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Butcher, Baker: A True Account of a Serial Murder

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  72 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Robert Hansen, True Crime
Paperback, 342 pages
Published November 5th 1991 by Onyx
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Aaron the Pink Donut
Sep 13, 2007 Aaron the Pink Donut rated it really liked it
Shelves: truecrime, history
Chilling account of Alaskan serial murder Robert Hansen. A baker by profession, Hansen was one of Alaska’s more prolific serial murderers in the 70’s and early 80’s. He would kidnap, rape, and then kill prostitutes. An avid hunter and skilled pilot, Hansen would take his victims from Anchorage and fly them to the remote woods and hunt them down. Creepy. For me growing up in Alaska the book was far more interesting because of the historical backdrop Gilmour weaves through the book. He gives you a ...more
Caitlin Hoffer
Jul 20, 2012 Caitlin Hoffer rated it really liked it
Four stars, because while I think it was poorly written--distractingly so in parts, it was a very engaging story that I think was well organized. I can't wait to see what they do with the movie. It's eerie knowing all the places they're talking about and driving on the same roads.
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Ted
Mar 01, 2012 Ted rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It sounds like a wondrously sordid true crime story: Killer flies his victims out into the Alaskan wilderness, then forces them to run for their lives while he hunts them. Unfortunately, the killer's confession - which is usually the centerpiece of great true crime books - is a clunker.

The writer did do a decent job building to the confession. The story is mainly told through the eyes of the cops. By the time the confession was about to come, I was right there with the cops wanting to nab the so
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Fishface
Jan 22, 2016 Fishface rated it really liked it
Really good, page-turner of a story about the weaselly little bakery owner in Alaska who proved to be an especially inventive and cruel serial killer. And wait 'til you read about his wife!!!
Michael Hanscom
Aug 13, 2011 Michael Hanscom rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, crime
Though I was prompted to pick this up with the recent news of the upcoming movie based on Hansen's killings, I'd been meaning to read it for years, after picking up my mom's copy and having her tell me that as a child, I actually knew Hansen, and had gone over to his house to play with his kids. The story is chilling enough on its own; the fact that it's all real, happened in my lifetime and where I grew up, and that it was Hansen was someone I and my family knew and associated with just makes i ...more
Cynde Moya
Mar 03, 2016 Cynde Moya rated it liked it
Kind of weird. Limited because the story is told mostly from the perspective of one of the investigators.
Linda
Apr 30, 2014 Linda rated it liked it
Butcher Baker was good but I liked Fair Game better. Both books are about Robert Hansen, Anchorage's serial killer.
Jerri
Sep 17, 2011 Jerri rated it liked it
Very interesting account of what took place within the APD, Troopers, attorneys, FBI and even the Judges while they were building a case against this guy. I remembered so many of the sleazy little dive strip joints he frequented. Three main ones were The Wild Cherry, Great American Bush Company and Good Time Charlies out on Dimond near where we lived and we DID go in there from time to time - eeeek
Dynasti
Dec 08, 2011 Dynasti rated it it was ok
I'm sure this was a great book, it had so much detail, however, I use to live in the neighborhood of the man who committed these crimes (not during that time but much later) and attend school in the same area and its just creepy to me. It so much more real and that is terrifying. Scary books are not for me, especially when they hit this close to home.
Tommy
Sep 05, 2011 Tommy rated it liked it
Always meant to read this book but with the announcement if the upcoming film I finally read it. It will be interesting to see how this is turned into a movie as it doesn't have the normal cat and mouse chases most murder mysteries do. Overall very interesting book
Especially being from alaska and knowing some of the places mentioned.
Denise Olin
Dec 23, 2013 Denise Olin rated it really liked it
Very scary true account of a serial killer in my backyard! I read this about a year after it'd come out and then again before the movie came out. Great movie, glad it was from the victim's perspective rather than to glorify the killer!
Mystique
Jan 13, 2008 Mystique added it
Shelves: true-crime
Do not read this book unless you are very interested in serial killers. It's extremely disturbing. I'm interested in serial killers, their crimes, and what makes them tick. This guy was particularly sick, and is one of the worst I've read about.
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