Robert Hansen's house.
Serial Killer House in Anchorage, Alaska, United States.
This is the former home of Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen—aka "the Butcher Baker".
It is situated at 7223 Old Harbor Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska.
Between 1971 and 1983, Hansen murdered at least seventeen women. In one known case, he brought a victim back to this house in Northeast Anchorage and then chained her up in the basement.
He did this while his wife and children were out of town.
Hansen used a small bush plane to fly many of his victims out to a cabin in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. He would then set them loose in the wilderness so that he could hunt them down using a knife or a rifle.
A criminal profile by FBI agent John Douglas painted Hansen as the lead suspect in the murders of several local women. This, coupled with claims that he had recently imprisoned and raped a sex worker, led to a search warrant being issued for the house.
During their search, the Anchorage Police Department discovered some of the victims' jewelry in the basement. They also found newspaper clippings about the murders and a map that Hansen had used to record the location of multiple burial sites.
Although he initially denied any involvement, Hansen soon buckled under the weight of evidence that was being put before him. Subsequently, he admitted to dozens of rapes and murders. In exchange for being able to serve his life sentence in a federal prison, "the Butcher Baker" agreed to help the authorities locate some of his victims' bodies.
On February 27th, 1984, he was sentenced to 461 years in prison without the possibility of parole. In 2014, he died in prison at the age of 75.
The location of Robert Hansen's house.
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7223 Old Harbor Ave
Old Harbor Avenue lies off Muldoon Road. The property is the fourth-last house on the right. Note that in older reports and maps, this location is labeled as Old Harbor Road instead of Avenue.
Private property warning.
This is a private property. It is not a public place. Therefore, you should be respectful and not step foot on the property without permission.
This is someone's private residence. Please have respect for the owners and their privacy by not hanging around and making yourself known.
Trivia and other information.
- The house was built in 1960. It has three bedrooms and is 2,616 sq ft in size.
- In a number of reports, the street is called "Old Harbor Road." However, on Google Maps, it is labelled as "Old Harbor Avenue".
- Hansen was born in Estherville, Iowa. He moved to Anchorage in 1967.
- He was called "the Butcher Baker" because he owned a bakery on 9th Avenue in Anchorage.
- His M.O. involved picking up sex workers and then holding them at gunpoint.
- His first confirmed murder took place in 1979. The ages of his victims ranged from 16 to 41.
Photos of the house and other related images.
Cindy Paulson's escape.
In June of 1983, Hansen imprisoned and raped 17-year-old Cindy Paulson at his house on Old Harbor Road. He then drove her to a nearby public-use airport called Merrill Field.
Once they reached the airport, Hansen parked the car beside his small bush plane and started to load items into the cockpit. Meanwhile, Cindy remained cuffed in the backseat.
Fortunately, she soon spotted an opportunity to escape. While Hansen was preoccupied with the plane, Cindy Paulson lunged into the front seat and exited the car via the driver's door. She then ran cuffed and barefoot towards the closest entrance on 5th Avenue.
Although Hansen chased after her with a gun, Cindy was able to flag down a passing truck driver before he could reach her.
At her request, the driver dropped her off at the Mush Inn and then proceeded to contact the police.
Although Hansen was questioned by the police, they did not consider him to be a strong suspect. In their opinion, he was too quiet and mild-mannered to have committed such a crime. Furthermore, one of his friends provided a fake alibi.
The red arrow in the accompanying image is pointing towards 5th Avenue, which is on the northern side of the airfield.
Coordinates: 61.215874, -149.842995
Then and now.
The photograph at the top shows what Robert Hansen's house looked like back in 1983.
The Google Street View image at the bottom was taken in July of 2021.
John Douglas' profile of Hansen.
Originally, the police did not believe that someone like Hansen could be responsible for the murders of local women. In their eyes, he was far too mild-mannered and meek to commit such heinous crimes.
This is despite the fact that he had a history of violence against women.
However, a criminal profile by FBI agent John Douglas quickly challenged this perception.
According to Douglas' profile, the killer would be an experienced hunter with low self-esteem and a stutter. He would also be a hard-working and successful businessman.
Douglas surmised that the man in question likely kept "trophies" of his victims in an attempt to relive the murders.
This profile, coupled with Cindy Paulson's testimony, focused the police's attention on Robert Hansen.
This is an aerial photograph of Hansen's former home on Old Harbor Avenue. As you can see, 7223 is the fourth-last house on the right.
Robert Hansen's bakery was located at 828 E. 9th Avenue in Anchorage. It is a 10–12 minute drive from his house.
Nowadays, the building is home to a Food Mart convenience store.
Coordinates: 61.213476, -149.867781
Celia "Beth" Van Zanten.
Hansen's first victim may have been 17-year-old Celia "Beth" Van Zanten. The young girl's body was discovered on December 25th, 1971 in McHugh Creek State Park. She had frozen to death after being brutally assaulted and raped.
Another Anchorage-based serial killer named Gary Zieger has also been linked to her murder.
Eklutna Annie is Robert Hansen's first confirmed murder victim. To this day, she remains unidentified.
Her skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area near Eklutna Lake in July of 1980. She had been stabbed in the back of the neck with a knife.
The image above contains two forensic facial reconstructions of Annie's face, as well as the jewelry that was found on her body.
Annie was petite and had strawberry-blond or light brown hair. Judging by the decomposition of her remains, it is likely that she went missing at some point in 1979.
The Mush Inn.
When Cindy Paulson escaped from Merrill Airfield, she asked a passing trucker if he could take her to the Mush Inn at 333 Concrete Street. The Mush Inn is only a couple of yards away from the airport at Merrill Airfield.
Once she arrived at the lobby of the inn, she asked a staff member if she could use the phone.
After calling a friend, Cindy left the Mush Inn and went to the Big Timber Motel, which was where she was staying at the time.
Coordinates: 61.218757, -149.849414
The Big Timber Motel.
Shortly after Cindy arrived at the Mush Inn, a friend picked her up and took her to the Big Timber Motel, which was just around the corner. Although it was only a short five-minute walk away, Cindy did not want to venture outside by herself for obvious reasons.
When the police arrived at the Big Timber Motel, Cindy was still handcuffed.
The Big Timber Motel was located at 2037 East 5th Avenue in Anchorage. Judging by this Google Street View image from July of 2021, the building is currently closed-off and dilapidated.
Coordinates: 61.217776, -149.842289
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