January 13, 1928 - Earle Leonard Nelson, considered North America’s first serial rapist / murderer, is hanged at the Vaughan Street Gaol.
Nelson, a.ka. the 'Gorilla Man Killer' or the 'Dark Strangler', began his crime spree in his native California and moved up the American West Coast. He crossed into Manitoba in June 1927. Though he was here just a short time, he raped and killed two women, the youngest just 14 years-old. The ensuing manhunt caused him to flee to Regina then make a run for the U.S. border. He was arrested in Wakopa Manitoba, near Crystal City.
The trial was covered across North America. In attendance were detectives from various police services in the U.S., as well as Nelson's wife and aunt. Found guilty and hung for his two murders here, Nelson was responsible for 22 murders and suspected in at least three more south of the border. He was 29 years old.
There are a number of accounts of the life and death of Nelson, including at the Winnipeg Police Museum website.
January 13, 1933 - Thomas Berry, the first anglophone mayor of St. Boniface, dies.