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Victims Highlight: Remembering the Victims of Alaska’s “Butcher Baker”

Typically, the general public is instructed of circumstances falling via the cracks of the legal justice system. Nevertheless, the significantly devastating case of Robert Christian Hansen was a travesty of justice that didn’t slip via a crack. It was all however shoved via a gap.

As early as 1971, Alaskan authorities knew of Hansen’s proclivity for kidnapping and sexually assaulting ladies. He was arrested twice in December of that yr; first for the kidnapping and tried rape of an unnamed girl and the rape of a intercourse employee. After pleading no contest to assault with a lethal weapon–with the rape cost being dropped as a part of a plea deal–Hansen was sentenced to 5 years. He solely served six months. Unbeknownst to authorities, his killing spree would start in 1973 and by the top of his decade lengthy murderous rampage, as many as 17 (probably 21) ladies can be useless.

Very like Gary Ridgway, Hansen focused society’s most weak, primarily intercourse staff and unique dancers hoping to earn sufficient to assist themselves and their households. Horrifyingly sufficient, the “Butcher Baker” upped the ante in his modus operandi, which regularly included abducting his victims, holding them hostage, and ‘releasing’ them right into a secluded, wooded space so he may hunt them down like wild animals. After his arrest, Hansen’s house was discovered to comprise an aeronautical chart with 37 little “x” marks on it. Many of those marks matched websites the place prior our bodies had been discovered (others have been found later on the areas marked on Hansen’s homicide map). Even with such damning proof introduced to him, Robert Hansen took each alternative to attenuate the load of his actions; each these alleged and people to which he confessed.

It was prosecutor Frank Rothschild who boiled Hansen’s heinous character down greatest throughout, arguably, the best courtroom speech of his profession. It was earlier than the honorable Decide Moody throughout the sentencing listening to for the “Butcher Baker” on February twenty seventh, 1984. “Your Honor, earlier than you sits a monster, an excessive aberration of a human being. A person who has walked amongst us for seventeen years, serving us donuts, Danish, and sizzling espresso, all with a pleasing smile. Mellow, mild-mannered, bespectacled, Bob the baker. A household man. A person so crafty, so intelligent, that his buddies and acquaintances are in shock at what he now admits to earlier than this court docket. Not even his spouse of twenty years had any concept of his darkish, evil facet.”

Rothschild continued, “His crimes numb the thoughts. Listening to him inform of his crimes, which we did final week for ten to 12 hours, sapped the physique of vitality, it sapped the spirit. However the story should be instructed, for our neighborhood needs to know the way is it that this man obtained away with these crimes all these years and the way it’s that we lastly caught him. His manipulations are immense. And whereas he doesn’t admit it, it’s apparent from studying via and the place issues began, and the place the ladies ended up, he hunted them down, Decide. He allow them to run slightly bit, after which he loved slightly hunt, similar to together with his large recreation animals…They weren’t human beings to him.”

Hansen is thought to have sexually assaulted over thirty ladies in Alaska. Out of his suspected 17 homicide victims, he was solely formally charged with 4 of the deaths and the kidnapping and assault of 1 survivor. This resulted in a sentence of 461-years in jail with out the potential of parole. Reasonably than devoting any extra consideration to this serial offender, let’s focus our consideration again to those that deserve it; the ladies that Hansen murdered.

The next checklist is a file of the victims Robert Hansen was convicted of attacking and killing.

“Eklutna Annie”

The Jane Doe often known as Eklutna (pronounced ee-kloot-nuh) Annie was a younger girl whose physique was found in a shallow grave off Eklutna Lake Street on July twenty first, 1980. The date she went lacking is unknown, however it’s suspected she was killed at the very least one yr previous to her restoration. She is believed to have been between 16 and 25 years of age. Eklutna Annie was described as having a really small body. It was decided she stood between 4’11” and 5’1″ and had lengthy, gentle brown hair with a purple tint. Her ears have been pierced. She was Caucasian with attainable Native American admixture.

Eklutna Annie was discovered sporting a brown leather-based jacket, a light-colored knit sweater (probably white, beige, or gentle grey), denims (description and dimension unavailable), and purple, knee-high, high-heeled boots with a nylon zipper on the facet. She was additionally discovered with some jewellery, together with a large copper bracelet with a stamped flora design and three turquoise stones, a turquoise and brown shell necklace with a coronary heart pendant and twisted metallic bead spacers. Gold-plated twisted metallic hoop earrings. A white shell ring with a brown inset ring. Gold-plated girls’ chain-linked Timex wristwatch with a brown face and white fingers was situated close to her stays. Salem model matches have been discovered within the pocket of the jacket, suggesting she might have been a smoker.

Eklutna Annie’s Timex wristwatch, shell necklace, and copper necklace.

Robert Hansen disclosed throughout his confession that she was both an unique dancer or a intercourse employee, however this declare has not been confirmed. Whereas Hansen said that Eklutna Annie might have talked about coming from Kodiak, nevertheless, authorities have purpose to imagine she might have come to Alaska from California.

So far, the next lacking individuals have been dominated out as being Eklutna Annie; Megan Emerick, Karen Evan, Roxane Easland, Andrea Altiery, Renee Wade, Peggy Reed, Sherry Roach, Aleca Manning, Teresa Davis, Linda Adams, Laurie Partridge, Anne Manchester, Belinda Kay Vanlith, Simone Ridinger and Joanna Jenkins.

Anybody with data concerning the identification of Eklutna Annie is inspired to contact the Anchorage Police Division (907-786-8900). Her company case quantity is 1980-45262.

