Shawcross, Arthur

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Shawcross, Arthur Gender: M
Arthur John Shawcross
born on 6 June 1945 at 04:14 (= 04:14 AM )
Place Kittery, Maine, 43n05, 70w44
Timezone EWT h4w (is war time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Holliday
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 15°15' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 22°34 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 29°15'

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American serial killer of 14 people, mostly sex workers in upper New York; he was dubbed The Genesee River Killer, The Monster of the Rivers or The Rochester Strangler.

A weird kid, he was unusually quiet and baby-talked up to the time he was five or six. He was a bed-wetter who played with imaginary playmates, and tried to run away from home frequently. He was violently and painfully raped by an older man when he was a kid.

As a youth, he claimed that he had sex with girls and as a teen, he began a relationship with an older women who taught him all the tricks including oral sex. He learned to please the older women whom he saw and also had sex with younger boys and farm animals. He found that torturing and killing an animal was a great rush, especially during bestiality.

During military duty in Viet Nam, Shawcross witnessed and participated in sadistic acts. He related that he killed and butchered victims, sex-tortured and cannibalized Vietnamese women. By this time he was unable to tell the difference between truth and fantasy; records show that he was never in combat or on jungle patrol. After 'Nam, he returned to home to a cold welcome from his mom and resumed residence with the third woman whom he married.

He began a spree of felony, arson, rape, murder, and cannibalization of the genitalia of both male and female victims.

At 26, Shawcross strangled an 11-year-old boy, Jack Blake, on 7 May 1972 at 12:30 PM in Watertown, New York. He then sexually molested and killed a little girl. Caught, he was sentenced to 17 years prison.

Released on 28 April 1987, Shawcross did manual labor, food packaging in produce marketing. Within short order, local prostitutes were reported missing and their bodies found later. Shawcross was caught, and convicted in November 1991.

Later resonance imaging showed brain lesions and right-brain formations resulting from childhood injuries, apparently from being brutally abused. He also had an XYY chromosome pattern, lead poisoning and pyroluria (weak ability to deal with stress.

Shawcross was held at the Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York, until he died on 10 November 2008 at 9:50 PM at age 63 from cardiac arrest at the Albany Medical Center.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Crime : Child Sexual Abuse Perpetration 7 May 1972 at 12:30 AM in Watertown, NY (Strangled boy, then sexually molested and killed girl)
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  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 28 April 1987 (Released after 15 years in prison)
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  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital November 1991 (Convicted of murdering prostitute's)
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Source Notes

Dana Holliday quotes Jack Olson, "The Misbegotten Son," Delacourt Press 1993, p.163: "The child was born at 4:14 A.M. on June 6, 1945, five hours after his mother was admitted to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Kittery, Maine."

Dr. Joel Norris, "Arthur Shawcross, The Genessee River Killer."


  • Traits : Body : Size (1.83 m/ 6 ft 0 in)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Lead poisoning and pyroluria)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Anxiety Disorder (Bed-wetter)
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse - Physical/ Verbal
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse-Sexual (outside of family)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Sexual perversions (Beastiality)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Assault/ Battery
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide serial (13 prostitutes)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Rapist/ Sex crime
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Rape/ Sex crime victim (Raped brutally as child)
  • Notable : Famous : Criminal cases (Serial killer; book about case)