People may be surprised to know that the idea of hunting humans for sport is not limited to novels or films.
Richard Connell’s book about a Russian nobleman who enticed a man to his island and then hunted him for sport was called “The Most Dangerous Game.” However, it could have been an inspiration for murderers like Robert Hansen.
Hansen, also known as the Butcher Baker, lived out this perverse fantasy in the wilderness of Alaska.
For a decade, he concealed his true nature from the locals, and the surrounding woods became his hunting ground.
He Targeted Pr*stitutes And Exotic Dancers
His targets were “women of the night” who he captured before releasing them in the woods. Then, he would experience the thrill of hunting them in the same way that animals are hunted. This is a horrifying true story.
Estherville, Iowa was the birthplace of Hansen in 1939. His father was a Danish immigrant who owned a bakery.
He was an unkind man, and Hansen was brought up under a strict regime. For example, he was left-handed, but he was forced to use his right hand. He worked in the bakery from a tender age and all these stresses caused him to stutter into adulthood.
Life was no better as an adolescent. He was bullied and the butt of many jokes. He could not make friends, and girls did not find the shy, acne-ravaged teenager attractive. He was always alone.
Hunting Alone Was His Hobby
He found an outlet for his angst in hunting, and that is how his macabre fantasies began.
At 18, Hansen joined the United States Army Reserves. Things improved for him and he became an assistant drill instructor in Pocahontas, Iowa.
He got married and appeared to have left his unhappy past behind. However, it was short-lived.