Se­rial killer vic­tim’s gravesite gets a marker

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation -

WATER­TOWN | More than 40 years af­ter a north­ern New York boy be­came the first vic­tim of se­rial killer Arthur Shawcross, a marker has fi­nally been placed at the child’s gravesite.

Jack Blake was 10 years old when he dis­ap­peared in 1972. His body was found in a wooded area in Water­town four months later and buried in an un­marked grave in the North Water­town Ceme­tery.

About 40 rel­a­tives and friends gath­ered at the ceme­tery Tues­day for the ded­i­ca­tion of a new grave­stone for Jack. A for­mer class­mate and her hus­band bought the marker af­ter notic­ing the boy’s grave didn’t have one.

Shawcross served 15 years in prison for killing Jack and another child. He later killed 11 women in the 1980s. He died in prison in 2008.

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