HELENA, Mont. — A notorious "mountain man" who abducted a world-class biathlete in 1984 to keep as a wife for his son once wrote that blame for the "incident" lies with her and a would-be rescuer he shot and killed.
Don Nichols, now 81, will need to be more contrite later this month in front of the historically stern Montana Parole Board.
Nichols gained international notoriety for the bizarre crime and prolonged manhunt in the wilderness northwest of Yellowstone National Park.
The parole hearing comes as son Dan Nichols — paroled in 1991 for his role in the crime— is in trouble with the law again. Jefferson County officials issued an arrest warrant last month for the younger Nichols after he failed to show up for a pretrial hearing in a drug case.