Rance was a hitman with a reputation for being particularly cruel and violent to his victims who worked for Wilson Fisk.
Under the order of Wilson Fisk, Rance was on the college campus of Tracy Farnum, watching her; in order to ensure the cooperation of Clyde Farnum. Clyde was approached by James Wesley who had Rance reveal himself during a conversation between Clyde and Wesley to show that Tracy's life was in danger, with Wesley noting that he found Rance's methods for assassinations highly unpleasant. The plan was successful and due to his fear of his daughter's safety, Farnum agreed to assassinate someone for Fisk.
Rance was then hired to kill Karen Page and obtain the flash drive that she had of the financial discrepancies and embezzlement of Union Allied Construction. Rance went into Karen Page's Apartment and, after she obtained the flash drive from the bathroom's ceiling tiles, proceeded to assault her until she relinquished it. Rance then pulled out a knife to kill Page when a masked man began to fight him.
The fight became so intense that the two fell to the street below and fought in the rain. Rance fought well, making the masked man's mouth drip with blood. The masked man was ultimately victorious over Rance by knocking him unconscious and tying him with a chain.
Rance was arrested. While in jail, he was found hanged from the ceiling by a bedsheet.
Leland Owlsley wondered why John Healy was not killed instead of allowed a trial when he was captured by the New York City Police Department; James Wesley noted that there were too many bodies recently, including that of Rance.