Arrest of Robert Hansen: Stealing from Himself

For Robert Hansen it was no big deal, apparently, to take his hunting trophies off the walls of his den, hide them somewhere and then call his insurance agent and report them stolen. No big deal to take the settlement money. No big deal to take that money and put it toward a new airplane. If you’re Robert Hansen, it’s no big deal to be stealing from yourself. Heck, how could you even steal it, if it was yours in the first place?

Sure enough, though, when troopers got inside Hansen’s house, there were all the stolen trophies, proud as ever on the walls of his den. At this point, it wasn’t only Cindy Paulson who had seen them. Troopers were sure Hansen’s insurance company would appreciate an update on their current location.

BURGLARY HANSEN RESIDENCE A.P.D. CASE 81-1290 Suspected Insurance Fraud
Item #1, Bear rug
family room between table and wall
Item #93, Sheep head, wall of family room.
Item #94, Wolverine hide, wall of family room.
Item #95, Grizzly hide,
nail on wall in corner of family room.
Item #98, Beaver hide,
mounted on wall of family room.
Item #99, Walrus tusks, wall of family room.
Source: Sequence of Events Leading to Arrest of Robert C. Hansen, 1/31/84, Sgt. Glenn Flothe (“Ruff Copy”)

Dall Sheep head mounted in Hansen’s basement (copyright Leland E. Hale)

Purchase Butcher, Baker

2 thoughts on “Arrest of Robert Hansen: Stealing from Himself”

    1. Robert Hansen’s insurance claim was made in 1981, after he reported a home burglary to the Anchorage Police Department. Six trophies were reported “stolen” (Bear rug, Sheep head, Wolverine hide, Grizzly hide, Beaver hide and Walrus tusks). The missing sheep head was his world-record trophy. Hansen used the insurance proceeds to purchase a Piper Cub airplane, the same one he used to fly women to the Knik.

      Hansen purchased his bakery in early 1982, according to his October 27, 1983 post-arrest interview at Trooper Headquarters. Asked by troopers how long he’d had his “shop down there,” Hansen answered “About a year and three-quarters now.”

      Edit: His insurance fraud was discovered when police searched his home after Cindy Paulson escaped. The “stolen” trophies were “suddenly” back on the walls of his den. Oops!

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