Earle Leonard Nelson

Earle Leonard Nelson, the so-called Gorilla Killer, killed at least twenty women in the early 20th Century. He would approach a landlady, under the auspices of renting a room. Once he had her trust, he would strangle her.

Demographic Info

AKAVictimsSexEthnicityCountryTypeMotivationBirthDeath
The Dark Strangler, The Gorilla Killer20+MaleCaucasianUSANomadicSexual1897/05/12 (San Francisco, California, USA)1928/01/13 (Hanged)

Bibliography

TitleAuthorSources
Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American MonsterHarold SchechterAmazon, Kindle eBook
Laughing Gorilla, The: The True Story of the Hunt for One of America's First Serial KillersRobert GraysmithAmazon, Kindle eBook

Blog Posts

Episode 011: Nature versus Nurture – The Making of a Serial Killer

on January 7th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 3 Comments

In this week’s episode, we look at what causes someone to become a serial killer. We’ll be mostly discussing psychopathic sexual murder, rather than psychotic murder. Psychopathy, also known as sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder, is a behavioral disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormal immoral…

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