Killed: She was last seen on July 29, 1989
Body found: October 21, 1989, on Seth Green Island
Dorothy Keeler a homeless woman became the
second Genesee River victim.
Shawcross had met Dorothy when she worked as a
waitress in a diner that he frequented. The two struck up a
friendship, which had quickly turned into an affair. On a fine
afternoon, Arthur was on his way to the river to fish when he
stopped to talk to Keeler. When she found out where he was going
she asked if he would take her with him, he agreed.
Shawcross, they spent the morning fishing and making love until
around midday when it started to rain. They huddled under a
crude shelter that he had built and shortly after got into an
argument about her stealing money and about his relationships
with Clara and Rose.
He claims that when she threatened to tell
the other women about their affair he became angry and picked up
a small log and beat her on the side of the head killing her
instantly. After hiding her body under a fallen tree he returned
home. He later told police that he returned to the spot several
months later and removed the skull and dumped it in the river.
Fishermen eventually found Keeler’s remains
but Shawcross was never connected with the woman even though he
had been seen with her regularly and often went to the fishing
spot where he had left her body.
Her severed skull is missing to this day.