Tuesday, July 7, 2009

History of Killers in South Carolina

It seems that South Carolina is not new to spree and serial killers.

Patrick Tracy Burris

Before Tracy Burris began his spree killing in Gaffney, SC, that ended with 5 people from ages 15 - 83 murdered and Tracy dead via suicide by cop, there was Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins and Lee Roy Martin.

Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins, Florence, SC
Killing from 1969 - 1975

Donald Gaskins is the most prolific Serial Killer in South Carolina's history. From the age of 11, Donald and two deranged young friends of his burglarized homes and picked up prostitutes. They even sexually assaulted young boys. Then, later, Donald took it even further by making a "career" out of raping, torturing, and murdering whomever he saw fit: men, women, girls, boys, young, and old.

Was his childhood at fault? In his memoir, Final Truth, Donald says that he had a terribly abusive childhood, but others claim he had "tremendous love and attention when growing up". Who knows? The only thing we know for certain is that Donald Gaskins claimed to kill 181 people and a tenth of those bodies were proven. Read more here.

Lee Roy Martin aka The Gaffney Strangler , Gaffney, S.C.
Killing from 1967-1968

Martin, called the "Gaffney Strangler," was convicted of murdering four women and sentenced to life in prison. Read more here.

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