Arthur Shawcross

Arthur Shawcross, the so-called Genesee River Killer, was convicted of the murder of twelve women, mostly prostitutes. He had previously pled guilty to manslaughter in two other killings.

Demographic Info

The Genesee River Killer, The Rochester Strangler14MaleCaucasianUSATerritorialSexual, Personal Cause1945/06/06 (Kittery, Maine, USA)2008/11/10 (Cardiac arrest)


Arthur Shawcross: The Genesee River Killer: The Grisly True Crime Account of the Rochester Prostitute MurdersJoel NorrisAmazon
Misbegotten Son, The: The True Story of Arthur J. ShawcrossJack OlsenAmazon, Kim Cantrell Review


Biography: Arthur ShawcrossAmazon (DVD), Brian Combs Review
Most Evil: Psychotic Killers (Episode 1x05)
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Most Evil: Up Close (Episode 1x08)

Blog Posts

Book Review: “The Serial Killer Whisperer” by Pete Earley

on February 27th, 2012 in Book Reviews, Serial Killers by | No Comments

In 1992, Tony Ciaglia suffered a traumatic brain injury no one should have survived. He did, in spite of being pronounced clinically dead three times. His recovery was not an easy one as he was prone to uncontrollable behavior for which he was heavily medicated. Throughout his life he would…

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Episode 051: The Serial Killer Cycle, Part 1

on October 21st, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 7 Comments

This week, we look at the serial killer cycle, a theory proposed by Joel Norris in 1988. While the theory is rather lacking in scientific testing, it ties in well with the concept of serial murder as addictive behavior, a concept I believe has considerable merit. Dr. Norris’ “Phases of…

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Review: A&E Biography on Arthur Shawcross

on January 29th, 2011 in Serial Killers, Video Reviews by | No Comments

Mrs. SK Podcast and I were flipping channels last night, and as we went by the Biography Channel, we saw that the Biography episode on Arthur Shawcross (aka the Genesee River Killer) was just starting. As neither of us had seen the episode, nor were particularly familiar with Shawcross, we…

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Episode 011: Nature versus Nurture – The Making of a Serial Killer

on January 7th, 2011 in Podcast Episodes, Psychology, Serial Killers by | 3 Comments

In this week’s episode, we look at what causes someone to become a serial killer. We’ll be mostly discussing psychopathic sexual murder, rather than psychotic murder. Psychopathy, also known as sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder, is a behavioral disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy combined with abnormal immoral…

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