, it came down to the word of a
respected local businessman with an alibi against that of a prostitute
with a police record. It was Cindy’s refusal to take a lie detector test
that convinced William Dennis that she was lying, and he closed the
case. Officer Greg Baker, the policeman who had taken Cindy’s complaint
though, was sure that Cindy had been telling the truth. However, it was
not long before police took a more serious look at the Cindy Paulson
In July 1980, building workers
discovered a shallow grave on Eklutna Lake Rd. It contained the half
eaten body of a young woman, and police suspected that it may be one of
the missing girls, but due to the appalling conditions of her decomposed
body, positive identification proved impossible. Police made a facial
reconstruction and it was widely publicised, but the victim was never
identified. She became known to investigators as “Eklutna Annie”.
September 1982 hunters found a second shallow grave on the banks of the Knik River, which borders Anchorage. The remains were identified as that
of 23 yr old topless dancer Sherry Morrow, who had been reported missing
a year earlier. She had been shot in the back 3 times, and cartridges
found near the body suggested that she had been shot with a .223 Ruger
Mini-14 hunting rifle. An odd feature was that although the body was
found fully clothed, there were no bullet holes in the clothing,
suggesting that Sherry had been naked when shot, and had been redressed
A year later, 2nd
September 1983, 3 months after the rape and kidnap of Cindy Paulson, a
third grave was found on the banks of the Knik River. The victim was
identified as another of the missing topless dancers, 17 yr old Paula
Goulding. She had been murdered in exactly the same way as Sherry
Morrow, and had also been redressed after death. Anchorage police now
had to face the fact that they had a serial killer in their midst.
Officer Greg Baker, the policeman
who had investigated the Cindy Paulson case, had always harboured
suspicions about Robert Hansen, and began a detailed search into
Hansen’s background and personal life. At first, nothing was to be
found. Eventually, it surfaced that Hansen had served sentences twelve
years earlier, in 1971, for kidnap rape and assault with a deadly
A report detailing Baker’s suspicions and a copy of Hansen’s
criminal record was sent to Sgt Glenn Flothe of the Alaska State
Troopers, who was heading the “topless dancers” taskforce. Flothe agreed
that Hansen should be considered a suspect, and he began his own
investigation into Hansen’s background. The more he learnt, the more he
became convinced he had found his killer, and Flothe decided to reopen
the Cindy Paulson case, in an attempt to obtain evidence against Hansen.
Flothe reinterviewed Hansen’s
friends Henning and Sumrall about Hansen’s alibi and informed them that
he was threatening to charge them with perjury. The threat worked and
both men admitted they had lied to help Hansen out of what they thought
was an embarrassing domestic situation. When both men had retracted
their statements, an order was issued for Hansen’s arrest.
At 8am on the 27 October 1983,
Robert Hansen was arrested at his bakery and was taken to the Anchorage
trooper station. There, Flothe had stage-managed an interview room
following pointers from the FBI. Hansen was placed in an interview room
that had been carefully set out. There were maps of the Knik River along
the walls, pictures of the grave sites, the victims, on the desk. There
were files and folders with the names of Hansen’s family, friends and
acquaintances on them. He was left to sit in here alone for a while, in
an attempt to make him stew, and was watched by Flothe through a two-way
mirror. Hansen appeared more intrigued than concerned. A few minutes
later Flothe and Sgt Darryl Galyan entered the room, and began an
interview with Hansen that was to last 5 hours.
