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This is a capable, if sometimes breathless, reconstruction of the rampage of Robert Hansen, the "most prolific serial rapist and murderer in Alaska's history," who killed more than 20 women in the 12 years before his conviction in 1984. Freelance journalist DuClos has recreated some scenes and dialogue, but has dug enough to find victims who escaped Hansen, to show how police and judges blundered in being lenient with Hansen (such as by not ensuring that he would receive psychotherapy and lithium treatment) and to describe Anchorage's tawdry tenderloin district, where Hansen stalked nude dancers. A native of Hansen's hometown, Pocahontas, Iowa, DuClos describes young Hansen as a stuttering loner with acute feelings of inadequacy--elements common to serial killers, according to FBI research cited here. Convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 1972, Hansen was quickly furloughed, and while he held down a respectable job as a baker and won trophies for his hunting, he resumed his killing spree. He would kidnap women, take them to the wilderness (often in his plane), sometimes rape them, and stab or shoot them. After a victim who escaped Hansen identified him, police confronted him and he confessed, leading troopers on a macabre tour to identify wilderness gravesites. Hansen is now serving a life sentence in an Alaska prison.
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"... an impressive piece of research and reporting."__Anchorage Daily News
"... a gripping narrative."__We Alaskans Magazine
The Kindle book had so many spelling/grammatical errors it made it hard to read. The book itself jumped around and didn't stay on a consistent timeline of the events so you could... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Heather
Having lived in Anchorage during the time of Hansen's crime spree, I was so excited to start on this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Debra C.
Bought this after seeing the related movie, to get an idea of the background on the movie and enjoyed it.Published 20 months ago by velvet hammer
there are so many typos in this book that it takes away from the actual reading and trying to retain it.Published 20 months ago by mytycy
Lots of typos and the story just didn't hold my interest. I had read the book, "Butcher, Baker" years ago and it was much better written. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Patricia Hogberg