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Alaska is a land of mystery, danger, stunning beauty, and valuable resources. Over the decades, fortune seekers have been drawn to Alaska in search of gold, oil, fish, and crab. These fortune seekers are usually young men with little to lose and big dreams of becoming rich. Throughout Alaska’s history, a wave of crime has followed each economic boom, and in my podcast, I will tell you these stories of crime while I share a little about the rich cultural history and geography of this complex state I call home.

Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier Robin Barefield

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Alaska is a land of mystery, danger, stunning beauty, and valuable resources. Over the decades, fortune seekers have been drawn to Alaska in search of gold, oil, fish, and crab. These fortune seekers are usually young men with little to lose and big dreams of becoming rich. Throughout Alaska’s history, a wave of crime has followed each economic boom, and in my podcast, I will tell you these stories of crime while I share a little about the rich cultural history and geography of this complex state I call home.

    Murder on Shuyak Island

    Murder on Shuyak Island

    On November 12th, 2015, Peter, the Island Air, mail-plane pilot, landed at Port William Wilderness Lodge on Shuyak Island. The lodge occupies an old cannery, and Peter found this stop memorable because instead of both of the lodge’s caretakers greeting him, as usual, only one caretaker, 44-year-old Steven Ridenour, met the plane. Peter wondered why the other caretaker, Steven McCaulley, 56, also did not arrive to help unload the freight. Since the tide was high, the plane could not pull up to the beach, and Ridenour had to ferry the mail to shore by boat. Without McCaulley there to assist, the job proved difficult and time-consuming. Peter also found it curious that Ridenour simply stacked the freight above the high-tide mark, grabbed his gear, and jumped on the plane for a ride back to Kodiak. Ridenour then flew to Anchorage where he lived.



    On November 15th, Steven Ridenour called the manager of Port William Wilderness Lodge, told him he’d quit his job, and asked for his past four paychecks. On November 17th, Steven Ridenour’s brother, Don, called the lodge manager and said his brother sent him and other family members Facebook messages stating he killed his fellow caretaker, Steven McCaulley, in self-defense, and he needed money to leave the state. The manager contacted the Alaska State Troopers and requested a welfare check on McCaulley at the lodge.





    SOURCES:

    Christiansen, Scott. 3-17-2017. I killed a man on Shuyak who tried to kill me with a chainsaw. Kodiak Daily Mirror. Available at http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/news/article_533bfb52-0abc-11e7-bc83-97c66a534f34.html



    Christiansen, Scott. 3-15-2017. Shuyak Island killing case goes to trial. Kodiak Daily Mirror. Available at http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/news/article_cc2b2096-0923-11e7-a7e6-7b4185115b1c.html



    Christiansen Scott. 4-7-2017. Murder defendant’s phone messages point to heavy drinking. Kodiak Daily Mirror. Available at http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/news/article_2f0b2b10-1b3b-11e7-8882-af591c19cbde.html



    Associated Press. 9-20-2018. Anchorage man sentenced to 62 years in murder of co-worker at lodge near Kodiak. Anchorage Daily News. Available at https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/crime-courts/2018/09/20/anchorage-man-sentenced-to-62-years-in-murder-of-co-worker-at-lodge-near-kodiak/



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    • 21 min
    Abduction in Tazlina

    Abduction in Tazlina

    Tazlina, Alaska, an unincorporated village located 187 miles (301 km) northeast of Anchorage, is nestled along the banks of the Copper River. In 1991, 241 people lived in Tazlina. Eleven-year-old Mandy Lemaire, her parents, and brothers had just moved to Tazlina from Anchorage a year earlier. Mandy’s parents felt Tazlina would be a safer place to raise their children and a place where their kids could learn to hunt and fish and enjoy the Alaska outdoors.



    Soon after moving to Tazlina, Mandy made friends with Erin, a girl who lived three-quarters of a mile down the road. On August 22, 1991, with only a few days left before the beginning of the school year, the girls asked their parents if they could get together to play. Mandy invited Erin to her house, and with their parents’ permission, Mandy planned to walk halfway to Erin’s where the two girls would meet and then return to Mandy’s house. Mandy’s mother was reluctant to let her daughter walk by herself, not because she was worried about humans, but because they lived in the Alaska wilderness, and she was concerned Mandy might run into a bear or a moose. Mandy would not have to walk far, though, before meeting Erin, and Mandy’s mother watched her walk down the road. Mandy had long, blond hair and wore a pink jacket. Mandy’s mother knew Mandy would only be out of her sight for a short while before she rendezvoused with Erin.



