DeSantis signs death warrant, execution 'carried out' for (Black) Florida man dubbed ‘ninja killer’: Robert & Georgette were WHITE

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William James Sturmfels​

October 15, 1930 – February 10, 2021​

Obituary of William James Sturmfels


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William J. Sturmfels, 90, of Secaucus, NJ passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2021.​

Born in Jersey City, NJ to Althea and William Sturmfels. William would go on to serve his country proudly in the US Air Force.
Devoted husband of 63 years of Joan Sturmfels; loving father of Glenn and his wife Karen, Gregg and his wife Anne, and the late Joseph Mazure and his late wife Susan; cherished grandfather of Kevin, Kelsie, and Morgan Sturmfels, and Heather, and Rebecca Lata; adoring great grandfather of Carter John; and dear brother of the late Robert Sturmfels and his wife Georgette. William also leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, close family, and friends.
Visitation for William will be held Tuesday, February 16, 2021 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM at Mack Memorial Home, 1245 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ 07094. A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, February 16, at 10:45AM at Immaculate Conception Church, Paterson Plank Rd, Secaucus, NJ. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.
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DeSantis signs death warrant, execution set for (Black) Florida man dubbed ‘ninja killer’
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ST. PETERSBURG — A man convicted of a 1989 double slaying in Florida for which he was dubbed the “ninja killer” is set for execution next month under a death warrant signed Monday by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Barring delays on appeal, the execution of Louis Bernard Gaskin is set for April 12 at 6 p.m., according to the governor’s office. It would mark the second execution in Florida this year after a long pause dating back to 2019. The execution would be only the fourth under DeSantis, a far slower pace than recent Florida governors — and ahead of his widely expected presidential campaign. Gaskin was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Robert Sturmfels, 56, and Georgette Sturmfels, 55, on Dec. 20, 1989 in their Flagler County home on Florida’s northeast coast. He was also convicted of armed robbery, burglary and the attempted murder of another couple that same night nearby.

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Louis Gaskin

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BornLouis Bernard Gaskin
March 11, 1967
DiedApril 12, 2023 (aged 56)
Florida State Prison, Raiford, Florida, U.S.
Cause of deathExecution by lethal injection
Other names"The Ninja Killer"
Conviction(s)First-degree murder (2 counts)
Criminal penaltyDeath (June 19, 1990)
DateDecember 20, 1989
CountryUnited States
Date apprehendedDecember 30, 1989
Imprisoned atFlorida State Prison[1]

Louis Bernard Gaskin (March 11, 1967 – April 12, 2023) was an American convicted murderer who was executed in Florida for the 1989 murders of Robert and Georgette Sturmfels in Palm Coast.[2] He was also convicted of the attempted murders of Joseph and Mary Rector. He was popularly known as the Ninja Killer because he dressed in a full black ninja outfit to avoid identification.[3]
He was executed on April 12, 2023, at the age of 56.[4]


On the night of December 20, 1989, Gaskin walked up to the Palm Coast home (at the time, unincorporated Flagler County) of 56-year-old Robert and 55-year-old Georgette Sturmfels with a .22 caliber rifle and wearing a complete black ninja outfit to avoid identification. Gaskin circled the home to the back window, where Robert was sitting in a recliner, and Georgette sat on the sofa. Gaskin fired his gun, shooting Robert five times, killing him, and shooting Georgette once.[3] Georgette was still alive after the first shot, so Gaskin reloaded his gun and shot Georgette in the head, killing her.[3]

A few hours later, Gaskin drove up to the home of Joseph and Mary Rector. As the Rectors watched television, Gaskin fired his rifle into the home, hitting Joseph. Joseph was able to run out of the room. Mary and Joseph took cover in a closet until they heard Gaskin smash the back window, so they ran out to the car, where Gaskin started firing at them from inside the house. All of the bullets missed, and the Rectors were able to get in their car and drive away to a nearby hospital. The police were called, and after a search of the home, it was clear the perpetrator had ransacked it.[3][5]

When the murders became public, Gaskin became a suspect almost immediately after his girlfriend's cousin implicated Gaskin in the killings, saying that Gaskin came home soon after the killings and said he was wrapping some "presents."[3]

Arrest and conviction​

Gaskin was arrested on December 30. Initially, he denied any involvement in the murders.[6] However, he later confessed to the murders and said the killings were completely random. He confessed in a taped statement to having urges to kill.[7] He also confessed to killing Charles Martin Miller on November 20, 1986.[8] After a search of Gaskin's home, the "presents" were determined to be from the Sturmfels' property. After a two-month trial in July 1990, Gaskin was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, and he was given two death sentences.[9] In 2002, Gaskin unsuccessfully tried to appeal his sentence.[10] He was incarcerated at the Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida from his arrest up until his execution, 34 years later.[1]


On March 13, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Gaskin's death warrant for April 12, 2023. On that day, Gaskin had his last meal, which included barbeque pork ribs, Buffalo wings, turkey neck, shrimp fried rice, French fries, and water. His sister visited him and there was no meeting with a spiritual advisor. He was executed by lethal injection and was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. He was 56. None of the relatives of the victims arranged to be in the witness room for the execution.[4][11]
He also confessed to killing Charles Martin Miller on November 20, 1986.[8]
He comes from a very old possibly Hispanic family, according to findagrave, most of whom were buried at Espanola Cemetery, in city of Espanola, Florida.