Robert Hansen – Wikipedia

not to be confused with Robert Hanssen For other people named Robert Hansen, see Robert Hansen ( disambiguation )
American serial killer

Robert Christian Hansen ( February 15, 1939 – August 21, 2014 ), known in the media as the Butcher Baker, was an american english serial killer. between 1971 and 1983, Hansen abducted, raped, and murdered at least seventeen women in and around Anchorage, Alaska ; he hunted many of them down in the wilderness with a Ruger Mini-14 and a tongue. He was arrested and convicted in 1983, and was sentenced to 461 years to Life. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] He died in 2014 of natural causes due to lingering health conditions at age 75 .

early on life [edit ]

Robert Hansen was born in Estherville, Iowa, in 1939, the son of a danish immigrant and followed in his founder ‘s footsteps as a baker. In his youth, he was painfully shy, afflicted with a bumble and hard acne that left him permanently scarred. not receiving the attention he wanted from the attractive girls in school, Hansen grew up hating them and nursing fantasies of barbarous retaliation. [ 5 ] Throughout childhood and adolescence, Hansen was described as being quiet and a loner, and he had a unmanageable relationship with his domineering founder. He started to practice both hunting and archery, and frequently found refuge in these pastimes. [ 5 ] In 1957, Hansen enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and served for one class before being discharged. He late worked as an assistant exercise teacher at a patrol academy in Pocahontas, Iowa. There, he began a relationship with a younger womanhood. He married her in the summer of 1960 .

first base crimes [edit ]

On December 7, 1960, Hansen was arrested for burning down a Pocahontas County Board of Education educate bus garage, retaliation for his unpopularity in high educate. [ 1 ] He served twenty months of a three-year prison sentence in Anamosa State Penitentiary. [ 4 ] During his captivity, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder ( at that time called “ frenzied depression ” ) with periodic schizophrenic episodes. [ 6 ] The psychiatrist who made the diagnosis noted that Hansen had an “ childish personality ” and was obsessed with getting back at people he felt had wronged him. [ 7 ] [ 6 ] Hansen ‘s wife filed for divorce while he was incarcerated. Over the future few years, Hansen was jailed respective times for junior-grade larceny. [ 8 ] In 1967, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, with his irregular wife, whom he had married in 1963 and with whom he had two children. In anchorage, he was well liked by his neighbors and set several local hunt records. In December 1971, Hansen was arrested doubly : first for abducting and attempting to rape an nameless housewife, and then for raping an unidentified arouse proletarian. He pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon in the crime involving the housewife ; the rape charge involving the sexual activity worker was dropped as part of a plea dicker. Hansen was sentenced to five years in prison ; after serving six months of his conviction, he was placed on a work acquittance course of study and released to a halfway house. [ 9 ] In 1976, Hansen pleaded guilty to larceny after he was caught stealing a chain saw from an anchorage Fred Meyer store. He was sentenced to five years in prison and required to receive psychiatric discussion for his bipolar disorder. [ 10 ] The Alaska Supreme Court reduced his sentence, and he was released with time served. [ 11 ]

Murders [edit ]

