In Alaska between the 1970s and 1980s, Robert Hansen committed at least 17 k!llings as part of his prolific serial killing spree. What you need to know about his prison sentence and how and when he passed away is provided here in advance of Investigation Discovery’s series on him, The Butcher Baker: Mind of a Monster.
Robert Hansen Cause of De@th
Due to a decline in his health, Hansen was transferred from Seward’s Spring Creek Correctional Center to the Anchorage Correctional Complex in May 2014. The 75-year-old Hansen was in medical segregation and was stable at the time, Department of Corrections deputy director Sherrie Daigle told the Alaska Dispatch.
Hansen stayed in the medical center at the Anchorage Correctional Complex until August 2014, when he passed away naturally. His health had been declining for the previous year, the department of prisons said at the time to the Anchorage Daily News.
“On this day we should only remember his many victims and all of their families, and my heart goes out to all of them,” Glenn Flothe, a retired Alaska state trooper who assisted in bringing Hansen to justice, said at the time. “As far as Hansen is concerned, this world is better off without him.”
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Serial K!ller Robert Hansen
When Hansen was apprehended, he helped the police find 12 victims and confessed to two further k!llings in which a body was never discovered.
The victims included Roxanne Eastland (body never found), Joanna Messina, Lisa Futrell, Sherry Morrow, Andrea Altiery (body never found), Sue Luna, Paula Goulding, Malai Larsen, DeLynn Frey, Teresa Watson, Angela Feddern, Tamera Pederson, and two women whose identities were never determined that became known as “Eklutna Annie” and “Horseshoe Harriet” based on where their bodies were found.
Authorities suspect Hansen of m*rdering three additional women since their graves were noted on his aeronautical map in addition to the other 14 victims. Although Hansen consistently denied k!lling them, they were Ceilia Van Zanten, Megan Emerick, and Mary Thill.
One victim, Cindy Paulson, a teenage prostitute who managed to flee Hansen and inform authorities, was still alive. Despite the fact that the lead investigator didn’t think she was telling the truth, she attracted the attention of Anchorage police officer Gregg Baker, and it was Paulson’s account of being abducted and assaulted by Hansen that led authorities to consider him a significant suspect in the k!llings.
In the end, Hansen admitted k!lling Sherry Morrow, Joanna Messina, Eklutna Annie, and Paula Goulding. He was then given a 461-year prison term plus life without the chance of release. In the ID special, Baker said that Cindy Paulson ran up to him to thank him for believing her after Hansen was sentenced to jail.
“This girl rushed up to me, hugged me tightly, and cried, repeating ‘thank you, thank you, thank you.’ And it was Cindy Paulson, as it turned out. I was relieved that she wasn’t another name on the list because she had been off the streets, eating regularly, and sleeping regularly, said Baker.
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