Arthur Shawcross (Arthur John Shawcross) an American serial killer known as the Genesee River Killer and the Genesee River Strangler. He was arrested in 1972 for the rape and murder of two children. The charges were pled down to one count of manslaughter and he was released on parole in 1987. Shawcross killed most of his victims from 1988 to 1989 after his parole. He would rape strangle and beat mostly prostitute victims prior to killing them. Shawcross once claimed to have eaten the vulvas of three victims and the genitals of another. He was also known as The Rochester Strangler and the Monster of the Rivers.
Serial Killer Arthur Shawcross (aka) Genesee River Killer, Genesee River Strangler, was active for 18 years between 1972-1989, known to have ( 14 confirmed / 14 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
Arthur Shawcross was born on June 6th 1945 in Kittery, town in Maine. He was born 1st of 4 children and raised by both parents. Shawcross was raised as a oldest child and had one younger brother and two younger sisters, Jimmy, Jean and Donna. His father, Arthur Roy Shawcross. His mother, Elizabeth "Betty" Yerakes. Arthur Shawcross had XYY Syndrome, a rare chromosomal disorder that affects only males. He had a head injury or brain defect. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems, including being teased or picked on. Arthur Shawcross was sexually, physically, and psychologically abused at some point of his life.
Shawcross a homosexual male citizen of the United States of America. He took an intelligence quotient test before or after his crimes, Arthur Shawcross had an IQ of 107. Shawcross completed 9 years of school, received a GED. Shawcross married Sarah Chatterton 1964, Arthur (Age 19), married Linda Neary 1967, Arthur (Age 22), married Penny Sherbino 1972, Arthur (Age 26), married Rose Marie Walley 1989, Arthur (Age 44), married Clara Neal 1997, Arthur (Age 52). He had at least one son and one daughter.
Prior to his spree he had killed, commited crimes, served time in jail, and served time in prison. He saw a psychologist.
In 1972 (Age 26/27) Arthur Shawcross started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to commit acts of cannibalism, strangle, rape, mutilate, and murder his victims. At the time of his crimes he was living with his wife Rose Marie Walley at a house on Alexander Street in Rochester, New York, US, where Shawcross was known to work as a serial killer.
He was arrested on January 5th 1990 (Age 44), convicted on December 13th 1990 (Age 45), sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York, US. Shawcross was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.
Arthur Shawcross died on November 10th 2008 (Age 63), cause of death: natural causes, cardiac arrest, heart failure at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, US.
Arthur Shawcross has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 3 years ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Cannibalism is the act or practice of humans eating the flesh or internal organs of other human beings. Serial Killer Cannibals have been known to have ate a piece of their victim(s) body.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Nickname:||Genesee River Killer, Genesee River Strangler|
|Victims:||14 - 14|
|Years Active:||1972 - 1989|
|Ages Active:||26/27 - 43/44|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||1945 - 2008|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♊ Gemini |
May 21 - Jun 21
|Marital Status:||married Sarah Chatterton 1964, Arthur (Age 19), married Linda Neary 1967, Arthur (Age 22), married Penny Sherbino 1972, Arthur (Age 26), married Rose Marie Walley 1989, Arthur (Age 44), married Clara Neal 1997, Arthur (Age 52)|
|Children:||at least one son and one daughter|
|Living With:||his wife Rose Marie Walley at a house on Alexander Street in Rochester, New York, US|
|D.O.B.:||Jun 6, 1945|
|Birth Location:||Kittery, town in Maine|
|Birth Order:||1st of 4|
|Siblings:||one younger brother and two younger sisters, Jimmy, Jean and Donna|
|Raised By:||both parents|
|Birth Category:||oldest child|
|Mother:||Elizabeth "Betty" Yerakes|
|Father:||Arthur Roy Shawcross|
|Highest School:||9 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||received a GED|
|Arrested:||Jan 5, 1990 (Age 44)|
|Convicted:||Dec 13, 1990 (Age 45)|
|Sentence:||life imprisonment without the possibility of parole|
|Prison Location:||Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York, US|
|Death Date:||Nov 10, 2008 (Age 63)|
|Manner of Death:||natural causes|
|Cause of Death:||cardiac arrest, heart failure|
|Death Location:||Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, US|
|Killed In Prison:||FALSE|
The 11 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Arthur Shawcross. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Jun 06 1945||Arthur Shawcross was born in Kittery, town in Maine. #19450606|
|Jun 06 1965|
|Arthur Shawcross started his serial killing spree. #1972|
|Jun 06 1975|
|Jun 06 1985|
|Arthur Shawcross ended his serial killing spree. #1989|
|Jan 05 1990|
|Arthur Shawcross arrested. #19900105|
|Dec 13 1990|
|Arthur Shawcross was convictedand sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York, US. #19901213|
|Jun 06 1995|
|Jun 06 2005|
|Nov 10 2008|
|Arthur Shawcrossdied.cause of death:natural causes,cardiac arrest, heart failureat Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, US. #20081110|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Arthur Shawcross (1972-1989).
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|problems in school||TRUE||221|
|teased in school||TRUE||218|
|ate part of body||TRUE||451|
|living with children||FALSE||268|
|killed in prison||FALSE||218|
|father drug abuse||FALSE||192|
|mother drug abuse||FALSE||195|
|kill at killers home||FALSE||320|
|kill at victims home||FALSE||323|
|sex with body||FALSE||430|
|totem body part||FALSE||365|
|totem personal item||FALSE||354|
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Arthur John Shawcross (June 6, 1945 – November 10, 2008), also known as the Genesee River Killer, was an American serial killer active in Rochester, New York.His first known murders were in 1972 when he killed a young boy and girl in his hometown of Watertown, New York. Under the terms of a plea bargain, Shawcross was allowed to plead guilty to one charge of manslaughter, for which he served 12 years of a 25-year sentence.
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