A serial killer convicted in the deaths of more than a dozen women died early Thursday in an Anchorage hospital.
Robert Hansen was 75.
Hansen was recently transferred to Anchorage due to declining health, and he died at 2 a.m. in Alaska Regional Hospital, Alaska Department of Corrections spokesperson Sherrie Daigle said. According to troopers, Hansen had "Do Not Resuscitate" paperwork on file with the DOC.
The serial killer was convicted for the deaths of more than a dozen women in Alaska in the 1970s and 1980s.
Hansen, who operated a bakery in Anchorage, became known as the "Butcher Baker" after his conviction in February 1984 on numerous charges ranging from assault to kidnapping.
A judge sentenced him to serve 461 years in prison, in addition to a life sentence.
Authorities believe Hansen had at least 17 and as many as 21 victims between 1971 and 1983.
Although he only admitted to 14, the bodies of two others were found after police seized an aviation map of Southcentral Alaska with the markings of 17 locations corresponding with victims' remains.
As late as 2003, troopers were seeking to identify “Eklutna Annie,” a woman found near a popular camping area and believed to have been killed by Hansen nearly a quarter-century earlier.
A Hollywood film crew visited the state in 2011 to make a movie on Hansen's killings, "The Frozen Ground." The resulting picture, starring John Cusack as Hansen and Nicolas Cage as an Alaska State Trooper investigating the case, was released in 2013.
Daigle says Hansen spent most of his time in Alaska custody since Oct. 27, 1983 at the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward. His cause of death will be determined by the state medical examiner.
Alaska State Troopers director Col. James Cockrell said his agency, largely responsible for putting Hansen behind bars, had no comment on Hansen's death Thursday.
"That was a bad time in the history of the state," Cockrell said.
Editor's Note: While the infamous killer is named in the headline due to longstanding interest in his case, it remains important to remember the lives he took.Below are photos previously attributed to the Alaska State Troopers and information provided on a website operated by Juan Ignacio Blanco. Channel 2 is working to independently verify information about thevictims and to add more details.
July 21, 1980: A woman never identified, known simply as "Eklutna Annie," was found near Eklutna Lake, a popular camping area north of Anchorage.
July 1980: The body of Joanne Messina was also found near Eklutna Lake.
Sept. 12, 1982: Sherry Morrow was found near the Knik River.
Sept. 2, 1983: Paula Goulding was found on the banks of the Knik River.
April 24, 1984: Malai Larsen was found near Old Knik Bridge.
April 24, 1984: Sue Luna was found near the Knik River.
April 25, 1984: DeLynn Frey was found near Horseshoe Lake.
April 26, 1984: Teresa Watson was found on the Kenai Peninsula.
April 26, 1984: Angela Feddern was found near Figure Eight Lake.
April 29, 1984: Tamara Pederson was found near Knik Bridge.
May 9, 1984: Lisa Futrell was found near Knik Bridge.
Channel 2’s Austin Baird and Dan Carpenter contributed to this story.