Whilst Hansen was being
interviewed, a team of officers was searching his house. Behind wooden
panelling in his trophy room police found items of cheap jewellery that
was later traced back to the dead girls. Police also found a Ruger
Mini-14 hunting rifle hidden under floorboards, which was later matched
by ballistics as being the weapon that had killed Sherry Morrow and
Paula Goulding. The most telling item found was an aviation map of the
Anchorage region, which was dotted with 20 drawn on asterisks. Two of
these corresponded with sites where bodies had been found, and a third
indicated the spot where the body of Joanne Messina, a 24 yr old
prostitute, was found in July 1980. Investigators later discovered that
she had last been seen with a small, stammering man, with a pockmarked
Hansen initially denied any
connection with the murders, but when confronted with the wealth of
evidence against him, decided to confess. He admitted that the asterisks
on the map were grave sites of prostitutes that he had murdered. Hansen
claimed that he had not killed every girl he had taken up into the
wilderness. He claimed that he only wanted oral sex, and if the girls
complied, they were flown home. If they resisted, he would force them to
strip at gunpoint, and then make them run. They would usually be given a
head start, and then Hansen would stalk them like an animal. Chillingly,
he would sometimes allow the victim to think she had escaped, but would
then track her down and make her run again. This would continue until
the victim was too cold and exhausted to continue running, when the
victims would be shot. The redressing, Hansen claimed, was to satisfy
his need for control and he likened it to a trophy.
On 27 February 1984 Robert Hansen
was brought before Superior Court Judge Ralph Moody at the Anchorage
State Court House. Hansen had pleaded guilty to four murders, and 13
others that he had not been formally charged with. Judge Moody sentenced
Hansen, who had not shown a flicker of remorse, to 461 years plus life,
without the possibility of parole. Hansen was then taken down. In less
than 3 hours Hansen had been convicted and sentenced for his years of
Writers of the Robert Hansen case
have all commented on the trait he shares with many serial killers; an
appallingly low level of self-esteem. He was born in the rural community
of Ponahontas, Iowa, on February 15, 1939, and was an ugly and unpopular
child. His peers targeted his stammer and running acne sores and he was
bullied relentlessly. After leaving school, Hansen did marry, but his
wife left him, and he became convinced that it was due to his ugliness.
He married again, moved to Alaska and started his bakery business, and
on the surface, had a happy marriage and successful business. Hansen and
his wife were regular churchgoers, and were active members of the
Lutheran church. Through this Hansen built up a great number of friends
amongst the local prominent community.
He also began to indulge his
passion for hunting, like his father had been, and became well known in
Alaskan hunting circles, where he held a record for killing a big horned Dall sheep with a bow and arrow. When his father died Hansen inherited
his gun collection, some 17 hunting rifles. Owning his own plane, which
he was able to afford due to the success of his business, meant that he
could get right into the heart of the wilderness, where the best game
was to be found. He had a double life however, and had a craving for
oral sex to be performed upon him by a docile woman.
Thus, his murderous
fantasies began. Hansen claimed that his first victim was Joanne
Messina, who he murdered in July 1980. He claimed he was violently sick
after the killing. A few weeks following the Messina murder, he picked
up an unidentified prostitute in Anchorage. When she refused his demand
for oral sex, he chased her down Eklutna Rd and stabbed her to death.
This victim was the unidentified woman known as “Eklutna Annie”. Hansen
claimed he got an enjoyable pleasure from this killing, and from then on
had a powerful fantasy about hunting down and killing a woman like an
Although Hansen had refused to
confirm whether or not he was responsible for the many disappearances,
this is not to say he was uncooperative. He helped detectives to uncover
where he had buried many of his victims. This was a task Hansen took to
with a sickening relish. During a helicopter tour of the grave sites, he
would frequently become excited and exhilarated, reliving the murders
over and over in his head. Handcuffed, Hansen would plough through chest
high snow drifts and triumphantly point out the grave of one of his
victims. Sometimes, he would drop to his knees and dig furiously with
his bare hands, wild eyed with a broad grin on his face. By the end of
the summer of 1984, 11 bodies had been found, 10 of which had been
Robert Hansen remains incarcerated
to this day, as he has been denied the possibility of parole.
Occasionally, a hunter in the Alaskan wilderness will find a corpse, and
Hansen will be questioned over it, in an attempt to determine if it is
another of his victims. His wife has remarried and moved away, and
Hansen’s surviving family has no contact with him. Hansen is left to
replay every sickening detail of his hunts over and over in his head, a
pastime he thoroughly enjoys.