Hansen is believed to have begun killing around 1972. [ 4 ] His modus operandi was to pick up a sex actor in his car and push her at point to his cabin, where he would rape her ; he would then fly her out to a privy area and “ hunt ” her as if she were wilderness bet on before shooting or stabbing her. [ 3 ] On June 13, 1983, Hansen offered 17-year-old Cindy Paulson $ 200 to perform oral sex ; when she got into the car, he pulled out a accelerator and drove her to his home in Muldoon. There, he held her captive and proceeded to rape and torture her. She later told police that after Hansen chained her by the neck to a post in the house ‘s basement, he took a nap on a nearby sofa. [ 12 ] When he awoke, he put her in his car and took her to Merrill Field airport, where he told her that he intended to “ take her out to his cabin ” ( a hovel in the Knik River area of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley accessible only by boat or bush plane ). Paulson, crouched in the back seat of the car with her wrists cuffed in front man of her body, saw a luck to escape when Hansen was interfering loading the cockpit of his airplane, a Piper PA-18 Super Cub. While Hansen ‘s back was turned, Paulson crawled out of the back seat, opened the driver ‘s side door, and ran toward nearby Sixth Avenue. [ 13 ] Paulson late told police that she had left her amobarbital sodium sneakers on the passenger side deck of the sedan ‘s backseat as evidence that she had been in the cable car. Hansen panicked and chased her, but Paulson made it to Sixth Avenue first and managed to flag down a pass truck. The driver, Robert Yount, alarmed by Paulson ‘s tousle appearance, stopped and picked her up. He drove her to the Mush Inn, where she jumped out of the truck and ran inside. While she pleaded with the clerk to phone her boyfriend at the Big Timber Motel, Yount continued on to work, where he called the patrol to report the barefooted, handcuffed woman. When Anchorage Police Department ( APD ) officers arrived at the Mush Inn, they were told that Paulson had taken a taxi to the Big Timber Motel. APD officers arrived at Room 110 of the Big Timber Motel and found Paulson, even handcuffed and alone. She was taken to APD headquarters, where she described the perpetrator. Hansen, when questioned by APD officers, denied the accusation, stating that Paulson was just trying to cause trouble oneself for him because he would not pay her extortion demands. Although Hansen had respective prior run-ins with the police, his meek demeanor and humble occupation as a baker, along with an alibi from his friend John Henning, kept him from being considered as a serious suspect. Detective Glenn Flothe of the Alaska State Troopers had been depart of a team investigating the discovery of several bodies in and around Anchorage, Seward, and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley area. The first of the bodies was found by construction workers near Eklutna Road. The body, dubbed “ Eklutna Annie “ by investigators, has never been identified. Later that year, the body of Joanna Messina was discovered in a gravel hell near Seward, and in 1982 the remains of 23-year-old Sherry Morrow were discovered in a shallow sculpt near the Knik River. [ 14 ] Flothe believed all three women had been murdered by the lapp perpetrator. Flothe contacted Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ) Special Agent John Douglas and requested aid with an wrongdoer profile based on the three recover bodies. Douglas thought the killer whale would be an experienced orion with moo self-esteem, have a history of being rejected by women, and would feel compelled to keep “ keepsake ” of his murders, such as a victim ‘s jewelry. He besides suggested that the attacker might stutter. Using this profile, Flothe investigated possible suspects until he reached Hansen, who fit the profile and owned a plane. [ 15 ] Supported by Paulson ‘s testimony and Douglas ‘ profile, Flothe and the APD secured a justify to search Hansen ‘s plane, vehicles, and home. On October 27, 1983, investigators uncovered jewelry belonging to some of the missing women arsenic well as an align of firearms in a corner hideout of Hansen ‘s attic. besides found was an aeronautical chart with 37 little “ x ” marks on it, hidden behind Hansen ‘s headboard. many of these marks matched sites where anterior bodies had been found ( others were discovered late at the locations marked on Hansen ‘s mangle function ).

When confronted with the evidence found in his home plate, Hansen denied it arsenic long as he could, but he finally began to blame the women and tried to justify his actions. finally confessing to each item of attest as it was presented to him, he admitted to a spree of attacks against alaskan women starting in 1971. Hansen ‘s earliest victims were girls or young women, normally between ages 16 and 19 and not prostitutes, unlike the victims who led to his discovery. [ 16 ]

Known victims [edit ]

Hansen is known to have raped and assaulted over thirty alaskan women, and to have murdered at least seventeen, ranging in historic period from 16 to 41. [ 17 ] Those with an * beside their “ Date Found ” were found with the help of Hansen after his arrest .

Victim Name Age Date Missing Date Killed Date Found Details
Ceilia “Beth” Van Zanten 17 Dec. 22, 1971 ? Dec. 25, 1971 Hansen denied killing her, but is suspected because of an “x” on his aviation map.
Megan Siobhan Emerick 17 Jul. 7, 1973 ? N/A Hansen denied killing her, but is suspected because of an “x” on his aviation map.
Mary Kathleen Thill 22 Jul. 5, 1975 ? N/A Hansen denied killing her, but is suspected because of an “x” on his aviation map.
“Eklutna Annie” 16–25 ? Between Nov. 1979 – Jun. 1980. Jul. 21, 1980 She had been stabbed in the back. By the time her body was discovered in a shallow grave off Eklutna Lake Rd., it had been partially eaten by wild animals.
Joanna Messina 24 May 19, 1980 May 19, 1980 Late Jul. 1980 Her badly decomposed body was found in a gravel pit.
Roxane Easland 24 Jun. 28, 1980 c. Jun. 28, 1980 N/A Hansen confessed to killing her, but her body was never found.
Lisa Futrell 41 Sep. 6, 1980 ? May 9, 1984* Her body was found just south of Old Knik Bridge.
Sherry Morrow 23 Nov. 17, 1981 ? Sep. 12, 1982 She was found in a shallow grave on the bank of the Knik River. She had been shot in the back, but there were no bullet holes in her clothing, suggesting she had been shot while nude and then redressed before being buried.
Andrea “Fish” Altiery 22 Dec. 2, 1981 ? N/A Hansen confessed to killing her, but her body was never found.
Sue Luna 23 May 26, 1982 ? Apr. 24, 1984* She was stripped nude and forced to run through the forest while Hansen hunted her like an animal. She was shot to death.
Robin Pelkey 19 ? c. January 1983 Apr. 1984* Her identity was discovered via forensic genealogy in October 2021. Before her identification, she was nicknamed “Horseshoe Harriet.”[18]
DeLynn “Sugar” Frey 20 ? April 1983 Aug. 20, 1985 Her body was found by a pilot testing new tires on the sandbar of the Knik River
Paula Goulding 21[19] Apr. 25, 1983 ? Sep. 2, 1983 She was found in a shallow grave on the bank of the Knik River. She had been shot in the back, but there were no bullet holes in her clothing, suggesting she had been shot while nude and then redressed before being buried.
Cindy Paulson 17 Jun. 13, 1983 Survived She was kidnapped, tortured, and raped before she managed to escape.
Malai Larsen 25 June 1981 Between 1980 – 1983 Apr. 24, 1984*
Teresa Watson 22 Apr. 29, 1983 Between 1980 – 1983 Apr. 26, 1984*
Angela Feddern 24 February 1983 Between 1980 – 1983 Apr. 26, 1984* Her body was found at Figure Eight Lake.
Tamera “Tami” Pederson 20 August 1982 Between 1980 – 1983 Apr. 29, 1984* Her body was found 1.5 miles from Old Knik Bridge.

