Arthur John Shawcross original 9 x 11 Cardinals color pencil on paper from 2001
Signed, dated and titled on the front : By Arthur J Shawcross 8/23/01, Cardinals
His first known murders were in 1972 when he killed a young boy and a girl. Under the terms of aplea bargain, Shawcross was allowed to plead guilty to one charge ofmanslaughter, for which he served 12 years of a 25 year sentence. He killed most of his victims in 1988 and '89 after beingparoledearly which led to criticism of the justice system. A food service worker, Shawcross trawled the streets of Rochester in his girlfriend's 1984 sky blueDodge Omni(later using her 1987Chevy Celebrity), looking for prostitutes to abduct. Shawcross was noted to have had XYY syndrome.
He died in Albany,New Yorkin 2008. Michael H. Stone, professor of psychiatry atColumbia University, and an authority on violent behavior, identified Shawcross as "one of the most egregious examples of the unwarranted release of a prisoner" in his book,The Anatomy of Evil
Executed on October 2007 by the State of Alabama