Serial Killer on the Loose in Gaffney, SC

Update November 16: Tyler Home Center is now closed due to the death of its owner, Steven Tyler.
There is no connection between any of three sets of victims other than evidence. Victims did not know each other, or at least did not know each other well. There is no known motive or connection for the killings.
A ballcap was worn at all three murders. This implies that he was seen at the Linder killings. The killer was wearing a checkered shirt and blue jeans.

Police are confident it is the same man who did all three sets of killings. There is a lot of evidence linking the three crime scenes.
Two people spoke to the killer shortly before the killings at two of the crime scenes. They said he was “polite” and “seemed like an average person.” In addition, several more people saw the killer at the crime scenes but did not speak to him. He waited until the victims left the area before he killed.
The man found dead in an alley near the Little Theatre on the corner of North Petty Street and East Robinson Street in Gaffney was determined to have died of natural causes. Reports indicating that he had been shot in the chest and had been beaten up were false. The dead man is 53 year old James Thomas McGaha of North Limestone Street, Gaffney.
All of the victims are said to have been from upper middle class families.
Gena Parker attended the funeral of Cline Parker shortly before she was murdered.
All victims were members of older, generationally established Gaffney families that have lived in Gaffney for a long time.
Steven Tyler and Gena Parker were from the same graduating class. They did not graduate together as Steve went to the old Gaffney Day School and graduated in 11th Grade. However, they were from the same class era.
The killer of Kline Cash had a 4-5 day growth of beard.
Many are saying that the killer is either unemployed or works nights or staggered shifts. A day shift worker could not have committed the Linder killings and a swing shift worker could not have committed the Tyler killings. A weekend day shift worker could not have committed Cash killing.

We have discovered the reason why there are two different artist renderings of the suspect. See the photos of the renderings below for more.
There is an unconfirmed rumor that two guns were taken from Kline Cash before he was killed. One of those guns was a rifle. This may be the robbery that the police refer to. The rumor states that one of the stolen guns was left behind at the Linder crime scene.

Stephen Tyler may have been called back to his business just before it closed. When he arrived, he was shot dead along with his daughter.
The Tyler killings occurred at the precise time when the funeral for Kline Cash was going on.

You can listen to the Spartanburg County police scanner here.
A serial killer is on the loose in South Carolina.

This is the first photo released by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office of the South Carolina serial killer.
This is the first photo released by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office of the South Carolina serial killer. This first sketch is based on Mrs. Cash's recollection of the man who came asking about buying hay at the Cash home shortly before Mr. Cash was killed.

Residents of Gaffney, South Carolina are staying indoors instead of partying on the Fourth of July. There have been five homicides in the past six days, all shootings. Police say they are all connected. Police have released a sketch of the suspect, a White male with salt and pepper hair. He may be driving a light-gray or champagne tan 1991-1994 two-door Ford Explorer. The Whites of the area are  locking doors in the daytime, hoping to save their lives.
The spree began on Saturday, June 27. The suspect came to the home of Kline Cash and asked about buying hay. His wife said when she left at 3 PM the man was talking to her husband about buying hay. A few hours later, at 6:45 PM, she came back and found peach farmer Kline Cash, 63, shot dead in the living room of the home. The motive may have been robbery.
Kline Cash, a local peach farmer, bound and shot in his living room. He was also robbed. Cash was the first victim of the Gaffney Serial Killer.
Kline Cash, a local peach farmer, bound and shot in his living room. He was also robbed. Cash was the first victim of the Gaffney Serial Killer.

Four days later, at 3 PM on Wednesday, July 1, family members found the bodies of Hazel Linder, 83 and her daughter Gina Linder Parker, 50, bound and shot to death in their home. A sign, “Hay For Sale” was visible outside the residence. In the Kline Cash case, the Gaffney Serial Killer had stopped by asking to buy hay.
Photo of Gena Parker Linder, bound and murdered in her mother's home by the Gaffney Serial Killer. She was a beloved 3rd grade teacher at a local elementary school.
Photo of Gena Parker Linder, bound and murdered in her mother's home by the Gaffney Serial Killer. She was a beloved 3rd grade teacher at a local elementary school.

Photo of Hazel Linder, bound and shot to death in her home by the Gaffney Serial Killer. She looked in great shape for 83.
Photo of Hazel Linder, bound and shot to death in her home by the Gaffney Serial Killer. She looked in great shape for 83.

Yesterday, Thursday, June 2, Steven Tyler, 48, was shot to death and his 15 year old daughter, Abby Tyler, was shot in the head and seriously wounded around closing time, 7:30 PM, in Tyler Home Center, the furniture and appliance store that the family ran. They were found by Tyler’s wife, an older daughter and an employee. It is not known if the Tylers were bound. Abby Tyler died in the hospital at noon on the Fourth of July.
Photo of Abby Tyler, age 15, who was shot in the head by the Gaffney Serial Killer. Very pretty girl.
Photo of Abby Tyler, age 15, who was shot in the head by the Gaffney Serial Killer. She died 1 1/2 days later on the Fourth of July. She was a very pretty girl.

Photo of Stephen Tyler, owner of Tyler Center, shot and killed by the Gaffney Serial Killer.
Photo of Stephen Tyler, owner of Tyler Center, shot and killed by the Gaffney Serial Killer.