An up to date forensic composite by the Nationwide Middle for Lacking and Exploited Youngsters in Sept. 2020 of Eklutna Annie (NCMEC)

Joanna Messina

Little is thought about 24-year-old Joanna Messina’s adolescence. It’s also unclear why she abruptly wandered west with little greater than her beloved German Shepard by her facet. However that’s precisely what occurred someday in 1980. With out a lot of a goodbye Joanna left behind her job as a nurse, her husband and household in New York and hitched a trip to The Final Frontier state. Her reasoning for choosing Alaska is a thriller. Maybe she was operating from one thing. Or may it’s that Joanna, like so many earlier than her, had come to Alaska looking for one thing? A change from the mundane of her day-to-day routine, one thing completely different and thrilling? Or simply one thing way more peaceable and quiet in comparison with New York?

Both manner, when she arrived in Seward–a port metropolis greatest identified for its beautiful climbing trails–Joanna was broke and hungry and had no obvious plan in thoughts. By the point she obtained a job at a neighborhood cannery, she had assumed the alias of Joanna McCoy. For a time, Joanna was reportedly residing in a boarding home owned by a former veterinarian and his spouse. Joanna was apparently happy together with her residing circumstances and spent most of her free time in her room studying. A number of guests of the boarding home remarked how she was hardly ever seen with out her overprotective German Shepard. Throughout her quick time in Seward, Joanna appeared to have made extra enemies than buddies; together with the supervisor of her boarding home, who reportedly had a big assortment of weapons. Maybe this was the rationale Joanna moved out of the boarding home, opting to dwell in a tent in a close-by campground.

Joanna Messina was final seen on Could nineteenth, 1980. Throughout his confession, Robert Hansen confided that the 2 met on the docks in Seward, they struck up on a dialog so nice that Hansen invited her to dinner. Afterwards he claims that Joanna propositioned him a number of occasions. This apparently shocked and offended him as a result of Hansen believed she was growing real emotions for him. Nothing in Hansen’s story has been corroborated, together with the accusation that Joanna Messina ever participated in intercourse work.

Joanna Messina (courtesy of Alaska State Troopers)

Sherry Morrow

Anchorage native Sherry Morrow, like a lot of Robert Hansen’s victims, have been drawn to the seedier areas of Alaksa for the straightforward cash. Little has been made publicly out there on her adolescence however by 1981 Sherry was 23 years outdated and dealing as an unique dancer on the Wild Cherry on East Fourth Avenue. As a intercourse employee, Sherry used aliases reminiscent of Sherry Graves or Georgia. It was Sherry’s boyfriend, Dale Yonkoske, that reported her lacking on November twenty third, 1981. Yonkoske reported to A.P.D that he dropped Sherry off in entrance of the Wild Cherry at roughly 11:30pm on November sixteenth.  He went on to clarify that she had plans to fulfill with a pal named Lisa, keep the night time at Lisa’s home after which go to a physician’s appointment the next day.

Yonkoske made contact with Lisa who confirmed that Sherry stayed the night time at her home. However a test in on the physician’s workplace revealed that Sherry didn’t present as much as her November seventeenth appointment. Sherry was final seen sporting silver wire body glasses, blue denims, and a child blue ski jacket with darker blue trim on its shoulders and a gold necklace with an arrowhead pendant; a good-luck allure from Yonkoske that she by no means took off.

Paula Goulding

There’s little publicly identified about 31-year-old Paula Goulding. What data that’s out there means that the previous few years of her life have been extremely tough. Born on June 4th, 1951, in Coconino County, Arizona, Paula got here to Alaska from Kona, Hawaii. For a time, she labored as a secretary in Fairbanks earlier than shifting to Anchorage to work as an unique dancer on the Nice Alaska Bush Firm. Based on accounts detailed in Walter Gilmour and Leland Hale’s guide Butcher, Baker; Paula was very bashful in comparison with the opposite dancers on the membership. “She had by no means danced earlier than. It was her attractiveness and eagerness that obtained her work. Nonetheless, dancing nude didn’t come simply to her. For the primary week she solely danced topless.” This drastic profession change may counsel Paula was within the midst of some sort of monetary pressure. Sadly, Paula’s somber story didn’t finish together with her demise. In her October 18th, 1983, Anchorage Occasions obituary, it has Paula listed as being survived by nobody. Both by her personal accord or a collection of deaths, it might appear Paula Goulding was on their own on this planet by 1983.

Cindy Paulson

Survivor Cindy Paulson- previously often known as the pseudonym Kitty Larson in earlier publications- was solely 18 years outdated when she had her terrifying encounter with Robert Hansen. Deciding to not let the brutal occasions of June thirteenth, 1983, outline her, Cindy went on to steer a quiet life. She would marry and would have three youngsters by 2013; the identical yr the film based mostly on her life story would come out. Throughout the early levels of manufacturing for The Frozen Floor, Cindy was keen to take a seat with the actress solid to play her, Vanessa Hudgens. Hudgens spoke with Collider in regards to the expertise, “She gave me an especially strong basis and instructed me her earliest recollections that she had till the place she is to today. With the ability to take these and meditate on them myself and make her recollections my very own recollections put me in the appropriate head house. It grew to become very accessible to me.”

Analysis Sources:

Butcher, Baker: The True Account of an Alaskan Serial Killer by Walter Gilmour and Leland E. Hale

Robert Hansen’s Murderpedia Profile

Robert Hansen’s Unidentified Victims — Eklutna Annie by Natasha Mullins

Robert Hansen: The Alaskan Serial Killer Who Hunted His Victims Like Animals by Katie Serena

Butcher, Baker Weblog

The Doe Community


Discover a Grave

The Charley Venture

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