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The Mad Trapper: Unearthing a Mystery [Paperback]

Barbara Smith
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June 27 2009
Ever since he was gunned down in a torrent of RCMP bullets in February 1932, the true identity of Albert Johnson, a.k.a. the "Mad Trapper of Rat River," has remained a mystery. No one has yet been able to positively identify the enigmatic loner who shunned his neighbors and led police on a wild chase that ended not only with his own death but with one officer killed and two others wounded. In an attempt to settle once and for all the identity question, a team of scientists and a film production crew from Myth Merchant Films exhumed Albert Johnson from his Arctic grave in August 2007. Author Barbara Smith was part of that team and has now written a book about the experience. Illustrated with striking photos from the exhumation, The Mad Trapper: Unearthing a Mystery describes the scientists' research and the making of the documentary that will air on the Discovery Channel this spring. But was the true identity of the Mad Trapper at last revealed?

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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


About the Author

Barbara Smith is the bestselling author of 25 books. Canadian social history is one of her lifelong interests and she has also taught writing-related courses in schools from elementary to university level and for private industry. Barbara and her husband, Bob, live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

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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
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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
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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
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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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