by Walter Gilmour & Leland E. Hale
In the News: Robert Hansen died Thursday, August 21, in an Anchorage hospital. He was 75 years old.
Update: The Frozen Ground (movie inspired by Butcher, Baker) had a limited release in September 2013. It is available in most locations as an On Demand selection from cable providers. For my impressions, see this review of the film.
The wilds of Alaska have made the 49th state a heaven for hunters. But the oil boom of the '70s and '80s attracted a different kind of hunter. Hookers scenting money to be made from high-paid oil workers poured into the state. Anchorage became sin city.
Robert Hansen was a model middle-class husband and father. He was known as an avid hunter as well. But wildlife was not his only quarry. For Hansen had an insatiable hunger for sex and for slaying, and Anchorage was his ideal hunting ground.
"Butcher, Baker" is the true-crime story of a serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and butchered up to thirty women -- and the terrifying wilderness trail of blood that led to his capture.
[From the Back Cover, "Butcher, Baker," Onyx True Crime, 1st Ed., 1991]
Robert Hansen, the hunter, in December 1969, with a mountain goat he took by bow and arrow. (Anchorage Times)
Robert Hansen was serving out a 461 year sentence at the time of his death. He was 75 years old.