Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Robert Garrow Case Subject Of Fulton County Talk Thursday

Robert GarrowThe Fulton County Sheriff’s Association will offer a public review of the case of convicted Adirondack serial killer Robert Garrow tomorrow, Thursday, October 2 at the Johnstown Eagles Club, 12 S. William St., at 7 pm.  The presentation will be given by regular Adirondack Almanack contributor Lawrence P. Gooley, who is the author of  Terror in the Adirondacks: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert F. Garrow.

Garrow, an abused Dannemora child turned thief, serial rapist, and killer who admitted to seven rapes and four murders (although police believed there were many more). Among his victims were campers near Speculator where Garrow escaped a police dragnet and traveled up Route 30 through Indian Lake and Long Lake and eventually made his way to Witherbee where he was tracked down and shot in the foot. Claiming he was partially paralyzed, Garrow was shot and killed during an attempted prison escape in September 1978 – he had faked his paralysis.

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas J. Lorey said Garrow’s criminal trial, known as the Buried Bodies Case, became an important precedent in legal ethics after the defendant’s attorneys refused to disclose the location of the bodies of two murder victims, citing attorney-client privilege.

Admission will be a $5 donation at the door, with proceeds to benefit the Sheriff’s Association and the state Operation Safe Child program.



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5 Responses

  1. BushwhackJack says:

    I can’t seem to find anything on the book: Terror in the Adirondacks: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert F. Garrow.

    Is it currently available?

  2. Dick Millet says:

    I was born in Speculator and was about 12 when these events took place. I still dream about it on occasion.

  3. Charlie S says:

    I was a young teenager when my mom and dad used to take us kids up camping at Moose River.Clearly I remember the troopers with roadblocks checking every vehicle that passed.I remember a large portrait of Robert Garrow on the back window of the troopers cars.That photo stands out the most and to this day i’ll never forget his face because of it.

  4. Mary C Randall says:

    He came thru Wells and was personally encounter by the owner of the restaurant Vodron’s there. I have the hand written letter of his recognition of that event.These things are priceless in personal values that you keep in your memory chest of life.Not much is ever mentioned about Wells.

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