Serial Killer Clips: Billy Gohl, Admiral of the Floater Fleet

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

A reading from America’s historic newspapers during the golden age of yellow journalism

Aberdeen, Washington

February, 1910

During the last half of the first decade of the twentieth century, the port of Grays Harbor near the city of Aberdeen Washington, was so inundated with dead bodies that the local newspapers called it the invasion of the floater fleet. Numerous investigations did not turn up anything except a few likely suspects and even more mystery. When police arrested the local union agent Billy Gohl for the murder of a pair of sailors, they believed they caught the man behind anywhere from 40 to 200 murders between 1906 and 1910.

Music by Chuck Wiggins

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Aberdeen Herald, February 3, 1910
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Oregon Daily Journal, February 4, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, February 7, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, April 7, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, May 12, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, May 2, 1910
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Los Angeles Herald, May 3, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, May 5, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, May 26, 1910
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The Newport (Washington) Miner, October 27, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, April 11, 1910

The Charlie Chaplin Mustache Mystery

A audio-drama inspird by America’s historic newspapers, featuring the Past Tense Players.

Chicago, Illinois

January 21, 1916

“The Charlie Chaplin Mustache Mystery” tells the tale of a daring rush hour robbery, the cold-blooded murder of a police officer, and the hunt for the killer and his blonde accomplice.

The Past Tense Players are Emily Simer Braun, Suzanne Beckner, Chris Laycock, Tim Spoonster, Rachel Michelle Jones, Sean R. Jones, Benjamin Miller, Barry Price, Steve Colwell and Terrance Huff.

Musical direction by Chuck Wiggins.

Recorded at Cortelyou Studios and the studios at TVHamilton.

Sound effects courtesy freesfx.co.uk and freesound.org.

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Chicago Tribune, January 22, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 22, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 23, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 23, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 24, 1916
Chicago Tribune, January 24, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, January 24, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, January 26, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, January 27, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, January 29, 1916
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Decauter (Illinois) Daily Review, January 30, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 9, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 15, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 19, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, February 28, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, March 7, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, April 17, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, May 14, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, July 31, 1916
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Chicago Tribune, August 25, 1917