Famous Serial Killers , Gaffney Strangler
This is the autopsy photo of Gaffney’s most infamous serial killer; Leroy Martin. Martin killed 4 women over a 10 day period in 1968.
The Gaffney Strangler
Lee Roy Martin was the man who would come to be known as the Gaffney Strangler. Martin abducted and killed four people in 1967-1968 ending with a 14 year old girl and he was arrested three days after he killed his final victim.
In early February 1968 Martin called the local newspaper the Gaffney Ledger and told them where to find his first three victims. He did not give his name he just told the reporter that answered the phone where to find his first three victims.
When the Newspaper reporter and the local police went to the locations they found the strangled remains of.
1. 20 Year Old Nancy Paris.
2. 14 Year Old Tina Rhinehart.
3. 32 Year Old Lucille Dedmond.
Four days later Martin who would come to be known as the Gaffney Strangler called the Gaffney Ledger Newspaper Reporter Gibbons and told him that it was only beginning.
The next day 14 year old Opal Buckson was abducted from her Gaffney South Carolina home while her sister watched. She was to be the final victim of the Gaffney strangler.
Martin stuffed 14 year old Opal Buckson into his car and drove away. Later he even put in an appearance at the Buckson home offering to help volunteer to look for 14 year old Opal Buckson even though he had already strangled her as well. The sister of Opal tried to tell her family that Martin was the man who had abducted her sister but no one believed her at that time.
Police Investigators spotted Martin and the car Opals sister had described in the woods a day after Opals disappearance but Martin was able to get away. Two days later Opal Bucksons strangled body was found near where the police had spotted him in his car. Martin was arrested that day at the Mill where he worked. Later when he was tried he was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole but his sentence was cut short when another inmate killed Lee Roy Martin in prison.
For about 10 days in 1968 people in upstate South Carolina and part of North Carolina were in terror over the Gaffney strangler. And he would not soon be forgotten.