The twelve-year rampage of “Missoula Mauler” Wayne Nance—and the shocking end to his murder spree
To his neighbors, Wayne Nance, a furniture mover from Missoula, Montana, appeared to be an affable, considerate, and trustworthy guy. No one knew that Nance was the “Missoula Mauler,” a psychopath responsible for a series of sadistic sex slayings that rocked the idyllic town between 1974 and 1986.
Nance’s only requirement for murder was accessibility—a preacher’s wife, a teenage runaway, a female acquaintance, a married couple. Putting on a friendly façade, he could easily gain his victims’ trust. Then, one September night, thirty-year-old Nance pushed his luck, preying on a couple who lived to tell the tale.
A true story with an incredible twist, written by former Wall Street Journal editor John Coston and complete with photos, To Kill and Kill Again reveals the disturbing compulsions of a charming serial killer who fooled everyone he knew, stumped the authorities, terrified a community, and nearly got away with it.
Coston, a news editor at the Wall Street Journal , has reconstructed the rampage of Wayne Nance, a Montana psychopath who in daily life appeared polite and generous but who committed at least four brutal sexual murders over 12 years. Police did not thoroughly pursue Nance, who was a neighbor of the first victim and placed by witnesses near the murder scene. He certainly gave cause for concern: in childhood he had displayed a sadistic streak; he collected knives and swords and had branded a pentagram on his arm. After a troubled stint in the Navy, Nance returned home to a job in a furniture warehouse, which gave him entree into many homes and the opportunity for deadly deeds. Coston's story proceeds to a suspenseful climax in which Nance finally meets victims who fight back and kill him. Though the narrative sometimes seems choppy with flashbacks and background on victims, Coston effectively conjures up the tense atmosphere of small-town Missoula. He theorizes superficially about Nance's dysfunctional family and the nature of serial killers, but his lack of psychological insight doesn't get in the way of a good tale. Photos not seen by PW.
To Kill and Kill Again
I took a special interest in this story because I know the Captain in this story and finding out he is a big part of it made the book exceptionally interesting.We grew up in the same community of Opportunity. The so called Sheriff of Hamilton keeping the information of the killer in his jurisdiction is horrendous. If he’d shared his findings sooner the killer would have been found sooner but then again the killer in all likelihood wouldn’t have died.
It might have been an ok book if the author wasn’t weirdly obsessed with how big or small women are. Didn’t go more than a few pages without him talking about how fat a woman was. Gross.
For any true crime fanatic, this is an excellent book.