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Robert Hansen: Butcher, Baker



Robert Hansen made Anchorage, Alaska his killing ground between 1971 and 1983. He confessed to the rape and murder of 17 prostitutes, yet there is evidence he killed more.

As a child, Hansen was extensively bullied in school. He was extremely shy, suffered a stutter, and had horrible acne that scarred his face. According to him he not only looked like a freak, but he sounded like one too. As a result, the girls in school wanted nothing to do with him.

Little did his classmates know that their rejection would spark a resentment Hansen would carry into his adulthood.

As he got older his anger only grew. Soon his fantasies of revenge and violence were to become a reality. His unfortunate victims would be the prostitutes who walked the cold streets of Anchorage.

Hansen had a distinct pattern of killing almost two dozen prostitutes. He would pick them up in his car, rape them in his cabin, and then fly each of them out to a secluded area in the woods. This is an area he knew no one would hear them scream. No one would be there to help. This was his hunting grounds, and he would release the women only to hunt them down like animals.

Robert Hansen’s known victims

According to Hansen, his first sexual encounter with a prostitute was unfulfilling. When recalling it to police he said she pretty much just jumped on and jumped off. This lead to Hansen feeling emasculated. Early on in life he formed the belief if he was paying for sex, then he should be in control.

The unassuming bakery owner admitted to police he chose prostitutes because he saw them as “lower than myself.” He continued on, telling them “I could do things with them that I couldn’t do with a good woman.”

With the information they had, troopers obtained a search warrant for his house. This was the beginning of the end for Hansen.

After an exhausting search of the rooms the police came up empty handed. It wasn’t until they finally reached the attic that they found what they were looking for. Beneath the insulation in the attic police found the rifles he used to kill his victims. They also they found the jewelry he kept as trophies from his victims.

Perhaps the most damning evidence they found was a flight aviation map. When Hansen realized they had found this map he knew the gig was up. The map indicated burial sites. As police went over the sites one by one, the mild manner Hansen explained in detail each memory associated with it. However, for his own reasons Hansen confessed to only 17 of the asterisks he etched onto the map instead of the full 21.

Hansen’s aviation map indicating where his victims are buried.

With this evidence Hansen was sentenced to 461 years plus life. In 2014 Robert Hansen died in prison from natural causes at 75 years old.

The documentary of Butcher, Baker is available on Discovery+ as well as the movie based off of the real life murders entitled Frozen Ground starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack currently on Netflix.

Want to read more true crime?  Read about Richard Ramirez The Night Stalker here 

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Horror Novels Getting Brand New TV Adaptations



It’s summer here in the United States and that means catching up on some reading. Of course, you will have to set down your Tears of the Kingdom Switch game. Speaking of a link to the past, there are a few older novels that are being made into new tv shows; some are already streaming.

Below are five books that, if they haven’t already, will enter the flatscreen digital universe in the near future.

Twilight, Stephenie Meyer

In case you hadn’t heard the news a brand new adaptation of Meyer’s teen supernatural romance fantasy Twilight is getting a series. Yes, you heard correctly. It’s only been 15 years since the first adaptation starring Kristin Stewart and James Pattinson was released, and now we are getting a small-screen series. Lionsgate TV is producing, but thanks to the writer’s strike it might be a while until we get details on just where it will air.

The Minds of Billy Milligan, Daniel Keyes

This is a story about a killer who blames his multiple personalities for the crimes he committed. Apple TV+ has made a miniseries out of it called “The Crowded Room” starring Tom Holland. That series will premiere on the streaming service starting June 9.

Triptych, Karin Slaughter

The ABC series “Will Trent” is based on this book and its sequels which feature 10 mysteries beginning with Triptych. Starring Ramón Rodríguez as the detective of the title, the show has just been renewed for a second season.

The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe

What’s Mike Flanagan going to do once his Netflix contract runs out? Thankfully it won’t be before his adaptation of this Poe chiller releases on the streamer. The IMDb page insists that the miniseries is in post-production and refuses to give a drop date, but we speculate that Halloween 2023 is when we will get it. This is a perfect seasonal offering.

