"Murder at 40 Below" is a gritty yet fascinating account of many of Alaska's most notorious and unusual murder cases. Drawn from police files, eyewitness accounts, and news reports, these stories introduce criminals and their extreme crimes in a land known for extremes of other kinds. Included are stories about a churchgoing big-game hunter, Robert E. Hanson, who stalked topless dancers for more than a decade; and Robert Stroud, an ignorant construction worker who killed a Juneau bartender, who went to jail, and eventually gained a national following as "The Birdman of Alcatraz."
From the Back Cover:
Fiendish deeds in a land known for its extremes. Murder at 40 Below is a collection of stories about ten of Alaska's most notorious murder cases drawn from interviews with investigators, police files, eyewitness reports, and newspaper archives. You will be shocked and fascinated by these grisly, fact-filled accounts of failed dreams, violent schemes, greed, madness, and treachery. Read about: Trusting Manly Hot Springs residents who begin disappearing when a demented drifter arrives in town. The sexually obsessed big game hunter lures topless dancers to a remote hideaway to rape, torture, and kill them. The Juneau laborer murders the man who beat his mistress and later gains a national following as the "Birdman of Alcatraz." The disturbing shooting deaths of three Eskimo hunters from Kiana in northwest Alaska that ends in an icy wilderness manhunt. The police appeal for help finding a serial killer that generates 7,000 calls from informants in the Fairbanks area.
About the Author:
Tom Brennan moved to Alaska in 1967. He is a communications consultant, newspaper columnist, former oilman, and self-described "recovering fly-fisherman." He and his wife, Marnie, live in Anchorage.