By David Lohr
The state motto for Alaska
is "North to the Future," but if you ask anyone who has ever been there,
they will probably describe it as the last American frontier. Even
though it is the biggest state in the country (2.3 times the size of
Texas) the population consists of
only 634,892 residents, ranking it 47 among all other
territories. Nonetheless, there is no other place like it on earth. The
terrain consists of beautiful ocean coasts, rushing rivers, magnificent
mountain peaks, famous glaciers, temperate rain forests, and an
abundance of wildlife. A piece of America
that continues to offer residents and visitors alike a pure wilderness
River valley is a preferred hunting
ground for veteran trophy hunters. Just twenty-five miles from the city
Anchorage, the winding gorge—carved
by prehistoric glacial ice—makes it a perfect place to find mountain
goats, Dall sheep, black bears, and moose. On September 12, 1982, John
Daily and Audi Holloway, two off-duty Anchorage
police officers, spent an afternoon hunting along the
According to Butcher Baker by Walter Gilmour
and Leland E. Hale, the two men had little luck and as darkness began to
fall they decided to call it a day. The trek was not necessarily easy,
but both men were familiar with the area and cut across a wide sandbar.
However, as they progressed up the river, they noticed a boot sticking
out of the sand. Normally a find like this would not be cause for
concern, but for any police officer, curiosity denotes investigation.
Upon closer inspection, the two men were taken aback. Sticking out of
the sand was a partially decomposed bone joint. Once their minds
registered what they were looking at, both men backed up from the scene.
The last thing they wanted to do was disturb or contaminate any evidence.
After making note of the location, both men made their way out of the
gorge and back to their camp.
Gilmour and Hale wrote that
Port was assigned to cover the
investigation. A decorated
Port was considered one of the top investigators on the force. He was
meticulous with every crime scene and was known to spend hours going
over the smallest area. Before disturbing the body, Port had photographs
taken from every angle and carefully examined the body itself for trace
evidence before having it bagged. Afterwards, he pulled out a large
screen and began sifting through the sand around the body. It took
several hours for him to finish sifting, but in the end it paid off.
Lying on the screen before him was a single shell casing from a .223-caliber
bullet. Port was familiar with this type of ammunition and knew that it
was used in high-powered rifles like M-16s, Mini-14s, or AR-15s.
Back in Anchorage,
a preliminary autopsy revealed that the victim was a female, of
undetermined age, and had been dead for approximately six months. The
cause of death was three gunshot wounds from .223-caliber bullets. Ace
bandages were found mingled in with the remains, causing investigators
to suspect that the victim had been blindfolded at the time of death. It
took a little over two weeks to finally identify the body as that of 24-year-old
Sherry Morrow, a dancer from the Wild Cherry Bar in downtown
Anchorage. She was last seen on
November 17, 1981. According to friends, she was going to see a man that
had offered her $300 to pose for some pictures.
Anchorage police had a sneaking suspicion that Sherry
Morrow's murder was not an isolated incident. Over the last two years,
there was a sudden increase in the number of missing persons reports
being filed, many of which were topless dancers and prostitutes. Prior
to this latest discovery, the reports had not prompted much attention.
Prostitutes tend to be loners and often travel from city to city, only
to reappear years later. If there was a link, investigators did not want
to tip the killer off. Any concerns they had were kept private.
When discussing Morrow's murder with The Anchorage
Daily News, investigators said they doubted that it was related to
the disappearance of at least three other women since 1980. "We don't
believe we have a mass murderer out there, some psycho knocking off
Anchorage police detective Maxine
Alaska State Trooper sergeant Lyle Haugsven was
assigned to determine whether or not Sherry Morrow's murder was an
isolated incident. Working with the Anchorage Police Department, the two
agencies began sharing files and comparing notes. According to Bernard
DuClos in Fair Game, the first indication of a possible link
appeared to be with two unsolved cases from 1980. In the first case,
construction workers digging near Eklutna Road
discovered the partial remains of a woman buried in a shallow grave.
Animals had taken off with a majority of the remains and there was very
little evidence at the scene. The victim had never been identified and
was dubbed "Eklutna Annie" by police assigned to the case. Later that
same year, another body was found in a nearby gravel pit. The victim was
later identified as Joanne Messina, a local topless dancer.
