Interview With A Serial Killer

Serial killer Arthur Shawcross was born on June 6, 1945, and died on November 10, 2008 while serving a life sentence for the murder of 11 women. From his birthplace of Kittery, Maine, his family moved to Watertown, a small town near Lake Ontario in New York State, when he was still a child. Shawcross claims that his adolescence was turbulent, and cites a difficult relationship with both parents, particularly his domineering mother, for his later troubles. He says he also exhibited behavioral problems at an early age, including bed-wetting and bullying.

Shawcross also made extreme reports about his early sexuality. He claimed his aunt sexually molested him when he was 9, and that he had sexual relations with his younger sister. He also admitted to his first homosexual encounter at the age of 11, which he says was followed by experimentation with bestiality.

In contrast to these claims, however, his parents and siblings maintain that he had a normal childhood, and the described events were largely the product of his imagination. There is no way of knowing whose version represents the reality of his upbringing, but what became clear, later on, was that Shawcross would change his stories at will, as he was interviewed by various professionals in the course of their investigations.

From school records it can be independently verified that he was an inveterate truant, with a particularly low IQ, a tendency to bullying and violence and that he came under suspicion for a series of juvenile arson attacks as well as burglaries. He dropped out of school after failing to pass the ninth grade, and the next few years were punctuated with violence and jail sentences. He received his first probationary sentence in December 1963 for smashing a shop window.

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  • Merino

    I don’t give a God Damn Flying Fuck if he’s mentally ill, I never knew you could get brain damage from a blowjob if that was the case I would be in a looney bin.
    He killed two kids did 15 years and out he went to kill multiple women, sick fuck.

    I have a son who is mentally ill my hand on the bible if he would kill somebody as much as it would pain me I would kill him myself period.

    So take this mother fucker in the yard and shoot him right between the eyes and send the bill for the bullet to his daughter.

    • kiowhatta

      Your reaction is typical of uneducated, ignorant, hate filled Bible nuts who have almost no ability to employ some critical thinking and objectivity toward the human species and separate for a moment the horrific crimes, the man still is a human being and represents potentially what we are all capable of.
      Especially fanatical christians who can’t think for themselves, and conveniently cheery pick passages to suit your immorality and unethical, even dangerous threatening behaviour.
      I bet if this guy was a pentecostal charismatic who murdered muslim women in some type of misguided vigilante justice your opinion would be more forgiving.

      Are you scared that you might be capable of what Shawcross represents, or that your son my be subject to discrimination and bullying, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, the very thing you are displaying.

      Fear not, for every wrong deed you do is justified by a collection of obscure, little known authors of a ridiculous but convenient book called the Bible.

      • Margy Case

        Blah blah blah. Yawn

      • Vincent

        Actually, no. To this day we still have no idea what causes the dysfunction in the human mind that leads to psychopathy. What we do know, however, is that it is absolutely not “potentially what we are all capable of”. Less than one percent of the population show signs of psychopathic tendencies. It is not like depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia. It is also not environmental. The mind of a psychopath is, although very complicated, very unique. You can’t just become a psychopath.

        These are facts.

  • Margy Case

    Cant believe the authorities would allow his daughter to let her children associate or be near a paedophile child killer whether he’s locked up or not??!! She had a lucky escape from that sicko not sticking around to ‘father’ her!?! I have no doubt that she would’ve been child victim number 3. Fuckin hate paedophiles and paedophile sympathizers ?!? Boo boo he had a shit childhood. No excuses. He’s an evil piece of shit.

  • Marnie Dickson

    I’m sorry, but no. Abuse is never an excuse to hurt people. I was physically, sexually and emotionally abused and neglected for 12 years (from the ages of three to sixteen and then domestic abuse when I was 18), as far back as I can remember and I have never ever hurt anyone (beyond the pain of putting a cannula in or anything because I’m a student paramedic) and would never dream of it. I hate the way these types of documentaries make out that survivors of abuse always become abusers. Most of us are vehemently anti-violence. It really gets to me.

  • pj

    kiowatta, I know this is a waste of my time, but your reference to critical thinking brought back a memory of the class I took in critical thinking. These type of posting boards are full of people stating things as truth, or Truth, when they are simply their opinions. So let’s get real and recognize that you are not publishing Truth but simply your clearly biased opinions.
    I am educated, imagine that, a Christian (egads) who actually agrees with your concerns about knee-jerk Christians who spout embarrassing opinions as truth.
    To the subject at hand, I see it as a presentation and observation of something evil. Evil as discussed in the Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck presents human evil and then something else, something demonic. Before you curl your own lip in disdain, try reading something about transcendent evil. Read Glimpses of the Devil by Peck. Read something by Malachi Martin. Understand that “experts” in criminal justice and most psychologists wouldn’t touch evil with a ten foot pole because most “educated” have the elitist attitudes you display and disdain the God of the Bible.
    BTW, check out Ravi Zacharias if you want to at least observe a Christian who is brilliant and might meet your expectations of intellectual excellence in order to shift a few of your basic beliefs about Christians.
    Back to the serial killer discussion, an exploration of evil is missing by “experts” who try to understand and should be considered to really understand such horrific behavior.