The Frozen Ground

Synopsis: Alaska Trooper Jack Holcombe believes Robert Hansen is a serial killer who abducts young girls, tortures and sexually assaults them, then kills them. But Holcombe doesn't have enough evidence to get a search warrant for Hansen's premises. Holcombe knows that one victim, Cyndy Paulsen, somehow survived, so he decides to seek her help, but he finds that she's now a junkie with trust issues. Holcombe has to earn her trust; meanwhile, Hansen is still hunting and killing girls.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Scott Walker
Production: The Film Arcade
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

It started a half hour ago.

She ran in screaming, going nuts.

- Ma'am, open this door!

- She woke the whole damned place up.

- Shut the f*** up, b*tch!

- Get back! Get those people back.. now!

Ma'am, open this door now!

He's trying to kill me!


He's gonna kill me!

Ma'am, are you alone in this room?

I didn't do nothin'!

I didn't.. I didn't!

Please don't hurt me!

I can't get these off.

Get these f***ing things off my hands!

Please, get them..

get them off of me!

Get.. get them off.

- Calm down, hold on.

- Get them off!

Please get them off!

It's okay. It's okay.

It's okay.


It's all right.

He's not coming.

She's had intercourse.

Some older bumps and bruises.

The only fresh markings

are from the cuffs.

Ma'am, please stay in there.

- Can't I just go?

- We're gonna need you

To come down to the station

and go over a few things.

- I don't know what else I can tell you.

- I know.

I told you everything.

Miss, we're gonna need

to keep your items.

Sign this.

You can put these on.

Her details check out.

Address, car regi..

All match the suspect.

Now she said she got away

- When he was putting her in his plane.

- Yeah well, he denies it.

Says his family is out of town and

he was at two friends' all night.

Both confirm it. Even some pizza

guy says he saw him there.

And then he raped you?

I told you already, that was before.

- On a bearskin.

- You told the other officer it was a bed.

No, it was a bearskin on the floor.

What the f*** is he trying to do?

How many times did you say

he had intercourse with you?

Once. He..

Just once.

Was it vaginally or..

or anally?

I mean, before you said it was both.

Look, he did it normal..

on top.

And then he..

He wrapped the chain around my neck.

He was gonna kill me.

- Yeah, but what about the bed?

- There was no bed!

When he chained me he put a

blanket down on the ground.

You're a prostitute, aren't you?

- Is 23 your real age?

- Yes.

Why would he want to put you on a plane?

He said he wanted to take me to his cabin.


Am I being booked?

Listen, I've spoken to this Bob Hansen.

He has two friends that say

he was with them all night,

And now I'm trying to work out if you

were even with this guy last night.


Wait, what just happened?

- Oh shhh.

- Okay.


Did you already pack the cereal?

Yeah, the kitchen's mostly packed.

Hey, dad!

Oh, you gonna catch

some grizzly bears today?

Where you goin'?

- Only two more weeks.

- Why don't you come on back to bed?

I get the next decade, okay?

- Did you sign that check?

- I'm late as it is.

Hon, they're not gonna come

and move all this stuff

If you don't pay them.

Found her last night way up the knik.

Sergeant Hawks is taking the

boat downriver from the bridge.

Thanks. Sarge, she's right over here.

I don't know.

Take a look at this.

Hey, Jack.

- This one of your missing persons?

- Eh, it could be.

She's female.

Late teens, maybe early 20s.

My girl has a jacket just like that.

Bear dug her up. Been in

here.. I don't know..

Six months, maybe a year.

Doesn't look like she was hiking.

- A purse?

- They're still searching.

It's gonna be a hard one. One

of the boys found this though,

In the grave.

Execution style.

You ever wish you'd stayed

in white collar, Lyle?

You sound just like my wife.

- You gonna take over?

- Yeah.

She's not missing anymore.

So I asked him straight.

I said "did you do this?"

He said "you can't rape a prostitute,

can you?" how the f***'s that?

Hey, you can let her go.

She's telling the truth.

She's a prostitute that

refused a polygraph.

- It's a dead end.

- What do you expect her to do?

We should be going back

there and getting a warrant!

Hey, listen,

Who knows what the f*** went on.

Hansen's an upstanding citizen.

The man has a wife, children and

no record on the computers.

The lieutenant and I

spoke with the D.A.

and there's not enough to say she

was even in the guy's place,

So there won't be a warrant.

I'm taking it from here.

The victim was Sherry morrow, 23,

A.K.A. Sherry graves

or Sherry Georgia.

She was reported missing last November

After saying she was going to meet a man

For a $300 photo session.

Any connection to the

Jane Doe found last year

- Called Eklutna Annie?

- No, Sheila.

Another officer described Sherry

and sue luna as carbon copies?

They were both dancers at the wild cherry

And good times clubs and both said they

Were leaving to meet a photographer.

Look, we and A.P.D. are

looking at all three cases,

There is nothing now

That indicates anything

other than a coincidence.

- Any evidence?

- What about the other girls?

As of now they're only

considered missing persons.

- Details are in your handout.

- When are you gonna admit

There's somebody taking these girls?

Well, we're investigating any links,

But we don't believe that there's

a mass murderer out there.

That's all we have.

Thank you.

Somebody went to a lot of

trouble getting her there.

There's no road access.

Probably used a boat.

- What, dumped?

- Could have done that closer.

Suspect wanted her out there alive

where they wouldn't be disturbed.

He shot her four times..

two in the legs,

Two in the chest, like she was running.

Then he redressed her,

Wrapped a bandage around her head.

- Shell case is a .223.

- So what are we looking at?

Picked her up from a bar,

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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