Arrest of Robert Hansen: Anchorage D.A. Gets On Board

Having Vic Krumm, the Anchorage D.A. buy into the investigation — and assign a resource to the affidavit for a search warrant — represented a huge vote of confidence. Having the FBI on board helped considerably, of course, Maybe, just maybe, they could wind this thing up with an arrest.

Flothe already knew that their fraud case against Hansen was building. State Farm insurance had two sets of photos from Robert Hansen’s house: one that showed the trophies in his den, another that showed them gone. On that basis — a burglary of Hansen’s house — State Farm had paid out an insurance claim. Troopers knew something else: when Cindy Paulson was kidnapped and held in Hansen’s den, those hunting trophies were back. Bingo. That looked a lot like insurance fraud. And Ronnie Lee, a State Farm Claims Adjuster, could help make that real.

10-12-83: Col. Kolovosky, Lt. Jent, Flothe meet with Vic Krumm, requests Anchorage D.A. assistance. Assigned Gail Voigtlander.

10-14-83: RONNIE LEE, Claims Adjuster interviewed by Trooper Von Clasen reference HANSEN Burglary.

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Trooper Von Clasen

10-15-83 to 10-17-83: Assistant District Attorneys Pat Doogan and Gail Voigtlander meet with Sergeant Flothe – write affidavit for search warrant.

“Gail Voigtlander arrived right on time at Flothe’s office at trooper headquarters, just ahead of Pat Doogan. Flothe handled the introductions, noticing the look of total surprise on Voigtlander’s face. Doogan acted immediately to put her at ease.

“Hey, what can I do for you?” Doogan said. “Whatever I can do for you, let me know.”

They had a ton of material to go through, most of it case files… At noon, they all took a break and went to Arby’s for a hamburger. It was a quick meal. They went right back to Flothe’s office, so they could get back to work. Later that afternoon, however, Gail Voigtlander began to feel ill and decided to go home.

Doogan and Flothe didn’t see her the rest of the weekend.”

Excerpt From: Walter Gilmour & Leland E. Hale. “Butcher, Baker.”

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