Montana March 01, 2019
5 Creepy Serial Killers With Disturbing Montana Connections
Montana is an amazing — and safe — place to call home. But there are definitely moments in our state’s past that are less than perfect… in fact, some of America’s most high profile serial killers have ties to Montana. These are five of them.
1. Edward Edwards
Edward Wayne Edwards was a known conman living in Ohio before he escaped from jail there and traveled around the country, robbing gas stations along the way. He eventually made his way to Billings, where he served time at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge for robbing a service station at gunpoint. He wasn't revealed to be a serial killer until late in his life, but he died of natural causes before he could be executed for his crimes.
2. Wayne Nance, aka the Missoula Mauler
Wayne Nance, a Montana native, is believed to have killed at least six people in Missoula and Ravalli counties between 1974 and 1986.
3. Edmund Kemper
Edmund Kemper was raised by his mother in Helena. He eventually moved to California to live with his father, only to get turned away by his mother when he tried to return to Helena. Instead, he moved in with his grandparents in California, whom he brutally murdered. He spent five years in a state hospital before going on a horrifying killing spree that earned him the nickname The Coed Butcher. He's currently 70 years old and serving a life sentence in prison, thankfully not in Montana.
4. David Meirhofer
Gallatin County is a beautiful and peaceful place. Unfortunately, it's also the place where David Meirhofer committed all of his known murders. He was convicted of killing four people between 1967 and 1974, three of them children. Hours after confessing to the killings, he hung himself in his jail cell.
5. Ted Kaczynski
Most people don't think of the Unabomber as a serial killer, but he did kill three people, and he would have killed many more had his homemade bombs been more effective. He's currently serving eight life sentences at a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.
Just in case these true tales didn’t creep you out enough, here are some of
Montana’s unsolved mysteries.