Arthur Shawcross Murders 14 In New York

Arthur Shawcross was a serial killer from New York who would murder fourteen people in his reign of terror. Shawcross who was known as Genesee River Killer was active from 1972 to 1989 however it was within the last two years he would murder the majority of his victims

According to court documents Arthur Shawcross first victim was 10-year-old Jack Owen Blake who he would lure into the woods and would sexually assault and murder the child. Later during the same year Shawcross would sexually assault and murder eight-year-old Karen Ann Hill.

Arthur Shawcross would be arrested and for some reason be allowed to plead guilty to both of the murders and would be sentenced to twenty five years in prison. After serving fourteen years in prison Shawcross would be paroled and his real reign of terror would begin

A year after being paroled from prison Arthur Shawcross would begin his killing spree where he would drive though Rochester New York looking for victims

1.Dorothy “Dotsie” Blackburn27March 18, 1988March 24, 1988
2.Anna Marie Steffen28July 9, 1988September 11, 1988
3.Dorothy Keeler59July 29, 1989October 21, 1989
4.Patricia “Patty” Ives25September 29, 1989October 27, 1989
5.June Stott30October 23, 1989November 23, 1989
6.Marie Welch22November 5, 1989January 5, 1990
7.Frances “Franny” Brown22November 11, 1989November 15, 1989
8.Kimberly Logan30November 15, 1989November 15, 1989
9.Elizabeth “Liz” Gibson29November 25, 1989November 27, 1989
10.Darlene Trippi32December 15, 1989January 5, 1990
11.June Cicero33December 17, 1989January 3, 1990
12.Felicia Stephens20December 28, 1989December 31, 1989

Authorities were flying around in a helicopter when they saw Arthur Shawcross throwing a body off of a bridge. Soon after Shawcross would be arrested and sentenced to over 250 years in prison. Shawcross would die in prison from a cardiac arrest in November 2008

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Serial killer Arthur Shawcross, who was serving life in prison for strangling 11 women in the Rochester area, has died at 63.

Shawcross died late Monday at an Albany hospital, where he had been taken after complaining of leg pain earlier in the day at the Sullivan Correctional Facility, Corrections Department spokesman Erik Kriss said Tuesday. The cause of death was still under investigation, he said.

Shawcross’ 13-week trial in 10 of the killings included graphic testimony about mutilation and cannibalism.

Shawcross, also known as the Genessee River Killer, was blamed for a wave of slayings discovered between 1988 and 1990 in the downtown Rochester area. Authorities said he preyed primarily upon prostitutes, raping and mutilating his victims before dumping their bodies in out-of-the-way locations throughout the city.

At the time, he was on parole after serving 15 years in prison for killing two children in northern New York’s Watertown in 1972.

Shawcross was arrested in January 1990, a day after state police spotted him near the frozen body of one of his victims.

In December 1990, he was convicted of killing 10 of the women after jurors deliberated only 6 1/2 hours. Jurors rejected defense arguments that he was legally insane at the time of the killings because of brain damage, abuse during childhood and his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam.

Three months later, Shawcross pleaded guilty to strangling a woman whose body was found Nov. 27, 1989, in woods in neighboring Wayne County.

Faking mental illness?
He did not testify during his trial, but jurors were shown videotapes of him being interviewed under hypnosis by a defense psychiatrist, Dr. Dorothy Lewis. He switched in and out of a high-pitched woman’s voice and told Lewis he had once been a cannibal in medieval England. He also described childhood incestuous relations with a sister and wartime atrocities and cannibalism in Vietnam

He told Lewis his mother’s voice told him to kill his victims, and that she “helped him” strangle and mutilate one of the women.

But in videotaped interviews with a prosecution psychiatrist, Dr. Park Dietz, Shawcross said he never heard voices or had different personalities. Dietz argued that Shawcross was faking mental illness to avoid prison.

In 2002, protests over Shawcross profiting from his prison artwork prompted the state Corrections Department to discontinue its annual inmate art show and ban the sale of art produced in prisons.

Inmates bought their own art supplies and kept half the proceeds from their sales, with the other half going to the state Crime Victims Board. A portrait of the late Princess Diana was among 10 sketches and paintings by Shawcross that sold for as much as $540 each in 2001.

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