Robert Hansen Killed, Buried Women Along the Knik

The Knik River held an unmistakeable allure for Robert Hansen. Of the seventeen victims Hansen acknowledged as his, ten of them were ultimately marked along the river. An eleventh body, that of “Eklutna Annie,” was found just southwest of the Knik. While having an airplane contributed to the river’s prominence as Hansen’s “killing field,” he had in fact been driving there too, using a 4-wheel drive Subaru and always making certain to carry a shovel, lest he need to dig himself out of a sticky “shituation.”

Hansen map
Detail: Hansen’s Map – Knik River Sites (courtesy Alaska State Troopers)

  • #2 — Sue Luna (Jim Creek, east of Old Knik River Bridge)
  • #3 — Unknown (Old Knik Bridge Parking Area)
  • #4 — Malai Larson (Old Knik Bridge Parking Area)
  • #5 — Lisa Futrell (Old Knik Bridge Gravel Pit)
  • #6 — Tamara Peterson (Island south of Sherry Morrow’s Body)
  • #7 — Unknown (Adjacent to Paula Goulding Grave)
  • #8 — Unknown (Island south of Paula Goulding Grave)
  • #10 — Unknown (Body Over railroad bridge; likely not to be found)
  • #14 — Sherry Morrow (Knik River)
  • #15 — Paula Goulding (Knik River)
  • #16 — “Eklutna Annie” (Eklutna Lake Rd)

general map
Knik River Area (Google Maps; illustration Leland E. Hale)

railroad bridge
Railroad Bridge & New Glenn Hwy (Google Maps; illustration Leland E. Hale)

Old Glenn Hwy
Old Knik River Bridge & Old Glenn Hwy (Google Maps; illustration Leland E. Hale)

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Grave Site, Old Knik River Bridge (Lisa Futrell’s body found here; courtesy Alaska State Troopers, w/ note by Sgt. Glenn Flothe)

Robert Hansen didn’t confess to his murders until the winter months. While he helped identify gravesites soon after his confession, troopers had to wait till the spring thaw to start digging. They spent many days along the river.

Knik: Paula Goulding & Second Body
Paula Goulding Grave w/ Second Body (courtesy Alaska State Troopers, w/ note by Sgt. Glenn Flothe)

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Troopers at Knik Grave Site (Anchorage Times)

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Troopers at Grave Site near Old Knik River Bridge (Anchorage Times)

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Troopers at Knik Grave Site (Anchorage Times)

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Troopers at Knik Grave Site (Anchorage Times)

Starting with the above photo, this sequence shows troopers running debris through a screen to find evidence, such as bullets, shell casings or bone fragments.

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Troopers at Knik Grave Site (Anchorage Times)

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Troopers at Knik Grave Site (Anchorage Times)

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Troopers at Knik Grave Site (Anchorage Times)

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