Independent film documents life of notorious NYS serial killer

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‘Garrow’ is an independent film chronicling the life of Robert Garrow. It depicts the life of a notorious killer responsible for some of the most twisted crimes and one of the largest manhunts in the history of upstate New York. Some 45 years later, its still the most horrific case Judge Norman Mordue, who served as a special prosecutor, has seen.

“When the defense came through, they called Garrow’s first witness and they went through the murder and all that stuff it was overwhelming and shocking to hear how many people he killed and raped,” said Judge Mordue.

Garrow, a convicted rapist, was on parole in Syracuse when he went on a killing spree in the early 1970s. One of his first victims, Alicia Hauck, a 16-year-old girl found in Oakwood Cemetery.

“A student was cutting through to Syracuse University over from Oakwood and saw the skull and called it in,” said Judge Mordue.

Garrow went on to kill three others in the Adirondacks. Judge Mordue has the graphic photos from the murders … which launched an intense manhunt.

All of this chronicled in the indie film.

Director Lori Bailey has a personal connection to the film.

“So my dad grew up with Robert Garrow, they went to school together and years later they worked together in the mines,” Bailey said.

They lived close to Garrow’s family, seeing first-hand the beginnings of his criminal behavior, portrayed by actor Jay Alan Christianson.

“Knowing about his background, the abuse as a child and I can’t speak for the way anyone’s mind works, but that definitely had an influence,” Christianson said.

The film takes you through Garrow’s life of crime leading to a shocking end, where art perfectly — and tragically — imitates life.

The show is at the Landmark at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15.

You can buy tickets here.

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