Accused serial killer has lengthy criminal past - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Accused serial killer has lengthy criminal past

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NEW ALBANY, IN (WDRB) --  Accused serial killer William "Clyde" Gibson has a lengthy criminal history, has admitted to abusing alcohol and marijuana and experienced "blackouts," according to court records that document his time in a Kentucky state prison. He was there serving time for fondling a woman, punching her and stealing her purse.

The psychological evaluation also says Gibson was a "low risk" to re-offend. Gibson is now charged with two murders – and potentially could face a third – after the body of 35-year old Stephanie Kirk was dug up from his backyard last week.

Prosecutors have said Gibson has already implicated himself in the murders of 75-year old Christine Whitis and 45-year old Karen Hodella. They are waiting on toxicology reports before charging him with the Kirk case. A preliminary cause of death indicates she was strangled.

Crime scene investigators spent part of Wednesday afternoon marking off portions of William Clyde Gibson's backyard near an area where the body of Stephanie Kirk was dug up last week.

A large storage container now sits in the front driveway. Neighbors describe Gibson as quiet, a man who often mowed lawns and would sit at Jack's bar nearby drink Budweiser.

Gibson is a man who is now gaining unflattering notoriety as an accused serial killer.

"When they showed his picture I couldn't believe it. It shocked me. In my opinion he shouldn't be on the street with what he done," said Danny Mann, who had a run-in with Gibson ten years ago.

Gibson contacted Mann about buying a motorcycle he had for sale. After coming to test drive it, Gibson took off, leaving a stolen car behind.

Mann spent the next day tracking down his stolen motorcycle. He and Gibson ended up in a fight.

"He wouldn't fight a man.  He tried to (run) but I had a pretty good hold on him," said Mann.

Those vehicle thefts in Indiana were just some of the few crimes in Gibson's lengthy criminal past.

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