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TI 22.1.2019 16.15 - 17.45

Open Speakers Series Lecture 22.1. starting at 16.15_Aaron Goings: Making A Serial Killer: Class, Conflict, and the Case of Billy Gohl

The Speakers Series is a series of Studia Generalia Lectures in the Study of Society organized twice a month by the University of Tampere Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) in cooperation with the New Social Research Programme (NSR). The lectures are given by the Research Fellows as well as the distinguished guests of the IASR and the NSR. For the programme, please check the IASR website www.uta.fi/iasr/lectures/.

Tampere University
Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) in cooperation with
New Social Research Programme (NSR)

Speakers Series 2018-2019, Spring

www.uta.fi/iasr/
www.uta.fi/iasr/lectures/

OPEN LECTURE

 

Making A Serial Killer: Class, Conflict, and the Case of Billy Gohl

Dr Aaron Goings, IASR

Time: Tuesday, 22 January 2019,
at 16.15-17.45 (NB!)
Place: Tampere University, Pinni B, lecture hall B1096, Kanslerinrinne 1, 1st fl.

This presentation explores the intersections of myth, memory, and history in the life of William “Billy” Gohl, an early twentieth century labor activist. It was not Gohl’s labor activism that made him one of the most famous residents in the history of the Olympic Peninsula. Instead, he is remembered as the “Ghoul of Grays Harbor,” a serial killer who terrorized the waterfront district of Grays Harbor. Many studies have estimated that Gohl murdered between forty and two-hundred men, with some true crime writers suggesting he was one of America’s most prolific murderers.  Despite Gohl’s renown, he was tried and convicted of only one murder and there is surprising little evidence that he was a serial killer. To help understand why Gohl ended up in prison and why he was blamed for scores of murders, I will place the Gohl case within the context of the long and bloody history of anti-labor activism in the United States. Indeed, like thousands of other American labor and left-wing activists, Gohl ended up behind bars because of the efforts of a dedicated group of employers, labor spies, and newspaper writers.


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