MP – GP-BB – The Mad Trapper of Rat River by Dick North

The Mad Trapper of Red River by Dick North (General Publishing/Boreal Books) front coverThe Mad Trapper of Rat River

From the Back Cover:

“Skilful journalism and top-rate entertainment.” Edmonton Journal
“The best yet.” RCMP Corporal A. W. King. Wounded by Johnson.
“One of the classics of violence in the North.” The Beaver
“Once taken up it is a hard book to put down.” RCMP Superintendent (retired) W. G. Fraser.

This is the classic account of one of Canada’s most fascinating unsolved mysteries. On December 26, 1931, a lone trapper shot and wounded one of two R.C.M.P. officers who had come to his cabin to follow up a complaint from a neighbour about a trapline that had been interfered with. The trapper–possibly Albert Johnson or Arthur Nelson–then fled into the bitter cold of the Yukon wilderness, pursued by white trappers, Indians, and the men of the R.C.M.P. The Manhunt on foot and dogsled ranged more than 150 miles along the Arctic Circle in temperature that averaged forty below zero.

With tremendous stamina and uncanny woodsman’s skills, the trapper managed to survive four shoot-outs with his pursuers, killing one man and seriously wounding two others before he was finally slain on the Eagle River, February 17, 1932.

To this day, the trapper’s real identity is uncertain and his background unknown. Dick North relates the riveting story of frontier justice and leaves the final question to the reader: Who was the Mad Trapper of Red River?


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