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A Bloody Anchorage Night Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier

    • True Crime

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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Robin Barefield is the author of four Alaska wilderness mystery novels, Big Game, Murder Over Kodiak, The Fisherman’s Daughter, and Karluk Bones. Sign up to subscribe to her free, monthly newsletter on true murder and mystery in Alaska.

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



____________________________________________________________________________



If you would like to support Murder and Mystery in the Last Frontier? Become a patron and join The Last Frontier Club.

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!



_____________________________________________________________________________



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







____________________________________________________________________________



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

Join me on:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

LinkedIn

Visit my website at http://robinbarefield.com

Check out my books at Author Masterminds



___________________________________________________________________________



Robin Barefield is the author of four Alaska wilderness mystery novels, Big Game, Murder Over Kodiak, The Fisherman’s Daughter, and Karluk Bones. Sign up to subscribe to her free, monthly newsletter on true murder and mystery in Alaska.

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