“How come I’ve never heard of this?”

“It was during the war, and they wanted things hushed up. Can you imagine the rumors of saboteurs, secret agents, and spies if it got out?”

“So what happened after he murdered those trappers?”

“Well, John Alberts couldn’t have picked a better place to do it. Alaska had something like 50 different law enforcement agencies before it was a state, everything from the Army to deputy US Marshals. So no one could figure out whose job it was to go after him.”


“Eventually he led a motley collection of lawmen and soldiers on a 1,000-mile chase through the bush. Killed five or so of them, I think, before they got him at long range with an Army sniper. Pretty remarkable if you think about it.”

“WHY did he do it?”

“Hell if I know. Guy didn’t say a single word, not even when they took him alive before he died of the injuries. I read someplace that he might have been a paranoid schizophrenic who suffered a mental break. But…”

“But what?”

“But then there’s this guy. Same MO, same behavior, and the original incident isn’t exactly required reading in school.”

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