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The Ghoul of Grays Harbor

Episode #163

2021-04-23 15:44:23

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The Pacific Northwest was said to be terrorized by a serial killer in the early 20th century. A local police chief told reporters that he believed that they were dealing with “the greatest murderer of the age.” But the real story was a lot more complex, and the wealthiest and most influential people in town were interested in keeping it quiet.

“They saw him as a thorn in their side and as a person who needed to be removed.”

Aaron Goings’ book is The Port of Missing Men: Billy Gohl, Labor, and Brutal Times in the Pacific Northwest.

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