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« on: August 21, 2014, 10:33:24 PM »

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/26340062/alaska-serial-killer-robert-hansen-dies-at-75
Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen dies at 75
August 21, 2014


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who abducted women and hunted them down in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75.

 

Hansen was convicted in 1984 after confessing to killing 17 women, mostly dancers and prostitutes, during a 12-year span. Hansen was convicted of just four of the murders in a deal that spared him having to go to trial 17 times.

The Anchorage baker also confessed to raping another 30 women in that time.

Hansen was the subject of a 2013 film titled "The Frozen Ground," which starred Nicolas Cage as an Alaska State Trooper investigating the slayings. Actor John Cusack portrayed Hansen.

Hansen was serving a 461-year sentence in Alaska at the time of his death. He had been incarcerated at a state prison in Seward and was moved May 11, 2014, to the Anchorage Correctional Center to receive medical attention.

Hansen, who got the nickname "the Butcher Baker," owned a bakery in a downtown mini-mall in the 1970s and 1980s. He lived across town with his wife and children, who knew nothing of his other life.

Construction of the 800-mile oil pipeline in the 1970s brought prostitutes, pimps, con artists and drug dealers to Alaska's largest city, all aiming to separate construction workers from some of the big money they were pulling in. Many who looked for quick riches left as abruptly as they arrived in Anchorage, making sudden disappearances commonplace.

Glenn Flothe, a then-trooper who helped put Hansen behind bars, told the Anchorage Daily News in 2008 that Hansen's victims initially included any woman who caught his eye, but Hansen quickly learned that strippers and prostitutes were harder to track and less likely to be missed.

Hansen would abduct the women and take them to remote places outside the city. Sometimes, he would drive, and other times he would fly his private plane. A licensed pilot, Hansen told investigators that one of his favorite spots to take his victims was the Knik River northeast of Anchorage.

Investigators have said that in some instances Hansen would rape the women but return them to Anchorage, warning them not to contact authorities. Other times, he would let the women go free in the wilderness and then hunt them with his rifle.

Only 12 bodies of the 17 women Hansen confessed to killing have been found. The others were never located.
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2014, 10:36:45 PM »

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'Frozen Ground' serial killer Hansen dead
August 21, 2014

 
Hansen had been moved from the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward to the Anchorage Correctional Complex on May 11, Alaska Dispatch reported at the time. Hansen, 75, had been placed in medical segregation in Anchorage, which is akin to being in the hospital, Daigle said then. Anchorage’s jail is one of the state’s only correctional facilities with a medical unit.

Hansen had received a 461-year sentence in February 1984, pleading guilty to the murder of four women. Hansen had confessed to authorities that he had killed 17 women and raped another 30 women over more than a decade. 

“He will not be missed,” said Frank Rothschild, the assistant district attorney who tried the case, from Hawaii on Thursday afternoon. “Good riddance to him.”

“He’s one of those kind of guys that you kind of hope every breath he takes in his life, there’s some pain associated with it, because he caused such pain,” Rothschild added.

The infamous murderer lured topless dancers and prostitutes in downtown Anchorage with money. Hansen would kidnap the women at gunpoint, tie them up, then fly to remote areas to kill his victims.

A turning point came in 1983, when a teenage prostitute named Cindy Paulson ran into a Fifth Avenue motel in handcuffs, saying that Hansen had imprisoned her at his home, raped her and put her on his plane for a one-way ride.

Several months later, police armed with several search warrants went through Hansen’s home, finding enough evidence to eventually charge him with four murders. As part of his plea deal, Hansen agreed to help authorities find the graves of the murdered women. Only a dozen bodies were located.

Rothschild recounted watching Hansen transform into “the monster he was” the day prosecutors sat down with Hansen and laid out the evidence they had against him. They told Hansen they had his own map marked with 17 locations that they believed indicated the locations of bodies.

“He was mild-mannered Bob the Baker, and as I’m looking at him, all of sudden he transformed. The hair on the back of his neck stood up and his neck got red, and he was pissed.

“I can still see him when he got livid like that,” Rothschild said. 

Hansen asked to speak with his attorneys and went out into another room. “You could hear him screaming at his lawyers,” Rothschild said.

Rothschild worked as a district attorney in Anchorage for only three years. His wife at the time had asked that at some point, he take some time off so they could go traveling. “When the Hansen case was over ... I was ready,” Rothschild said. “It was just so heavy to see what this human being was capable of doing.”

Hansen didn’t see his victims as human, Rothschild said. “In his mind there were good girls and bad girls. These were all purposefully bad girls.”

Hansen’s sentence began in Pennsylvania, but he returned to Alaska in 1988. Hansen was one of the first prisoners at the newly opened Spring Creek Correctional Center, where he had remained since.

During much of his time at Spring Creek, Hansen worked as a barber, but he had not held a job in the facility for many years, Daigle wrote. He had several cellmates during his decades at the facility, was well-behaved and was considered a low-maintenance prisoner, Daigle wrote.

Hansen was an Anchorage baker with a successful business and family. His story is the the subject of the 2013 movie “The Frozen Ground” made by Scott Walker and the 1991 book “Butcher, Baker.”
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2014, 10:34:34 AM »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/09/04/remains-alaska-serial-killer-victim-exhumed-30-years-later/?intcmp=obnetwork
Remains of Alaska serial killer's victim exhumed 30 years later
September 4, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  The remains of a victim of recently deceased Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen were being exhumed from an Anchorage gravesite, 30 years after her killer led authorities to her body near a lake north of the city.

Hansen confessed to killing 17 women in the 1970s and early '80s. Hansen died last month at age 75 while serving a 461-year sentence in Alaska.

The exhumation at Anchorage Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon was for the remains of an unidentified woman believed to be in her late teens whose body was found April 25, 1984, near Horseshoe Lake.

 
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2014, 10:37:06 AM »

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Victim Of Serial Killer Robert Hansen Exhumed
By RACHEL D'ORO
Posted: 09/04/2014 6:25 am EDT Updated: 09/04/2014 2:59 pm EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The remains of an unidentified victim of recently deceased Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen were being exhumed from an Anchorage gravesite, 30 years after her killer led authorities to her body near a lake north of the city.

Hansen confessed to killing 17 women in the 1970s and early '80s, hunting victims down in the wilderness as if they were game. Hansen died Aug. 21 at age 75 while serving a 461-year sentence in Alaska.

The exhumation at Anchorage Memorial Park Wednesday afternoon was for the remains of an unidentified woman believed to be in her late teens whose body was found April 25, 1984, near Horseshoe Lake.

"We know what happened to her," said Stephen Hoage, operations administrator for the state medical examiner's office, among those participating in the exhumation. "We're not trying to solve the crime. We just want her to be identified."

The woman became known as "Horseshoe Harriet" to some, according to Jason Grenn with the state health department. The agency oversees the medical examiner's office.

The work is being paid for by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which hopes DNA testing and facial reconstruction will lead to her identity. A former forensic anthropologist for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working for the center on the case.

Hoage said the woman was among cases of unidentified and missing people that were being reviewed about six months ago by representatives of the center. They contacted his office about exhuming the body.

Authorities received permission to exhume the body the day before Hansen died, Hoage said.

"It was a very big coincidence," Hoage said as he stood near the dug-up site and a small grave marker for "Jane Doe #3."

The date on the marker is April 24, 1984, one day off of the date the body was found. But that's not the only discrepancy. Another Hansen victim, DeLynn Frey, reportedly also was found near the same lake on the same day, but Hoage said Frey was found near another lake in 1985.
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