Arthur J. Shawcross was responsible for the strangling, suffocating/beating of 11+ women in the Rochester area in the late 1980s. Shawcross was arrested in January, 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.
Officials stated on November 10,2008, Shawcross complained of a pain in his leg. He was taken to Albany Medical Center, where he went into cardiac arrest. Shawcross died at 9:50 p.m. and was privately cremated.
One page typed form letter that Shawcross sent to his pen pals in 2007. This Christmas form letter is special though because Shawcross has added a personal handwritten message to the recipient, telling them to "cut the bullshit". Letter is handsigned "Art". Original typed envelope included.