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How a Killer’s Final Truth is Slaughtering Readers

Every serial killer we know has a story and a reason. Killer, Paul Bernado, said “It’s all power and control,” and Jeffery Dahmer told a MSNBC reporter, “The killing was just a means to an end.” All of them have a different reasoning behind their murders, but one killer who sticks out the most is none other than southern serial murderer, Donald “Peewee” Gaskin, Jr.

The Beginnings of a Monster

Donald Gaskins was born March 13, 1933 in Florence County, South Carolina. Born and growing up small for his age led him to receive the nickname“Pee Wee.” He grew up being abused by relatives and cared for an unmarried mother. At the age of 13, Gaskin was sent to reform school after being convicted of hitting a young girl on the head with an axe. 

A Killer’s Time in Reform School and Jail

During his time in an all-male reform school, Gaskin was regularly raped and threatened by other inmates. He was released in 1951, but was sent back to prison in 1953 for attacking a girl with a hammer. While in prison, Donald killed another inmate, which led him to become a man of which everyone was scared. In 1955, he escaped prison by hiding in a garbage truck, and fled to Florida and joined a carnival, until he was caught again. 

After his release in 1961, Gaskin was later convicted of raping a 12 year old and burglarizing peoples homes. He was sentenced to 8 years of prison. When he was released again in 1968, he moved to Sumter, South Carolina, to begin a roofing company. 

The Killer’s Victims and Claims

Donald’s first non-prison murder victim was a hitchhiker, whom he tortured and killed in 1969. After his first murder, this brought on a spree of coastal killing. His victims were male and female. He confessed to killing these victims using different methods including stabbing, mutilation, suffocation, and cannibalism. When he stabbed someone, he used his favorite boning knife. He confessed to killing 80 to 90 people during his spree, while some murders were never actually proven true. 

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WARNING: Some of His Most Brutal Murders (Sickening Content!!!)

Donald was a kind of character who was cocky and wanted to pick a fight with anyone. He was racist, mean, and a downright ugly personality. The killer bragged to authorities about the amount of people he had butchered during his time. One of his brutal murder victims was a young girl he picked up during a hitchhike. He knocked her unconscious and raped and tortured her, by cutting off her nipples and slashing his boning knife from her anus to her vagina and dumped her body in a swamp. When reported later on, he said, “All I could think about is how I could do anything I wanted to her.” 

Another one of his sickening murder victims was Doreen Dempsey. Doreen, a single mother of a two-year-old baby girl, and pregnant with another child, had decided to accept a ride to the bus station from her old friend Gaskins. Instead, Gaskins took her to a wooded area, raped and killed her, then raped and killed the baby. After killing them both, he buried the two together. The rape of the baby would later be described by Gaskins as the best sex of his life.

The Killer’s Execution and an Interview

On September 6, 1991, Donald Gaskins’ was executed in the electric chair, and mere hours before he had tried to commit suicide by slitting his wrists. His last words were: “I’ll let my lawyers talk for me. I’m ready to go.” 

Fifteen months before his death, an author, Wilton Earle, published an autobiography of Gaskins’s life, The Final Truth (1992), in which the killer had tape-recorded conversations with Earle in the last fifteen months of his life. This is the first novel ever written to be recorded by a serial killer.

The Book 

Today on Amazon, Earle’s book, Final Truth: The Autobiography of a Serial Killer, is listed to sell between $300 to $1,000. 

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