Of these seventeen women, Hansen was lone formally charged with the murders of four : Sherry Morrow, Joanna Messina, “ Eklutna Annie ”, and Paula Goulding. He was besides charged with the kidnap and rape of Cindy Paulson .

captivity [edit ]

once arrested, Hansen was charged with attack, kidnap, multiple weapons offenses, larceny and indemnity fraud. The last charge was related to a claim filed with the indemnity company over the alleged larceny of some trophies ; he used the proceeds to purchase his airplane. At trial, he claimed he later recovered the trophies in his backyard but forgot to inform the insurance company. only after ballistics tests returned a pit between bullets found at the crime scenes and Hansen ‘s rifle did he enter into a supplication bargain. He pleaded guilty to the four homicides the patrol had testify for ( Morrow, Messina, Goulding, and “ Eklutna Annie ” ) and provided details about his other victims in recurrence for serving his sentence in a federal prison, along with no publicity in the press. Another stipulate of the supplication bargain was his engagement in deciphering the markings on his air travel map and locating his victims ‘ bodies. Hansen confirmed the police theory of how the women were kidnap, adding that he would sometimes let a electric potential victim go if she convinced him that she would not report him to police. He indicated that he began killing in the early 1970s. Hansen showed investigators seventeen grave sites, in and around Southcentral Alaska, twelve of which were unknown to investigators. There remained marks on his map that he refused to give up, including three in Resurrection Bay, near Seward ( authorities suspect two of these marks belong to the graves of Mary Thill and Megan Emrick, whom Hansen has denied killing ). The remains of twelve ( of a probable 21 ) victims were exhumed by the police and returned to their families. Hansen was sentenced by jury to 461 years to Life. They recommended 20 years without parole for the first murder, 99 years without parole for the early three murders, 30 years for the intimate assault, 99 years for kidnapping, 3 years for 3 counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and 5 years for larceny and policy fraud. He was first imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. [ 7 ] In 1988, he was returned to Alaska and briefly incarcerated at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. He was besides imprisoned at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward until May 2014, when he was transported to the Anchorage Correctional Complex for health reasons. [ 3 ]

death [edit ]

Hansen died on August 21, 2014, aged 75, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, ascribable to natural causes from lingering health conditions. [ 4 ]

In popular polish [edit ]

Films [edit ]

  • In The Frozen Ground (2013), John Cusack portrayed Hansen opposite Nicolas Cage as Sergeant Jack Halcombe (a character based on Glenn Flothe) and Vanessa Hudgens as victim-survivor Cindy Paulson.[20]
  • Naked Fear (2007), directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Danielle De Luca, is loosely based on characteristics apparent in Hansen’s modus operandi.

television [edit ]

Documentaries [edit ]

television series [edit ]

other [edit ]

  • The case was covered in two parts on September 25, 2021 and October 2, 2021[25] by the Casefile True Crime Podcast

See besides [edit ]

References [edit ]

far read [edit ]

  • Du Clos, Bernard (1993). Fair Game. ISBN 978-0-312-92905-3.
  • Gilmour, Walter; Hale, Leland E. (1991). Butcher, Baker: A True Account of a Serial Murder. ISBN 978-0-451-40276-9.
  • Martin, Reagan (July 9, 2013). Hunted on Ice: The Search for Alaskan Serial Killer Robert Hansen. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. pp. 116 pages. ISBN 978-1490959061.

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