Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on October 26, 1986 · Page 14
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Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California · Page 14

Santa Cruz, California
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Sunday, October 26, 1986
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A-14 Santa Cruz Sentinel Sunday, Oct. 26, 1986 Clues sought in Montana serial killings Prisoner escape baffles of Missoula, on Dec. 12, 1985. - , Authorities have learned , that Nance delivered furniture to the Shook home in November. Weatherman says hair found on Nance's pickup matches that of female remains found east of town Dec. 24, 1984. The unidentified woman was shot several times in the head, he said. She is believed to have been a drifter who met Nance at a bar. 1 Her body was one of three sets of female remains found in eastern Missoula County near Interstate 90 since 1980. Another crime in winch Nance may have been involved was the 1976 murder of a Missoula teacher who was tied up, sexually MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Authorities investigating a recluse who was killed in an attack on a, young couple have found evidence linking him to a series of killings in western Montana as far back as 1974. Police and the FBI are trying to find out where else Wayne N. Nance may have traveled since then. Authorities say they are convinced that Nance, 30, of East Missoula, who was killed when he invaded his employer's house in September, had murdered a couple found tied up and stabbed to death In their home last December and killed a woman whose remains were found buried east of town in 1984. In addition, he is a suspect in at least four other unsolved murders in the area, and authorities have sent information on him out on the na tional crime information network. "We're just trying to figure out where he was for the last seven or eight years," says Capt. Larry Weatherman of the Missoula County sheriff's office. "He was in the Navy (from 1974-1977), so we know he was outside of Montana for three or four years."'' Weatherman has asked for Nance's military records to find out where he was stationed, and the FBI is Compiling a profile of Nance to compare with other unsolved crimes in the Northwest. "We want to find out if he's been on the road," said Brent Warberg, an FBI expert on serial killers; Weatherman says it may be difficult to follow Nance's path, for he was a secretive loner,, apparently without close friends or much con- tact with relatives. Nance drove a delivery truck for a Missoula furniture store. Early on the morning of Sept. 4, he entered the home of the- store's manager, Kristen Wells, and her husband Doug. He knocked out Wells, made Mrs. Wells help tie up her husband, then tied up Mrs. Wells and stabbed her husband. But while Nance was out of the room, Wells freed himself, got a rifle and shot Nance. They struggled; Wells bashed Nance on the head with the rifle and shot him in the head with Nance's pistol. Nance died in a Missoula hospital. Police remembered that Nance had been a suspect in the 1974 rape and murder of a Missoula-area pastor's wife who was tied up and shot five times in the back of the head. No arrest was made in that case, although Nance was questioned and circumstantial evidence appeared to link him to the killing. Missoula County Attorney Robert Deschamps III says he's convinced Nance was the killer. When authorities searched the store where Nance worked, they found primitive weapons that employees said belonged to Nance, including sticks with barbed-metal points and a yard-long carved wooden sword. Similar items were found at his home, and acquaintances said he was fascinated with knives. Also found at Nance's home were items identified as belonging to Mike and Teresa Shook, fouhd murdered in their home near Hamilton, south police assaulted and stabDea. Arizona prison quiet after riot EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) -A man convicted of killing a couple and their infant daughter eluded police Saturday after escaping the day before from guards transporting him back to prison from a hospital. The prisoner, David J. Roberts, 42, of Indianapolis, was "very, very dangerous," said police Sgt. Gilbert Diaz. "He has nothing to lose." Roberts pulled a gun on two guards Friday afternoon, handcuffed them and took their weapons, said Vaughn Over-street, a Department of Correction spokesman. Serving six life sentences for murder and kidnapping, Roberts was being transported from an Indianapolis hospital where he had been treated back to the Indiana State Prison at Michigan City, Overstreet said. The guards escaped on foot in Hammond while Roberts made a call from a pay telephone, Over-street said, and Roberts escaped in their car. It was not known where Roberts got the handgun, Overstreet said. Investigators could not speculate on where Roberts might be, Indiana State Police Sgt. George Yoakum in Lowell said Saturday. "We have nothing," Yoakum said. There was no concentrated search Saturday, he said. Roberts was believed to be armed with the handgun he used to threaten the guards, state police Sgt. Jim Wallace said. In East Chicago, where the car Roberts used to escape was found Friday afternoon, residents concerned that Roberts could still be in the area reported numerous sightings, Diaz said. i "They're pretty frightened," he said. "That's why we're getting so many calls. They'll see a stranger and call us." ram UVJ FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona State Prison was quiet Saturday after one inmate slaying touched off a convict riot and a second slaying in what some believe resulted from smoldering resentment between race-oriented gangs. "Everything has mellowed out," said Department of Corrections spokesman Michael Arra. "Yesterday afternoon, the inmates began putting out the word that it was all over. Through the night, there were no problems. The prisoners spent the -night in their assigned dorms, which are racially integrated." Because of the concern of relatives, inmates were allowed to receive telephone calls until midnight, about two hours longer than normal, Arra said. He said breakfast went, smoothly Saturday, and prisoners played handball, checkers and otherwise relaxed during the afternoon. Others foresaw further problems, however. "The score isn't settled. He (the slayer of white inmate Paul Engle, 26, of Phoenix) has to get killed," said Steve LaMar, a former assistant state attorney general familiar with prison gangs. The black inmate killed in Friday's riot was not a suspect in Engle's killing, prison officials said.. "The Aryan Brotherhood can't lose face. It can't have its members threatened, assaulted, killed and not take immediate retaliation," added LaMar, who practices law in Phoenix. Engle's throat was slashed Thursday while he was in the prison's law library. He was a member of the all-white Aryan Brotherhood, whose membership in the 9,200-prisoner Arizona system is estimated at between 250 and 300. Arra called Engle's death "an isolated, one-on-one incident" unrelated to gang activity. But while officials almost immediately began questioning a black resident of the maximum-security Central Unit, black and white inmates squared off Friday morning in a lethal melee after another, nonfatal, knifing. Officers fired tear gas and wooden bullets to restore order, but not before one black man was killed and two others were seriously injured. LaMar said he doubted things would remain quiet between the Aryan Brotherhood and the all-black Mau Maus. Arra would not comment on LaMar's remarks except to say he believes "the worst is behind us." Gail McDowell, an investigator assigned to a special attorney general's unit which prosecutes gang members, said her estimate of up lo 300 members of the Aryan Brotherhood includes non-inmate as sociates such as parolees and women who follow the group's policies. BY THE AUTHOR OF SHOGUN AND NOBLE HOUSE Stop by for your copy today. Great gift!! $22.95 i Extra officers were called in to work Saturday, Diaz said. 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