At this point in the woeful saga of Robert Hansen’s so-called “summer project,” one gruesome task remained. Find the bodies and then identify the victims. Here, though, some intricate mathematics started to come into play. Hansen’s flight maps had 24 distinct asterisks. Troopers surmised there was a body at each of those marks. Hansen wasn’t giving them the satisfaction. He instead admitted to a total of 17 victims. Four of them already identified. That left 13 women. Unlucky 13.
FRANK ROTHSCHILD: “Now there are, Your Honor, 13 bodies still out there to find. On Saturday Mr. Hansen took a helicopter ride with Troopers, trying to point out as exactly as possible the locations of these bodies. And obviously until — and we’re going to find the bodies and notify the next of kin. We don’t know who they are although we have some suspicions.
“We know there’s one off the old railroad bridge by the Palmer-Glenn Highway where he took an airplane bag and stuffed it with rocks, tied it to her and threw her over into the water so she’d sink. That he buried one off of Barnhardt’s Mill Road off the Old Glenn Highway, a couple on sandbar next to the old Palmer bridge that goes across the Knik River. There’s another one right there by a road, there’s another sandbar right in the middle of the Knik down a little ways there where there’s one.
FRANK ROTHSCHILD: “There’s one in Eagle River right off of Hiland by the dump, down by Summit Lake down on the Kenai in a creek bed, the one on Grouse Lake on the Kenai who wasn’t buried. We don’t know if we’ll find anything with all the animals, or the 2 out towards Susitna. There’s another one that was found right to Paula — that is, he tells us, within 10 yards of Paula Goulding’s gravesite.
“And then interestingly enough, as he was flying with Sergeant Flothe and other troopers around in a helicopter, another one came to mind he hadn’t even remembered to tell us about and he would point, oh, yeah, there’s another one right over there. If you dig over here you’ll find another one, number 17, which we just found out about Saturday afternoon.”
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