Unfortunately, her body was badly decomposed and, as with "Eklutna Annie",
there was little evidence to be found. In the end, Haugsven had few
leads to follow and very little evidence at his disposal.
As months passed, hope of catching the killer began
to diminish. Then, on the night of
June 13, 1983, everything seemed to turn around. Earlier that
evening, a trucker was passing through town when he noticed a frantic
young female waving her arms and calling out to him. The girl had a pair
of handcuffs dangling from one of her wrists and her clothing was
disheveled. She told the trucker that a man was after her and asked him
to take her to the Big Timber Motel. Once inside, she had the front desk
clerk place a call for her. As she waited outside for her pimp, the
truck driver drove straight to the Anchorage Police Department and
reported the incident.
When Anchorage Police Officer Gregg Baker arrived at
the Big Timber Motel, he found the girl alone and still in handcuffs.
Once he removed her cuffs, she began telling him an extraordinary story.
According to reports she gave to investigators, she had been approached
on the street by a 40ish, red-haired man, and offered $200 for oral sex.
She agreed to the price, but midway through the act the man locked a
handcuff around her wrist and pulled out a gun. He told her if she
cooperated he would not kill her. He then drove to his house in Muldoon,
an upper class area not far from town. Once inside, the man brutally
raped her, bit her nipples, and at one point shoved a hammer into her
vagina. After a brief rest, the man said that he was going to fly her to
his cabin in the mountains and told her he would let her go if she
cooperated. Upon their arrival at the airport, her kidnapper shoved her
inside a small plane and began loading supplies. The young prostitute
knew she was in serious trouble and that the man would probably kill her
once they got to his cabin. Waiting until his back was turned, she
shoved open the door and ran for her life. According to her, he chased
after her at first, but then relented when he saw her wave down the
A Suspect Emerges
After making a formal statement at police
headquarters, investigators drove the young prostitute to Merrill Field,
the airport where she had been taken. They were hoping she could
identify her abductor's plane. As they drove through the small airport,
she spotted a blue-and-white Piper Super Cub, tail number N3089Z and
identified the plane. A check with the flight tower revealed that the
plane belonged to Robert C. Hansen, who lived on
Old Harbor Road.
Gilmour and Hale wrote that after dropping the woman
off at the hospital, Baker and a group of fellow officers went directly
to Hansen's house. Hansen became outraged when confronted with the young
woman's charges. He claimed to have never met the girl and stated that
she was probably trying to shake him down for money. To him, the entire
story was absurd. "You can't rape a prostitute can you?" he said. Hansen
went on to state that his wife and two children were vacationing in
Europe and said that he had spent the entire evening with two friends.
His alibi checked out and no formal charges were filed.
Just as things seemed to be calming down again,
investigators were called to the scene of another grisly discovery.
According to reports in The Anchorage Daily News on September 2,
1983, just 10 days shy of the one-year anniversary of discovering Sherry
Morrow, another body was found along
River. The remains were partially
decomposed and buried in a shallow grave. The victim, later identified
as 17-year-old Paula Golding, was a topless dancer and prostitute from
Anchorage. She'd gone missing some
five months earlier. An autopsy revealed that she had been shot with a
Investigators were now convinced they had a serial
killer on their hands and contacted the FBI for assistance. This was not
the first time
Alaska authorities had dealt with
a serial killer, but their last attempt was not successful. Between 1979
and 1981, serial killer Thomas Richard Bunday murdered at least five
Fairbanks-area women. When police finally discovered who their killer
was, he was already on the run. Just one hour after his arrest warrant
was issued, he committed suicide by plowing his motorcycle head-on into
The FBI was known for its dogged determination in
serial murder investigations and everyone seemed to agree on asking for
their assistance. In response to Anchorage's request for help, the FBI's
Investigative Support Unit sent Special Agent John Douglas, a legendary
figure in law enforcement, to help profile Alaska's latest serial killer.
