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Serial Killers Donald, Pee Wee Gaskins
Donald " Pee Wee " Gaskins was South Carolinas most prolific Serial Killer
He was also one of the most brutal serial killers ever. He was into a little bit of everything. He had no boundaries as he killed both males and females and he was into torture, cannibalizing his victims and said he was the same as God. He said he chose who would live and who would die and he loved making people afraid of him. If it took brutal torture he was a master at it. He claimed to walk the same path as God. He said the he and God were equals because he was willing and ready to take life's. He said he often killed just to see how the person would die. He said his greatest thrill was holding another persons life in his hands.
Childhood of Donald Pee Wee Gaskins
Donald Pee Wee , Gaskins was born March 13th 1933 in Florence County South Carolina. His mother who was not married when Pee Wee was born lived with several different men while Pee Wee was a child. Many of the men beat the boy just for being around.
When his mother did marry his stepfather beat him and his brothers and sisters on a daily basis. Often with the first thing he could reach and grab. His mother did nothing to try to help her children and if they complained to her she would often beat them to. She was especially cruel to Pee Wee.
Donald Gaskins was given the nick name , Pee Wee at a young age because of his small body frame. It is said that he was treated very badly at school both by students and teachers and he quit school at age 11 and became a mechanic and he also helped out around the family farm. Gaskins later told police that all his life people picked on him and treated him badly. He is said to have said that he especially hated women because he felt like his mother let him down badly and never did anything to try to help him or protect him.
Gaskins made friends with two other boys at the garage where he worked. The two boys were called Danny and Marsh and the three called themselves , " The Horrible Trio ". They committed break ins at local houses and raped area younger boys telling the boys if they told them and their families would be killed. All three boys including Gaskins were known to capture peoples cats or dogs and they would take them out into the woods , pour gasoline over them and set them afire. Gaskins said he loved to watch the crispy critters run. The three boys were caught for raping Marsh's younger sister and the boys parents tied them up and beat them. After the beatings Danny and Marsh left the area and Gaskins was left on his on. He continued to break into houses and at age 13 he robbed a house where a girl was home and he was caught. He tried to beat the girl in the head with a stick but she chased him away with an axe. Gaskins was caught and tried and sentenced to the South Carolina State Reformatory for boys until he was 18 years old.
While Gaskins was in the reformatory he was beat and raped often. He was once even raped by 20 boys at one time. He tried several times to escape the reformatory and each time he received a severe beating for trying to escape. At one time he did manage to escape for a few weeks and while he was out he worked for a traveling carnival and married a 13 year old girl. He was caught and returned to the reformatory from which he was released when he was 18 years old.
After Pee Wee was released from Reform School he and a friend got involved in burning barns for people for the insurance money. A girl Pee Wee knew accused him of being the barn burner who was burning all the barns in the area and he lost his temper and beat her in the head with a hammer splitting her skull open. He was sent to prison this time for five years for assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.
Almost at once the small sized Pee Wee was being raped and forced to give sexual services to the gang leaders in the prison. Pee Wee was released from prison in 1961 and he went to work as the driver for a traveling preacher. During this time he met and married several young girls with out divorcing any of them. He was finally arrested for statutory rape of a twelve year old girl and was sent to prison again. This time he was not paroled until 1968.
Although Pee Wee Gaskins preferred killing females it did not stop him from killing male victims to. By 1975 he had killed over 100 young boys and girls he met along the roads of North and South Carolina.
In 1973 while living in New Prospect South Carolina with his wife and child he purchased an old black hearse. He joked with people he knew that he needed the hearse to carry away all the people he was killing.
Pee Wee was a monster. It was during this time that he raped and murdered a girl he knew who had a 2 year old girl child. He said the rape and murder of the child was the best killing he ever committed.
Pee Wee Gaskins was finally caught by the police when an acquaintance who had helped Pee Wee dispose of some people he had killed and their vehicle broke down and told police where Pee Wee's private graveyard was at.
Walter Neely and Pee Wee Gaskins were charged with eight counts of first degree murder and Pee Wee Gaskins was sentenced to death but the Supreme Court over turned the death penalty in 1976 and Pee Wee was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
Gaskins was caught and convicted for the murder of a fellow inmate and for this he once again received the death penalty which had been reinstated in 1978. On the day of his execution Pee Wee cut his own wrists to try to postpone his execution but at 1.05 AM September 6th 1991 with sewed up arms he was placed in the electric chair and the execution was carried out. Pee Wee claimed that he had killed well over 100 people. At one point he said hell it might even be 200. And he offered to show police where the bodies were buried if he was saved from execution but the then South Carolina Governor refused and Donald Pee Wee Gaskins was executed taking his knowledge of where the bodies were buried to his grave with him.