Saturday, July 13, 2019

A Must Read For True Crime Fans

The Misbegotten Son: A Serial Killer and His Victims - The True Story of Arthur J. Shawcross - By Jack Olson 2015

This book is chilling in every way. The true story of New York States' more notorious serial killer. I'm listening to the 17 hour long audiobook and it's fascinating, sick, deranged, and sad. 

Arthur Shawcross experienced bloody killing in Vietnam and it never left him. He said he cut up bodies, heads, ears. Did horrible things over there. Then he came home and killed two little kids. He was convicted and went to jail for 14 years and then got out on parole.  

He moved to Rochester and started killing prostitutes, 12 of them over a two year period. Police arrested Shawcross on January 5, 1990. He had been spotted by a police surveillance team (and by an eyewitness) standing near his car, apparently urinating, on a bridge over Salmon Creek; upon whose frozen waters the body of his final victim was dumped.

This book is extremely graphic, both in depiction of the crimes and the profanity spoken by the police and Shawcross and his friends and family. Nothing is held back in this book. It's also a very deep dive into the mind of a killer, like nothing I have ever heard before. 

I recommend this book highly.  

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