Many local investigators felt that Robert Hansen was still a viable
suspect and were anxious to share their suspicions with
In his 1996 book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's
Elite Serial Crime Unit, John Douglas describes his initial profile
Alaska's suspected serial murderer.
According to Douglas, the perpetrator
specifically chose prostitutes and topless dancers, because the majority
were transients and usually went unnoticed. Upon the urging of local
Douglas began looking into Robert Hansen's background. He
took note of the fact that Hansen was of small stature, heavily
pockmarked and suffered from a severe speech impediment. Due to Hansen's
Douglas surmised that he suffered from severe skin
problems as an adolescent and was probably teased by his peers. In turn,
he would have low self-esteem, which would have prompted him to live in
an isolated area. Douglas considered the abuse of
prostitutes a way for perpetrators to get back at women. If Hansen was
the killer, he was probably using them as a way to get his revenge.
Several investigators were familiar with Hansen and said that he was
known around the area as a proficient hunter. He earned this reputation
after taking down a wild Dall sheep with a crossbow. Perhaps,
Douglas surmised, Robert Hansen tired of elk, bear and Dall
sheep, and had instead turned his attention to more interesting prey. As
the profile progressed, Douglas told
investigators that if Hansen was the killer, he was probably a "saver"
and would be keeping small souvenirs from his victims.
The only way to rule Hansen out as a suspect would be
for investigators to find a hole in his alibi. Douglas
suspected that his friends were lying for him and encouraged
investigators to threaten them with charges if they were found to be
lying. State Police sergeant Glenn Flothe decided to bring the men in
for questioning. As it turned out, the strategy worked and both men
confessed and said that they had not been with Robert Hansen on the
night the young prostitute was abducted and brought to the airport.
Investigators also learned from Hansen's friends that he was committing
insurance fraud. Apparently, a burglary he reported to police in which
several items were stolen from his home never occurred and Hansen was
hiding the items in his basement. After learning of Hansen's deceit,
Flothe went before Judge Victor Carlson with a 48-page affidavit and
secured eight search warrants to be executed against Robert Hanson and
On October 27, 1983, investigators followed Hansen to
work and asked him to come with them to the police station for
questioning. Hansen never bothered to ask why they wanted to talk to him
and agreed to go along. Simultaneously, two groups of investigators
served warrants on Hansen's house and plane. According to the book
Hunting Humans by Michael Newton, investigators found weapons
throughout the house, but nothing to implicate Hansen in any of the
murders. Then, just as they were about to call it a day, one of the
officers discovered a hidden space tucked away in the attic rafters.
Within it, they discovered a Remington 552 rifle; a Thompson contender
7-mm single-shot pistol; an aviation map, with specific locations marked
off; various pieces of jewelry; newspaper clippings; a
Winchester 12-gauge shotgun; a driver's license,
and various ID cards, some of which belonged to the dead women. As
incriminating as these items were, the most important piece of evidence
was found last -- a .223-caliber Mini-14 rifle.
A Killer's Past
Robert Christian Hansen was born on February 15,
Iowa to Christian Hansen, a Danish immigrant
baker and his wife Edna. DuClos wrote that Hansen had a difficult
upbringing. His father was very strict and insisted that his son work
long hours in the family's bakery. Adding to this ever-present strain,
he was always considered small for his age and his face bore severe acne
sores all throughout his adolescence. In later years, he would recall
his face as "one big pimple." Although he was naturally left-handed, his
parents forced him to use his right hand. In later years, he would claim
that the resulting stress made his slight stuttering problem even worse.
He had very few friends in school and those he did have never got close
to him. In 1957, Hansen graduated high school and shortly thereafter
enlisted in the Army Reserves. Following basic training, he was required
to devote one weekend a month to the military. He spent the rest of his
time working in his father's bakery and sometimes volunteering as a
Pocahontas Junior Police drill instructor. During 1960, he fell in love
with and married a local girl.
The first major event in Robert Hansen's life
occurred on December 7, 1960. As retribution for perceived abuses by the
Iowa, he burned down the school bus garage.