Incredibly, the Tyler shootings occurred only 1/2 mile away from the sheriff’s office, where 30 officers are working full-time on the case. The Tylers may have been shot to taunt investigators by pulling off a crime so close to the cops’ headquarters. It was a pretty ballsy thing to do.
Although authorities are describing this as a serial killer, a better description might be spree killer. Spree killers are really easy to catch, but the problem is that since there is little to no downtime between killings, they can kill quite a few before they get caught.
Even though he has killed two men, authorities say he is targeting females. Authorities have now retracted that statement.
Right now, 100 officers from North and South Carolina are working on the case.
It’s not known if anything was taken in the Tyler and Linder killings.
The suspect is a White man. He is said to be 6’2-6’3, heavyset at 230-250 pounds, with intense blue eyes and salt and pepper hair. He is in his late 40’s. He had a 4-5 day growth of beard at the time of the Kline killing. He was wearing a checkered shirt and blue jeans. He had a ballcap on during all three killings.
This is the second photo released of the Gaffney, SC serial killer. I assume he is still a White guy.
This is the second photo released of the Gaffney, SC serial killer. The second sketch is based on a woman who saw the killer enter Tyler Home Center shortly before the two Tyler victims were killed. The woman got a good look at him.

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95 thoughts on “Serial Killer on the Loose in Gaffney, SC”

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  2. AMC – Blogs – Horror Hacker – Man’s Favorite Sport? In Horror …
    In Horror Movies, It’s Hunting Humans … Typically modeled after 1932’s The Most Dangerous Game, these movies pivot on the … bawdiness (Wray oozes sexuality), and a sense of dread in perfect pre-code fashion. …
    Synopsis:
    The first of many official and unofficial screen versions of Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game was put together by producer Willis O’Brien and directors Ernest B. Schoedsack and Irving Pichel in 1932. Leslie Banks stars as loony Russian count Zaroff, a renowned big-game hunter who tires of stalking animals and begins hunting down the “most dangerous game”-human beings. Luring unwary victims to his remote island, Zaroff wines and dines them, gives them a few hours’ head start to run into the jungle, then hunts them down with rifle and bow and arrow.
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    In his 1996 book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, John Douglas describes his initial profile of Alaska’s suspected serial murderer. According to Douglas, the perpetrator specifically chose prostitutes and topless dancers, because the majority were transients and usually went unnoticed. Upon the urging of local investigators, Douglas began looking into Robert Hansen’s background. He took note of the fact that Hansen was of small stature, heavily pockmarked and suffered from a severe speech impediment. Due to Hansen’s unsightly looks, Douglas surmised that he suffered from severe skin problems as an adolescent and was probably teased by his peers. In turn, he would have low self-esteem, which would have prompted him to live in an isolated area. Douglas considered the abuse of prostitutes a way for perpetrators to get back at women. If Hansen was the killer, he was probably using them as a way to get his revenge. Several investigators were familiar with Hansen and said that he was known around the area as a proficient hunter. He earned this reputation after taking down a wild Dall sheep with a crossbow. Perhaps, Douglas surmised, Robert Hansen tired of elk, bear and Dall sheep, and had instead turned his attention to more interesting prey. As the profile progressed, Douglas told investigators that if Hansen was the killer, he was probably a “saver” and would be keeping small souvenirs from his victims.
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    Gary Hilton Helped With a Horror Movie
    Mar 14, 2008 … The film called “Deadly Run” is about a serial killer who hunts … The producer of the film, Samuel Rael, says Hilton came up with the plot …
    ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — When attorney-turned-movie producer Samuel Rael decided he wanted to make a film about a serial killer in 1995, it was former legal client Gary Michael Hilton who he says came up with the plot.
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    Rael’s adviser was the same Gary Hilton who confessed in January to killing 24-year-old Meredith Emerson in the North Georgia mountains and is the prime suspect in the killings of a Florida woman and a North Carolina couple.
    Rael claims Hilton thought it would be a good idea to have the killer be out in the woods.
    “Go ahead and let some beautiful women out in the woods, and then they could be hunted down like prey,” Rael says Hilton told him. Watch Rael tell his disturbing account »
    Rael was shocked when he discovered that Hilton had been arrested and had confessed to Emerson’s murder. Quickly, investigators hinted that Hilton might be a serial killer, linking him to
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    Gary Michael Hilton was a copycat of copycat Serial Killers. There has been no less than a dozen movies made with the same plot that GMH helped Sam Rael create. GMH, not only copycatted the movie, but copycatted the Serial Killer Robert Hansen as well…
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  3. Kline Cash is the extremely distant cousin of singer Johnny Cash! Stephen Hyland Tyler is possibly a descendant of Wat Tyler, an English rebel.

  4. In Response to Re: Cheryl Dunlap’s Forum: (Tallahassee Democrat)
    Awe…I can’t talk about it anymore…it just makes me too sad. I’ll never understand why he still went ahead with it knowing so many people witnessed them and the dogs together that day and had to know he’d be a main POI. Meredith sure did everything possible though. God love her.
    Posted by BandMom1
    Because she challenged him on the morning of 01/04/08, sacrificing her life for others..
    Hope we all could be so courageous..
    Meredith knew that GMH, never intended to let her go free..
    She fought him with mind, body, and spirit..
    She was Victorious…
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    “If not for her perception, courageous fight, and unselfish sacrifice, Gary Michael Hilton would still be preying on our Families, Friends, and Loved Ones”..
    Wolfscratch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V84STSWVp3g

  5. iam not sure where you got your facts from but that is not how it went . he was not found dead, a tip was called in he shot at a cop and the cop shot and killed him. abby and her father were also bound . she was in the back of the store as her father yelled for her to leave she ran out after hearing a gun shot saw the man patrick burris turned and ran and was shot in the head. she lived a few days and passed away. he was found squatting in a home and the person who resided next door is the one who called . when cops arrived is went the shit hit the fan. did you not see the news on it really?

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