The first victim of “The Gorilla Killer” is murdered

February 20, 1926 San Francisco, California Clara Newman is killed, becoming the first known victim of serial killer Earle Nelson (pictured) Before Nelson was identified, the press dubbed him the “Gorilla Killer,” as he was described, as the Northern Territory Times reported, as “a degenerate with huge hairy hands.” (As you can see in the…

Man executed for killing co-worker and her son

February 20, 1998 McAlester, Oklahoma Michael Long is executed for the murder of his 24-year-old co-worker and her 5-year-old son Long (25) had worked with Sheryl Graber at a florist and often made his sexual attraction towards her known. Graber did not share the feelings and repeatedly told Long she was not interested. On April…