Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

A Horror Story That's All True; Gripping Book Details Prolific Serial Killer's Crimes

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

A Horror Story That's All True; Gripping Book Details Prolific Serial Killer's Crimes

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Byline: Wendy Andrews wendy.andrews@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

WORDS like "monster" and "evil" are often used when describing serial killers.

In the case of Christopher Wilder, a man who tortured, raped and killed young women, these words fall far short.

An Australian who ended up on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list and was the subject of the largest American manhunt in history, Wilder was just another guy on the beach years ago at his parents' house in Sawtell.

Duncan McNab, the best-selling author of Roger Rogerson, has written The Snapshot Killer, the true story of predatory and serial killer Christopher Wilder.

As a former police detective, private investigator, investigative journalist and media adviser, Duncan McNab brings insight from different camps. The book also references The Beauty Queen Killer by Bruce Gibney and many media reports giving an extra layer to this dark, true story.

McNab delivers a gripping "can't look away" read about a man who hid in plain sight, stalking his victims at beaches and shopping malls before committing stomach-churning acts with no remorse. The official body count is eight and the exact number of girls who survived being raped and tortured by him is not known. As advancements are being made in forensics and DNA testing old cases are being revisited, including the historical Wanda Beach, Cronulla, murders.

Born in 1945 to an ex-Navy American father and an Australian mother, Christopher Wilder was one of three sons.

An average student, he left school at 15 and worked for a while in construction with his father. He spent his teens in the Sydney suburb of Ryde driving to the beach with his mates. Just before his 18th birthday he was arrested. The rape charge was dismissed and he pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge.

In handing down a good behaviour bond, the magistrate said, "I do not think the lad will offend again. …

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