    A half-hour later, Erin arrived alone at the Lemaire house. She said she saw no sign of Mandy during her walk. She waited for Mandy for several minutes at the halfway point but then decided to walk the rest of the way to Mandy’s house on her own. Mandy’s parents, Valerie and Dave, were not immediately concerned and guessed the two girls had somehow missed each other. They followed the path Mandy would have taken along a neighborhood airstrip, but when they saw no sign of their daughter, they alerted others in the small village, and soon neighbors organized a community-wide search.





    Sources

    Brennan, Tom. 2005. A Young Girl is Missing. Cold Crime. Epicenter Press ISBN 9780974501444.



    Fear Thy Neighbor. 1-14-2014. Ice Cold Killers. Season 2. Episode 2.



    Forensic Files. 10-8-2003. Share of Influence.







    Charles Smithart



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    Each month I will provide one or more of the following to club members.

    · An extra episode of Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier available only for club members.

    · Behind the scenes glimpses of life and wildlife in the Kodiak wilderness.

    · Breaking news about ongoing murder cases and new crimes in Alaska

    · Merchandise or discounts on MMLF merchandise or handmade glass jewelry

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    • 23 min
    A Bloody Anchorage Night

    A Bloody Anchorage Night

    It took a horrible murder for Alaska to revise its statutes for the criminally insane from some of the most lenient sentencing laws in the country to the strictest laws in the U.S. for the insanity defense.



    On the night of May 3, 1982, one veteran Anchorage police officer was quoted as saying, “This has got to be one of the grisliest nights I’ve ever seen.” Within an hour, seven people lost their lives. Three died in the Black Bull bar in the Muldoon section of Anchorage, and the other four were shot in Russian Jack Springs Park in East Anchorage. At first, investigators wondered if the two crime scenes were connected, but they soon learned nothing linked the two horrific events.



    Russian Jack Springs Park







     



    Russsian Jack

    Sources

    Ice Cold Killers Season Two, Episode One: Blood Red Sun.



    Brennan, Tom. 2001. By Reason of Insanity. Murder at 40 Below. Epicenter Press.



    Murderpedia, Charles L. Meach III. Available at https://murderpedia.org/male.M/m/meach-charles.htm



    New York Times (1982), New Law on Insanity Plea Stirs Dispute in Alaska. Available at https://www.nytimes.com/1982/06/22/us/new-law-on-insanity-plea-stirs-dispute-in-alaska.html



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    Each month I will provide one or more of the following to club members.

    · An extra episode of Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier available only for club members.

    · Behind the scenes glimpses of life and wildlife in the Kodiak wilderness.

    · Breaking news about ongoing murder cases and new crimes in Alaska

    · Merchandise or discounts on MMLF merchandise or handmade glass jewelry

    Become a Patron!



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    Subscribe to my free, monthly Murder and Mystery Newsletter for more stories about true crime and mystery from Alaska.

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    Visit my website at http://robinbarefield.com

    Check out my books at Author Masterminds



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    • 21 min
    Who Murdered Bonnie Craig?

    Who Murdered Bonnie Craig?

    Bonnie Craig



    I can’t imagine the agony of losing a child for any reason, but how does a mother cope when she learns someone murdered her daughter, and she knows terror and pain must have marked the last moments of her child’s life? The book Justice for Bonnie deals with this issue. The well-written book profiles a mother’s fight to learn the truth about what happened to her daughter.



    Kenneth Dion Anchorage Daily News

    Sources:

    To read more about Bonnie Craig and her mother’s fight for justice, I highly recommend Justice for Bonnie.



    Holland, Magan. 5/2/2007. DNA links prison inmate to 1994 Bonnie Craig murder. Anchorage Daily News.

    http://www.sitnews.us/0507news/050207/050207_shns_dna_arrest.html

    Mann, Camille. 5/18/2011. Kenneth Dion, ex-soldier on trial for 1994 murder of Alaska coed Bonnie Craig. CBS News.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kenneth-dion-ex-soldier-on-trial-for-1994-murder-of-alaska-coed-bonnie-craig/

    http://www.sitnews.us/0507news/050207/050207_shns_dna_arrest.html

    6/15/2011. Dion Convicted of Killing Bonnie Craig 17 Years Ago. Alaska Public Media.

    https://www.alaskapublic.org/2011/06/15/dion-convicted-of-killing-bonnie-craig-17-years-ago/



    Grove, Casey. 10/31/2011. Bonnie Craig’s killer sentenced to 124 years in prison. Anchorage Daily News.

    https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/article/bonnie-craigs-killer-sentenced-124-years-prison/2011/10/31/



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    · Behind the scenes glimpses of life and wildlife in the Kodiak wilderness.

