By Walter Gilmour, Leland E. Hale
As oil increase funds poured into Anchorage, the town quick turned a first-rate vacation spot for the seedier components of society: prostitutes, pimps, con males, and criminals of all breeds trying to profit. notwithstanding, anything even worse lurked of their midst.
To all who knew him, Robert Hansen was once a standard hardworking businessman, husband, and father. yet hidden underneath the veneer of light respectability was once a monster whose wicked appetites couldn't be sated. From 1971 to 1983, Hansen used to be a human predator, stalking girls at the edges of Anchorage society—women whose disappearances might reason scant outcry, yet whose grotesque fates may surprise the kingdom. After his arrest, Hansen confessed to seventeen brutal murders, even though gurus suspect there have been greater than thirty victims.
Alaska nation Trooper Walter Gilmour and author Leland E. Hale inform the tale of Hansen’s twisted depredations—from the darkish urges that drove his insanity to the ladies who died at his hand and eventually to the professionals who captured and convicted the killer who got here to be referred to as the “Butcher Baker.”
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Extra resources for Butcher, Baker: The True Account of an Alaskan Serial Killer
In Fairbanks, he investigated homicides and sex crimes and, eventually, pornography and sexual assaults involving young children. Back in Anchorage he was initially assigned to the Airport Narcotics Detail. By September, 1983, he was with the Homicide Division of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, a special unit modeled after the Texas Rangers. Flothe decided first to take a close look at the list of missing women. Maybe there was a pattern. Of course, Glenn Flothe wasn’t the kind of guy who just took a casual look at a missing persons file.
Because I’ll tell you one thing: If this is the same Robert Hansen, he’s got an arrest record as long as the Aleutian Chain. And it ain’t just larceny in a building. ” “What I’m telling you is that Hansen is your man. You’re absolutely right, Glenn, your assessment is right on target. The sonofabitch is a killer. ” The way Gilmour derisively said “Hansen” told Flothe volumes. In fact, the sergeant was slightly taken aback. Sure, he had a strong feeling that Hansen was up to more than kidnapping and rape, bad as that was, but it was nothing more than a hunch.
Not until September 27th was the woman was identified. She was twenty-four-year-old Sherry Morrow. In a gruesome twist, she was also known as Sherry Graves. She danced under the name of Georgia at the Wild Cherry Bar in downtown Anchorage and had vanished in November of 1981, leaving all her worldly belongings behind. Publicly, troopers and Anchorage Police said they doubted that Morrow’s murder was related to the disappearance of at least three other dancers from Anchorage since 1980. “There’s nothing now to indicate that the disappearances are anything other than a coincidence,” said trooper Lieutenant John Shover when speaking to the news media.