The waterwheel, Gaffney SC. An alleged spot where the infamous Gaffney strangler “Leroy Martin” dumped one of his victims bodies. This location is reported to be haunted by the spirit of this poor girl.
From wikipedia.com “Leroy Martin: (around 1938 — 31 May 1972) also known as the “Gaffney Strangler”, was an American serial killer from Gaffney, South Carolina. He murdered 4 girls in 1967-1968. Nancy Carol Parris, 20, was killed on February 7, 1968, and found beside a bridge. Her husband had reported her missing. She had been raped and strangled.
Nancy Christine Rhinehart, 14, was killed and her body was found buried under a brush pile, with one foot sticking out. She also had been raped and strangled.”
“On Feb. 8, 1968 Leroy Martin called Bill Gibbons the editor of The Gaffney Ledger. Martin gave Gibbons a list of names and locations of the 3 women he had killed so far. The last name on the list was Annie Lucille Dedmond’s. Martin wanted to make sure it was known that the husband was innocent. He was ultimately released from prison.
Four days later Martin called Gibbons again and gave a warning that there would be more killings. On February 13, 1968, Opal Diane Buckson, 15, became his last victim. She was grabbed and thrown into the trunk of a car while walking to a school bus stop with her sister. The police found her body in a wooded area several days later”
The grounds were blanketed with hard ice, so slick that a step on flat ground proved to be a task in itself. The news reports urged people to stay off the roads, the SCSI could not comply, there was work to be done. The waterwheel has allegedly been haunted since the body of the Gaffney strangler victim was found there, and we could not pass up the opportunity to investigate this place. The ice and snow covered that terrain was very hazardous, the team practically slid downhill in the pitch black southern night to get to our destination.
This investigation was miserable, the frigid temperature made the wind feel as if it were slicing through our bodies. The bridge that covered a small creek was so slippery we could barely cross it. One of our investigators (Michael Guyton) fell, injuring his back. The rest of the team proceeded to the waterwheel weary, beaten and frozen. The team inspected and observed the spot for quite some time. We took numerous photo’s and held several recording sessions. The close by waterfall made a lot of background noise and the cascading moonlight on the water made the perfect spot for visual and auditory matrixing.
A beautiful and historic spot, check it out if you ever have the chance. Is it haunted? No way. We had absolutely nothing in the pictures. There was a few questionable moments on the recorder that we attribute to auditory matrixing. The scariest thing about this spot is the weather in which we investigated. On a sunny day it is easily accessible and a very beautiful place. The locals are friendly, and this location is historical. I urge you to check the place out and investigate for yourself, to the SCSI this case is closed.
case conclusion: not haunted
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I live in Gaffney and would love to visit this spot simply because it looks beautiful. Do you know specifically where it is or could you help me get in contact with someone who knows? I will certainly endeavor to respect any privately held land.
We’d be happy to take you out there sometime. It’s right off highway 11, I do not remember the road name.
It’s on Mill Gin rd.
I can show you…
It is a beautiful place. We have been there many times. I think the name of the road is Mill Gin Rd or Something like that.
My great great grandfather work in the mill when it was up and running.