Who was Louis Gaskin and When did “Ninja K!ller” Carry Out his De@th?
On April 12, 2023, the United States of America k!lled Louis Bernard Gaskin (March 11, 1967 – April 12, 2023) for December 20, 1989, m*rders of Robert and Georgette Sturmfels and the attempted m*rders of Joseph and Mary Rector.
Since he disguised his identity by dressing in a completely black ninja outfit, the public began to refer to him as Ninja K!ller. Governor Ron DeSantis issued the de@th warrant for Gaskin on March 13, 2023, and his execution was set for April 12, 2023. The state executed him on that day.
How Many Persons Has Louis Gaskin Kἰlled?
Gaskin, then 24 years old, broke into the house of Robert and Georgette Sturmfels, ages 56 and 55, on December 20, 1989, while armed with a. 22-caliber rifle and wearing a ninja costume. Palm Coast was a part of Flagler County until it was incorporated.
Gaskin walked around the house’s rear to the window where Robert and Georgette sat on a couch and a chair. Gaskin fired k!lling Robert with five bullet hits and wounding Georgette once. Gaskin reloaded and sh*t Georgette in the head, k!lling her instantaneously after the first bullet missed its mark.
A few hours later, Gaskin visited the house of Joseph and Mary Rector. During a TV viewing party at the Rectors’ home, Gaskin opened fire, wounding Joseph. Joseph managed to get away just in the nick of time. Gaskin smashed the car’s rear glass, and Mary and Joseph hid in a closet until it was safe to come out and face the gunfire.
Every g*nsh*t missed its intended target, allowing the Rectors to flee in their vehicle and make it to a nearby hospital. A search of the house conducted by police after the call verified that it had been broken into.
Indictment and Sentencing of Louis Gaskin
Gaskin was taken into custody on December 30. He first denied any involvement with the m*rders. However, he eventually confessed to the m*rders and justified his behavior by saying it was random. On camera, he said frankly that he wanted to k!ll. In 1986, he m*rdered an employee, which he later acknowledged to.
After searching Gaskin’s residence, the origin of the “presents” was determined to be the Sturmfels. After a two-month trial in July 1990, Gaskin was found guilty of two counts of first-degree m*rder and two counts of attempted m*rder and given the de@th penalty for all four counts. He was held in the Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida, from his arrest until his de@th.
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Louis Gaskin, the “Ninja K!ller,” Was K!lled in Florida for K!lling a New Jersey Couple in 1989
On Wednesday, April 12, the “ninja k!ller” who m*rdered a Florida couple more than 30 years ago was executed there.
The office of Governor Ron DeSantis verified at 6:15 p.m. that Louis Bernard Gaskin had been executed by lethal injection. Gaskin was convicted of first-degree m*rder on December 20, 1989, k!llings of Robert and Georgette Sturmfels.
Kayla McLaughlin Smith, a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections, said that Gaskin had his last meal at 9:45 a.m., consisting of BBQ pig ribs, pork and turkey neck, Buffalo wings, shrimp fried rice, french fries, water, and soda. According to McLaughlin Smith, Gaskin did not consult with a religious leader, although his sister saw him before he was executed.
No members of the Sturmfels family were present at the time of the execution. Gaskin became known as the “ninja k!ller” because he was accused of m*rdering the Sturmfels, a family from New Jersey, at their vacation house in Flagler County, dressed in an all-black ninja suit and wielding a.22-caliber rifle.
After realizing that a clock, two lamps, and a videocassette recorder had been stolen during the double k!lling, Gaskin’s home was examined. According to the inquiry, he intended to give them to his girlfriend for Christmas.
On the same evening, Gaskin committed other crimes, including armed robbery, burglary, and attempted m*rder of a local couple, all of which he was found guilty of. According to reports, he made a full confession to a psychologist and acknowledged the seriousness of his crime.
The court agreed with the jury’s 8-4 recommendation of de@th for Gaskin in 1990. Since then, Gaskin has repeatedly taken his case to higher courts, but to no avail. This week, lawmakers plan to send Gov. Ron DeSantis a measure that would make a jury recommendation of 8-4 sufficient for the de@th penalty.
According to current state law, the de@th sentence requires 100% of jurors to agree. The Republican governor has considerably boosted the number of execution warrants in the state this year after only carrying out two executions in his first four years in office.
Six weeks after the execution of convicted felon Donald Dillbeck, 59, Florida will carry out its 100th execution since the de@th penalty was reintroduced in 1976. Another execution is scheduled for three weeks from now. Nearly 300 individuals are currently awaiting execution in the state.
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