Forgotten Darkness

Strange things are lost and forgotten in obscure corners of the newspaper.

July 21st, 2020    

75 - Earle Leonard Nelson, Part Three

The Canadian authorities put Earle Leonard Nelson on trial for the two Winnipeg murders, and he meets his eventual fate. There’s also discussion of his bizarre past, and some other crimes that may or may not be his handiwork.


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“Apron-String Murder Gives Police Puzzle.” Los Angeles Times, November 12, 1926.

“Buffalo to Move for Trial of Strangler.” Windsor (Ont.) Star, June 21, 1927.

“Chain of Evidence Against Nelson Welded.” Regina Leader-Press, November 3, 1927.

“Detectives Get New Clews To Carlson Slayer.” Oakland Tribune, March 27, 1920.

“Earle Nelson Sentenced to Hang Jan. 13.” Montreal Gazette, November 7, 1927.

“Girl Routs Stranger in Battle.” Oakland Tribune, March 30, 1920.

“Girl Slain Is Theory of Becker.” Oakland Tribune, March 19, 1920.

“’Gorilla Man’ Believed Bay Girl’s Slayer.” San Francisco Examiner, September 13, 1927.

“Insanity Trump Card in Nelson’s Defence.” Regina Leader-Press, November 4, 1927.

“Knife a Clue in 2 Murders.” Detroit Free Press, June 24, 1927.

“’Murder or Pneumonia?’ Ask Probers.” San Francisco Examiner, September 17, 1925.

“Nelson Guilty; Dies on Gallows on January 13th.” Calgary Herald, November 5, 1927.

“Nelson’s Trial Tragic, Swift Moving Drama.” Regina Leader-Press, November 4, 1927.

“New Mystery Stirs Probe in S.F. Murder.” San Francisco Examiner, October 3, 1926.

“Newark Murderer Left Cigarettes.” Brooklyn Standard-Union, August 10, 1926.

“Photo Proof of Beating By Slayer.” Oakland Tribune, March 23, 1920.

“Police Seek Friend of Slain Widow.” Oakland Tribune, October 2, 1926.

“Seek Clues in Murder of Apartment House Manager.” Colton (CA) Daily Courier, September 17, 1925.

“Slayer of Girl Is Still At Liberty.” Sacramento Bee, March 16, 1920.

“Thug Winds Gems Around Victim’s Neck.” San Francisco Examiner, August 24, 1925.

“Warrant Issued For ‘Gorilla Man’ At Philadelphia.” Lancaster (PA) Intelligencer Journal, June 23, 1927.

“Wealthy Widow Found Killed in Apartment.” Camden Courier-Post, May 11, 1926.

“Wealthy Woman Beaten to Death; Curtain Rod Used.” New York Daily News, May 12, 1926.

“Woman Slain By Strangler in Her Home.” Philadelphia Inquirer, November 11, 1925.

“Woman, Victim of Strangling, Now Declared to Have Committed Suicide.” Los Angeles Evening Express, November 12, 1926.

“Woman’s Death From Natural Causes.” San Francisco Examiner, August 25, 1925.

“Young Woman Fought Assailant Until Her Breath Stopped.” Oakland Tribune, Match 15, 1920.

Schechter, Harold. Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster. New York: Pocket Books, 1998.

Tredgold, A.F. “The Definition and Diagnosis of Moral Imbecility.” British Journal of Medical Psychology 6:1 (1926).

July 3rd, 2020    

74 - Earle Leonard Nelson, Part Two

The police are on the trail of “Adrian Harris,” even as Earle Leonard Nelson leaves the West Coast behind for a cross-country killing spree at a considerably quickened pace. But his spree comes to an end in June, 1927...

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“Assailant Uses Telephone Cord.” Owensboro (KY) Messenger, June 3, 1927.

“Buffalo Murderer Eludes Detectives in All-day Search.” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, June 1, 1927.

“Buffalo Police Cannot Find the Murderer.” Dunkirk (NY) Evening Observer, May 31, 1927.

“Butcher’s Helper Quizzed in Slaying.” Washington Evening Star, June 3, 1927.

“Clues Lacking in Dual Killing.” Detroit Free Press, June 7, 1927.

“Crime Puzzles Police.” York (PA) Dispatch, April 28, 1927.

“Detroit Police and a Double Murder.” Greenfield (IN) Daily Reporter, June 7, 1927.

“Dragnet Out For Strangler of Philadelphia Woman.” Scranton Times-Tribune, April 28, 1927.

“Fiend Suspect Tries to Enter W. Phila. Home.” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 29, 1927.

“Find Strangler Placed Another Woman in Terror.” Davenport (IA) Daily Times, December 25, 1926.

“Find Woman Dead Behind Furnace.” Lincoln (NB) Journal Star, December 24, 1926.

“Finds Wife Slain in Home.” Kansas City Times, December 28, 1926.

“Funeral Rites For Mrs. Ida Ann Clements Held Friday Afternoon.” Hennessey (OK) Clipper, July 1, 1948.

“’Gorilla’ Kills Woman.” Arizona Republic, June 3, 1927.

“Housewives Murdered By ‘Phantom Strangler’.” New Castle (PA) News, January 3, 1927.

“Mrs. John Berard, Former Hennessey Woman, Murdered.” Hennessey (OK) Clipper, December 30, 1926.

“Murder in Chicago is Not Solved.” Sioux City Journal, June 5, 1927.

“No Sign of Fight Found By Police.” Lancaster (PA) Intelligencer Journal, April 29, 1927.

“Police on Strangler’s Trail.” Winnipeg Tribune, June 13, 1927.

“Shirt Murder Still Baffles Bluffs Police.” Des Moines Register, December 26, 1926.

“Take Up Murder Theories.” Kansas City Star, December 29, 1926.

“Which Will Be Next City to Harbor Death Fiend Now Crossing Country?” Lancaster (PA) Intelligencer Journal, January 6, 1927.

“Woman Thwarts Attempted Attack.” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 20, 1927.

“Young Girl Seized By Phila. Strangler.” Camden Courier-Post, April 29, 1927.

Atlas of Kansas City, Missouri and Environs. Tuttle-Ayers-Woodward Co., 1925.

Schechter, Harold. Bestial: The Savage Trail of a True American Monster. New York: Pocket Books, 1998.


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