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The Beginnings Of A Monster
He was a baker and a family man, but behind the normal facade lurked a serial killer who liked to torture and rape women before hunting and killing them like wild game. He grew up in Estherville, Iowa, a small town near the Minnesota border. As a teenager, Hansen suffered from severe acne, leaving his face covered with pockmarks. Hansen found solitary refuge in the desolate woods outside his hometown. He would later put these skills to use as a serial rapist and murderer. Hansen enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in He subsequently worked as an assistant drill instructor at a police academy in Pocahontas, Iowa, south of Estherville.
A Fresh Start
Ever since the story was published, the perverse idea of humans hunting humans has captivated people. The disturbing concept has appeared time and again in the plots of novels, TV shows, and movies, but for the most part, it has been relegated to the pages of fiction. Though Hansen maintained a wholesome reputation in town, he let his hidden dark side run wild in the woods of Alaska. This is the terrifying true story of the Butcher Baker serial killer. Unlike his fictional counterpart, Robert Hansen was no aristocratic nobleman. Born on February 15, , in Estherville, Iowa, his father was a Danish immigrant who owned a bakery. He was also a strict disciplinarian. He worked long hours in the family bakery from a young age.
Robert Christian Hansen February 15, — August 21, , known in the media as the " Butcher Baker ", was an American serial killer. Between and , Hansen abducted, raped, and murdered at least 17 women in and around Anchorage, Alaska ; he hunted many of them down in the wilderness with a Ruger Mini and a knife. He was arrested and convicted in , and was sentenced to years and a life sentence without the possibility of parole.