Robert Hansen Robert Hansen, who was also known as “The Butcher Baker” was born on February 15, 1939.
He died on August 21, 2014 at age 75. He was born in Estherville, Iowa. Robert was left handed and his parents tried to force him to be right handed because they thought it was it was more normal. Roberts parents were very religious people. He wanted to follow his father in being a baker as a young boy. Robert tried to fit in during his High School years but was a loner and hated school. He was ignored by the pretty girls in school because of his severe case of acne and his permanent scars.
He grew up hating those girls and wanted cruel revenge. He was bullied because of his acne and because he spoke with a stutter. His first sexual experience was in hotel room with prostitutes. In 1957, At age 18 Hansen enlisted in the army. He served for one year before being discharged. He then worked at a police academy in Iowa. There, he started a relationship with a women and married her in the summer of 1960.
On December 7, 1960 Hansen was arrested for burning down a school bus garage. He served 20 months of a three year prison sentence. His wife then filed for a divorce. Over the next few years he was arrested several times for theft. In 1963, he got remarried.
With this wife he had two children. In 1967, Hansen and his wife and kids moved to Anchorage, Alaska. On June 13, 1983 Hansen offered a 17 year old girl Cindy Paulson $200 to have sex with him but when she got into the car, he pulled a gun on her and drove her to his home. There, he held her captive raping, torturing, and sexually assaulting her.
She said that after he chained her by the neck to a post in the house’s basement, Hansen took a nap on a nearby couch. When he got up, he put her in his car and took her to a nearby airport, where he told her that he would take her out to his cabin. Paulson, was in the back seat of the car with her wrists cuffed in front of her body. She waited until Hansen was busy loading the airplane to make a run for it. While Hansen wasn’t looking, Paulson crawled out of the back seat, opened the door and ran toward nearby Sixth Avenue. It was there that she flagged down a trucker.
The trucker dropped her off where she asked but then went to the police station to report what happened. The police then picked up Cindy Paulson and she identified the his plane ,then they went to Hansen’s house to talk to him. He denied the story and meeting Paula and had an alibi. His two friends said that he was with them. The police were doubtful of him but had no choice but to believe him for the moment . There was a sudden spike of missing persons in the area but they were unsure if it was a serial killer or unrelated incidents. So police decided to threaten and question the two friends and see if they were telling the truth.
Turns out they were not Hansen now did not have an alibi and also gave him up for a made up robbery that he claimed happened at his house. So they also were able to get him on insurance fraud.On September 2, 1983 Investigators followed Hansen to work and wanted to question him. Hansen never even asked why they wanted to talk to him and went to the police station with no problem .
While he was being questioned, two groups of investigators served warrants at Hansen’s house and plane. There were weapons found throughout the house, but not ones that would point that Hansen was involved in any of the murders. Right before they were about to leave the house, one of the officers discovered a space tucked away in the attic walls. In there, they discovered a Remington 552 rifle; a pistol, a shotgun, a map with locations marked off, many pieces of jewelry, a driver’s license, ID cards, some of which belonged to the dead women and some newspaper clippings.
As important as these items were, the most incriminating piece of evidence was finally found a .223-caliber Mini-14 rifle . A month later a Anchorage grand jury found that he would be indicted for first degree assault and kidnapping, five counts of misconduct in possession of a handgun, theft in the second-degree, and theft by insurance fraud . After the ballistics report came back it was determined that shell casings were shot from his rifle. Robert Hansen pled guilty on February18, 1984, to four counts of first-degree murder of Paula Golding, Sherry Morrow, Joanna Messina, and “Eklutna Annie”(an unidentified body that was found ) . On February 27, Superior Court Judge Ralph E. Moody sentenced Hansen to 461 years plus life, with no chance of parole.
He was then brought to Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in Pennsylvania. Days later Hansen would ask for a for a meeting with the DA where he was offered a deal. In exchange for a full confession they would guarantee him that he would only be charged with the four murders that they new of and he would be able to serve his time in a federal penitentiary instead of a maximum security prison. Hansen was unhappy about the confession but was advised to agree to the conditions. He confessed to killing 17 women and possibly raping another 30 over a 12 year span. Over the next couple of months investigators found seven bodies at the gravesites that Hansen told them about.
The women were found in the areas of The Knik River, the Knik Bridge, Horseshoe Lake and Figure Eight Lake in the following order ,on April 24, Sue Luna , Malai Larsen , April 25, DeLynn Frey, April 26, Teresa Watson, Angela Feddern, April 29, Tamara Pederson and on May 9, Lisa Futrell’s . A total of 12 bodies were found. In 1988 at age 49, Hansen was returned to Alaska where he would be one of the first inmates at the new Spring Creek Correctional Center where he remained until he was ill and brought to a hospital in Anchorage. On August 21, 2014 at the age of 75 Robert Hansen died of “natural causes” it was said that his health had been steadily declining over the last few years.