The Changeling Victor Lavalle

Speaking of delayed releases, this Apple TV+ series was ordered back in 2021. It stars LaKeith Stanfield . NPR describes the story thusly:

“Apollo Kagwa is a rare book dealer and new father, in love with his wife, Emma, and their infant son Brian, named after the vanished father who haunts Apollo’s dreams.

But when Emma commits an unspeakable act of violence and disappears, Apollo’s left grasping at the threads of his unravelled life, following them through a labyrinth of strange characters, mysterious islands and haunted forests, all occupying the same space as the five boroughs of New York City.”

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Search Called Off For Teen Who Jumped From Cruise “As A Dare”



Cameron Robbins Missing in Bahamas

In a distressing story that is as tragic as it is horrifying, the search for teenager Cameron Robbins has ended after he was reportedly seen leaping into the Atlantic Ocean from a sunset cruise in the Bahamas.

The recent high school grad named Cameron Robbins, 18, was celebrating his graduation with some of his classmates who, TMZ reports, dared him to jump into the open water. Some of it was captured on video which you can view in the Twitter post below.

The alleged prank went horribly wrong. Robbins disappeared behind the boat and into the darkness. He failed to grab onto a life preserver that was thrown to him.

A search party consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and Bahamian authorities went on for several days but was eventually called off when his body wasn’t found.

The Coast Guard issued the following statement: “We offer our sincerest condolences to Cameron Robbins’ family and friends.”

His parents flew out to the Bahamas last week in hopes their son would be found. But in the end, the verdict was grim and they issued the following statement.

“The Bahamas government has called off the rescue for Cameron and we are returning to Baton Rouge. We want to thank the Bahamas government, the U.S. Coast Guard, the United Cajun Navy, and Congressman Garrett Graves for everything they have done for us. In this time of grief, we thank our family, friends, and well-wishers for granting us the privacy we need to properly remember our son and mourn his loss.”

iHorror offers its deepest condolences to Cameron’s family.

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Announcement of a ‘Faces of Death’ Remake is a Head-Scratcher



In perhaps one of the weirdest genre news stories to come out since we first reported on it two years ago, The Hollywood Reporter announced Barbie Ferreira (Euphoria) and Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things) will star in a Faces of Death remake.

For those who don’t have the number 19 at the start of their birth year, and may not know what Faces of Death is about, it is a “found-footage” documentary of people and animals dying in a myriad of horrific ways. All apparently non-produced and real. We know now that was a false claim and most of the material was (effectively) manufactured

Faces of Death (1978)

About eight years ago iHorror talked to Michael R. Felsher, owner, and founder of Red Shirt Pictures, a production company that provides documentaries, director commentary, and bonus content for DVD and Blu-Ray distributors. He went into detail about his experiences with Faces of Death and its director, Conan Le Cilaire (nee John A. Schwartz), who provides the commentary for the Blu-Ray edition.

“One of the things that I found really fascinating about [Faces of Death] was talking to both the special effects crew who worked on the movie and also the editor,” Felsher told iHorror at the time, “who had a really interesting task in that he had to blend stuff that existed at the time, and also sometimes create something out of whole cloth.”

Faces of Death (1978)

What?! The footage isn’t entirely real? Gen-Xers were duped? For a period of time in the mom-and-pop video rental era, Faces of Death was one of those grails hidden behind the counter and only rented out if you were cool enough to be trusted by the cashier.

The content was so disturbing the film was banned in several countries. One famous triggering scene involves a monkey and a dining table with a small hole in the middle, used as a pillory for the animal’s head. Dining guests then beat the monkey’s head with small mallets until it became unconscious and dined then on its brains. Of course, all of this was fabricated with cauliflower substituting for primate gray matter.

Scenes like this would help the film become fodder for the video nasty era and get it banned in the U.K. The censorship only flamed the hype and Faces of Death became an underground cult classic with a few sequels to follow. But it is the original that remains the jewel in the crown of the franchise, having earned over $60 million in its lifetime.

Schwartz (Le Cilaire) passed away in 2019, but apparently, his legacy will live on in a new “re-imagining” of his original film. There are no details on what that means. Only that it will be written by Isa Mazzei and directed by Daniel Goldhaber (Cam).

We will keep you updated.

In the meantime, check out our story about the secrets of Faces of Death HERE.

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