"Murder at 40 Below" is a gritty yet fascinating account of many of Alaska's most notorious and unusual murder cases. Drawn from police files, eyewitness accounts, and news reports, these stories introduce criminals and their extreme crimes in a land known for extremes of other kinds. Included are stories about a churchgoing big-game hunter, Robert E. Hanson, who stalked topless dancers for more than a decade; and Robert Stroud, an ignorant construction worker who killed a Juneau bartender, went to jail, and eventually gained a national following as "The Birdman of Alcatraz."
Mechele is young, attractive, and looking to cash in on her aesthetic assets when she moves from New Orleans to Alaska in 1994 to earn money for college tuition. Her charms ensnare the affections of three men, and the combined effects of jealously, lust, and greed take a deadly turn in this true crime story. Before a murder in the woods shatters her contented life, Mechele works as an exotic dancer at the Alaska Bush Company, where she spends her days pleasing a procession of hard-working men. John, Scott, and Kent are simultaneously smitten with Mechele, and offer affection in the form of lavish gifts and ultimately engagement rings. While the three men begin their affairs on the same path, violent murder blasts apart their parallel lives. One of the trio is shot in the back; another is accused of the murder. Dead Man's Dancer follows this murder case from 1996 throughout Mechele's tumultuous trial in 2006 that becomes a nationwide sensation. Shocking in its detailed portrayal of murder and convoluted love affairs, Dead Man's Dancer excites horror in readers that lingers far after the last page is turned.
A collection of stories about some of Alaska's high-profile criminal investigations of the past half-century. Step by step, journalist Tom Brennan walks readers through thirteen notorious cases, drawing details from the confidential files of Alaska police detectives who investigate murder, mayhem, crimes of passion and greed, and an amazing amount of criminal stupidity.
Alaskans must have a good sense of humor to laugh off the rigors of life in the Far North. And laugh they do, finding humor in: The animal-rights activists who hear about moose droppings and demand to know how far the moose are dropped. The practical joker in Sitka who sneaks a load of burning tires into the crater of a nearby dormant volcano, alarming the local population. The newspaper columnist who claims the best protection against bears is to hike with somebody who runs slower than you do. The wacky deeds and utterances of politicians . . . blundering bureaucrats . . . oddball court cases . . . and April Fool's Day gags both famous and infamous. Ignoring the conventions of political correctness, author Tom Brennan has collected a hoard of humor that will surprise and delight.