Arthur Shawcross

Genesee River Killer, Genesee River Strangler

  Active for 18 years
(1972-1989) in United States

14

CONFIRMED
VICTIMS

14

POSSIBLE
VICTIMS
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  2. Serial Killer Profile
  3. Serial Killer Type
  4. General Information
  5. Characteristics
  6. Childhood
  7. Cognitive Ability
  8. Incarceration
  9. Death
  10. 11 Timeline Events
  11. Serial Killers Active During Spree
  12. Boolean Statistical Questions
  13. 23 Books About Arthur Shawcross
  14. 7 External References
  15. Internal References

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.

Arthur Shawcross Serial Killer Profile

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.

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Arthur Shawcross has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 1 year ago.

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Arthur Shawcross
Serial Killer Profile:

Updated: 2019-02-15 Collected by Killer.Cloud
General Information
Name: Arthur Shawcross
Nickname: Genesee River Killer, Genesee River Strangler
Victims: 14 - 14
Years Active: 1972 - 1989
Ages Active: 26/27 - 43/44
Active Countries: United States
Convicted Of: murder
Life Span: 1945 - 2008
Characteristics
Gender: Male
Citizenship: United States of America
Sexual Preference: homosexual
Astrological Sign: Gemini
May 21 - Jun 21
Birth Month: June
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
Occupation: serial killer
Childhood Information
D.O.B.: Jun 6, 1945
Family Name: Shawcross
Given Name: Arthur
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

Cognitive Ability
IQ: 107
Highest School: 9 years of school
Highest Degree: received a GED

Incarceration
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
Executed: N/A
Previous Crimes: TRUE
Previous Jail: TRUE
Previous Prison: TRUE

Death Information
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
Suicide: FALSE
11 Timeline Events of Serial Killer
Arthur Shawcross

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.

Date Event Description
Jun 06 1945Arthur Shawcross was born in Kittery, town in Maine.  #19450606
Jun 06 1965
(Age 20)
20th Birthday
1972
(Age 26/27)
Arthur Shawcross started his serial killing spree. #1972
Jun 06 1975
(Age 30)
30th Birthday
Jun 06 1985
(Age 40)
40th Birthday
1989
(Age 43/44)
Arthur Shawcross ended his serial killing spree. #1989
Jan 05 1990
(Age 44)
Arthur Shawcross arrested. #19900105
Dec 13 1990
(Age 45)
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
(Age 50)
50th Birthday
Jun 06 2005
(Age 60)
60th Birthday
Nov 10 2008
(Age 63)
Arthur Shawcrossdied.cause of death:natural causes,cardiac arrest, heart failureat Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, US. #20081110
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Boolean Questions:
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xyy TRUE 81
problems in school TRUE 221
teased in school TRUE 218
head injury TRUE 299
physically abused TRUE 231
psychologically abused TRUE 224
sexually abused TRUE 226
psychologist TRUE 258
previous crimes TRUE 366
previous jail TRUE 351
previous prision TRUE 336
previous killed TRUE 208
used weapon TRUE 452
rape TRUE 452
strangle TRUE 442
mutilated TRUE 446
ate part of body TRUE 450
living with children FALSE 268
suicide FALSE 219
killed in prison FALSE 212
father drug abuse FALSE 192
mother drug abuse FALSE 195
physically defect FALSE 300
speach defect FALSE 300
drug abuse FALSE 226
alcohol abuse FALSE 226
forensic hospital FALSE 257
kill at killers home FALSE 319
kill at victims home FALSE 322
used gun FALSE 450
torture FALSE 425
stalk FALSE 417
blindfold FALSE 362
bound FALSE 405
sex with body FALSE 429
drank blood FALSE 441
posed body FALSE 364
totem body part FALSE 364
totem personal item FALSE 353
robbed FALSE 417


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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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External References
  1. Q607935 on www.wikidata.org, Retrieved on Oct 16, 2018.
  2. Arthur Shawcross on en.wikipedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 7, 2018.
  3. Juan Ignacio Blanco, Arthur John SHAWCROSS on murderpedia.org, Retrieved on Dec 7, 2018.
  4. Dr. Mike Aamodt, Arthur Shawcross on maamodt.asp.radford.edu, Retrieved on Dec 7, 2018.
  5. Dennis Hevesi, Arthur J. Shawcross, Serial Killer, Dies at 63 on www.nytimes.com, Retrieved on Dec 7, 2018.
  6. Arthur Shawcross on www.biography.com, Retrieved on Dec 14, 2018.
  7. Arthur Shawcross on www.serienkillers.de, Retrieved on Feb 18, 2019.
Internal References

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  2. #6 of 40[ Page 1 ] of Gemini Serial Killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
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  4. #14 of 651[ Page 1 ] of serial killers sorted by Profile Completeness
  5. #34 of 327[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killers active in the United States
  6. #36 of 72[ Page 3 ] of serial killers sorted by IQ Level
  7. #40 of 250[ Page 3 ] of Serial Killer Stranglers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  8. #59 of 307[ Page 4 ] of Serial Killer Rapist sorted by Confirmed Victims
  9. #76 of 651[ Page 6 ] of serial killers sorted by Years Active
  10. #109 of 651[ Page 8 ] of serial killers sorted by Confirmed Victims
  11. #536 of 651[ Page 36 ] of the A-Z List of Serial Killers
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