Lee Roy Martin

The Gaffney Strangler

  Active for 2 years
(1966-1967) in United States

3

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

3

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 7 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 5 Books About Lee Roy Martin
  14. 4 External References
  15. Internal References

Lee Roy Martin an American serial killer known as The Gaffney Strangler. Martin killed two women and two young girls in South Carolina in 1967 and 1968. Martin raped and strangled his victims, multiple victims had cigarette burns and at least one victim was stabbed to death. He was convicted on four charges of first-degree murder and received four life terms. Lee Roy Martin was stabbed to death by fellow inmate, Kenneth Rumsey, while incarcerated at Central Correctional Institution in Columbia in 1972.

Lee Roy Martin Serial Killer Profile

Serial Killer Lee Roy Martin (aka) The Gaffney Strangler, was active for 2 years between 1966-1967, known to have ( 3 confirmed / 3 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States

Lee Roy Martin was born on April 25th 1937 in Gaffney, city in South Carolina.

Martin married. He had three children.

In 1966 (Age 28/29) Lee Roy Martin started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, rape, and murder his victims. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife and children in Gaffney, South Carolina, US, where Martin was known to work as a serial killer.

He was arrested on February 15th 1968 (Age 30), convicted on May 31st 1972 (Age 35), sentenced to life imprisonment at Central Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina, US. Martin was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.

Lee Roy Martin died on May 31st 1972 (Age 35), cause of death: homicide, stabbed to death by a fellow inmate at Central Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina, US.

Profile Completeness: 85%
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Lee Roy Martin has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 2 years ago.

Lee Roy Martin a known:

Lee Roy Martin
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-15 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Lee Roy Martin
Nickname: The Gaffney Strangler
Victims: 3 - 3
Years Active: 1966 - 1967
Ages Active: 28/29 - 29/30
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1937 - 1972
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Sexual Preference: heterosexual
Religious Affiliation: Apostasy in Catholicism
Astrological Sign: Taurus
Apr 20 - May 21
Birth Month: April
Marital Status: married
Children: three children
Living With: his wife and children in Gaffney, South Carolina, US
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Apr 25, 1937
Family Name: Martin
Birth Location: Gaffney, city in South Carolina
Birth Order: N/A
Siblings: N/A
Raised By: N/A
Birth Category: N/A
Mother: N/A
Father: N/A

Cognitive Ability
IQ: N/A
Highest School: N/A
Highest Degree:

Incarceration
Arrested: Feb 15, 1968 (Age 30)
Convicted: May 31, 1972 (Age 35)
Sentence: life imprisonment
Prison Location: Central Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina, US
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: N/A
Previous Jail: N/A
Previous Prison: N/A

Death Information
Death Date: May 31, 1972 (Age 35)
Manner of Death: homicide
Cause of Death: stabbed to death by a fellow inmate
Death Location: Central Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina, US
Killed In Prison: TRUE
Suicide: FALSE
7 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Lee Roy Martin

The 7 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Lee Roy Martin. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.

Date Event Description
Apr 25 1937Lee Roy Martin was born in Gaffney, city in South Carolina.  #19370425
Apr 25 1957
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1966
(Age 28/29)
Lee Roy Martin started his serial killing spree. #1966
1967
(Age 29/30)
Lee Roy Martin ended his serial killing spree. #1967
Apr 25 1967
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Feb 15 1968
(Age 30)
Lee Roy Martin arrested. #19680215
May 31 1972
(Age 35)
Lee Roy Martin was convictedand sentenced to life imprisonment at Central Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina, US.  #19720531
May 31 1972
(Age 35)
Lee Roy Martindied.cause of death:homicide,stabbed to death by a fellow inmateat Central Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina, US. #19720531

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ANSWERED
Serial Killer
Boolean Questions:
Killer
Question
Killer
Answer
Total
Answered
living with children TRUE 268
killed in prison TRUE 218
rape TRUE 453
strangle TRUE 443
suicide FALSE 225
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
problems in school FALSE 221
teased in school FALSE 218
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
head injury FALSE 299
physically abused FALSE 231
psychologically abused FALSE 224
sexually abused FALSE 226
drug abuse FALSE 226
alcohol abuse FALSE 226
psychologist FALSE 258
forensic hospital FALSE 257
kill at killers home FALSE 320
kill at victims home FALSE 323
used weapon FALSE 453
used gun FALSE 451
torture FALSE 426
stalk FALSE 418
blindfold FALSE 363
bound FALSE 406
sex with body FALSE 430
mutilated FALSE 447
ate part of body FALSE 451
drank blood FALSE 442
posed body FALSE 365
totem body part FALSE 365
totem personal item FALSE 354
robbed FALSE 418


Books that Mention Lee Roy Martin

Book: Serial Killer Stranglers (mentions serial killer Lee Roy Martin)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Stranglers
Book: Serial Killer Rapists (mentions serial killer Lee Roy Martin)
Kevin Smith
Serial Killer Rapists
Book: Weird Carolinas (mentions serial killer Lee Roy Martin)
Roger Manley
Weird Carolinas
Book: From Our House (mentions serial killer Lee Roy Martin)
Lee Martin
From Our House
Book: Palmetto Predators (mentions serial killer Lee Roy Martin)
Mark R. Jones
Palmetto Predators

5 Books that mention Serial Killer
Lee Roy Martin

ISBN10 Book Title Killers
1733630600 Serial Killer Stranglers 164
1733630619 Serial Killer Rapists 266
1402739397 Weird Carolinas 1
0803222904 From Our House 1
1614234809 Palmetto Predators 2

Lee Roy Martin, (April 25, 1937 — 31 May 1972) also known as the "Gaffney Strangler," was an American serial killer from Gaffney, South Carolina. He murdered 4 females, 2 women and 2 girls between 1967 and 1968.

Wikipedia
External References
  1. Q16203300 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Dec 4, 2018.
  2. Lee Roy Martin on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 4, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Lee Roy MARTIN on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 4, 2018.
  4. Check presented to victims family, The Gaffney Ledger, 13 Mar 1968, Page 1 on www.newspapers.com, Retrieved on Dec 4, 2018.
Internal References

Lee Roy Martin is included in the following pages on Killer.Cloud the Serial Killer Database

  1. #31 of 38[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killers with birthdays in April
  2. #163 of 185[ Page 11 ] of Taurus Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  3. #179 of 651[ Page 12 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  4. #224 of 250[ Page 15 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  5. #276 of 307[ Page 19 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  6. #282 of 327[ Page 19 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  7. #381 of 651[ Page 26 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
  8. #446 of 651[ Page 30 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  9. #573 of 651[ Page 39 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
Statistics:
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