Crime History: South Carolina strangler tips newspaper to victims' bodies

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South Carolina strangler tips newspaper to bodies
On this day, Feb. 8, in 1968, an anonymous caller told the editor of the Gaffney Ledger in South Carolina where to find the bodies of two women he'd strangled in the woods.

The caller said he had killed a third woman whose husband had been convicted and sentenced to prison for her murder.

The caller threatened to kill again until he was "shot down like the dog I am." A week later, the so-called Gaffney Strangler killed his final victim, a 15-year-old who was abducted from a school bus stop.

Witnesses got a description of the killer's vehicle, and police soon arrested Lee Roy Martin, a married mill worker and father of three.

Martin was convicted and sentenced to life. In 1972, he was stabbed to death in his cell.

-Scott McCabe

- Scott McCabe

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