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Crime in Alaska

This article refers to crime in the state of Alaska.


In 1985, a Chicago Tribune article reported Alaska had the United States' third highest per capita murder rate. [1]

In 2008 there were 24,598 crimes reported in Alaska, including 28 murders, 20,124 property crimes, and 441 rapes. In 2013 there were 25,640 crimes reported, including 34 murders, 21,210 property crimes, and 644 rapes.[2]

Capital punishment laws

Capital punishment is not applied in Alaska, having been abolished by the territorial legislature.[3]

Notable Crimes

A notable pre-statehood criminal is Soapy Smith, who died in 1898 in the Shootout on Juneau Wharf. [4]

Between 1971 and 1983, Robert Hansen abducted, raped and murdered at least 17 and possibly 30+ women (more suspected), in and around Anchorage, Alaska. [5]

In 1983, Louis D. Hastings killed 6 people and wounded 2 more in McCarthy, Alaska in an attempt to disrupt the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

In 1985, Michael Silka killed up to nine people in and around Fairbanks and Manley Hot Springs.


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