The Mad Trapper of Rat River

The Mad Trapper of Rat River

Is there a member of the RCMP, serving or retired, that has not heard the story, perhaps even as a child before joining the RCMP, of the “Mad Trapper of Rat River”?

I know the story; I have read the books.  I saw a horrible Hollywood movie on TV supposedly detailing the hunt for the “Mad Trapper”.  

Recently, while surfing the internet, I came across two photographs of Lance Corporal Robert McDowell in Review Order strolling down the streets of London, England.  Who was this member?  Quick research found that Robert McDowell had been one of the members involved in the attempted arrest of Albert Johnson, “The Mad Trapper of Rat River”.  This led me to search out more information on the incident via the internet.  Below are several articles I have found and they contain details from RCMP reports and the recollections of those that were involved in the hunt for Albert Johnson.  

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Mad Trapper Hunt

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