Edward Wayne Edwards was an experienced con man from Ohio who ran afoul of the law many times in his life. It wasn't until late in his life, though, that it was revealed that he was also an experienced serial killer.
Edwards traveled across the country after escaping from an Akron, Ohio jail in 1955. He robbed gas stations along the way for money and to gain fame. Eventually, he made his way to Billings, where he was arrested for robbing a service station at gunpoint. He was sentenced to ten years at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, but was paroled in 1959.
He later stood trial in Oregon for two armed robberies there, and was sentenced to five years probation.
Edwards was arrested again in Portland, Ore., after making false fire calls. He was questioned there in connection with the 1960 double murder of a couple, Beverly Allan and Larry Peyton, but was never charged.
Soon after, in 1961, he was added to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list after continuing his criminal activities. He was captured in 1962 and sentenced to 16 years at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas. He was paroled in 1967.
Edwards claimed a prison guard at Leavenworth had convinced him to reform, and began touring as a motivational speaker. He published his autobiography, "The Metamorphosis of a Criminal: The True Life Story of Ed Edwards," in 1972. By 1982, he was back in prison, convicted of arson.
It wasn't until 2009 that Edwards was arrested for the 1980 murders of Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew in Wisconsin. Edwards pleaded guilty, and was implicated in two murders in Ohio in 1977. He pleaded guilty to those charges, and confessed to killing 25-year-old Dannie Boy Edwards, whom he treated like a son, in hopes of receiving the death penalty. Edwards was sentenced to death in 2011, but died of natural causes not long after the sentence was pronounced.
Various people have tried to link Edwards to murders all over the country, from the Zodiac killings to the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach, which was covered in the popular Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer." Edwards has also been investigated as a possible suspect in the 1956 double murder of a Great Falls couple, as Edwards was known to have been in Great Falls at the time.