Unfortunately for Hansen, a friend turned him in and he was sentenced to
three years in prison. His wife was ashamed of her husband's actions and
immediately filed for divorce. After serving only 20 months, Hansen was
paroled, despite being assessed as having an "infantile personality."
Shortly after his release, he met a young woman. The
two hit it off and were wed in the fall of 1963. For the next few years,
Hansen bounced from job to job and was arrested several times for petty
thefts. In 1967, he decided it was time for a new start and left for
Anchorage appeared to be the perfect getaway for
Robert Hansen. Gilmour and Hale wrote that he was treated well by the
residents and soon earned a reputation as a great outdoorsman and hunter.
He would stalk Dahl sheep, wolves, and bear with a rifle or bow and
arrow. In 1969, 1970 and 1971, he had four animals entered into Pope &
Young's trophy hunting world-record books. Hansen's den was soon loaded
with animal mounts.
Nonetheless, all his good fortune was short lived. In
1977 he was arrested for stealing a chainsaw and sentenced to five years
in prison. After a customary mental evaluation, a prison psychiatrist
concluded that Hansen suffered from "bipolar-effective disorder" and
requested that the courts order him to take lithium to control his mood
swings. Regardless, the order was never enforced and Hansen was released
after serving just one year.
During the early 1980s Hansen reported a burglary to
his home, which in the end netted him $13,000 from the insurance company.
Shortly after receiving his settlement, Hansen opened his own bakery at
the corner of 9th and Ingra. By this time, Hansen and his wife had two
children and his problems with the law were all but forgotten. His
business prospered and he was considered a successful and respected
member of the community.
Back at State Police Headquarters, Hansen denied any
involvement in the murders. After a brief game of cat and mouse, he grew
tired of the allegations and requested an attorney. Hansen was then
placed under arrest and charged with assault, kidnapping, weapons
offenses, theft and insurance fraud.
On November 3, 1983, an
grand jury returned four indictments against Hansen: first-degree
assault and kidnapping, five counts of misconduct in possession of a
handgun, theft in the second-degree, and theft by deception in insurance
fraud. Investigators were still awaiting the ballistic test results on
Hansen's rifle, so the state decided to hold off on charging him with
murder. Hansen pleaded not guilty to all charges. Bail was set at a half-million
Newton wrote that the ballistic test results finally
came in on November 20, 1983. The FBI crime lab in
D.C., determined that the shell casings found
at the gravesites had all been fired from Hansen's rifle. The firing pin
and the extractor markings were identical.
Given the mass of evidence building against him,
Hansen realized that the chances of him winning in court were slim. So,
on February 22, 1984, Hansen had his defense attorney, Fred Dewey,
arranged a meeting with Anchorage D. A. Victor Krumm. During the
meeting, Krumm offered Hansen a deal. In exchange for a full confession,
the D.A. guaranteed him that he would only be charged with the four
cases that they knew of, and he would be able to serve his time in a
federal facility, rather than a maximum-security institution. Hansen
reluctantly agreed to the conditions.
After both sides signed off on the agreement, Hansen
began describing one of his typical abductions. The following transcript,
which has been edited for space, was originally published in Gilmour and
Hale's book: "I pull out the gun—I think the standard speech was, 'Look
you're a professional. You don't get excited, you know there is some
risk to what you've been doing. If you do exactly what I tell you you're
not going to get hurt. You're just going to count this off as a bad
experience and be a little more careful next time who you are gonna
proposition or go out with,' you know. I tried to act as tough as I
could, to get them as scared as possible. Give that right away, even
before I started talking at all. Reach over, you know, and hold that
head back and put a gun in her face and get 'em to feel helpless, scared,
right there I'm sure--maybe it's not the same procedure for you--you
always try to get control of the situation, so some things don't start
going bad maybe I've seen some cop shows on TV, I don't know, OK?"
Whenever Hansen got a victim under his control, he
would normally take her to his plane and fly them out to his remote
cabin. According to
Newton, he would brutally rape and
torture the women. Afterwards, he would strip them naked, sometimes
going so far as blindfolding them, and set them free in the woods.
