Some of the research in this article came from these following sources:
Anchorage State Troopers – Case Files.
Robert Christian Hansen (February 15, 1939 – August 21, 2014), known in the media as the “Butcher Baker“, was an American serial killer. Between 1971 and 1983, Hansen abducted, raped, and murdered at least 17, and possibly more than 30 women in and around Anchorage, Alaska, hunting them down in the woods with a Ruger Mini-14 and a knife. He was arrested and convicted in 1983 and was sentenced to 461 years and a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
THE BUTCHER BAKER
Out in the desolate frigid air of the state of Alaska Between the 70’s & 80’s, something more grizzly and vicious was prowling the mountains other than bears and caribou. It’s apart of life for many who grew up hunting and fishing, passed down through generations of family, but for one by the name of Robert Hansen, his perspective on hunting came in many forms.
When he moved from Estherville, Iowa, to Anchorage Alaska he opened a bakery. Police and friends would call him Bob and eat at his bakery on a daily basis. Although Bob had a nice business and looked like a normal faithful family man, all that was just a shell for everybody that watched from the outside.
Whatever his excuses may have been, along with his checkered past, nothing could prepare the officials at the Anchorage Police Department for the 12 years of brutality Robert Hansen unleashed on the victims of Alaska. Nobody was safe, Over those years people started vanishing and was never seen again. People started noticing as the first of the bodies were 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 pit near Seward and in 1982, the remains of 23-year-old Sherry Morrow were discovered, in a shallow grave near the Knik River. Now there were three bodies and it all looked like it was done by one killer.
How Hanson Threaten Women To Get in His Plane
The Fall of Robert Hansen: Cindy told police, he had offered her $200 to perform oral sex but when she got into the car, he pulled a gun on her and drove her to his home in Muldoon. There, he held her captive, torturing, raping and sexually assaulting her. She mentioned that after he chained her by the neck to a post in the house’s basement.
Cindy Paulson Interview w/ Sgt. Glenn Flothe, AST
MERRILL FIELD AIRPORT
Hansen took a nap on a nearby couch. When he awoke, he put her in his car and took her to Merrill Field airport
He told her that he intended to “take her out to his cabin” (a meat shack in the Knik River area of the Matanuska Valley accessible only by boat or bush plane). Paulson, crouched in the back seat of the car with her wrists cuffed in front of her body, waited to escape until Hansen was busy loading the airplane’s cockpit. 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.
She later told police that she had left her blue sneakers on the passenger side floor of the sedan’s backseat, as evidence that she had been in the car. Paulson escaped and made it to Sixth Avenue and managed to flag down a passing truck. He drove her to the Mush Inn, where she jumped out of the truck and ran inside. The truck driver called the police to report the barefoot, handcuffed woman.
Robert Hansens M.O was abducting and threatening women all the way up to the point of putting them onto his plane and flying them out in the middle of nowhere Anchorage Alaska, uncuffing them and letting them think he was setting them free, but he would then Hunt them with a Ruger Mini-14, chasing through the snow and teasing until he got fed up and then shot them like wild game.
Robert Hansen confession.
Hansens Victims that were identified, for many of his other victims their bodies were never recovered or identified.
Hansen had barrels scattered throughout the mountains of Anchorage filled with everything he needed when he went “Hunting.” From rope, ammo, guns, duct tape, shovels, and all the disposable accessories. Part of his fall was the map they found, along with the Guns he used on his victims hidden in his attic. The spots mark on the map below lead to many of Hanson’s grave sites where bodies were recovered.
On October 27, 1983, investigators uncovered jewelry belonging to some of the missing women, as well as an array of firearms in a corner hideaway of Hansen’s attic. The biggest find was an aviation map with little “x” marks on it, hidden behind Hansen’s headboard.
Hansen Later showed investigators 17 grave sites, in and around Southcentral Alaska, 12 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 12 (of a probable 21) victims were exhumed by the police and returned to their families. Hansen was sentenced by a jury to 461 years plus life in prison, without the possibility of parole.
Known victims as shown on Wikipedia
Hansen is known to have raped and assaulted over 30 Alaskan women. He is also responsible for murdering at least 17, ranging in age from 16 to 41. They were:
- Lisa Futrell, 41 (acknowledged, body found with Hansen’s help)
- Malai Larsen, 28 (acknowledged, body found with Hansen’s help)
- Sue Luna, 23 (acknowledged, body found with Hansen’s help)
- Tami Pederson, 20 (acknowledged, body found with Hansen’s help)
- Angela Feddern, 24 (acknowledged, body found with Hansen’s help)
- Teresa Watson (acknowledged, body found with Hansen’s help)
- DeLynn “Sugar” Frey (acknowledged, body discovered on August 20, 1985 by a pilot testing new tires on the sandbar of the Knik River)
- Paula Goulding (acknowledged, body found)
- Andrea “Fish” Altiery (admitted, body not found)
- Sherry Morrow, 23 (admitted, body found)
- “Eklutna Annie” (admitted, body found, true identity has never been discovered)
- Joanna Messina (admitted, body found)
- “Horseshoe Harriet” (acknowledged, body found with Hansen’s help, true identity has never been discovered)
- Roxane Easland, 24 (acknowledged, body not found)
- Ceilia “Beth” Van Zanten, 17 (denied, but suspected because of x on aviation map, body found)
- Megan Emerick, 17 (denied, but suspected because of x on aviation map, body not found)
- Mary Thill, 23 (denied, but suspected because of x on aviation map, body not found)
Of these 17 women, Hansen was only formally charged with the murder of four – Sherry Morrow, Joanna Messina, Eklutna Annie, and Paula Goulding. He was also charged with the kidnapping and rape of Cindy Paulson.
Hansen died at the age of 75, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage on August 21, 2014, due to undisclosed, lingering health conditions.
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