With a record-setting number of homicides, 2017 has been a deadly year for Anchorage – and one which has seen a slew of high-profile capital cases on the Last Frontier. Here’s a look at some of our most memorable crime stories, covering cases from across town and across the state.

Elliot Myas was accused of murdering his mother's boyfriend at Anchorage's Econo Inn in January 2017. (File/KTVA)

Anchorage police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old man with killing his mother's boyfriend following an incident at an Anchorage motel.

An Old Steese Highway apartment building is considered

Investigators are calling a recent incident in Fairbanks a domestic violence-related homicide and suicide.

An Anchorage Animal Care and Control vehicle (File/KTVA)

The Anchorage Police Department says two dogs are dead after a Chugiak lawyer moved out of her house and left them behind.


James Dale Ritchie, suspected in five Anchorage killings in 2016 before his death in a confrontation with police. (From APD)

More than five months after the public first heard James Dale Ritchie's name, the Anchorage Police Department confirmed that he was responsible for the murders of five people in the summer of 2016.

Prosecutors say Victor Sibson shot and killed his girlfriend, Brittanymae Haag, as he was attempting to commit suicide in April 2017. (File/KTVA)

The Anchorage Police Department has arrested a man accused of killing his girlfriend at the couple's Lake Otis Parkway apartment.

An Anchorage Jail inmate is facing attempted-murder charges after investigators said he stabbed his cellmate in the eyes with a pencil, before being restrained by correctional officers using a Taser and pepper spray.

A husband accused of killing his Utah wife aboard a cruise ship traveling along Southeast Alaska now stands charged with murder, according to federal authorities.

Anchorage police said three people were dead in a double shooting on the 3200 block of Spenard Road Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Nick Swann/KTVA)

Three men were killed in a shooting on Spenard Road according to Anchorage police, who say a suspect is in custody. 

Fairbanks police display gear carried by Matthew Colton Stover, 21, during a June 19, 2017 confrontation which ended with four officers fatally shooting him. (From FPD)

Fairbanks’ police chief said that a 21-year-old man, fatally shot by his officers during a violent confrontation in June, had extensively prepared himself for violence and had “true evil” on his mind.

A Fairbanks man stands accused of killing his mother after she was found "decapitated" at a North Pole home, authorities say.

Alaska State Troopers say they've determined a homicide they're investigating actually occurred in Anchorage, which would put the city's annual homicide count at 35 -- a record.

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