South Carolina Serial Killer Suspect Is Dead, Police Say

S.C. Killer Takes Five Lives in Five Days

A local newspaper headline screamed "TERRORIZED!" summing up the town's level of worry. This small South Carolina town is living in fear after five people were murdered in five days.

The murders began June 27, when 63-year-old peach farmer Kline Cash was shot in his home on the outskirts of town. Then, on Wednesday, 50-year-old Gena Linder Parker and her elderly mother, Hazel Linder, 83, were found bound and shot in a home a few miles away.

On Thursday, a 48-year-old businessman was in his home improvement store with his daughter when they were both shot. Stephen Tyler died at the scene, and his daughter, Abby, 15, died in the hospital Saturday.

For those old enough to remember, these events are stirring up painful memories. In the 1960s, the so-called "Gaffney Strangler" murdered four girls before he was apprehended. Leroy Martin was sent to prison for life; he was killed in prison in 1972.

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