Arthur Shawcross, a serial killer, terrorized Rochester in New York from 1972 to 1989. Shawcross initially pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the murder of two Watertown victims. However, it was later reported that Shawcross continued his crimes while on parole. A&E’s ‘First Blood’ chronicles the crimes of Arthur Shawcross and portrays how the long arm of the law finally caught up with him. We have the answers to your questions about Shawcross’s murders.
Who Was Arthur Shawcross
Arthur Shawcross was born in Kittery in Maine but spent most his childhood years in Watertown in New York. The show claims that Shawcross had a difficult childhood and was considered a bully at school. Shawcross, who graduated from high school at the age of 21, enlisted in the United States Army and served a time in Vietnam. Shawcross had already separated from his first wife and was living with her child. Shawcross ended all contact with his son. Shawcross married Linda after he returned from Vietnam. But even that marriage didn’t last. Shawcross, who had lost Linda, began a life of petty criminality and was even convicted. However, Shawcross was released from prison 1971 and returned to Watertown.
Shawcross, then 10, killed Jack Owen Blake, an 8-year old boy, and Karen Ann Hill, his first victim, the following year. Shawcross pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and was sentenced in the same year to 25 years imprisonment. Shawcross, however, managed to escape prison on parole in 1987. He then went on a murder spree in Monroe, Wayne, and other counties. Shawcross had difficulty integrating into society before his murder spree. Residents refused to live with Shawcross in the same neighbourhood. Shawcross and Rose Marie Walley were able to settle down in Rochester after moving from one city or another.
Shawcross killed 11 people in Monroe and Gibson Counties between March 1988 and December 1989. Shawcross targeted mostly sex workers but most of his victims were raped prior to their deaths. Shawcross even ended with mutilating their bodies. However, Shawcross was also accused of cannibalism in testimony during his murder trial. Shawcross was finally captured on January 5, 1990 when he was seen at the location where authorities had located the body of one victim. The show mentions a 12th victim but it is not connected to the serial killer.
Is Arthur Shawcross still alive or dead?
Shawcross claimed that he had suffered brain damage and pleaded not guilty to the charges of insanity when he was brought before the court. Shawcross also claimed that he was a victim of abuse as a child, and that he was a Vietnam veteran who contributed to his crimes. He was convicted of eleven murders by the jury and sentenced to 250 years imprisonment in 1990. Shawcross was also still behind bars when he complained to his doctor of leg pains on November 8, 2010 Shawcross died at the age 63 after being admitted to hospital.
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