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?
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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