Hansen would give his victim a brief head start and then hunt them down
with a hunting knife or a high-powered rifle. In describing his hunts to
investigators, Hansen said that it was like "going after a trophy Dall
sheep or a grizzly bear."
When investigators first heard Hansen's confession,
they couldn't help but think of the popular fictional story "The Most
Dangerous Game" by writer Richard Connell. The story is about a
shipwrecked trio that find themselves stranded on an uncharted island,
where they meet a Russian Count, known only as General Zaroff. The group
is initially delighted to find someone else on the island, but their
happiness turns to sorrow when they realize that the shipwreck was no
accident and the good general had lured them there so he could hunt them
down. Up until the early 1980s, Richard Connell's story was a work of
fiction, the product of one man's imagination. Robert Hansen was
conducting a real life version of "The Most Dangerous Game."
As the interview neared its end, Hansen was provided
with a large aerial map of the region. He identified 15 gravesites, 12
of which were unknown to investigators. Since it would have been nearly
impossible to locate any of the graves going by Hansen's checkmarks on
the map, investigators decided to fly him to each location. The
following day, Hansen accompanied the men to the
Airport, where they boarded a large
military helicopter. Their first stop was along the
River, not far from where Paula
Goulding was found. Afterwards, they flew east to
Creek, and then west toward Susitna.
Their final stops were due south, at
Lake. At every stop, Hansen led
investigators to the site, now heavily covered in snow, and they would
mark the trees with orange paint. By the end of the day Hansen had
revealed the gravesites of 12 unknown women.
According to articles published by The Anchorage
Daily News, Robert Hansen pled guilty on February18,
1984, to four counts of first-degree murder in the cases of Paula
Golding, Joanna Messina, Sherry Morrow, and "Eklutna Annie." One week
later, on February 27, Superior Court Judge Ralph E. Moody sentenced
Hansen to 461 years plus life, without chance of parole. He was then
remanded to Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in
By May 1984, investigators had found seven bodies at
the gravesites Robert Hansen pointed out to them. No other bodies were
ever recovered. The summary went as follows:
On April 24, Sue Luna -
On April 24, Malai Larsen - parking area by old Knik
On April 25, DeLynn Frey -
On April 26, Teresa Watson - Kenai
On April 26, Angela Feddern -
On April 29, Tamara Pederson - one and a half miles
from old Knik Bridge.
On May 9, Lisa Futrell's - south of old Knik Bridge.
In 1988, Hansen was returned to
Alaska and became one of the first
inmates in the new Spring
Center in Seward, where he remains
today. Shortly after his conviction, the record keepers for Pope & Young
removed Hansen's name from their record books. Hansen's wife and two
children tried to remain in Alaska,
but after two years of harassment, his second wife filed for divorce and
Alaska for good.
Conservationist Gareth Patterson recently published
an article on his website entitled "The Killing Fields." In the piece,
Patterson compared the similarities between trophy animal hunters and
serial killers. "Certainly one could state that, like the serial killer,
the trophy hunter plans his killing with considerable care and
deliberation. Like the serial killer, he decides well in advance the
type of victim--that is, which species he intends to target. Also like
the serial killer, the trophy hunter plans with great care where and how
the killing will take place--in what area, with what weapon. What the
serial killer and trophy hunter also share is a compulsion to collect
trophies or souvenirs of their killings. The serial killer retains
certain body parts and/or other trophies for much the same reason as the
big game hunter mounts the head and antlers taken from his prey...as
trophies of the chase," he said.
On February 21, 2003, more than 20 years after her
decomposed body was found, Alaska State Troopers asked for the public's
help in identifying "Eklutna Annie." In an effort to help solve her
identity, state police released information regarding her clothing and
According to the report, which was published by
Kenai Peninsula News, an
Alaska newspaper, the victim was a
white brunette in her 20s. When found, Annie was wearing knee-high,
reddish-brown, high-heeled boots, jeans, a sleeveless knit top and a
brown leather jacket. Troopers were also hoping that someone might
recognize her jewelry; a silver cuff bracelet with polished stones,