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Episode 81: A Good and Brave Ranger

Updated: Mar 28

When a New Year’s Eve party near Seattle, Washington transformed into a shootout, one of the gunmen fled the area after retrieving multiple firearms from his home. The man started driving, ending up high in the Cascade Mountain Range, where he then fled into the wilds after shooting a park ranger. A massive, unrelenting manhunt unfolded over the next 24 hours, with hundreds of searchers tracking snowy foot impressions and following the shooter’s trail through chest-deep snow, icy creeks, and the looming danger of an unstable man with his back against a mountain. Today, I’ll be talking about Benjamin Barnes and his day in Paradise.



Ranger Margaret Anderson

Eric and Margaret Anderson

Benjamin Barnes

Benjamin Barnes

Paradise wild flower meadow, Mt. Rainier National Forest

Globe Pequot - The Darkest Places | The Suspected Mount Rainier Shooter Has Been Found Dead - The Atlantic | Troubled picture emerges of suspect in park ranger's slaying | CNN | Suspect in shooting of ranger, others found dead in park | Our Sickening Rush to See PTSD - and What It Costs Vets | WIRED | Suspect in ranger shooting is found dead - Los Angeles Times | Paradise - Mount Rainier National Park (US National Park Service) | Mt. Rainier Guest Services | Longmire - Mount Rainier | National Park Service Law Enforcement Rangers - Wikipedia | Ranger Killed In Rainier Park Was 'Living Her Dream' : The Two-Way : NPR | RIVERSIDE: Mt. Rainier shooting suspect appears to be local – Press Enterprise | The News Tribune - 01.21.2013 | The Los Angeles Times - 01.02.2012 | Longview Daily News - 02.12.2012 | Tracy Salcedo - Death in Mount Rainier National Park: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness | Park to Reopen - Mount Rainier | The Mount Rainier Shooting and the Simplicity of Vet Narratives | TIME.com | Anatomy of a walkback | M. Alex Johnson - Journalist at Large | Ranger's killer fired shots at New Year's party on West Hill | Renton Reporter | James Longmire (1820-1897) - Find A Grave Memorial | Park Ranger | Margaret Annalise Kritsch Anderson (1977-2012) - Find A Grave Memorial | USPS - State Releases | Park Ranger Margaret A. Anderson | The News Tribune - 01.12.2012 | Statesmen Journal - 01.02.2012 | The Spokesman Review - 01.02.2012 | The Los Angeles Times - 01.03.2012 | The News Tribune - 01.04.2012 | The Los Angeles Times - 01.04.2012 | The Los Angeles Times - 01.04.2012 | The Desert Sun - 01.08.2012 | The Spokesman Review - 01.08.2012 | Albany Democrat Herald - 01.11.2012 | Longview Daily News - 01.11.2012 | The Olympian - 05.14.2012 | The News Tribune - 05.25.2012 | The News Tribune - 06.23.2012 | The Olympian - 10.29.2012 | The News Tribune - 01.04.2012

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