Robert Hansen (The Butcher Baker).
Robert Hansen had that typical lonely, bullied childhood that is common in serial killers. He was arrested for a number of minor crimes, including arson and theft. In the late 1960s, he and his second wife moved to Anchorage, Alaska where Hansen seemed to thrive as a businessman.
It all changed very quickly when a half-naked, terrified woman with a handcuff on one wrist was picked up by a truck driver. She told the police that a man had propositioned her for sex, raped her, then promised to let her go when they got to his remote cabin (only accessible via aircraft). While he prepped his small plane for flight, she escaped. The authorities connected her case to the bodies of several prostitutes that had shown up in the last year. Going off the living victim’s airplane ID, Hansen was brought in for questioning. He went willingly, and while in custody, police executed search warrants on Hansen’s property. They returned with a mountain of evidence and Hansen was formally charged. Realizing the case was airtight, Hansen made a deal: he would plead guilty to the murders of the four women the police had found remains for, and offer a full confession. In exchange, the death penalty was off the table and he would serve out his sentence in federal prison.
Police taped his confession, which lasted over 12 hours, during which he admitted to 17 murders. He would proposition prostitutes, then threaten them with a gun in order to wield power and intimidate them. He would rape them repeatedly, torture them, and take them up to his remote cabin. Once there, he would strip them naked - sometimes blindfold them - and give them a head start. He would then pursue them, hunting them like big game - and he always “won.”
The one murder that seemed to excite, and also made him famous, was that of Paula Golding. After raping and torturing her, Hansen opened the cabin door and let her run away. After a few moments he took off after her with his rifle. He was hunting her, and talked with great excitement about how she had run across some rather sharp rocks and cut her feet badly, forcing her to try and hide under a bush. He spotted her and called out her name, this frightened her and she jumped up and started running. Unfortunately she chose open ground to run over, and Hansen raised his gun, and BANG, all that was left was the burial. ”It was like going after a trophy Dall Sheep or a Grizzly Bear.”
Robert Hansen is currently serving out a 400+ year sentence in Seward, Alaska.