EXCLUSIVE: Former friend of self-proclaimed serial killer speaks out


TAMPA (WFLA) – 8 On Your Side Investigates used online records to track Nicholas Brent Gibson from New York City to a federal facility in South Florida.

Gibson, a sex offender, will soon be charged for one murder, but he claims he’s actually killed at least seven including a man reportedly from the Tampa Bay area.

8 On Your Side Investigates is getting new insight from a man who says he’s known Gibson for years.

“I met Nicholas Gibson back in 2011 on Miami Beach on Ocean Drive and 12th Street,” said Deric Stratt.

8 On Your Side spoke with Stratt from his home in Miami.

“Very shortly after he and I being acquainted with each other … he started hanging out with what I would call the wrong crowd.”

Stratt says Gibson appeared to be clean-cut, charming and popular at the time.

That changed eight years later.

According to the Miami Beach Police Department, Gibson is the suspect in a homicide that occurred in their jurisdiction at 1508 Michigan Avenue.

Detectives state the body was discovered on April 30, but they believe the crime occurred at least 10 days earlier.

The victim has been identified as 77-year-old Erik B. Stocker.

On May 5, Gibson was arrested in New York City in connection to this homicide.

Miami Beach Public Information Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said Gibson admitted to his involvement in murder of Stocker. He also allegedly made additional statements about his involvement in six other murders during earlier times in his life in Florida, Georgia and California.

According to police sources cited by the Daily Mail, one of Gibson’s alleged victims was a man from the Tampa Bay area.

Dozens of local law enforcement agencies tell 8 On Your Side there’s no trace of Gibson ever being in our area.

Right now, Gibson remains in the custody of U.S. Marshals.  They are not releasing any further information regarding this suspect.

According to online records, Gibson is currently being held at a federal facility in Miami.

“Did he come to the Tampa Bay area to the best of your knowledge?” asked investigative reporter Mahsa Saeidi.

Stratt said no.

“I have no idea and definitely no recollection of him sharing with me that he was in the Tampa Bay area.”

According to a document released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Gibson lived in Homestead from March to July 2016.  Soon after, he started working at a coffee shop in Jupiter.

He was locked up in a federal facility in Florida from November 2016 to 2018.

The FDLE document has no information about Gibson’s whereabouts in the six months before the alleged murder.

Stratt states that Gibson got in touch with him after being released from prison in November 2018.

“I just didn’t want him in my home period,” said Stratt.

“Obviously as you can see yourself … thank God.”

8 On Your Side asked Stratt about Gibson’s claims that he is a serial killer.

“I don’t put it past him,” said Stratt.

“Was he ever violent towards you?” asked investigative reporter Mahsa Saeidi.

“Never,” said Stratt.

Stratt also talked about a recent significant event in Gibson’s life, the loss of his partner.

“He told me she died by a drug …overdose in a motel in Jupiter,” said Stratt.

8 On Your Side is putting in a request to speak with Gibson.  

Meantime, authorities in New York say they dismissed minor charges against Gibson to expedite his extradition to Florida.

A New York Police Department officer was reportedly hurt as Gibson was arrested last month.

A spokeswoman from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office tells 8 On Your Side those charges were dismissed.

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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