ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who gained the nickname of "the Butcher Baker" for abducting and hunting down women in the wilderness during the state's oil pipeline construction boom in the 1970s, has died at age 75.
Hansen died Thursday at Alaska Regional Hospital after being in declining health for the past year, Alaska Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sherrie Daigle said. Hansen had a "do not resuscitate" order on file with the agency, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Hansen was convicted in 1984 after confessing to killing 17 women, mostly dancers and prostitutes, during a 12-year span. Hansen was convicted of just four of the murders in a deal that spared him having to go to trial 17 times.
The Anchorage baker also confessed to raping another 30 women in that time.
Decades later in 2006, Hansen rejected a request to be interviewed by The Associated Press.
"I do not care so much for myself, but you journalist (sic) have hurt my family so very much," Hansen wrote in a typo-riddled, unsigned letter from Alaska's Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward.
Hansen was the subject of a 2013 film titled, "The Frozen Ground," which starred Nicolas Cage as an Alaska State Trooper investigating the slayings. Actor John Cusack portrayed Hansen.
Hansen was serving a 461-year sentence in Alaska at the time of his death. He had been incarcerated at the Seward state prison and was moved May 11, 2014, to the Anchorage Correctional Center to receive medical attention.
Hansen owned a bakery in a downtown mini-mall in the 1970s and 1980s. He lived across town with his wife and children, who knew nothing of his other life.
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