The Mad Trapper of Rat River

The Mad Trapper of Rat River They called it The Arctic Circle War It was a manhunt the likes of which we will never see again The quarry Albert Johnson was a loner working a string of traps in the far reaches of Canada s Northw

  • Title: The Mad Trapper of Rat River
  • Author: Dick North
  • ISBN: 9780773673076
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • They called it The Arctic Circle War It was a manhunt the likes of which we will never see again The quarry, Albert Johnson, was a loner working a string of traps in the far reaches of Canada s Northwest Territories, where winter temperatures average forty degrees below zero The chase began when a Mountie came to ask Johnson about allegations that he had interfered withThey called it The Arctic Circle War It was a manhunt the likes of which we will never see again The quarry, Albert Johnson, was a loner working a string of traps in the far reaches of Canada s Northwest Territories, where winter temperatures average forty degrees below zero The chase began when a Mountie came to ask Johnson about allegations that he had interfered with a neighbor s trap No questions were asked Johnson shot Officer Millen dead through a hole in the wall of his log cabin A vicious firefight ensued When the Mounties returned with reinforcements, Johnson was gone, and The Arctic Circle War had begun It was a forty eight day odyssey across the harshest terrain in the world On Johnson s heels were a corps of Mounties and an irregular posse on dogsled, supplied by airplanes dropping food Johnson, on snowshoes, seemed superhuman in his ability to evade capture The chase stretched for hundreds of miles, and during a blizzard crossed the Richardson Mountains, the northernmost extension of the Rockies It culminated in the historic shootout at Eagle River There will never be another chase like it.

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    1. VERY interesting background concerning the life and death of the infamous "Mad Trapper" of the Yukon. He managed to avoid a police posse for 48 days in the bitter winter months. The man had more than one alias, was a serious recluse, skilled carpenter, trapper, and hardy outdoorsman. His clever eluding and impressive physical stamina seemed to be that of a superhuman.His identity to this day (he was finally felled on the Eagle River by a policeman's bullet through his spine in 1932) is still a m [...]

    2. This was a good book with a lot of names, places, and dates. You had to circle back and dig thru the beginning to find the reference to a name. At the end of the book, the author made a reference to a person who The Mad Trapper had met. He did not make any sort of connection as to who the person was. I assumed the name would be in the beginning of the book, and so I started my research there. It doesn't feel right when I have to research the book I'm reading. The author was a former journalist, [...]

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