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The Mad Trapper

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
When it began, he was just another stranger without a name. When it ended, he was the most notorious criminal in North America, the object of the largest manhunt in RCMP history.

This is the story of Albert Johnson, the Mad Trapper, a silent man of superhuman strength and endurance, who defied capture for fifty days in the bitter cold of winter, north of the Arctic Circle.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published January 29th 2003 by Red Deer Press (first published 1980)
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Crystal Greek
Dec 17, 2013 Crystal Greek rated it liked it
This book is a fictionalized account of the rCMP's pursuit of the Mad Trapper through the Canadian north during the winter of 1931-1932. I'd been told the story as a child and picked up this book while in the Yukon when I saw the cover in a gift shop and was reminded of the tale. I never knew the identity of the Trapper was never conclusively established. It's a fascinating story, but I gave it three stars because the fictionalized account of the Trapper's time alone and his thoughts bothered me ...more
The story of the Mad Trapper is a touchstone story about Canada's north. Unknown individual squares off with nature, goes mad, confronts forces of civilization trying to impose comformity with man made laws not nature's laws and the result is a metaphor gone wild. Rudy Wiebe, a truly fine Canadian writer brings an artist's sensibility and a novelists touch to a story to strange to be fiction and too elliptical to be truth.
Dec 11, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Mentally the mad trapper is a goner as far as I can tell. He behaves in a mysterious and angry manner. The rcmp chase him through frozen country, in
blizzards, over mountains, you name it. Some of them get shot some wounded all in an attempt to catch this guy. In the end the mad trapper gets shot and to this day people are clueless as to where he came from and who he is.
Feb 05, 2015 Eli rated it really liked it
A good account of the RCMP harassing, hounding, pursuing, blowing up his cabin, and eventually killing a man who just wanted to be left alone.
Dec 13, 2010 rope rated it really liked it
This is a great story about great northern history.
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Wiebe was born at Speedwell, near Fairholme, Saskatchewan in what would later become his family’s chicken barn. For thirteen years he lived in an isolated Mennonite community of about 250 people. He did not speak English until age six since Mennonites at that time customarily spoke Low German at home and standard German at Church. He attended the small school three miles from his farm and the Spee ...more
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