Earle Leonard Nelson

Gorilla Killer, the Dark Strangler

  Active for 2 years
(1926-1927) in United States

22

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

29

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
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  10. 8 Timeline Events
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  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 20 Books About Earle Leonard Nelson
  14. 9 External References
  15. Internal References

Earle Leonard Nelson (born Earle Leonard Ferral) an American serial killer rapist and necrophile known as the Gorilla Killer and the Dark Strangler and at least once used the alias Virgil Wilson. He targeted and strangled landladies throughout the West Coast during 1926. Nelson often carried a bible to gain trust with his victims. Nelson's defense at his six-day trial was insanity. Records were presented to show that Nelson had been confined in an insane asylum in Napa, California, during various periods between 1921 and 1925. In 1928, Earle Leonard Nelson was executed by hanging at the Vaughan Street Jail in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Earle Leonard Nelson Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Earle Leonard Nelson (aka) Gorilla Killer, the Dark Strangler, was active for 2 years between 1926-1927, known to have ( 22 confirmed / 29 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Earle Leonard Nelson was born on May 12th 1897 in San Francisco, California, US. He was raised by his grandmother and aunt. Nelson was raised as a only child and had no siblings. His father, James Ferral, died of syphilis, Earle (Age 1). His mother, Frances Nelson, died of syphilis, Earle (Age 1). He had a head injury or brain defect. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems including being teased or picked on.

Nelson a heterosexual male citizen of the United States of America. Nelson completed 10 years of school, no degree received. Nelson married Mary Martin, divorced. He had no children.

Prior to his spree he had commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He saw a psychologist and spent time in a Forensic Hospital.

In 1926 (Age 28/29) Earle Leonard Nelson started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to commit acts of necrophilia, strangle, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. He was known to kill at both his home and the home of the victim. At the time of his crimes he was living with alone, where Nelson was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on June 16th 1927 (Age 30), convicted on November 5th 1927 (Age 30), sentenced to death, execution by hanging at Vaughan Street Jail in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Nelson was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime. Earle Leonard Nelson was executed on January 13th 1928 (Age 30).

Earle Leonard Nelson died on January 13th 1928 (Age 30), cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at Vaughan Street Jail in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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Earle Leonard Nelson
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-06-22 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Earle Nelson
Nickname: Gorilla Killer, the Dark Strangler
Victims: 22 - 29
Years Active: 1926 - 1927
Ages Active: 28/29 - 29/30
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1897 - 1928
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Astrological Sign: Taurus
Apr 20 - May 21
Birth Month: May
Marital Status: married Mary Martin, divorced
Children: no children
Living With: alone
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: May 12, 1897
Family Name: Nelson
Given Name: Earle
Birth Location: San Francisco, California, US
Birth Order: 1st of 1
Siblings: no siblings
Rasied By: his grandmother and aunt
Birth Category: only child
Mother: Frances Nelson, died of syphilis, Earle (Age 1)
Father: James Ferral, died of syphilis, Earle (Age 1)

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: 10 years of school
Highest Degree: no degree received

Incarceration
Arrested: Jun 16, 1927 (Age 30)
Convicted: Nov 5, 1927 (Age 30)
Sentence: death, execution by hanging
Prison Location: Vaughan Street Jail in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Executed: Jan 13, 1928 (Age 30)
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
Death Date: Jan 13, 1928 (Age 30)
Manner of Death: capital punishment
Cause of Death: executed by hanging
Death Location: Vaughan Street Jail in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Killed In Prison: FALSE
Suicide: FALSE
8 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Earle Leonard Nelson

The 8 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Earle Leonard Nelson. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
May 12 1897Earle Leonard Nelson was born in San Francisco, California, US.  #18970512
May 12 1917
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1926
(Age 28/29)
Earle Leonard Nelson started his serial killing spree. #1926
1927
(Age 29/30)
Earle Leonard Nelson ended his serial killing spree. #1927
May 12 1927
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Jun 16 1927
(Age 30)
Earle Leonard Nelson arrested. #19270616
Nov 05 1927
(Age 30)
Earle Leonard Nelson was convicted and sentenced to death, execution by hanging at Vaughan Street Jail in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  #19271105
Jan 13 1928
(Age 30)
Earle Leonard Nelson was executed. cause of death: capital punishment, executed by hanging at Vaughan Street Jail in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. #19280113
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Boolean Questions:
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Answer
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teased in school TRUE 215
head injury TRUE 297
psychologist TRUE 256
forensic hospital TRUE 255
previous crimes TRUE 363
previous jail TRUE 347
previous prision TRUE 332
kill at killers home TRUE 315
kill at victims home TRUE 318
rape TRUE 447
strangle TRUE 437
sex with body TRUE 426
mutilated TRUE 440
living with children FALSE 267
suicide FALSE 216
killed in prison FALSE 210
father drug abuse FALSE 190
mother drug abuse FALSE 192
xyy FALSE 80
problems in school FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 298
speach defect FALSE 298
physically abused FALSE 228
psychologically abused FALSE 221
sexually abused FALSE 223
drug abuse FALSE 223
alcohol abuse FALSE 222
previous killed FALSE 207
used weapon FALSE 448
used gun FALSE 447
torture FALSE 421
stalk FALSE 413
blindfold FALSE 359
bound FALSE 401
ate part of body FALSE 445
drank blood FALSE 436
posed body FALSE 360
totem body part FALSE 361
totem personal item FALSE 350
robbed FALSE 414


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Earle Leonard Nelson (née Ferral; May 12, 1897 – January 13, 1928), also known in the media as the "Gorilla Man," the "Gorilla Killer," and the "Dark Strangler," was an American serial killer, rapist, and necrophile. He was the first known American serial sex murderer of the twentieth century.

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External References
  1. Earle Nelson on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 15, 2018.
  2. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Earle Leonard NELSON on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Sep 15, 2018.
  3. Michael Mosbach, Shae Conrad, Earle Leonard Nelson on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Sep 15, 2018.
  4. Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.), 24 June 1927 (Page 23) on chroniclingamerica.loc.gov, Retrieved on Sep 23, 2018.
  5. Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.), 17 June 1927 (Page 12) on chroniclingamerica.loc.gov, Retrieved on Sep 23, 2018.
  6. Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.), 22 June 1927 (Page 3) on chroniclingamerica.loc.gov, Retrieved on Sep 23, 2018.
  7. Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.), 13 Jan. 1928 (Page 12) on chroniclingamerica.loc.gov, Retrieved on Sep 23, 2018.
  8. Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.), 18 June 1927 (Page 16) on chroniclingamerica.loc.gov, Retrieved on Sep 23, 2018.
  9. Q604235 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 9, 2018.
Internal References

Earle Leonard Nelson is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

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  2. #1 of 30 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in May
  3. #7 of 60 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killer Necrophiliacs sorted by Confirmed Victims
  4. #15 of 326 [ Page 1 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  5. #18 of 649 [ Page 2 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  6. #21 of 249 [ Page 2 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  7. #25 of 305 [ Page 2 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #48 of 649 [ Page 4 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #426 of 649 [ Page 29 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  10. #526 of 649 [ Page 36 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
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