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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co Ltd (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894974530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894974530
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,973,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ever since he was gunned down in a torrent of RCMP bullets in February 1932, the identity of the 'Mad Trapper of Rat River' has remained a mystery. Theories and claims have abounded, but no one yet has been able to positively identify the enigmatic loner who shunned his neighbours and led Canada's national police force on a wild chase that ended not only with his own death, but with one officer killed and two others wounded. This could be about to change. The body of the man known to the world only as Albert Johnson was exhumed from his Arctic grave in August of 2007 by a team of scientists and a film production crew from Myth Merchant Films.With the aid of DNA testing and other modern forensic techniques, they hope to settle once and for all the question of identity. Author Barbara Smith was part of the team, and in "The Mad Trapper: Unearthing a Mystery", illustrated with striking photos from the exhumation, she tells the story of the filmmakers' research and the making of the documentary, which will air on the Discovery Channel in fall 2008 or spring 2009. Smith also recaps the manhunt that brought Johnson down and the legends that have grown up around him.

Will the true identity of the Mad Trapper at last be revealed? Only time will tell.

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The Movie vrs the true story. 12 Mar. 2014
By William K. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was suprised how close the movie followed the story in the Book. Charles Bronsen & Lee Marvin,in the movie,did a fine job of portraying the charaters outlined
in the book

Bill Kurtz
the Mad Trapper 11 Feb. 2012
By Todd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was written as a companion to the Discovery channel documentary about the search to identify Albert Johnson, the so-called "Mad Trapper of Rat River". It tracks the progress of assembling the forensics team and their discoveries along the way. Ms. Smith does cover the actual story of the manhunt, although the main focus is on the modern researchers' efforts and findings, as well as the author's own fascination with the story. She provides a lot of details about Johnson, who was a larger-than-life, yet real-life, historical character. Good photo inserts, though in the Kindle they come out in black and white so it's difficult to decipher the color-coded maps.
Well written account of the investigation of Albert Johnson 20 April 2011
By Shane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Ms. Smith did a fine job of recording the details of the ongoing saga of "The Mad Trapper." Her skills as a writer really saved the tale from the basic boring details of a research book.
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