“Dancing nude did not come easily to Paula Goulding. For the first week she only danced topless. She was a beautiful woman, however, and the woman who managed the club was patient with her. Then she finally got up the nerve to dance bottomless.
“She knew that the girls who did made more money than the girls who didn’t. Ironically, that was the night she made a date for a secret rendezvous with a mystery man, a date she should have refused.
“Goulding met the man at the Bush Company, where he offered her $200 to meet him for lunch. His only stipulation was that she come in a cab. On Sunday the 24th, Goulding called a cab and departed her home.”
Excerpt From: Walter Gilmour & Leland E. Hale. “Butcher, Baker”
Paula Goulding (Alaska State Troopers)
From Robert Hansen’s Confession
[Transcript lightly edited for clarity]
LH: Do you remember where the two of you [planned to] rendezvous at?
RH: Not exactly. No. Downtown most likely some place.
LH: Do you remember how she arrived there? She was supposed to come a certain way.
GF: How would you get them there so you wouldn’t be seen making the connection?
RH: That’s one thing that I thought I was always pretty careful about… And ah, I was going to meet them out in front of the Safeway there at the Northway Mall and one time down by the Post Office Mall downtown… I always made sure I was there, oh, at least half an hour, forty-five minutes ahead. I just stood there and waited you know, not where I thought they could see me, you know. And if someone pulled up with them and stayed, I just turned and took off.
GF = Glenn Flothe; RH = Robert Hansen; LH = Lyle Haugsven
By the time Paula Goulding met up with Bob Hansen for their “lunch date,” she was desperate and confused. Her overwhelming emotion was to leave the topless dance business behind. Hansen, ever in search of a “romantic” relationship — where the woman liked him for himself — offered to let Paula stay at his house until she figured things out. His wife and kids were out of town, so the opportunity was there.
But Paula was wary. Running scared. Before she knew it, she was handcuffed and in Robert Hansen’s airplane. This was not the secret rendezvous she had in mind.
Purchase Butcher, Baker