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The Mad Trapper

Unearthing a Mystery

by Barbara Smith

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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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Barbara Smith lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She writes fulltime and has been published in New Trail, Today's Parent, Canadian Emergency News, Western People and Teaching Today, among other publications.

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The Mad Trapper: Unearthing a Mystery

The Mad Trapper tells the mysterious story of Albert Johnson and events around the Rat River, NWT, in 1931/1932. He was suspected of interfering with the traplines of Aboriginals and when the RCMP came to his homestead, they were greeted with gunfire resulting in an officer being seriously wounded. A larger team returned to the cabin and began a chase that would last seven weeks in the severest winter weather until the “Mad Trapper” was taken down. The book’s major focus is on the getting of DNA evidence (75 years later) and using modern forensic techniques to find out who he really was.

Smith was a witness with the forensic scientists’ team who went in search of “Johnson’s” DNA. The investigation was part of a Discovery Channel Documentary “Hunt for the Mad Trapper”.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.

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