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Barbara Smith
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June 27 2009

When Albert Johnson, the Mad Trapper of Rat River, was gunned down in February 1932, he went to his death without anyone knowing who he really was—most people believed the name "Albert Johnson" was an alias. He'd eluded a well-organized, well-equipped posse for seven weeks, surviving solely on wits and determination in the bitter cold of a Canadian Arctic winter. Some 75 years later, he was being pursued again, this time by a team of filmmakers and forensic scientists bent on determining his identity once and for all. In this age of DNA testing and leading-edge forensic techniques, would the decades-old mystery finally be solved?

Myth Merchant Films' Michael Jorgensen and Carrie Gour hoped so. Armed with a television production crew and a group of top forensic scientists, they headed to Aklavik, Northwest Territories. The team exhumed Johnson's body, examined the remains and harvested samples for further testing and DNA comparison with potential kin. The results were broadcast in a Discovery Channel documentary, Hunt for the Mad Trapper.

Author Barbara Smith was on hand to witness it all. In this book she takes readers to the isolated northern community of Aklavik, where the legend began, recounts the tale of the manhunt that mesmerized the world, describes the exhumation and subsequent scientific analyses and shares the astonishing information unearthed in Myth Merchant's investigation.


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"[M]ysterious. . . major focus is on the getting of DNA evidence (75 years later) and using modern forensic techniques." —BC Books for BC Schools

(2009-01-09)

About the Author

Barbara Smith is the bestselling author of more than 25 books. Keenly interested in Canadian social history, she writes on a variety of topics, from folklore to true crime. She has taught writing-related courses in schools from elementary to university level and for private industry. Barbara lives near Victoria, BC with her husband, Bob.


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3.0 out of 5 stars excellent photos; March 19 2013
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I bought this book wishing i would learh something new about this super human man;except for the superb photographies and the few comments of forensic experts,nothing new.But all in all,good reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Movie vrs the true story. March 12 2014
By William K. - Published on Amazon.com
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I was suprised how close the movie followed the story in the Book. Charles Bronsen & Lee Marvin,in the movie,did a fine job of portraying the charaters outlined
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4.0 out of 5 stars the Mad Trapper Feb. 11 2012
By Todd - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was written as a companion to the Discovery channel documentary about the search to identify Albert Johnson, the so-called "Mad Trapper of Rat River". It tracks the progress of assembling the forensics team and their discoveries along the way. Ms. Smith does cover the actual story of the manhunt, although the main focus is on the modern researchers' efforts and findings, as well as the author's own fascination with the story. She provides a lot of details about Johnson, who was a larger-than-life, yet real-life, historical character. Good photo inserts, though in the Kindle they come out in black and white so it's difficult to decipher the color-coded maps.
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written account of the investigation of Albert Johnson April 20 2011
By Shane - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Smith did a fine job of recording the details of the ongoing saga of "The Mad Trapper." Her skills as a writer really saved the tale from the basic boring details of a research book.
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