    · Breaking news about ongoing murder cases and new crimes in Alaska

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    • 28 min
    The Homicidal Trooper

    The Homicidal Trooper

    John Patrick Addis



    Most of us like to believe we can trust the police, but not everyone goes into law enforcement for the greater good. Some enter the police academy because they crave power over others and what better job than policing offers this power? I believe most police officers are good, and a few are bullies. John Patrick Addis, though, was the worst kind of police officer. He was a monster with a badge.

    Sources

    If you would like to read more about John Patrick Addis and his downward spiral from a respected Alaska State Trooper to a murderous felon, I suggest you read Ghost: The True Story of One Man’s Descent into Madness and Murder by Glenn Puit.



    Zekan, Karen. 10/19/1998. Remains identified as those of LV woman. Las Vegas Sun.

    https://lasvegassun.com/news/1998/oct/19/remains-identified-as-those-of-lv-woman/



    Tataboline, Brant. 8/2/2003. Ex-trooper linked to second disappearance

    MURDER SUSPECTED: One more girlfriend missing; first was found dead in Southwest. Anchorage Daily News.

    https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/thecyberseekerssociety/ex-trooper-linked-to-second-disappearance-t1049.html



    Cervone, Chellie. 2/15/2013. Joann Albenese, Las Vegas woman’s death and disappearance. Las Vegas World News.

    http://www.lasvegasworldnews.com/joann-albanese-las-vegas-womans-death-and-disapperance/12605/



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    · An extra episode of Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier available only for club members.

    · Behind the scenes glimpses of life and wildlife in the Kodiak wilderness.

    · Breaking news about ongoing murder cases and new crimes in Alaska

    · Merchandise or discounts on MMLF merchandise or handmade glass jewelry

    Become a Patron!

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    Check out the store: Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier merchandise.







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    • 36 min
    The Search for Bethany

    The Search for Bethany

    Talkeetna, Alaska, is considered the gateway to Mt. Denali (McKinley), the highest mountain in North America. In the summer, tourists, including mountain climbers, hikers, flight-seers, and those who just want to view the majestic mountain, flock to Talkeetna. In the winter, though, the tourists leave, and the 800 residents who remain settle down to quiet lives, watching magnificent displays of the northern lights, playing in the deep snow, raising their children, and gathering for social events to help them forget the cold, dark winter. Talkeetna is a small town where nearly everyone knows everyone else, and when Bethany Correira disappeared, residents immediately responded to search for one of their own.



    Billy and Linda Correira moved to Talkeetna in the 1970s. They built a log cabin near a pond and raised two sons and two daughters. Linda home-schooled her kids, taught them to be independent, and told them they could accomplish anything they wanted in life. Bethany, the second oldest child, was sweet and self-sufficient. Before she was twenty years old, Bethany had gone to Nepal as a Christian missionary, sailed in the South Pacific while working as a nanny for a doctor’s family, and worked in base camps with climbers at the base of Mt. Denali. She sewed patches on her favorite backpack from all the places she had traveled. Bethany was athletic, smart, beautiful, and knew how to take care of herself.



    Bethany Correira



    Glen Klinkhart



     



     



     



     



     



     



    Mike Lawson (center)



     



     



     



     



     



     

    Sources:

    Klinkhart, Glen. 2014. Finding Bethany. A True Crime Memoir. SecurusMedia.



    James, David. 2014. 'Finding Bethany' details detective's quest to solve horrific murder

    https://www.adn.com/books/article/finding-bethany-details-detectives-quest-solve-horrific-murder/2014/07/20/



    Mystery at Bootlegger’s Cove. Dateline. NBC.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/24831943/ns/dateline_nbc-crime_reports/t/mystery-bootleggers-cove/#.XwJv8ShKgeE



    Johnson, Greg. 2-2008. Lawson draws 99 years. MatSu Valley Frontiersman.

    https://www.frontiersman.com/news/lawson-draws-99-years/article_d21b98e0-cace-5983-aeea-f5eea9a06570.html



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    Each month I will provide one or more of the following to club members.

    · An extra episode of Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier available only for club members.

    · Behind the scenes glimpses of life and wildlife in the Kodiak wilderness.

    · Breaking news about ongoing murder cases and new crimes in Alaska

    · Merchandise or discounts on MMLF merchandise or handmade glass jewelry

    Become a Patron!



    ____________________________________________________________________________



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