Crime in Alaska

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This article refers to crime in the U.S. 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 24,576 crimes reported in Alaska, including 27 murders, 20,097 property crimes, and 445 rapes.[2]

In 2014 there were 25,018 crimes reported in Alaska, including 41 murders, 20,334 property crimes, and 555 rapes.[2]

Capital punishment laws[edit]

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

Notable crimes[edit]

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.