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  • The Mad Trapper of Bristol Bay

    Here’s an article I just found and started reading about America’s answer to the Mad Trapper of Rat River. The Mad Trapper of Bristol Bay doesn’t sound familiar to me even though this manhunt went on for years through the 20s and so predated the Canadian story and he’s almost as mysterious as “Albert Johnson”.

    https://www.outdoorlife.com/survival...f-bristol-bay/

  • #2
    “During the first decades of the 20thcentury, a murderous trapper haunted the upper watersheds draining into Bristol Bay and the Kuskokwim River. His life, identity, and even death are shrouded in mystery. Newspapers claimed he was Yup’ik, and that he murdered an unknown number of people—mostly trappers and prospectors that crowded his vast territory. He was called Klutuk, named after a small tributary of the Nushagak River where one of his camps was located. The Kusko Times reported in 1931 that Klutuk “was born in the Nushagak River district about 38 years ago.”

    Delving in to this as a newly discovered case, it would be interesting to find out if he profiles the same as the Mad Trapper of Rat River if or when he ever gets identified or from what we think we know of him and what we do know of other similar criminals that I’d say would fall into the Spectacle Killer category which includes mass murderers.

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    • #3
      This looks like closest match to “Klutuk”. I don’t
      know if any researcher tried to look him up before. [PS wrong area]

      Klutakton

      in the 1900 United States Federal Census
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Markus Aurelius Franzoi View Post
        ”His life, identity, and even death are shrouded in mystery. Newspapers claimed he was Yup’ik, and that he murdered an unknown number of people—mostly trappers and prospectors that crowded his vast territory. He was called Klutuk, named after a small tributary of the Nushagak River where one of his camps was located. The Kusko Times reported in 1931 that Klutuk “was born in the Nushagak River district about 38 years ago.”
        The article says Klutuk was a nickname like “MT of Rat River” and he was born somewhere else so this is probably the wrong guy. His name might be Yup’ik.

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        • #5
          The Yup’iks or Yupik are indigenous Alaskans and Russians who are related to the Inuit. It’s not his name.

          There are three indigenous boys born around the right time in the Nushugak region to the Nushugaguit tribe.


          All 1900 United States Federal Census Results

          Results 1–3 of 3
          View Record Vascila Micheal Micheal,
          Marie
          Nushagak, Southern Supervisors District, Alaska 1892 Alaska, USA Son
          View Record Danrojak Ivan,
          Apsenia
          Nushagak, Southern Supervisors District, Alaska 1896 Alaska, USA Son
          View Record Simon Stout Vascilia,
          Malia
          Nushagak, Southern Supervisors District, Alaska 1896 A Son

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          • #6
            Already it appears Klutuk profiles differently than “Albert Johnson”, as far as being local versus an outsider. AJ was a Scandinavian who moved to the US and then to Canada. Klutuk, they say, was a local, born and bred.

            Of course, Klutuk was indigenous so the dynamics are different and the same rules don’t always apply.

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            • #7
              Here are the news reports of Klutak’s presumed demise in 1929 and the discovery of his alleged remains in 1931. It was in 31 when they said he was about 38 so born circa 1893 at Nushagak.

              Vascila (one name; father Michael) is the closest match, one year off. The others in the 1900 Census are 3 years off or more. So I’d have to go with him if the report is true.

              https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/s...archType=basic

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              • #8
                All 1900 United States Federal Census Results

                Results 1–3 of 3
                View Record Vascila Micheal,
                Marie
                Nushagak, Southern Supervisors District, Alaska 1892

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                • #9
                  Wassilie

                  1910 United States Federal Census
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                  No sir name [sic]
                  Wassilie
                  17
                  1893[1893]
                  Alaska
                  Kulugak (crossed out), Bristol Bay, Division 3, Alaska Territory, USA
                  Indian (Native American)
                  Male
                  Cousin
                  Single
                  Alaska
                  Alaska
                  View others on page
                  Petlyska [Petluska] 58 Head Chief
                  Catherine 55 Wife
                  Anna 18 Daughter
                  Martha 14 Daughter
                  Wassilie 17 Cousin Hunter
                  Eskimo (stamped over ALEUT) Togiagmiut (?)

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                  • #10
                    Here’s one of the earliest spellings of the name:

                    Klu-tok

                    https://www.newspapers.com/clip/104370973/

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                    • #11
                      Here’s an article that say Klu-tok became a vengeful native because a white man killed his wife. That would explain a lot if it’s true.

                      https://www.newspapers.com/clip/104380599/

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