Out of all the serial killers who have marred the landscape of American history, one of the most sadistic was Robert Hansen, the “Butcher Baker.” An accomplished recreational big game hunter in Alaska, he decided to modify his hunting strategy from a focus on animal targets to humans targets. Thus, he began tracking, hunting, and killing people for sport. Hansen continued this perverse game for close to a decade before he was caught by a joint police and FBI investigation that made the first real use of criminal profiling that’s still used to this day.
Robert Hansen felt no empathy or remorse for his victims. He released them into the Alaskan wilderness, tracked them down on foot, murdered them, and then left them in remote shallow graves. As you shall see from reading about his crimes, he had no regard for human life other than his own.
He Hunted Women Through The Alaskan Wilderness
Robert Hansen was a skilled big game hunter with a good deal of experience in tracking and bow-hunting animals in the Alaskan wilderness.
Hansen's modus operandi was to abduct women, take them to the Alaskan wilderness, and then hunt them like animals with a gun and a knife.
Hansen Sexually Assaulted Women In Addition To Hunting Them
In addition to hunting women for sport, Hansen also raped them. In many instances when he assaulted a woman, he returned her to Anchorage and warned her not to tell anyone. Hansen preyed upon prostitutes - women who police were not likely to believe, if they went to the police at all.
Hansen also counted on his reputation as an upstanding citizen who ran his own business.
He Had A Favorite Killing Spot
Like many serial killers, Hansen was ritualistic in his method and location of killing. His pattern was to fly a woman in a small plane to the Knik River northeast of Anchorage and park on one of the river's many sandbars.
Once he finished his hunting game and killed his victim, he buried her on one of the sandbars.
He Likely Killed More People Than Authorities Know
When Hansen was arrested, America had not yet become captivated by true crime and serial killers. In 1983 - the year of his arrest - only Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy had been given national attention. Richard Ramirez wouldn't be caught for another two years.
And Jeffrey Dahmer, who is arguably one of the most sensationalized serial killers, hadn't yet begun his murdering spree. So when Hansen gave himself up and admitted to killing 17 women, the FBI accepted his answer. But, it's likely that his body count is somewhere in the high 30s.