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Frozen Ground (film)

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The Frozen Ground is a 2013 film based on the apprehension of the Anchorage Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen and Cindy Paulson, the 17 year old victim who survived.

5 out of 10 stars.  The content of this film is pretty good and worthy of 8 stars.  So is most of the acting.  But Vanessa Hudgens overacted and since she’s in most of the film it was hard to watch.  Her character was also really unlikable.  She was very self-destructive only she dragged other people down with her.  The low production values also made it hard to watch.  In some scenes the film was actually on the blurry side.  🙁

From the 1970s to the 1980s, Robert Hansen, a baker who lived in Anchorage, Alaska with his wife, kidnapped, raped, and murdered at least 50 girls.  What’s really sad is that in 1971 he kidnapped and raped a young female realtor and was arrested and convicted, but only served 15 months.  Why?  Because he was white and male and convinced the white male judge it was just an impulsive mistake.

On June 13, 1983, he kidnapped, raped, and tortured 17 year old prostitute Cindy Paulson.  He was on his way to kill her when she escaped and went to a local motel begging for someone to call the police.  They did.  Two white male cops responded and didn’t even follow up with the rape kit which had Robert Hansen’s semen.  Instead they buried her case and called it solved stating “how can you rape a prostitute” which is what Robert Hansen told them.  They called Hansen an upstanding citizen and her a loser.  Fortunately, a low level cop in the Anchorage Police Department photocopied the file and sent it to State Trooper Jack Halcombe.  Jack is the one who finally gets Hansen and nails him with at least six murders.

What they find in Hansen’s home is a map with more than 20 X’s on hit.  Where two of those X’s are located on the map, the troopers have found four bodies of young women murdered and tortured in the same way.  Halcombe gets Hansen to confess and lead them to 11 bodies of women he kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered.  He confesses to 17 murders and the kidnap, rape, and torture of 30 others.  He is sentenced to 461 years in prison with no possibility of parole.  Thankfully, he died in 2014.

In the ending credits of the film they show photographs of his victims and their names along with the dates he kidnapped and murdered them but the list is incomplete.

5 out of 10 stars.  It’s wonderful that they made this film because every young woman should know how to avoid a monster like this.  But the low production values and casting of Vanessa Hudgens make it hard to watch.  The best parts of this film were the chilling scenes in which Hansen flew the victims in his tiny plane to remote hunting areas and then hunted them down like animals.  That shows Hansen’s depravity.


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