Arthur Shawcross was a serial killer who would murder two children and a dozen sex workers during his reign of terror. Arthur would begin his killings with the sexual assaults and murders of two children, however he would only be convicted of the second and sentenced to twenty five years in prison. After serving fourteen years Shawcross would be released and would go on to kidnap, sexually assault and murder twelve women. Eventually Arthur would be captured, convicted and sentenced to over two hundred years in prison. Arthur Shawcross who checked off every box on the psychopath checklist would die in prison at the age of 63
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Arthur J. Shawcross, a serial killer serving a 250-year sentence for strangling, suffocating or beating to death 11 women in the Rochester area in the late 1980s, died on Monday. He was 63.
Erik Kriss, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Correctional Services, told The Associated Press that Mr. Shawcross had been taken earlier on Monday from the Sullivan state prison in Fallsburg, N.Y., to a hospital in Albany after complaining of leg pain. The cause of death was under investigation, he said.
Mr. Shawcross was arrested on Jan. 4, 1990, a day after the state police spotted him near the frozen body of one of his victims. In the previous 21 months, the bodies of many women — nine of them prostitutes who been working the streets of downtown Rochester — had turned up along the banks of the Genesee River and in creeks, gorges and remote wooded areas off country roads.
At the time of his arrest, Mr. Shawcross was on parole after serving 15 years of a 25-year manslaughter sentence for the 1972 strangling of an 8-year-old girl in Watertown, N.Y. He had confessed to that killing, as well as to strangling a 10-year-old boy in Watertown. But he had not been prosecuted for killing the boy because law enforcement officials did not believe they had sufficient evidence.
On Dec. 13, 1990, after a 13-week trial and six hours of deliberation over a two-day period, a Monroe County jury convicted Mr. Shawcross on 10 counts of murder. It was one of the longest and most expensive trials in the county’s history. Three months later, in neighboring Wayne County, Mr. Shawcross pleaded guilty to murdering another woman.
Throughout his trial for the 10 killings, Mr. Shawcross, beefy and graying, sat virtually still, his shoulders sloped and his head down. In his pretrial confession, he had told investigators that for several years — while being married, having an affair and often going fishing — he also regularly patronized prostitutes he met in Rochester’s red-light district near Jones Park. He said he had killed one after she bit him, another for being too loud during intercourse, another for trying to steal his wallet and a fourth for calling him a “wimp.”
The jurors rejected the defense claim that he was insane at the time of the killings because of brain damage, childhood abuse and traumatic experiences as a soldier in Vietnam.
Mr. Shawcross was born in Watertown in 1945. After his parole from his sentence for the 1972 killing of the 8-year-old girl, he lived briefly in Binghamton and then in the small town of Delhi. But public protests drove him from both communities. State parole authorities helped him move to Rochester in 1987. There, he married a woman who had been his pen pal during his imprisonment and worked at night as a $6-an-hour salad maker for a food wholesaler.
In October 1999, eight years after his conviction for the 11 murders, prison authorities sent Mr. Shawcross into nine months of solitary confinement after it was discovered that, through friends outside, he was selling paintings he had made in prison and his autograph on eBay.