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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: The victim rebuffed him
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: August 10, 1949
Date of arrest: Same day (suicide attempt)
Date of birth: 1923
Victim profile: Esperanza Rodriguez
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Sparks, Nevada, USA
Status: Executed by asphyxiation-gas on July 24, 1951

Gregorio Arellano was executed in the Nevada State Prison on July 24, 1951. He was executed for the murder of Esperanza Rodriguez on August 10, 1949.

He was born in Hanford, California in 1923, but lived the majority of his life in Mexico. He had been employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad until two weeks before the murder.

Arellano had known Rodriguez, but they had never dated. Arellano seemed obsessed with her, and was under the assumption that she was his girl.

Arellano was drinking almost steadily for about thirty hours before the time of the shooting. He was sitting in the Crystal Bar in Sparks, Nevada on the night of August 10, when Esperanza Rodriguez walked past the bar after finishing work at Hilp's Drug Store in Sparks.

Arellano shot her three times in the back, and then attempted suicide. He eventually recovered and sent to the State Prison where he was executed by the state two years later.



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