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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491227354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491227350
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"This is a capable ... reconstruction of the rampage of Robert Hansen, the "most prolific serial rapist and murderer in Alaska history," who killed more than 20 women in the 12 years before his conviction in 1984. Freelance journalist DuClos ... dug enough to find victims who escaped Hansen, to show how police and judges blundered in being lenient with Hansen (such as not ensuring ... psychotherapy and lithium treatment) and to describe Anchorage's tawdry tenderloin district, where Hansen stalked nude dancers."__Publishers Weekly

"... an impressive piece of research and reporting."__Anchorage Daily News

 "... a gripping narrative."__We Alaskans Magazine

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ethan on May 19, 2012
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Good, yet older, book on Robert Hansen, Alaska's human hunting killer, who murdered over 20 women in the tundra from the 70's to 80's. The book is fairly well written & keeps your intrest, while at the same time remaining "human" to Hansen's victims (most of whom were prostitutes or strippers or both). As for "gory details", there isn't much, though i was disturbed at several of the killing descriptions. Overall a good true crime book on a bizzare serial killer, must have for criminology/killer/crime buffs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marilou Chapman on April 22, 2014
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We live in Anchorage, and are very aware of this story. We had recently watched the movie, "On Frozen Ground," about this same story, which we liked a lot, and my husband decided to read the story again.....a regular page turner it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By velvet hammer on January 9, 2014
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Bought this after seeing the related movie, to get an idea of the background on the movie and enjoyed it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By California Dreaming on November 22, 2013
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I moved from Iowa to the Seattle area in my mid-teens. As a matter of fact, I was born within an hour or so of where Robert Hansen was born. But right after I arrived in Seattle, I made a friend of a friend in Washington who told me, "I'm a friend of Frank Colacurcio." I just shrugged. That friend's friend was flabbergasted that I didn't know who Mr. Colacurcio was, and in retrospect, I guess that he had a point.

As it turns out, even though this book is mostly set in Anchorage, it has a real Seattle connection. There was at least one gal from Seattle who died at the hands -- or the gun -- of Mr. Hansen, but more than likely it was many more than that. And Mr. Colacurcio spent a lot of his life in Seattle as well, as he even owned a home there (right down the street from an apartment that I rented not much later), and oddly he became an unwilling and unwitting participant in many of Mr. Hansen's crimes.

I say unwitting because Mr. Colacurcio recruited many young gals in Seattle through Talent's West -- a place that I used to drive by all the time, and wondered what they did -- for different purposes than being murdered. Those gals traveled to Anchorage and performed their "talents," which was really just nude dancing; their job descriptions almost surely did not explicitly add, "And be the victims of a ruthless serial killer." And most likely, without even knowing it, Mr. Colacurcio was hand-delivering those same gals to Mr. Hansen to become that serial killer's victims. "Ah, it's great to have friends in high places," you might sigh. Well, a lot of people accused Mr. Colacurcio of various crimes, but it's very unlikely that he had anything to do with these. Outside of just being the deliverer, I suppose.
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