OUT THERE IN THE WOODS recounts the events surrounding the 36-day manhunt for Mendocino County resident Aaron Bassler, suspected murderer of two local men.
The two shootings sparked an unprecedented 36-day manhunt in the vast forested area east of Fort Bragg. Local, state, and federal officers from over a dozen law enforcement agencies were involved, including several SWAT teams and the U.S. Marshals Service, an agency experienced in searching for fugitives. The searchers were under constant threat of becoming victims themselves in hostile, unfamiliar terrain, while Bassler had virtually grown up in this environment.
In the late summer of 2011, 35-year old Aaron Bassler, an allegedly mentally disturbed resident of Mendocino County, California, shot and killed two innocent victims - a well-liked conservationist and a much-admired city councilman and former mayor. These events sparked an unprecedented 36-day manhunt in the vast forested area east of the coastal town of Fort Bragg.