Billy Gohl: A Deeper Look at the Ghoul of Grays Harbor

Local lore has long told the story of Billy Gohl, who murdered as many as 100 men in Grays Harbor Washington from 1903-1910. But is there more to the story?

Show Notes

Looking deeper at his life and the times brings up many questions. Was he a serial killer? Or a man falsely accused and convicted for his politics? And does he still hang around the area today?


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Researched & Written by Kim Douthit 

Edited & Produced by Gabi Fiore

Music by Dan Moretti

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