Arthur Gary Bishop

Demographic Info

Lynn Jones, Roger W. Downs5MaleCaucasianUSATerritorialSexual19511988/06/10 (Execution by Lethal Injection)

Arthur Gary Bishop was born between January 1 to June 10 in 1951. He was born in Hinckley, Utah and was the eldest of six brothers.

Bishop showed no signs of deviation or abnormality as a child. He was raised as a devout Mormon, was an honor student and was a member of the Boy Scouts. After graduating high school he volunteered as a missionary in the Philippines. When Bishop returned home he went to and graduated from Stevens-Henager College Utah and graduated with high grades.

It is believed that after Bishop's graduation that he began to molest children in Utah, but none of the parents or the children went to the police. His first encounter with the police was not regarding the molestation of children, but being found guilty of embezzlement. Once he received a 5 year sentence in 1978 he fled the city to avoid his punishment. Bishop moved to Salt Lake City, which is where he began his murder series.

On October 14, 1979, at the age of 28, Bishop began his murder series that would continue until 1983. All of Bishop's victims were young males between the ages of 4 and 13. Bishop would usually bludgeon the child to make them stop crying before drowning them in a bathtub. The remains of his victims were typically buried in shallow graves in the desert or in areas that were not usually near many people.

On July 24, 1983 Bishop was arrested and had confessed to the murders of 5 children. He was found guilty of 5 counts of aggravated murder, 5 counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of sexually abusing a minor on March 19, 1984. Bishop was sentenced to death. He was executed by lethal injection on June 10, 1988 in the Utah State Prison.

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Victims of Arthur Gary Bishop

on May 18th, 2010 in Serial Killers, Victimology by | No Comments

Arthur Gary Bishop was charged for the murders of five people. We currently information on all of his known victims. Alonzo Daniels Alonzo, age 4, was murdered on October 14, 1979. Alonzo had be drowned in a bathtub. Kim Petersen Kim, age 11, was murdered on November 8, 1980. Danny…

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