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The Gaffney Ledger

The Gaffney Ledger is a tri-weekly newspaper in Gaffney, South Carolina.[1] It was founded in 1896 under the name The Ledger, and assumed its current name in 1907.[2] The paper has been owned and published by the Sossamon family for five generations.[1][3]

Lee Roy Martin - the "Gaffney Strangler" - first claimed credit for his victims in a phone call to the paper's then managing editor Bill Gibbons in February 1968.[4] In 1999 the former chief of police of Blacksburg, South Carolina successfully sued the Gaffney Ledger for libel after it ran an anonymous op-ed from a reader which implied he had been bribed by drug dealers.[5]


  1. ^ a b "About Us". Gaffney Ledger. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "About The Gaffney Ledger". Library of Congress. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Destined to be publisher: A family history in Gaffney". South Carolina Press Association. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Jones, Mark (2007). Palmetto Predators: Monsters Among Us. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 1614234809.
  5. ^ "ELDER v. GAFFNEY LEDGER INC". FindLaw. Retrieved January 5, 2018.

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